LA Noire “A Slip of the Tongue” Review

So, hey, now anyone can purchase the two LA Noire pre-order DLC cases on Xbox Live. Ross took a look at The Naked City, and now it’s time to investigate (hehe I’m so clever) the traffic case A Slip of the Tongue.

Honestly, I think it’s my favorite case in the whole game.

Red Faction: LA Noire A Slip of the Tongue (XBox360 [Reviewed], PS3, PC)
Developer: Team Bondi
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: May 17, 2011
MSRP: $59.99

LA Noire is a flawed game, but it’s not missing much. It’s got everything, even if parts of that everything aren’t all so stellar. But one thing it definitely is missing is outright jokes. Sure, there’s a humorous moment here and there, but nothing that’s intended to make everyone laugh out loud.

And then along came A Slip of the Tongue, which is apparently where all the game’s comedy went.

A Slip of the Tongue is a traffic case, and it has Phelps and Bakowsky trying to figure out what’s going on with a national stolen car ring that uses seemingly legit paperwork to move the vehicles. It’s a pretty typical case, and storywise it doesn’t stand out. But it’s got some of the game’s most memorable characters.

There’s the used car salesman who likes to tell stupid jokes and walk in the most moronically exaggerated way possible. There’s the oddly proportioned woman who tries to get out of trouble by getting Cole to have sex with her. And there’s the awkward nervous guy who may or may not have anything to do with the case and who makes the most hilarious and unconvincing self-righteous rants you’ve ever heard.

Then, finally, once its all said and done Cole, Bakowsky and the lieutenant celebrate together how totally awesome it was when Cole blasted all those dudes that one time.

You probably won’t remember all the case details, but you’ll remember these characters and moments as much as you remember anything else from the game.

I honestly only have one real complaint: the location branching seems a little bit broken here. There’s a location you unlock pretty early in the case, but your aren’t really supposed to go there until later on, and every character, including Cole, will act like you’ve never been there until the appropriate time to visit finally comes, making for a pair of what I found to be pretty awkward moments.

But I almost don’t even care about that fault, because it’s so damn funny. And that’s why you should play A Slip of the Tongue: because it’s damn entertaining.

Final score: 90/100

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1 Comment on LA Noire “A Slip of the Tongue” Review


On June 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

BEkowsky, dude. BEkowsky.

This is one of my favorite cases, mostly because I love Bekowsky, and also because I lived in Arcadia for a while, so seeing that betting slip thing from Santa Anita made me feel stupidply happy.

You kind of misrepresented the end, though.

“Then, finally, once its all said and done Cole, Bakowsky and the lieutenant celebrate together how totally awesome it was when Cole blasted all those dudes that one time.”

It’s more like

Captain Leary gives Cole all the credit for the awesome shoot out that was Bekowsky’s idea, and Bekowsky does his little arm thing that means “you see? You see that?”

Cheer up, Bekowsky, we still love you, even if the Captain doesn’t.