Actually, both of those games get panned for lacking replay value, but that's mostly because they both feature open worlds without devolving into GTA/Saints Row foolishness. They're definitely both worth $20, IMO, especially L.A. Noire, which is my personal choice for GOTY. --- This signature will not change until the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series. Started: 10/29/11
Well you can still push ladies into the local park lake in LA Noire. kinda funny but yeah tame in regards to the total mayhem in GTA & SR. But yeah Mafia/Noire...those game arent really about that. They're more like Shenmue/Yakuza which stick to more focus on the story than sandboxin' around. --- (\__/) (='.'=)
They're more like Shenmue/Yakuza which stick to more focus on the story than sandboxin' around.
Well, I don't know that I'd put Yakuza in that category. Yakuza has a TON of side activities in the open world. L.A. Noire and Mafia II have virtually none of that, except that Mafia II at least lets you open up on random civilians. In L.A. Noire you can't pull your gun except when a mission calls for it.
L.A. Noire does have some tedious collectathons and a couple dozen "side missions" that come over the police radio, but Mafia II has pretty much nothing. You can rob stores and sell cars at the dock or the crusher, but that's it as far as side activities. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but people should know going in so they don't judge the games on what they're not. --- This signature will not change until the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series. Started: 10/29/11
LA Noire is worth it for sure as it's a pretty refreshing game. Don't go looking for open world craziness though. It's a shame Team Bondi got X'd and we don't see many games like this. --- PSN: Nasaniru