Before I post this bit of news — a little update.
I have come to terms with L.A. Noire. Last night on the podcast I let four days of pent up anger, frustration, joy, and anxiety come flowing out of me. It was cathartic. After I had my 30 minute say I basically checked out for the rest of the show. I was exhausted. Sorry team.
I have come to terms with this game; I don’t hate L.A. Noire…
I’m on the last “case file” of the game — 19 hours in. There is a lot to like and some things to love about Rockstar and Team Bondi’s baby. My issue is that a LOT of what’s bad and almost all of what’s shockingly bad is important to discuss if you’re going to really get into what the game is all about.
It’s like if you are being served dinner at a nice restaurant and everything tastes great but the service is abysmal. You can’t talk about one without at least mentioning the other. A lot of L.A. Noire tastes wonderful, but the waiter refuses to refill my water and he just plain forgot to bring the soup. (Yes, for those scoring at home it’s almost lunch time.)
I’ll have a full review ready for Monday. Right now I’m thinking “B” as the superficial grade which Metacritic will turn into a 75 and everyone will see that as a “C” and I’ll get Rockstar Fan emails calling me mean things. Ah well. This is why I HATE scoring systems. Example: I gave Read Dead Redemption a B. I gave Mafia II a B-. I think Noire is better than Mafia II and not as good as Red Dead. In retrospect I graded Mafia II too high.
So I guess I need to give L.A. Noire a Q+ or something.
ANYWAY — the kitsch thing.
When developers of other games publicly slap around the competition it’s always eye catching. I don’t know how newsworthy it is — it’s very TMZ, Entertainment Tonight type of news, but I can’t help it.
Clint Hocking, the creative director of Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, has ripped up L.A. Noire via Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/ClickNothing ) saying:
1hr in. Moriarty was right re games as kitsch. Derivative, uninspired, narcissistic. Nothing original to say, & said badly. #LANoire
Wow. And I thought my “4 hours in” impression post was possibly unfair due to a lack of playtime? This guy is 1 hour in and has already called it kitsch.
Dictionary day for those who’d like a clear understanding of what Clint is saying here:
Kitsch (English pronunciation: /?k?t?/, loanword from German) is a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value. The concept is associated with the deliberate use of elements that may be thought of as cultural icons while making cheap mass-produced objects that are unoriginal. Kitsch also refers to the types of art that are aesthetically deficient (whether or not being sentimental, glamorous, theatrical, or creative) and that make creative gestures which merely imitate the superficial appearances of art through repeated conventions and formulae. Excessive sentimentality often is associated with the term.
The contemporary definition of kitsch is considered derogatory, denoting works executed to pander to popular demand alone and purely for commercial purposes rather than works created as self-expression by an artist. The term is generally reserved for unsubstantial and gaudy works that are calculated to have popular appeal and are considered pretentious and shallow rather than genuine artistic efforts.
In other words, Clint Hocking really hated the first hour of L.A. Noire.