1. Murdered: Soul Suspect
Murdered: Soul Suspect’s investigative moments are amusing and evocative of those in L.A. Noire, despite the game’s repetitious sections and barren open environment. Ghost detective Ronan O’Connor has been killed by the famed “Bell Killer” in a fictional Salem, so you set forth on an investigation into the town to find out what happened and stop him from killing again.
Some brilliant gameplay elements make the sleuthing enjoyable, even though the game isn’t particularly lengthy or difficult. You shouldn’t expect a cinematic experience like you had with L.A. Noire, but even in the best circumstances, there are some moments and plot elements that stick out.
2. Heavy Rain
Compared to L.A. Noire, Heavy Rain’s story and detective-based gameplay are the most resembling. Not as free-form, as you can’t just drive around the planet doing anything you like, but there are plenty of places where you can hunt for clues to help you further the excellent and cinematic plot. The Origami Killer case is the only one in which you play a role, but the story that is presented about it is great. Similarly to L.A. Noire, your decisions in Heavy Rain have a direct impact on the story’s progression, not just how well you perform in each scene.
As you progress through the game, you get immersed in Ethan and Madison’s relationship. Remastered versions of the game were published for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 a few years ago. Next month’s release of Detroit: Become Human by Quantic Dream, which has similar gameplay and a strong focus on storytelling, is also worth keeping an eye out for.
3. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment
Crimes and Punishment, like L.A. Noire, is primarily about investigating crime scenes and looking for clues, as you might expect from a Sherlock Holmes-themed game. If you like the detective moments in Rockstar’s game, you’ll find much to appreciate in the streets of late 19th century London.
The game asks you to investigate crime scenes and assemble together clues using a ‘deduction board.’ It all depends on how you interpret the clues, and each case has up to 3-5 alternative outcomes. This is a terrific L.A. Noire-style detective game, and the cases are well-designed and the process of interpreting clues is enjoyable.
4. Mafia III
Both L.A. Noire and Mafia III are set in the early 1960s and include fully explorable open areas. As a result, both games share a lot of gameplay and visual elements. Even if the eras and settings are different, Mafia III is a wonderful option for those who want to see a different American city in its heyday. Emotional, as well, is Mafia III’s tale, which revolves around Vietnam veteran Lincoln Clay, who is building a new crime syndicate to take on the Italian mob.
With Mafia III, you may travel by car or foot and engage in third-person shoot-outs in a number of locales. The parallels between the two games are immediately apparent.” Rockstar’s detective mode is the only thing you’re missing.
5. Grand Theft Auto V
This is a no-brainer. L.A. Noire certainly draws inspiration from Grand Theft Auto V, even if the latter’s tone and speed are far more exaggerated. Cole Phelps’ quest has no investigative moments, but practically everything else, from the in-car talks to the third-person combat, can be witnessed in Cole’s journey.
Los Santos, a hyper-realistic replica of Los Angeles, serves as the setting for GTA V, which lets you wander about in a world of temptation. If you’re looking for a fresh universe to explore in a similar manner as L.A. Noire, go no further than this title. There’s even an online mode that’s quite popular and deep.