The Nintendo Switch is this year’s hottest new gadget, and while a lot of players are still zooming around as Mario, it’s time to gear up for a November filled with excellent third party offerings. In the midst of this is Rockstar’s L.A. Noire, which is shaping up to be a fantastic fit for the hybrid system.
L.A. Noire on Switch is a different type of beast when compared to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and HTC Vive offerings. While the latter is a completely different experience in itself, the former two include native 4K support for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, alongside a handful of graphical upgrades and quality of life additions. Of course, the Switch can’t quite compete with the beefy offerings of its console brethren, but it doesn’t need to in this instance. What’s on offer here, then, is the complete L.A. Noire experience, packed with all of the game’s DLC and new, extra little collectibles and additions to experience throughout 1940’s Los Angeles.After getting 30 minutes of hands-on time with it recently, I’m happy to say it runs and feels brilliant on the hardware.
My first five to ten minutes of the game was spent playing in docked mode, with a native resolution of 1080p/30fps. The game looks absolutely gorgeous, even considering it’s been six years since it released. This was also the first time I’d really used the Switch’s comfort grip for a game of this type and it did take some time to adjust, but it wasn’t detrimental to the experience in any notable way.