Head2Head: L.A. Noire Analysis (Lens of Truth)

Lens of Truth writes - "Welcome back for another exciting Head2Head, one of the biggest of the year in fact! That's right, this time around we will be seeing the two versions of L.A. Noire duke it out for the title of "definitive version". Lets take a look at the evidence and solve this mystery once and for all!"

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Joe Bomb2283d ago

This was closer then I thought it would be. PS3 for the win though.

NukaCola2283d ago

It's really hard to make the two platforms perfectly in sync, but I have to say that when you lead on PS3 you give the game so much more room for growth to great glory. And porting to the 360 is super easy. The only real fault on the 360 is the DVD's limited space. Great job to Team Bondi. The one thing I love about PS3 lead to 360 ported games is the quality is so much greater for both (Vanquish, Castelvania, Portal 2) and you never see issues with the 360 like the PS3 first had with Bayonetta. PS3 leading is the way to go and congrats to all who got this game. It's such a royal winner!

Venjense2283d ago

Your right, when PS3 leads both versions always look really good with very crisp graphics.

Obelisk922283d ago

Wow, this was unexpected.

I thought this was a tie when I saw the performances, but I have to agree with LoT. The SSAO makes the PS3 version look a lot better.
And it's all in one disc.
And it has exclusive DLCs.

I can't wait to get it tomorrow!

starchild2283d ago

So basically Lens of Truth gave a win to the PS3 version because it had better SSAO? Funny people.

Never mind that the 360 version has better soft shadows. Never mind that the 360 version has higher resolution textures in more places ("more aggressive mip-mapping", lol).

Moreover, the performance was nigh on identical.

I like Lens of Truth, but they are just all over the place and don't seem to understand when something is significant or not. Giving a clear win to the PS3 for simply having SSAO is silly. The 360 has better shadows and better textures.

Any sensible and fair-minded individual would call this a draw, if not a slight win for the 360. But what's certain is that there is no 'clear winner' no matter how you look at it. Lens of Truth acting like this is some kind clear or definitive victory for the PS3 version is pretty absurd.

I'm willing to bet that Digital Foundry will once again do a more professional and fair-minded comparison that in this case will likely end in pretty much a draw.

bunfighterii2283d ago

I agree.

When you port from PS3, you get almost equal quality. When you port from 360, PS3 suffers.

MAJ0R2283d ago

Oblivion without SSAO

Oblivion with SSAO

u don't know what your talking about, SSAO makes a huge difference

Mikeyy2283d ago


The 360 version has Popup. Instant lose.

mikeslemonade2283d ago

The game looks mediocre both ways. Other than the impressive jaw movements when people talk, the game looks like GTA4 and Mafia 2.

Obelisk922283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )


Actually I think that those "soft shadows" appear less realistic than the sharpened ones in the PS3 version. So, I don't think it's a plus for the 360.

And did you look at the screenshots? The SSAO makes the difference all over the place, while there are just two or three spots where the 360 textures look better.

It's not a "flawless victory", but the PS3 wins in the graphic department IMHO.


Seriously? I didn't pick up the game already, I'm gonna get it this afternoon, but from the screenshots it looks fantastic. For a sandbox, I mean.

EeJLP-2283d ago

What a bunch of BS "Up to 1080p" for 360 and only 720p for PS3. Upscaling? Are you kidding me?

What are the native resolutions? They try to make it look like the 360 version is 1080p native and the PS3 version is only 720p native.

L.A. Noire is NOT 1080p native on 360. Lens of BS.

miyamoto2282d ago

So finally Rockstar has stepped their game up when it comes to developing for the PS3 and completely redeemed themselves after that Red Dead Redemption controversy>

Guess this is good news for everybody.

AAACE52282d ago

@NukaCola... Well said! Good, clean and honest!

I like when people point out facts instead of just saying it's better on this system because that's what they want to believe or what they were told!

I hate the fanboy thing where people feel the need to be first to say they like something on a particular system just because! It makes them look stupid and/or retarded!

The fact that it's on 1 disc does give the Ps3 version a clear advantage! But in the end, it will depend on which console someone has.

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sourav932283d ago

Yh thats true. But the differences aren't gaming breaking to be honest. Yes, one would get the ps3 version but not for the graphics or performance, but for the game being on one disk and having exclusive content.

HolyOrangeCows2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

So the PS3 version: Better Shadows/lighting, One Disc, small mandatory install, better framerate, no screen tearing, SOME better mapping on certain OBJECTS, more content.

360 version: Large installs needed to fix issues with framerate, 3 discs, static shadowing, SOME better mapping on certain WALLs and GROUND.

So where does that leave the PS3/360 so far this year?
PS3: LA Noire, Brink, Portal, Homefront
360: Crysis (though sub-HD and AA-less on both), Bulletstorm
Ties: Mass Effect 2 (Ps3 version's lighting looks less ridiculous, but runs less smoothly)

The 360 is falling behind with multiplatform titles, I tell you what.

These comparisons continue to make those photoshopped fakes look stupid, btw. Fanboys are shaking in their boots.

IHateYouFanboys2283d ago

add Mortal Kombat to the 360s list too mate ;)

also, you got some things wrong:

"360 version: Large installs needed to fix issues with framerate, 3 discs, static shadowing, SOME better mapping on certain WALLs and GROUND. "

if you read it properly, they DIDNT take the install for 360 into account, and the framerate was less than a single frame per second less on the 360. install it, and it (the framerate) would probably be better on the 360 than the PS3. so the install isnt needed to FIX the framerate, it just makes it better than it already is.

and static shadowing? huh? the shadows on the 360 version are more refined, they even say that in the article lol. its just missing SSAO.

i give the win to the PS3 version anyway, as SSAO makes a HUGE difference to me. but the 360 version is only very very very very very slightly behind in some areas, and slightly ahead in others - so much so that it really wouldnt be wrong to call it a draw.

guigsy2283d ago

Mate they're virtually identical, even without installing the 360 version. Like anyone gives a shit about the odd sharper pixel (well, apart from you obviously).


If fanboys are shaking in their boots you must be generating a small earthquake beneath your feet

showtimefolks2283d ago

is this game good i have yet to get it does it get repetitive after solving like 10 or so cases?

and how are the side missions?

Vherostar2283d ago

PS3 wins again?? It's on a roll lately..

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Tempjf2283d ago

Nobody does it like the LOT baby. I agree a lot closer then expected, but PS3 is still much better!

zootang2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Digital foundry comes to mind. LoT often have the wrong setting for the PS3. I personally still don't trust them.

Jake_Butler2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

Yeah then where his?

Tempjf2283d ago

Well said Jake_Butler that's my point exactly!

The Meerkat2283d ago

I thought LOT were 360 fanboys a few weeks ago.

gamingdroid2283d ago

It depends on the result!

MRMagoo1232283d ago

i suspect it also depends on the person you ask too, generalise much retards? I think there biased and crap even if they do give the ps3 the win here, did i just blow ur mind lil guys?

Iceballs2283d ago

Team bondi rocks. 3 xbox 360 discs still sucks though.

ps3bestever2283d ago (Edited 2283d ago )

wow 360 version dont have the shadow

Jake_Butler2283d ago

Yeah but so what the Xbox is just as good, besides the Xbox has that internet

CernaML2283d ago

Someone's been living under a rock and hasn't known that the PSN has been back online for a couple of days now.

Jake_Butler2283d ago

CernaML ahhh nope not in the US..

TardcoreGamer2283d ago

I'm playing bf:1943 on psn as we speak.

NIRVANArazor2283d ago

hahahaha your sooo dumb!!