L.A. Noire is set in Los Angeles, 1947. You play as Cole Phelps, a World War II hero who was awarded the Silver Star as a U.S. Marine for his actions at Okinawa, Japan. Returning home Phelps begins his new life as a street cop for the Los Angeles Police Department.
As Phelps works his way up the ladder of the LAPD, he tries to be the straight and narrow cop while corruption plagues the city and even the very police department he calls home. Phelps works cases across five desks; patrol, traffic, homicide, vice and arson. Throughout each case he slowly uncovers a conspiracy that goes from the common man all the way to the elite of society, and no one can be trusted.