This week we want you to think about ‘point of view’ (POV). Some books and films have a ‘view-point character’ and you see the story-world completely through their eyes. In other ‘texts’, you might get lots of points of view.

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Question 1: The first character who I am going to discuss is Cole Phelps, who is arguably the central driving force of heroism in the game. The protagonist, Cole Phelps, is a patrol officer/ detective with a somewhat ‘shady’ past. His battle during World War II parallels the story of the present, set in L.A. He appears to be intuitive and skilled, which combined with his determination, helps him to fight against corruption and crime.
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Cole Phelps – From playing L.A Noire for a relatively short period of time it would seem that Cole Phelps is a detective who likes to play life by the rules. Furthermore, Phelps has strict self discipline which may have sprung out of his experiences within the marine corps. One could suggest that he comes across as a relatively normal detective in terms of wanting to get to the bottom of all cases in an attempt to restore justice. Unlike others working for the police force, Cole doesn’t drink and only resorts to violence unless there is no other option. It is also evident that Cole his highly intelligent. This is shown not only through his ability to solve crimes and decipher puzzles, but also through his referencing of famous literature, most notably William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
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Hi guys!

 

(Though I’ve previously played and completed L.A. Noire, I’m going to try and write this entry as a new player about a third of the way through the game.)

 

Dr. Harlan Fontaine presents an interesting character for the player: his clear sense of authority and gentle demeanour set him up to be a redeemer in the corrupt and immoral city, but through his brief encounters with Courtney Sheldon in the newspaper sub-plot the player gets the sense of a sinister undercurrent in his behaviour. His casual administration of drugs, both legal and illegal, brings his ethics under scrutiny.
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1. The first interesting character in which I am going to discuss is the central protagonist Cole Phelps. Phelps is a determined, dedicated character clearly shown through flashbacks of his services in the marine corps and quick elevation through the ranks of police to detective. Phelps has a strong sense of justice and the law and will never take the easy route however it is obvious he has a temper.
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1. The first interesting character is the protagonist, Cole Phelps. He’s become a detective very quickly after joining the Police, which makes him a little naive and inexperienced compared to the older, cynical Detectives, Despite his lack of experience, he tries to be a good police officer, being fair and not taking the easy way out, probably due to his time fighting in WWII.
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The first character that caught my interest was one of the suspects in the tutorial, Edgar Kalou. Kalou is a Jewish businessman who suffers constant harassment because of his religion, in a society still obsessed with WWII. Kalou shoots the tutorial case’s victim, Everett Gage, after dealing with constant harassment and sabotage of his business for a long time beforehand. The fact that Kalou simply “snaps” after taking months of abuse makes him a much more sympathetic murderer than many of the other suspects in the game.
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Hi again everyone,

Apologies for the lateness of the response to the third question…

I think the main difficulty has been placing it in a link with another text, I described TGWTDT a couple of days’ ago in response to Cole Phelps and his partner but the difference between the novel and the game is the novel is a series of difficult cases whereas the novel is a singular investigation. I would also suggest Sherlock Holmes, but again there is no single cohesive text that expresses all the cases as well as L.A. Noire appears to. Then again, maybe I’m just a little ignorant.

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1. The first interesting character that i thought i would talk about is Edgar Kalou. He was the man accused with the murder of Everett Gage in the ‘Buyer Beware’ case. During interrogation is when Mr Kalou becomes intriguing. His attitude towards Phelps is aggressive and he talks with such confidence and arrogance. The murder is all provoked by racism from Everett Gage and shows that Kalou has a large sense of pride about his roots. The fact that Kalou could be pushed far enough to murder someone, as he seems like a genuine enough guy despite his anger, suggests that he has a short temper and a fiery personality which i think makes him a very interesting character.
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As the character you spend the most time with throughout the game, Cole Phelps will first be discussed. As an avid fan of videogames, it is interesting to experience a character like Phelps. Central characters who are so obviously flawed and who are repeatedly criticised throughout the narrative, do not seem to be commonplace in modern videogames. As a Marine Phelps is either revered as a war hero, or criticised for his inaction or what some believe was cowardice. Similarly, Phelps is first considered an outstanding detective, and later shunned for his infidelity. In terms of appearance, Phelps conforms to what would be expected of a detective in the neo-noir genre. He reminded me of a flawed Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) in L.A. Confidential (1997).
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