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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).

 

Another interesting character is Roy Earle. Earle appears to be the dirty cop who ‘gets away with it’, where Phelps is the honest cop who doesn’t. He becomes almost likeable with his constant snide, sarcastic and cynical remarks, which could be considered comedic in many places. On the other hand, his character seems to be quite blatantly racist, and a misogynist – as well as an opportunistic criminal, thief, and liar. He is possibly a shade away from Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) in Touch of Evil (1958).

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