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Nicholson Electroplating Presents The First Taste Of L.A. Noire DLC

L.A. Noire’s first post-release DLC is upon us, and we just finished up the case of “Nicholson Electroplating.” Available for 320 Microsoft Points or $3.99 on Playstation 3 (free for those that purchased the Rockstar Pass), the mission just released today. It revolves around a deadly factory explosion, but it wouldn’t be L.A. Noire if there wasn’t more to the story beneath the surface.

My initial concern involved how the case would be accessed. I’m currently at the end of the vice missions on disc 3, so I haven’t started at the arson desk yet. When I heard “Nicholson Electroplating” was an arson case, I wondered if I’d be able to access it immediately for this story or if I’d have to work my way up to its predetermined spot in the main game (which was how I ran across “The Naked City”). Thankfully, it’s immediately accessible from the cases menu regardless of your current progress. Outside of a new partner I hadn’t met yet, nothing popped up that spoiled story elements for me.

Beginning with a chat between Cole Phelps and partner Herschel Biggs, the conversation is quickly derailed by a massive explosion in downtown L.A. They hop in the car and speed through falling ash as they approach the debris and wreckage that used to be the Nicholson Electroplating plant. After taking on some looters, it's time to investigate the scene of the accident.

I don’t want to give anything of significance away, because unraveling each case is the major draw of the game. I will say that the mission turns out to be more than a simple factory accident, as murder, hints of espionage, shootouts, deciphering hidden codes, and even Howard Hughes play a role.

Outside of the large-scale event that occurs at the beginning of “Nicholson Electroplating,” the case proceeds just how you’d expect based on the main game. You’ll visit numerous locations, interview potentially shady individuals, examine photographs (and a hairbrush or two, of course), get into a car chase, and eventually bring someone to justice. It’ll last over an hour if you’re the thorough type, and should satisfy your investigative itch if you’ve already beaten the main game.

Comments
  • I actually just finished this! It is fantastic. I suggest it.

  • L.A. Noire is on my list for the next game I gotta buy
  • I think they should put in full desks, I remember Team Bondi said they left full desks in the game. I sold LA Noire, it was kind of a one trick pony.
  • Sweet i havent finish the main game yet

  • I guess this is as good a reason as any to get back into L.A. Noire.

  • I got this and beat it in around maybe an hour and a half. It was very good, I was pretty impressed. Hopefully after Reefer Madness, they'll release the two cut desks.
  • i downloaded it but i have not got to play it yet. :(

  • $4 for a hour of gameplay really doesn't seem like a good deal. I mean, it's not horribly overpriced, but still...

  • has anyone noticed that the main rockstar games always involve the same minimap and movement animations
  • I've been following this game for over a year, bought it at a midnight release and still haven't finished it! It just isn't as gripping as i hoped it would have been, i'll still finish but won't be buying any DLC that's for sure.

  • I can't wait to play this DLC! I love LA Noire and hope more of this kind of game is made.

  • I still need to beat the main game, and I have no idea when that will be.  It's not a bad game by any means, but it's just not as gripping as I hoped it would be; I really wanted to be pulled into the narrative, but I just...idk.  

  • cole IS a good man. Redemption achieved.

  • I was wondering when they would release an extra Arson case. Can't wait for Reffer Madness. I just finished the Traffic Desk and said that I was being promoted to Burgulary, but six months later I get promoted to homicide. Really wished Rockstar let us do a burgulary desk, then again the game would need another disk for you Xbox guys.
  • Pretty cool.

  • I don't understand how people can complain about L.A. Noire not being as "gripping" as they thought it would be. This game was NEVER promoted as a high octane thriller. How can you be disappointed with a cop/detective game that actually forces you to use your brain and think for once like a real cop. Please stop acting like you didn't know what you were getting, unless you never bothered to do your research in the first place.
  • sounds good ill be checking it out

  • It was a great case, not as long as the naked city which made me mad. But it was worth it money wise with my rockstar pass. Can't wait to see how weird reefer madness is.

  • I can't wait

  • I'll be sure to download it.

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