Is it a matter of style over substance? In some areas, absolutely. But it's such a unique style -- both in terms of game mechanics and setting -- that it rarely loses its luster. It's telling, then, that while I sometimes wanted to punch Phelps in his immaculately rendered face and ask the goddamn Batman to "question" frustrating suspects, I never felt like throwing in the towel. Each case and character kept me chomping at the bit for more, and even when frustration loomed heavy, it didn't threaten to suffocate my enjoyment. L.A. Noire may not be a particularly good game, but it's an excellent piece of entertainment. If you can stomach that idea, I highly recommend it. If not, well, it's November. You've got plenty of options.