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14th Aug '17 8:46:09 PM Mullon
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8th Aug '17 6:47:03 AM LentilSandEater
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* OmniscientDatabase: R&I is almost never without the ability to find answers for any questions about names, addresses, or histories that Cole asks, no matter how obscure. Even better, they can almost always produce an answer within seconds. This was Lampshaded when [=GameSpot=] had a retired LAPD Detective play the game to see if it was accurate - the real R&I obviously had business hours and couldn't be rung up at 2:30 AM, and often took hours or days to get back to you. And this was in the 1980s.

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* OmniscientDatabase: R&I is almost never without the ability to find answers for any questions about names, addresses, or histories that Cole asks, no matter how obscure. Even better, they can almost always produce an answer within seconds. This was Lampshaded brought up when [=GameSpot=] had a retired LAPD Detective play the game to see if it was accurate - the real R&I obviously had business hours and couldn't be rung up at 2:30 AM, and often took hours or days to get back to you. And this was in the 1980s.
8th Aug '17 6:36:05 AM LentilSandEater
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The newspapers, most prominently. Each newspaper scene provides some manner of supplementary scene to a part of the plot and are all over the place chronologically, with many of them taking place in the future, explaining and detailing events that Phelps won't get background information on for some time. As a result, if the player has collected enough newspapers - and it doesn't take many - they can [[spoiler:piece together the Suburban Redevelopment Fund conspiracy long before Phelps even suspects there is foul play going on, as well as figure out easily that they are going after red herrings at several points]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The newspapers, most prominently. Each newspaper scene provides some manner of supplementary scene to a part of the plot and are all over the place chronologically, with many of them taking place in the future, explaining and detailing events that Phelps won't get background information on for some time. As a result, if the player has collected enough newspapers - and it doesn't take many - they can [[spoiler:piece together the Suburban Redevelopment Fund conspiracy long before Phelps even suspects there is foul play going on, as well as figure out easily that they are going after red herrings at several points]].



** During "A Slip of the Tongue", Cole mentions he likes blondes. [[spoiler:Mrs. Phelps is a brunette...]]
*** [[spoiler:Oddly enough, so is Elsa.]]

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** During "A Slip of the Tongue", Cole mentions he likes blondes. [[spoiler:Mrs. Phelps is a brunette...]]
*** [[spoiler:Oddly
Oddly enough, so is Elsa.]]



* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted. Racism and double standards are prevalent, with special hatred directed towards the Japanese and Germans given the war still fresh in everyone's mind.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: PoliticallyCorrectHistory:
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Averted. Racism and double standards are prevalent, with special hatred directed towards the Japanese and Germans given the war still fresh in everyone's mind.



* [[PreorderBonus Preorder Bonuses]]: Ranging from [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman suits that affect gameplay]] to [[BonusLevel additional cases]], depending on who you bought the game from. Rockstar have said they'll eventually put these items up for sale on XBL and PSN, so players won't have to miss anything.
** A "Complete Edition" of the game was released for [=PS3=] and other platforms in 2011, containing the bonus missions.

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* [[PreorderBonus Preorder Bonuses]]: Ranging from [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman suits that affect gameplay]] to [[BonusLevel additional cases]], depending on who you bought the game from. Rockstar have said they'll eventually put these items up for sale on XBL and PSN, so players won't have to miss anything.
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anything. A "Complete Edition" of the game was released for [=PS3=] and other platforms in 2011, containing the bonus missions.



* RegeneratingHealth: As you take damage, the sound of a beating heart and a change from color to black and white on the screen will tell you to hide for a few seconds so Cole can shrug off his bullet wounds.
** This also applies to Kelso though, [[spoiler:not the bullet wound to his arm he suffers near the end of the game]].

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* RegeneratingHealth: As you take damage, the sound of a beating heart and a change from color to black and white on the screen will tell you to hide for a few seconds so Cole can shrug off his bullet wounds.
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wounds. This also applies to Kelso though, [[spoiler:not the bullet wound to his arm he suffers near the end of the game]].



* RevolversAreJustBetter: Averted with Cole's 1911 and Jack's Browning Hi-Power. Played straight with all the partners.

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* RevolversAreJustBetter: RevolversAreJustBetter:
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Averted with Cole's 1911 and Jack's Browning Hi-Power. Played straight with all the partners.



* SceneryPorn / RealPlaceBackground: Team Bondi has been able to create a very accurate representation of late 1940s Los Angeles, and it seems that the research and attention to detail has paid off.
** Here's a fun GameWithinAGame: Walk Phelps down some of the real-life streets in the game, and simultaneously have the Google Street View of the same locations up on your phone or laptop. Especially in some of the largely unchanged sections of town (e.g., Hollywood), it's actually rather alarming how much of the architecture is still standing, and how accurate the in-game models of those buildings are.
*** Although the reproduction of the Chinese Theatre omits the famous celebrity cement imprints (could be rights issues or some other reason).

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* SceneryPorn / RealPlaceBackground: SceneryPorn: Team Bondi has been able to create a very accurate representation of late 1940s Los Angeles, and it seems that the research and attention to detail has paid off.
** Here's a fun GameWithinAGame: Walk Phelps down some of the real-life streets in the game, and simultaneously have the Google Street View of the same locations up on your phone or laptop. Especially in some of the largely unchanged sections of town (e.g., Hollywood), it's actually rather alarming how much of the architecture is still standing, and how accurate the in-game models of those buildings are.
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are. Although the reproduction of the Chinese Theatre omits the famous celebrity cement imprints (could be rights issues or some other reason).



* ShoutOut: In one of the DLC missions, you run into a used car salesman who is a dead ringer for [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]], talking like him and even directly quoting him at several points.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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In one of the DLC missions, you run into a used car salesman who is a dead ringer for [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]], talking like him and even directly quoting him at several points.



* ShownTheirWork: Team Bondi used hundreds of photographs and maps of 1947 Los Angeles in order to perfectly re-create the city as it existed then. The first order of business? Getting rid of LA's freeway system.

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
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Team Bondi used hundreds of photographs and maps of 1947 Los Angeles in order to perfectly re-create the city as it existed then. The first order of business? Getting rid of LA's freeway system.



* TrueCrime: All of the criminal cases you investigate are based on real crimes that occurred in 1940s Los Angeles. For example "Nicholson Electroplating" is based off a real explosion at a plant electropolishing aluminum in Los Angeles in 1947, killing 13 people. Additionally, a few cases pit Phelps against notorious real-life L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen.

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* TrueCrime: TrueCrime:
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All of the criminal cases you investigate are based on real crimes that occurred in 1940s Los Angeles. For example "Nicholson Electroplating" is based off a real explosion at a plant electropolishing aluminum in Los Angeles in 1947, killing 13 people. Additionally, a few cases pit Phelps against notorious real-life L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen.



* ViewersAreGeniuses: Good luck solving "The Quarter Moon Murders" if you're not either a citizen of Los Angeles, ''exceedingly'' well-versed in both the geography ''and'' history of the city, [[GuideDangIt or using a walkthrough.]]

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: ViewersAreGeniuses:
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Good luck solving "The Quarter Moon Murders" if you're not either a citizen of Los Angeles, ''exceedingly'' well-versed in both the geography ''and'' history of the city, [[GuideDangIt or using a walkthrough.]]



* WhamEpisode: "Manifest Destiny".
** The newspapers would also count.

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"Manifest Destiny".
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** Unlike Cole's other partners, Ralph Dunn never shows up again after Cole's initial promotion.
*** Actually, he shows up in the Arson DLC case, and at [[spoiler:Cole's funeral]].



* WhatTheHellHero: Arresting [[spoiler:Varley instead of Ryan]] during The Gas Man results in you being chewed out pretty badly: "How is it you can bring no less than three suspects in to the station ''and still manage to charge the wrong [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] guy?!''"

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* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
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Arresting [[spoiler:Varley instead of Ryan]] during The Gas Man results in you being chewed out pretty badly: "How is it you can bring no less than three suspects in to the station ''and still manage to charge the wrong [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] guy?!''"



* WorldOfBuxom: applies to virtually every ''adult'' female character due to the way their bodies are animated. In-game this is only acknowledged in the downloaded level "Reefer Madness" (also available in the Complete Edition version) with the appearance of a buxom secretary who flirts with Phelps at the soup factory office (and who is portrayed by a Playboy model).

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* WorldOfBuxom: applies WorldOfBuxom:
** Applies
to virtually every ''adult'' female character due to the way their bodies are animated. In-game this is only acknowledged in the downloaded level "Reefer Madness" (also available in the Complete Edition version) with the appearance of a buxom secretary who flirts with Phelps at the soup factory office (and who is portrayed by a Playboy model).



* WouldHitAGirl: Roy Earle, misogynist and all around scumbag, smacks Elsa Lichtmann for talking back to him (while she's grieving, no less). Jack Kelso, in a more justified moment, punches out Miss Cansino after she shoots him in the arm.

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* WouldHitAGirl: WouldHitAGirl:
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Roy Earle, misogynist and all around scumbag, smacks Elsa Lichtmann for talking back to him (while she's grieving, no less). Jack Kelso, in a more justified moment, punches out Miss Cansino after she shoots him in the arm.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: The 12 year old girl who shows up during one of the final cases has the same body model as two other teenage girls Phelps encountered before that, both of whom were over 15.
** [[spoiler:Kelso]] was able to catch on to it though when she lies about her age, and he asks her to restate it in which she tells the truth.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: The 12 year old girl who shows up during one of the final cases has the same body model as two other teenage girls Phelps encountered before that, both of whom were over 15.
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15. [[spoiler:Kelso]] was able to catch on to it though when she lies about her age, and he asks her to restate it in which she tells the truth.



* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Which gave Cole a nasty demotion from Vice to Arson, and put him on the waiting list for a board hearing, since adultery was a crime in 1947.]]
** In many places it still is, though it's very rarely prosecuted anymore (in the US, it probably can't be anymore due to Lawrence v. Texas and similar cases in the Supreme Court). However, there are countries where you can be sentenced to death for it.
* ZipMode: If you delegate driving chores to your partner, a trip all the way across town can be accomplished instantaneously (after any relevant conversations have run their course). The downside to this is that you cannot locate any landmarks or street crimes unless you are driving, and there is one case where you will miss an entire line of investigation and, subsequently, a lot of clues.
** Oddly enough, [[spoiler:Jack Kelso]] can do this as well, even though [[spoiler:he doesn't have a partner to delegate to]].

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Which gave Cole a nasty demotion from Vice to Arson, and put him on the waiting list for a board hearing, since adultery was a crime in 1947.]]
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]] In many places it still is, though it's very rarely prosecuted anymore (in the US, it probably can't be anymore due to Lawrence v. Texas and similar cases in the Supreme Court). However, there are countries where you can be sentenced to death for it.
* ZipMode: If you delegate driving chores to your partner, a trip all the way across town can be accomplished instantaneously (after any relevant conversations have run their course). The downside to this is that you cannot locate any landmarks or street crimes unless you are driving, and there is one case where you will miss an entire line of investigation and, subsequently, a lot of clues.
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clues. Oddly enough, [[spoiler:Jack Kelso]] can do this as well, even though [[spoiler:he doesn't have a partner to delegate to]].
8th Aug '17 6:30:41 AM LentilSandEater
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** Cole apparently has one that likely relates to, naturally, withholding evidence, or corruption. Although most of the time his tough stance during interrogations seems to be controlled, at one point he threatens to break a suspect's jaw in what sounds far from his typical controlled hard-nosed spiel. Said case involved an underage girl being drugged and taken advantage of. It was made fairly clear throughout the case that he was disgusted by the events, [[TruthInTelevision which is true of most cops.]]

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** Cole apparently has one that likely relates to, naturally, withholding evidence, or corruption. Although most of the time his tough stance during interrogations seems to be controlled, at one point he threatens to break a suspect's jaw in what sounds far from his typical controlled hard-nosed spiel. Said case involved an underage girl being drugged and taken advantage of. It was made fairly clear throughout the case that he was disgusted by the events, [[TruthInTelevision which is true of most cops.]]events.
8th Aug '17 6:29:37 AM LentilSandEater
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* BadLiar: Several, though never as much as we'd all like. Frank Morgan has to take the cake, however.
** Not to mention Oswald Jacobs. He looks like he ate a whole lemon.
** But neither of them can top Jean Archer in the {{DLC}} Traffic Mission. Not only can she not hide any of her lies, but she even states to not knowing a ''[[INeverSaidItWasPoison James]]'' Belasco when all Cole asked if she knew a Belasco. Though after all, this mission is called ''[[MeaningfulName A Slip of the Tongue]]'' and the achievement for getting through her interview is called "Femme Imbécile".
* BadassBystander: Jack Kelso.
** Also several characters in the roadside missions. At least thrice, the victims (or some [[{{Redshirt}} redshirt-clad]] cops, for that matter) turn on and sometimes even subdue the robbers before Phelps arrives. Once, a criminal's escape from Phelps is cut short when a random guy just punches him flat for running across his lawn. Also, debatably, [[spoiler:Monroe]]'s secretary.

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* BadLiar: Several, though never as much as we'd all like. like.
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Frank Morgan has to take the cake, however.
** Not to mention Oswald Jacobs. He Jacobs, he looks like he ate a whole lemon.
** But neither Neither of them can top Jean Archer in the {{DLC}} Traffic Mission. Not only can she not hide any of her lies, but she even states to not knowing a ''[[INeverSaidItWasPoison James]]'' Belasco when all Cole asked if she knew a Belasco. Though after all, this mission is called ''[[MeaningfulName A Slip of the Tongue]]'' and the achievement for getting through her interview is called "Femme Imbécile".
* BadassBystander: Jack Kelso.
** Also several
Several characters in the roadside missions. At least thrice, the victims (or some [[{{Redshirt}} redshirt-clad]] cops, for that matter) turn on and sometimes even subdue the robbers before Phelps arrives. Once, a criminal's escape from Phelps is cut short when a random guy just punches him flat for running across his lawn. Also, debatably, [[spoiler:Monroe]]'s secretary.



* BerserkButton: Cole apparently has one that likely relates to, naturally, withholding evidence, or corruption. Although most of the time his tough stance during interrogations seems to be controlled, at one point he threatens to break a suspect's jaw in what sounds far from his typical controlled hard-nosed spiel.
** Said case involved an underage girl being drugged and taken advantage of. It was made fairly clear throughout the case that he was disgusted by the events, [[TruthInTelevision which is true of most cops.]]

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Cole apparently has one that likely relates to, naturally, withholding evidence, or corruption. Although most of the time his tough stance during interrogations seems to be controlled, at one point he threatens to break a suspect's jaw in what sounds far from his typical controlled hard-nosed spiel.
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spiel. Said case involved an underage girl being drugged and taken advantage of. It was made fairly clear throughout the case that he was disgusted by the events, [[TruthInTelevision which is true of most cops.]]



* BilingualBonus: Elsa calls Roy an Untersturmführer. Roy calls it "German gibberish", but in fact it is a hideous insult. Elsa is essentially calling him an "[[GoshdangitToHeck effing]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]]", specifically an officer of the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]].

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* BilingualBonus: BilingualBonus:
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Elsa calls Roy an Untersturmführer. Roy calls it "German gibberish", but in fact it is a hideous insult. Elsa is essentially calling him an "[[GoshdangitToHeck effing]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]]", specifically an officer of the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]].
8th Aug '17 6:26:43 AM LentilSandEater
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Marines don't call each other [[InsistentTerminology "soldier."]] ''[[BerserkButton Ever]]''.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: ArtisticLicenseMilitary:
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Marines don't call each other [[InsistentTerminology "soldier."]] ''[[BerserkButton Ever]]''.



** Able Seaman is a rank in pretty much every navy in the world, [[CreatorProvincialism including Australia]], but not the U.S.
*** Furthermore, said Able Seaman was assigned to the battleship USS ''Indiana'' and reported that she was being scrapped. The ''Indiana'' was decommissioned in 1947, but was kept in reserve and not actually scrapped until 1963

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** Able Seaman is a rank in pretty much every navy in the world, [[CreatorProvincialism including Australia]], but not the U.S.
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S. Furthermore, said Able Seaman was assigned to the battleship USS ''Indiana'' and reported that she was being scrapped. The ''Indiana'' was decommissioned in 1947, but was kept in reserve and not actually scrapped until 1963



** Averted during a flashback to Okinawa, where Cole claims Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because the US stopped exporting oil to Japan. The US never really exported oil to Japan, but they did impose an embargo preventing ''other'' countries from exporting oil to Japan. Cole's theory was a popular one at the time, when the US public did not understand the seemingly-unwarranted attack on Pearl Harbor, but ultimately (as we now know) Japan's reasons for the attack were more complex than simply oil. There was no way a Marine second lieutenant would have known the full reasoning in the '40s, and Cole's view accurately reflects this. However, he seems to suggest the embargo somehow justified the attack when a state of war did not exist between the two nations, which was not the sentiment of the time.
*** Cole also seems to be unaware of the fact America was entirely aware of the war crimes being conducted in both China and Korea (among other places) by the Imperial Japanese. This has lead to some fans believing there's a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical commentary on the then-current Iraq War. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Which is another can of worms.]]

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** Averted during a flashback to Okinawa, where Cole claims Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because the US stopped exporting oil to Japan. The US never really exported oil to Japan, but they did impose an embargo preventing ''other'' countries from exporting oil to Japan. Cole's theory was a popular one at the time, when the US public did not understand the seemingly-unwarranted attack on Pearl Harbor, but ultimately (as we now know) Japan's reasons for the attack were more complex than simply oil. There was no way a Marine second lieutenant would have known the full reasoning in the '40s, and Cole's view accurately reflects this. However, he seems to suggest the embargo somehow justified the attack when a state of war did not exist between the two nations, which was not the sentiment of the time.
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time. Cole also seems to be unaware of the fact America was entirely aware of the war crimes being conducted in both China and Korea (among other places) by the Imperial Japanese. This has lead to some fans believing there's a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical commentary on the then-current Iraq War. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Which is another can of worms.]]Japanese.
8th Aug '17 6:24:12 AM LentilSandEater
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** Well, the last thing seems pretty damn serious, actually - if not as serious as the first. Resisting arrest is the least offensive of the three but still important enough to be named in a list of crimes.
4th Aug '17 8:58:01 PM CharlesPhipps
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*** Cole also seems to be unaware of the fact America was entirely aware of the war crimes being conducted in both China and Korea (among other places) by the Imperial Japanese. This has lead to some fans believing there's a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical commentary on the then-current Iraq War. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Which is another can of worms.]]
3rd Aug '17 5:03:23 PM WaterBlap
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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** When interrogating [[spoiler:Ackerman]] you don't get the musical cues for when you ask a question. Because the man is legitimately insane and any choice you pick will result in him responding the same.
** Driving past the barricades into the crash scene of "The Fallen Idol" results in a NonStandardGameOver: "Case Failed: Crime Scene Contaminated."
** When you hit things while driving, your partners call you out. The car you receive during the Vice Bureau arc isn't a stabdard police car but Roy Earle's own car, and some of the lines he says if you hit things reflect it. If you drive another car with him as a passenger and bump into things, some of his lines will express relief that you aren't wrecking ''his'' car.

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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** When interrogating [[spoiler:Ackerman]] you don't get the musical cues for when you ask a question. Because the man is legitimately insane and any choice you pick will result in him responding the same.
** Driving past the barricades into the crash scene of "The Fallen Idol" results in a NonStandardGameOver: "Case Failed: Crime Scene Contaminated."
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DevelopersForesight: When you hit things while driving, your partners call you out. The car you receive during the Vice Bureau arc isn't a stabdard police car but Roy Earle's own car, and some of the lines he says if you hit things reflect it. If you drive another car with him as a passenger and bump into things, some of his lines will express relief that you aren't wrecking ''his'' car.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: One of the [[SideQuest Street Crime]] cases requires you to subdue a deranged man running through the streets, and if you fail to catch him, [[spoiler:he leaps from a rooftop to his death]]. Although [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything the Dev Team managed to add an alternate solution]], finding it requires you to [[MoonLogicPuzzle take action that seems counter intuitive in the moment]]; the Golden Path (as detailed by [[GuideDangIt the official strategy guide]]) is to [[spoiler:watch the man plummet]]. Might be a nod to the fact that not even a Golden Boy superstar cop can fix ''everything''; Cole's bitterly disappointed face as he watches [[spoiler:the body being hauled away]] really sells it.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: One of the [[SideQuest Street Crime]] cases requires you to subdue a deranged man running through the streets, and if you fail to catch him, [[spoiler:he leaps from a rooftop to his death]]. Although [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight the Dev Team managed to add an alternate solution]], finding it requires you to [[MoonLogicPuzzle take action that seems counter intuitive in the moment]]; the Golden Path (as detailed by [[GuideDangIt the official strategy guide]]) is to [[spoiler:watch the man plummet]]. Might be a nod to the fact that not even a Golden Boy superstar cop can fix ''everything''; Cole's bitterly disappointed face as he watches [[spoiler:the body being hauled away]] really sells it.
30th Jul '17 4:07:12 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: ''LAConfidential'' meets ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' meets ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''.
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