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Trivia: L.A. Noire
  • Actor Allusion: In "The Consul's Car", Valdez angrily calls Cole a madman.
    • In "The Golden Butterfly," while Moller is being interviewed at the station, he insists that the cops should "give [him] that lie test." In Heroes, Moller's actor plays a character who is a lie detector.
    • This isn't the first time Michael McGrady has played an LAPD Detective; he was Det. Daniel Salinger in Southland.
  • Author Existence Failure: On October 5, 2011, in the wake of an employee working conditions scandal and facing bankruptcy, Team Bondi closed its doors.
  • Creator Killer: Team Bondi shuttered months after release. Though the game was a critical and commercial success, Team Bondi's founder clearly considered it his Magnum Opus and terrible working conditions, high staff turnover, and endless delays resulted. It destroyed the relationship with Rockstar and ensured they would never get another publisher.
  • Defictionalization: Hey kids, you now can get your very own L.A. Noire notebook, now go get cracking on those cases!
  • Development Hell: Beyond the obvious fact that the game took over seven years to make, there's a literal example here. Team Bondi was by all accounts... a shitty place to work. Plus, studio head Brendan McNamara was charitably described as "a tyrant" by most of the workers.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Ken Cosgrove interrogates fellow Sterling Cooper coworkers Harry Crane, Paul Kinsey, Pete Campbell, and client comedian Jimmy Barrett. Dr. Wayne has also became a coroner.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: An interesting example, as the detailed facial animations elevate the actors portraying the characters beyond being simple voice actors.
  • Name's the Same: Amusingly, this is the second major story-driven action game set in the 1940's/1950's era with a Big Bad named Fontaine.
  • No Export for You: A free PS3-exclusive DLC Case isn't available outside North America, for the Xbox 360 or the PS3.
  • Real-Life Relative: Aaron Staton and Connie Fletcher, who are married in real life, play in-game couple Cole and Marie Phelps.
  • Saved from Development Hell: Trailers were running for this game for at least four years before its release, and judging from the increase in "Rockstarisms" in the later trailers, it underwent many design changes.
  • Troubled Production: Team Bondi's founder ruled the development of the game with an iron fist, chewing up and spitting out a huge amount of prospective employees and subjecting whoever was left to insane amounts of unpaid overtime. The end result was the company gaining the ire of Australia's game development community, Rockstar cutting their ties, and L.A. Noire being Team Bondi's first and last game.
  • What Could Have Been: Reportedly, the game was originally so large that they had to cut out much of the content just to fit the core story cases onto three disks for the Xbox 360. While several cases related to the existing desks have been released (5 in total, comprising roughly 4 GB of data), there's still a lot more content that is unaccounted for.
    • This is noticeable at several points, such as a throwaway line near the beginning of "A Marriage Made in Heaven" concerning a girl named Anna Rodriguez, which makes no sense unless you play the PS3 version, where the case "The Consul's Car" is included. Also, "The Naked City" explains Bekowsky's sudden promotion to Homicide, as seen at the start of "Manifest Destiny".
    • The game was originally supposed to have a Burglary and Fraud Division Cole played through but were cut in the final release. Rumors were spread that they might later turn up in a DLC but that was later canceled due to other issues.
    • Not to mention that for the Burglary Desk it is assumed that Cole's partner would have been Harold Caldwell, seeing as they have "catching up" to do. The kicker: Harold Caldwell was voiced by Brandon Keener, a.k.a Garrus Vakarian.
      • Further, looking at the case numbers in the official strategy guide, large gaps in the number sequence are noticeable. For instance, the Traffic cases skip from 1 to 3 to 5. Since "The Consul's Car" takes place between "The Driver's Seat" and "A Marriage Made in Heaven", its safe to assume that it's supposed to be Traffic Case #2. The Homicide desk is the only desk with a full case number sequence at the start.
    • The DLC only covers cases cut from the desks that actually made it into the game. The Burglary and "Bunko" (fraud) desks were cut entirely, and although the developers had hinted that they might complete them and release them as DLC, given Team Bondi's liquidation, this possibility now looks highly unlikely. The game hints towards this when you first switch from Traffic to Homicide, subtly by noting a 6 month gap between the two and explicitly when the chief informs the staff that Phelps was promoted from Burglary.

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