If you haven’t seen “Tell Your Children [Reefer Madness]“ the movie, go find it – it’s incredibly funny, educational, and it’s the basis for the brand new L.A. Noire DLC, appropriately titled Reefer Madness.
So what’s Cole up to this time? Oh, you know, same old, same old – rotating coke cans, chasing down bad guys, and accusing old women of brutally torturing and murdering their baby grandkids. Thankfully, it’s still a ton of fun.
Since Madness is a Vice case, it’s time to re-unite with your favorite old time sleazebag, Roy Earle, in an epic quest to bust some heads, and hopefully profit from said head-busted thug’s coffers (or at least that’s Roy’s plan). After a tip from an informant, Cole is alerted to a marajuana distribution ring – madness ensues, and our heroes are caught up in a cartel that goes so far up L.A.’s nether-regions that even Roy can’t find it.
Narrative wise, Reefer Madness isn’t all that engaging, but the banter between Cole and Roy certainly is. There are even a few extra conversations you can view by investigating obscure items, that really show the chemistry between actors Aaron Staton and Adam Harrington. One scene in particular stands out while touring how soup is made in a factory – on paper, going on a digital tour of “How it’s Made: Soup Edition” sounds pretty boring, but Roy helps lighten the mood a bit, and make it work.
Cole and Roy’s complicated relationship is especially accentuated at the end of a case, with a particularly awkward scene, that helps highlight how fundamentally different these two characters really are, and helps signal the beginning of the end for Cole and Roy’s partnership.
In terms of actual gameplay sequences, you’re going to be pretty much doing more of the same (which more often than not, isn’t a bad thing, provided you haven’t tired of the L.A. Noire formula by now). A few gunplay sequences pepper a canvas of questioning and investigation, and other than a pretty well done police raid sequence, you won’t be too out of your element in Reefer Madness.
As usual, the supporting cast does a great job in their motion capture performances, and Roy’s color commentary helps make investigation that much more entertaining. Like the rest of the DLC, Madness should last you anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
Reefer Madness might not be the most exciting DLC case, but it’s a pretty solid way to go out, featuring one of the best duos in recent video game history. Hopefully, we’ll see more DLC in the future, but if this is the last bit of content, at least Team Bondi went out on a good note.