I have not yet picked up LA Noire due to time constraints but after reading both this article and the original, I am severely disinclined to ever do so.
As far as GTA...the only one that I thoroughly enjoyed was Vice City for the reasons already mentioned. San Andreas was a bore and IV was just "meh" to me. Saint's Row I and II are more enjoyable to me because your actions in SR are consistent with the storyline from front to back. Also, the world is so much more enjoyable.