RDR wasn't that bad for the first half, but it all felt a bit rushed at the end. We get a sense that John can't cope with being tied down as a farmer (from Uncle's observations), but then there's never nearly enough scenes with Marston and his family to see where it might be heading if Edgar Ross doesn't show up. I'm still not sure what the point of Professor MacDougal was either, other than being a nod to Rockstar's penchant for comic relief and a plot device for Dutch, but he's so out-of-place in RDR's world and his sub-plot eats into what would have been more time for the Marstons.
I think they were a great bunch of characters, but as a unit, you don't see it much. Especially, the reactions to Marston's vitrolic attitude towards Uncle (which is seen away from Jack's eyes). I think Rockstar might have been a bit worried that it would drag on and have the same complaints as GTAIV's overdrawn plot.
Either way, L.A. Noire is Team Bondi's baby, not Rockstar's and I'll be very interested to see how the overall arc plays out.
It sure as hell won't be a true noir (http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Ste...--188712.phtml), but I hope it doesn't fall into a pale imitation of LA Confidential.