L.A. Noire

Game review by Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Complex, violent police drama has 1940s vibe.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 54 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 9+

kids can put up with this

first off there is only a tiny bit of violence at police shootouts and its nothing much, there is 90 uses of the word f*ck and 1 use of c*nt but it is a 30 hour long game say kingsman secret service has over 100 f bombs but that film is just over 2 hours long this is 30 hours long and this has less f bombs than kingsman so there will only be 3 swears an hour in la noire which is a big difference as in kingsman there will be over 50 swears an hour and if your child was 12 you would let them watch kingsman and finally the nudity it is only breif and barely visible everyone is overreacting and its not in a sexy way its just victims who have been stripped off and cmon everyone over the age of 7 knows what genitals look like so i conclude that you can get this for your kid if they are 9+
age 13+

Phenomenal game, very mature subject matted

While I think that this is a phenomenal game, I don’t believe that it is in any way appropriate for younger players. Many people have stated that the gun violence and swearing are nothing - but that isn’t my concern at all. Many of these cases deal with very mature subject matter. For example, one case deals with a 15 year old girl being drugged and raped. You inspect the underwear that has been “torn off of her”. In another, you view a woman’s completely nude dead body, where her murderer has carved obscenities into her skin. There are also multiple scenes of intravenous drug usage. It is important to remember that this game is set in the late 40s, so racism and homophobia are very present as well and there are several scenes displaying this. One other concern that I have for younger players, is that a very horrific, real life crime is referenced several times in this game. If, by chance, someone were to Google this case, it is very easy to find the original, uncensored crime scene photos of this murder. So while you don’t see the photos in the game, it could potentially spark players to look up the case and come across graphic images. Again, I think that this is a fantastic game, but I highly suggest waiting until your child is older, and I suggest you prepare to talk about domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug usage, etc. As they may have questions.

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