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 32 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 54 reviews

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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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age 13+

This title has:

Educational value
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Great role models
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