L.A. NOIRE is a third person action/adventure game for the PS3 console. The player assumes the role of 1940s L.A. detective Cole Phelps, who works on various cases in departments including homicide, vice, and arson. The game was classified '18' for very strong language, strong violence, sex references and nudity.
The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck'). The strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. There are several uses of very strong language, including discussions about the word having been found written on the body of a female murder victim. This context is an aggravating factor, and repeated uses of the word throughout the game mean it is more appropriately classified at '18'. The game also contains multiple uses of strong language, as well as some outdated discriminatory racial terms, in keeping with its 1940s setting (eg 'negro', 'n****r' and 'wop').
While violence is not the main focus of the game, there are some strong moments. These include cutscenes showing strong bloody violence and sections of gameplay in which your character is required to look closely at corpses and the gory detail of wounds as part of his investigations. There are also occasions where your character fights enemies with a range of weapons, including a variety of guns, some of which produce large bloodspurts when your opponents are hit.
Strong verbal sex references occur in some story-lines which deal with prostitution and paedophilia. The nudity occurs in the context of naked corpses being investigated by detectives at crime scenes, and is strong and quite detailed.