The conclusion to Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham games might be the most violent and malevolent yet. While all previous Batman: Arkham games where given a T-rating, Arkham Knight has received an M-rating for Mature content and the ESRB description details why.
The ESRB states:
“This is an action-adventure game in which players primarily assume the role of Batman as he battles several villains spreading chaos across Gotham City. Players traverse a variety of locations around Gotham while battling thugs, examining crime scenes, and occasionally rescuing hostages. Players engage in melee-style combat using punches, kicks, and gadgets (e.g., batarangs, explosives). Enemies cry out in pain when struck, and some takedowns are highlighted by brief slow-motion effects and loud impact sounds. Some sequences allow players to use tank-like vehicles with machine gun turrets and rockets to shoot enemies; a vehicle’s wheels are also used to torture an enemy in one sequence. Cutscenes depict characters getting shot (on and off camera) while restrained or unarmed. Large bloodstains/pools of blood appear in crime scenes and in the aftermath of violent acts; one room depicts a person torturing a character on a bloody operating table. During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage. Neon signs in a red-light district read “live nude girls” and “XXX.” The words “b*tch,” “gobsh*te,” and “a*s” appear in the dialogue.”
Most notable details include; the assumed new Batmobile’s wheels “used to torture an enemy in one sequence,” Pools of blood appearing “in the aftermath of violent acts,” “one room depicts a person torturing a character on a bloody operating table,” and the biggest detail is the quote: “During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage.”
Given these details, this reporter is speculating that Scarecrow will return with a new fear-toxin sequence where we will see Batman breaking his rules or we might be able to play as the Arkham Knight himself. Of course this is just myself speculating; however, the new game will definitely be the darkest of the series, and that is exciting.