Batman: Arkham Knight Gets M-Rating

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.

 

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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.

 

Source: IGN

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Aaron Sanders

After upgrading from an Atari 2600 to an NES on his seventh birthday, Aaron grew up on old school platformers and classic PC point and click adventure games. An IT professional by day, he freelances design, video editing, and illustration in his free time.