ESRB Summary Gives New Details On Batman: Arkham Knight

by Dean James

Batman: Arkham Knight is only a few months away from release at this point and that means more details are surfacing about arguably the most hyped game of 2015. Pretty recently, we learned that the game was going to be the first M-rated entry in the series, which made people wonder just what would be causing the Mature rating. Thanks to the ESRB’s website, we now have exactly that answer with some new game details.

The following is the full game description from the ESRB for Batman: Arkham Knight:

“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.”

A good portion of the description for Batman: Arkham Knight sounds like something that would have fit in a T-rated game, but there are certainly some more adult elements in other areas mentioned. The story itself is also said to be quite brutal, so that likely contributed quite a bit.

Batman: Arkham Knight will release on June 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.