While the Arkham series has always been on the darker side of the Batman franchise, the upcoming Arkham Knight from developer Rocksteady has raised some eyebrows over its M for Mature rating.
Previous games have featured murder, goon mutilation and Harley Quinn’s voice – so why does the latest in the series deserves such a rating?
We managed to pick out a few details from the ratings summary posted on the ESRB’s website. For those spoiler avoiders amongst you, avert thine eyes lest your purity be forever torn from this earth:
“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.”
Shooting unarmed characters stands out due to Batmans fairly rigid ‘no murder’ policy, but previous trailers have demonstrated that the Batmobile uses rubber bullets. However, given the nature of your targets, could we see a second player character – possibly the Arkham Knight himself?
We’ll all have to wait and find out when we step back into the Batsuit on June 6 of this year.