Last month, we found out that Arkham Knight will be rated Mature. This week, the ESRB have updated their website to included a detailed breakdown of why the game is Mature instead of Teen.
Whilst the description doesn’t mention characters by name, there are a couple of things that would probably have more dramatic effect if you just experienced them in-game rather than reading them online and then thinking about them for three months… Which is pretty much why we are posting the description here. We are actively encouraging you not to read any further. Turn back now and enjoy the game without knowing the one or two things that may hint at characters or events.
Ignored that warning? Thought so. The description is below. My comments are in bold.
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. – This is all stuff that we’ve seen before. Teen.
Some sequences allow players to use tank-like vehicles with machine gun turrets and rockets to shoot enemies – Batmobile gameplay. Teen.; a vehicle’s wheels are also used to torture an enemy in one sequence. – Oh Kay… This may be pushing into Mature depending upon the emotional intensity of the scene. Is Batman torturing a villain for information?
Cutscenes depict characters getting shot (on and off camera) while restrained or unarmed. – Seen this already. Teen.
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. -Mature. The operating table torture. Yeah, Mature.
During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage. – Batman doesn’t shoot people. Perspective switch?
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. – The only notable here is that gobsh*te is a very British curse, so it’s likely to be Penguin.