We mentioned a couple weeks ago that Batman: Arkham Knight would be the first of its brethren to receive a Mature rating from the ESRB, and it looks like we finally have an answer as to why.
[Mild spoilers regarding scenes and gameplay – Read at your own risk]
According to the ESRB, players can expect to see the following in the Caped Crusader’s latest adventure:
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.
Batman: Arkham Knight hits shelves on June 2nd for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Check out the latest theatrical trailer featuring Scarecrow, Two Face, Harley Quinn, and much more (above)!