ESRB explains Batman Arkham Knight M Rating


Since it was outed that the latest Rocksteady Batman game, Batman Arkham Knight, would be rated M, there were a lot of questions as of why the comic book title got the rating? Yesterday the ESRB listed their reasoning which chops it up to gore, swearing and some questionable content.

As we’re going to explain the details, just to warn you this could have some possible spoilers.


The ESRB Official listing has several points, including thugs screaming in pain when beaten down with punches and gadgets, which seems to be standard with Batman games as we know them, however they get specific with three points which seems to be the reason why it was raised to an M rating.

“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.”

So this sounds pretty standard in comparison to the comics and other media for the hero. Batman is a very dark hero as pointed out by several major arcs ranging back to “The Dark Knight Returns,” “Killing Joke,” even to the more recent “Death of the Family” and “Court of Owls.” It’ll be interesting to see how these scenes are played out, and how an M rating will affect the sales of the game