Batman: Arkham Knight, The Official ESRB Rating Summary

A few weeks ago we learned that Batman: Arkham Knight was going to be the first game in the franchise to receive a Mature rating from the ESRB. Since the rating was revealed, there has been a lot of speculation within the community as to what has changed and what Rocksteady has in store for us with their final chapter of the franchise.

Read our thoughts on the subject: Batman: Arkham Knight; Rocksteady’s Most Mature & Crowning Achievement?


If you want to avoid any potential spoilers, then the closest you want to come to reading the ESRB’s thoughts on the game are contained within their Content Descriptors: Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence.

You may have noticed, contained with the “Gotham is Mine” trailer there are a number of hidden clues… curious as to where they lead? Check it out here… Batman: Arkham Knight “Gotham is Mine” Hidden Messages?

Turn back now if you want to avoid any potential spoilers revealed within the official ESRB summary…

Last chance…

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Rating Summary: 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.


“During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage.” Does this refer to the ability to play as an alternate character? We know there is going to be a playable Harley Quinn DLC available at launch, do you think this is the character that would allow the ability to shoot at armed/ unarmed characters?

Could it suggest that we may have other playable characters instore for us, let us know what you think in the comments below…

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