Batman Arkham Knight: Is an M-Rating a Good Thing?

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Posted February 24, 2015 by Lazar Odic in Video Games

*Warning: Contains Spoilers From Arkham City*

Earlier today news broke out that the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, (the final installment in Rocksteady’s Arkham series) will be M-rated. Of course, the internet broke out in whether this was a good thing or bad for the series. Some would claim that the M rating will hurt sales, as anyone under the age of 17 now won’t be able to buy the game without an adult, while others (myself included) think this is not only wonderful news but also the way to go for the series. It has me even more pumped for the games releases on June 2nd.

I’ve always been a fan of the darker style of Batman. Whether it’s the Christopher Nolan/Tim Burton films, or the plethora of comic books, it suits the character way more than his old school comedic ways. Of course, that has a place in the grand life of Batman, but as far as I see it, Batman is a dark and gritty character with some of the best villains comics has to offer. On top of that, you can do a lot more with his villains in a darker world than the light hearted ones. While Arkham Knight won’t feature The Joker (As far as we know), having Scarecrow in an M-rated Batman game has my thoughts running wild on what he might do. Will we get to play a scene where we are little Bruce and watch our parents die in Crime Alley while we stand there unable to do anything? Will we see more violent acts from people like Two-face? Harley Quinn? She did lose Joker, and no doubt blames Batman for it. What kind of schemes does she have planned? How messed up is she knowing her puddin’ is gone? What kind of revenge will she want to take? So many question! Knowing that Warner Brothers allowed Rocksteady to build what turned into an M-rated Batman game simply means they trust in the studio and the game to deliver a great Batman experience.

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What does Harley have planned for The Dark Knight?

When looking at why the ESRB gave the game an M-rating (Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence) we can only assume that this won’t be a walk in the park for Batman, and that his villains are more than willing to take any steps necessary to make sure he doesn’t stop them from their goals. As I mentioned above, one of the key villains will be Harley Quinn, but we cannot forget Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight himself who take the lead roles as the villains. What is Scarecrow up to this time? How does Arkham Knight play a role in it all? Who is Arkham Knight? What does Batman have to do to stop them? Does Scarecrow make Batman think he’s actually killed someone, which sends Bruce into a downward spiral? Could Arkham Knight be the one person who can honestly stop Batman in his tracks? The questions can go on-and-on because that’s all we can do, speculate. This news gives us more question than answers.

However, at the end of the day, this is the story Rocksteady wants to tell, and Creative Director, Sefton Hill has said “From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind. We never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell.” But that’s the thing, the previous two games were both T-rated and told an amazing story that didn’t feel held back due to the rating. Both Arkham Asylum & Arkham City had some dark themes, but it was nothing over-the-top or out of place. Those games didn’t tackle how bad things are now in the Arkham universe, and told their stories quite well. With this being the final entry from Rocksteady, I think they want to pull all punches and go to places maybe we haven’t seen Batman go before. Death, revenge, betrayal, I think it’s all going to be there and will tell a story all Batman fans will not only enjoy, but talk about months after the game has been released. The fact it happened to land an M-rating shouldn’t be viewed as a negative, but a positive for where they are taking the series and how they will end it. They aren’t being forced to tone anything down to appeal to a wider audience.

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Who is the Arkham Knight & What does he want to accomplish?

While learning that Batman: Arkham Knight would be M-rated, I personally think that people should be very excited about the news and not so taken back by it. From my view, this just means we are going to get a dark and gritty story that will no doubt be a great end to the Batman: Arkham series that Rocksteady has created. From the villains and their motives, to how Batman reacts to everything, Batman: Arkham Knight is surely going to be the talk of the town come June 2nd, and months after it’s release. I cannot wait to find out what Rocksteady has up their sleeves.


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Lazar Odic

I'm a simple kind of man. I love Batman, video games & writing. When I'm not wishing I was Batman, I'm in the man-cave gaming my days away.