I try to not write overly cynical or snarky posts here but after reading not one but two “news” pieces on IGN yesterday, this is something I need to get off my chest.
The posts in question relate to Rcoksteady’s upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, a game that I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on when it releases in June. News broke recently that Arkham Knight was given an “M” (Mature) rating by the ESRB and for some odd reason IGN felt the need to write not one but two posts about it, both of which were extremely similar to one another.
My first thought was something to the effect of: “Okay, so?”
Now, I understand that this is the first real M rated Batman and that’s fine, I just don’t get why it’s such a huge news story. They made it seem like this is a massive deal and frankly, I don’t see it that way. Based on the comments those posts garnered, many readers feel the same way as I do.
Whether or not you enjoy the Arkham games, I think we can all agree that the games present Batman in a more gritty and mature light. The city itself is dark, dirty and filled to the gills with thugs, so you kind of know what you’re getting into. All three games don’t hesitate to dive into some dark, scary territory (anyone remember that Morgue scene from Arkham Asylum? *shivers*) and I’m not surprised that Arkham Knight pushes the franchise further down that path. Even Arkham City pushed the Teen rating it got so I am curious how much more brutal the series can get.
Listen, I’m glad Rocksteady stuck to their guns and didn’t back down on their vision for Arkham Knight even after confronted with a higher rating than they thought they’d get. I don’t expect a huge change in tone as compared to the previous games even with the maturing rating on this one. Based on the trailers and information we’ve gotten on the game, it’s reasonable enough to assume how high the stakes are for Batman this time around as many (if not all) of the villains unite to take him down. That could factor into the rating in some way as Batman’s enemies pull out all the stops to take him out. Even with that said, I still expect to see bone crunching melee combat, brutal takedowns, female villains in light skimpy clothes, and swearing. Nothing out of the ordinary from what we’ve gotten up to this point.
So it does make you wonder just what Rocksteady has added to push the game further in the ESRB’s eyes. With the Scarecrow back in the mix, one can only wonder…
What about you? Is the “M” rating truly a big deal or is it getting a little blown out of proportion? Let me know what you think.