If you’re old enough for high school, you’re old enough to play Arkham City.
The ESRB has cast its critical eye over Batman: Arkham City and given it a T for Teen rating, making it the latest in a series of Batman media, including The Dark Knight and Arkham Asylum, deemed suitable for a teenaged market.
The ESRB’s summary reads as you might expect. Much like its predecessor, the game contains violent hand-to-hand combat, with sounds of pain, realistic gunfire, and slow-motion effects. There is some sexual content, but it is suggestive rather than explicit. Female characters – and my money is on Catwoman – are said to display a lot of cleavage, and there is at least one instance of a neon sign promising “Live Nudes.” Characters also make reference to sex and porn.
There are also a few instances of smoking, and references to drinking. One of the examples given for drinking also contributes the most intriguing part of the ESRB’s summary. At one point, a character in the game says, “She got a little drunk and killed her classmates,” which is a rather interesting snippet of incidental dialogue. It could just refer to a random gang member, but with the exception of Harley Quinn and Catwoman, women seem a little thin on the ground in Arkham City. If I had to guess, my money would be on Harley – she seems the type.
Batman: Arkham City comes out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 18th.