[SPOILERS] Batman Arkham Knight's Ratings Reveal Why it's Mature and Something Else...

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Batman: Arkham Knight Will Be Out On June 2

Here's the rating according to the ERSB:

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.

As you can see, the mature rating seems to be because of the torture, violence and blood. However, the really interesting line is this: "During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage."

That doesn't sound like a very Batman thing to do.

There's a possibility that this could be referring to the non-lethal cannon on the Batmobile; it's used in takedowns, for example. However, the mention of 'shooting' seems to be in a separate context to that. There have been rumours that the gun-toting Arkham Knight was playable and this could possibly explain why 'the player' is shooting people. It's just a guess admittedly, but can anyone else come up with another reasonable theory?