Great game, but some concerns... 13 and up
Batman: Arkham City is one of the best games out there. It has amazing graphics and a great dialogue. I, for one, used to love the comic book series when I was a kid, so witnessing them come alive is an amazing thing. Having said that, there are some things to be said about this game. In the comic book series, women villains were usually clad in tight fitting and rather revealing clothing. Because of the accuracy of this game compared to the comics, they did not fail to make this a part of their game. Even so, most PG-13 movies have at least ten times more revealing outfits. If your child has seen movies such as the Fast and Furious movies, or pretty much any romantic comedy that has been made in the past eight years, this is nothing compared to those. Also along with the sexual issues, there is some swearing. I think i recall one "F" bomb, and several words such as "h**l" and "d**n". This is, once again, nothing compared to any PG-13 movies. I would go as far as saying that the movie Speed Racer had more language than this game. Batman never curses, but his evil counterparts do occasionally. The game is based on violence, like almost every other game, but it is in true Batman style. You never kill anyone throughout the game, although you do knock them unconscious. Once again (again), violence portrayed in PG-13 movies is much more intense than in this game, so if your child is allowed to watch those types of action movies, there is not much difference from them. There is some smoking and consumption of alchohal, but this is not terrible for your child, unless they do everything that they witness on video games. Over all, this is a fantastic game with a great storyline. Actually, now that I think about it, this game is just like the Dark Knight, just with more villains. It is fun and good for all the ages of 13 and up, and a few mature 12 year olds. Have a great time enjoying this game.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing