Batman: Arkham Knight
By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Be the Caped Crusader in this epic end to the Arkham story.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Good fighting evil, stopping criminal activity, helping those in need overshadowed by violence, combat core to the gameplay.
Positive Role Models
Batman has a strong code of ethics, morals, including a no-killing policy. He's highly intelligent with exceptional deductive skills, a deep sense of family. That being said, Batman is still a violent character in a violent world.
Some sporadic diversity, with characters of different genders and races playing different roles in the game. Female characters range between being strong allies (or in some cases, adversaries) or stereotypical damsels in distress.
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Ease of Play
Thanks to expansion of combat system and new Batmobile controls, there's a higher learning curve, higher degree of difficulty than in previous games.
Violence & Scariness
Doesn't shy away from depictions of violence. Opens with graphic cremation of a body. Scenes of torture, corpses found in investigations; cutscenes of characters getting shot, killed. This is in addition to constant flow of combat core to gameplay.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters appear in suggestive outfits; criminals occasionally make sexual references, innuendo. Red-light district in Gotham features neon signs advertising "Live Nude Girls" and "XXX."
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Liberal use of profanity, including "s--t," "bitch," "ass." Occasionally, these words appear in main dialogue but are often repeated in ambient conversations between random criminals.
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Products & Purchases
Based on popular DC Comics superhero, no stranger to various types of merchandise. Plus, Arkham game series has spawned its own merchandise line, including clothing, action figures, even replica props of the items from the games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters reference drinking, drug use. Many characters are shown smoking. The Penguin, in particular, is regularly depicted smoking a cigar in cutscenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman: Arkham Knight is the latest game in the Arkham franchise. It's a darker entry than previous games, including more graphic scenes of violence and torture. Combat is still the primary focus of the game, with lots of overwhelming close-up melee fighting. The addition of the Batmobile as a core mechanic also introduces vehicular combat. The dialogue is gritty, and criminals make fairly regular use of profanity. Plenty of characters refer to drinking and drug use, and the Penguin in particular is frequently shown smoking a cigar. Criminals occasionally mention innuendo or sexual references, female characters are dressed in suggestive outfits, and the town's red-light district has signs advertising adult entertainment.
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What’s It About?
BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT is the fourth game in the series and the conclusion to the main Arkham story arc. In the story, the Scarecrow has threatened to release a new version of his fear toxin, forcing an evacuation of Gotham. This is part of a larger plan, as the various villains in Batman's Rogues Gallery have teamed up to take out the Dark Knight once and for all. In addition, a mysterious new antihero, the "Arkham Knight," has appeared to deliver his own brand of justice while plotting the downfall of Batman. New to the series is the Dark Knight's ability to take to the streets in the Batmobile, as well as occasional team-ups with various allies, including Nightwing, Robin, and Catwoman.
Is It Any Good?
For fans of any or all the previous Arkham games, or any Batman fan for that matter, this chapter represents the pinnacle of the franchise. Batman: Arkham Knight is the first Batman game to carry a Mature rating from the ESRB, so younger sidekicks might want to be left in the Batcave this time around. The game is bigger, deeper, grittier, more detailed, and, on the whole, more engaging than any of the previous entries. Plus, the addition of the Batmobile to the game fulfills many fans' biggest wishes.
If there's one main criticism to be levied against Arkham Knight, it would be that the game is almost too big. With the new abilities and moves added to the combat system, as well as the extra layer of controls dedicated to driving and using the Batmobile, the controls aren't quite as instinctual. There's a steeper learning curve this time around, and until you get the hang of it, things simply don't feel as smooth as prior entries in the series. On the upside, once you get past that learning curve and start to really enjoy everything Arkham Knight has to offer, you're left with one simple thought: "I AM Batman!"
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what defines a "superhero." What are the traits that make a hero stand out and that separate the heroes from the criminals they fight?
How has the Batman character changed over the years? Discuss how changes in the audience and worldview have dictated changes in the character, from the cheesy '60s television version to the ultraviolent Dark Knight version to the current Arkham version.
Talk about violence in entertainment. How is violence portrayed in comic books, and how does that violence carry over to other media like video games? Does the violence in printed artwork have any less of an impact on younger audiences than that of more animated portrayals in movies and games?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Release date: June 23, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: December 13, 2021
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