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ESRB explains why Arkham Knight is Batman's first M-rated game

Batman: Arkham Knight will be the first Batman title to get an M rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, and now we know why.

Spoiler warning. The rest of this story discusses details from the upcoming game.

Someone says "gobshite."

OK, OK, really, someone does say "gobshite," but the M-for-Mature label is probably because of the blood. "One room depicts a person torturing a character on a bloody operating table," reads the ESRB summary.

Further "A vehicle's wheels are used to torture an enemy in one sequence." So in other words, Batman: Arkham Knight wasn't gonna get rated T, for torture.

"Large bloodstains/pools of blood appear in crime scenes and in the aftermath of violent acts," the ESRB adds. Players also will be able to shoot unarmed characters and a hostage, says the ESRB. There's also a red light district with neon signs that promise "live nude girls," (I've always wondered why they have to specify "live") and "XXX." Bad words like "bitch" and "ass" also are said.

The rest of the summary sounds like standard Arkham series fare, with Batman throwing down on bad guys, including the slow-mo finishers you'd expect of the series.

Batman: Arkham Knight will launch June 2 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. For more on the game, see Polygon's preview from E3 2014.

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