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The Scarecrow takes over in Batman: Arkham Knight’s “Gotham is Mine” trailer

John Noble has brought eccentricity and menace to his roles as Walter Bishop on Fringe and the Horseman of War on Sleepy Hollow, but only his voice is required to strike fear into the heart of Gotham in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight. Noble will play Jonathan Crane (AKA The Scarecrow) in Rocksteady’s trilogy-capping entry of the Arkham series. And like on Fringe and Sleepy Hollow, he has a plan.

In this new trailer, dubbed “Gotham is Mine” by the developers, The Scarecrow reveals how he will bring together Batman’s greatest rogues. Two-Face, The Penguin, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and the all-new Arkham Knight will join forces to kill the Dark Knight once and for all.

Will they succeed? We’ll all find out together on June 2, when Batman: Arkham Knight launches for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Insert Quarter: Did Batman: Arkham Knight Just Kill the Teen Rating?

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The gaming world was a tad surprised when Batman: Arkham Knight was awarded an “M For Mature” rating by the ESRB earlier this week, but no one has taken up the “Won’t someone think of the children!” mantle just yet. And that’s probably because the way that gamers treat a Mature-rated game is much different from the way moviegoers react to an R-rated film (to say nothing of the dreaded NC-17).

You might even wonder if this has signaled a shift away from the ESRB’s Teen rating (which has always been considered equivalent of the much-more-popular PG-13 for films). Few games carry a Teen rating in 2015 and nearly every critically acclaimed title of the past decade (BioShock, Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto V, and many others) has been slapped with a scarlet “M.” Paul Tassi of Forbes believes the “T For Teen” rating is dead and that it’s unlikely anyone will notice or even care:

Unlike the movie industry, however, a game being rated M is not all that big of a deal. Movies will bend over backward to cut themselves down to PG-13 from an R in order to have a chance at dramatically increasing their box office haul, and there’s only one R-rated movie in the top 25 highest grossing films of all time, The Passion of the Christ. There are 16 PG-13 movies, by contrast, including the first four of the top five.

Gaming is a much different story, with rating hardly seeming to matter at all. M-rated games are routinely best-sellers, and comparatively seven out of the top 25 highest selling video games of all time are rated M, all split between Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty titles, with the non-M games mostly coming from Nintendo ’s E-rated stable. In fact, there isn’t a single T-rated game in the list.

The full article is available for your perusal at Forbes.

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The ESRB has slapped Batman: Arkham Knight with a Mature rating

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IGN is reporting that Rocksteady Studios has informed them that Batman: Arkham Knight has received a Mature rating from the ESRB. I wonder if this means he’ll tell someone that he’s “the goddamn Batman.”

Arkham Knight’s Director, Sefton Hill, told IGN that he was surprised by the ESRB’s ruling, especially after a Teen rating was granted to both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Hill added that the team never specifically added content to the game in an effort to earn a Mature rating, but that he’s aware of how it may hurt the game at retail:

“I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out… I don’t want to be oblivious to that fact. It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn’t believe in to keep the game ‘mass market’ or enable it for more people. We feel that’s the wrong way to go about it. We said we love the story and we don’t want to jepoardize that.”

As of this writing (10:00 AM Eastern Time), the ESRB has yet to make the Batman: Arkham Knight’s “Rating Summary” available to the public.

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Final Batman: Arkham Knight Ace Chemicals trailer includes Scarecrow missions tease

In the third and final Batman: Arkham Knight “Ace Chemicals” trailer, we see Batman solving puzzles by remote-controlling the Batmobile, fighting a bunch of mercenaries, and saving Ace Chemicals employees. There’s also a quick tease of the big fight about to go down between the Batmobile and Arkham Knight’s helicopter.

Rocksteady Studios and WB Games talked about the trailer a bit on the PlayStation Blog, as well as revealing the Scarecrow Nightmare Pack, which will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 2, 2015.

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Batman returns to Ace Chemicals for Arkham Knight’s “Infiltration Part 2″ trailer

Rocksteady recently released the second part of their “Ace Chemicals Trilogy” of trailers, showing off more gameplay from Batman: Arkham Knight. Here we see Batman facing off against a lot of opposition in the courtyard of Ace Chemicals, and there’s definitely no shortage of firepower.

The final episode will air on Saturday, December 6 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time) during the PlayStation Experience and at PlayStation.com.

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Batman infiltrates Ace Chemicals in latest Arkham Knight trailer

Batman has a bad history with Ace Chemicals. It was there that an unnamed criminal known as The Red Hook fell into a vat of chemicals and emerged as The Dark Knight’s nemesis, The Joker. Harvey Dent suffered a similar disfiguring accident in Batman: The Animated Series, permanently damaging his psyche and transforming him into Two-Face.

With such a haunted history, you’d think supervillains would stop attempting to rob and/or take over the plant. But you’d be wrong as Scarecrow and the mysterious Arkham Knight make the factory a target in the latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight. The trailer includes a look at the Batmobile in action and new takedown maneuver, the “Fear Takedown.” WB Games also plans to release an extended version of the trailer (three-and-a-half minutes is clearly not enough) on December 1 through the game’s official website.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on June 2.

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EGX 2014 Report: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Arkham Knight, The Order 1886, and More

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EGX London, formerly known as the Eurogamer Expo, finally gives UK players a chance to their hand at unreleased games after all the other big Summer shows: E3, PAX Prime, Gamescom, and TGS. It sits at the right time of year too! I always tend to get a bit down on games over the Summer when my consoles sit mostly unused.After playing a dozen of the biggest games scheduled to release over the next nine months, I’m excited to finally charge a DualShock 4 again.On top of that, talking to so many gamers in one place really gives you a nice vertical slice of where the industry sits at the moment. But first… the games! (more…)

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Batman: Arkham Knight ventures into the light of day on June 2

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that Batman will return on June 2, 2015. It looks like that’s the day that Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in three different versions.

A game disc in a flimsy plastic case is yours if you’re willing to spend $59.99 on the standard edition. But for $99.99, you can upgrade to the Limited Edition housed in a fancy SteelBook case. In North America, the Limited Edition will be available exclusively for the PS4 and Xbox One. Gamers in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand will have the option of picking it up for the PC as well as the PS4 or Xbox One. So what else do you get for your money besides a sturdier case? Well, the Limited Edition includes…

  • Limited Edition SteelBook – Unique SteelBook case and game disc.
  • Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s protector, The Dark Knight.
  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, full-colour art book showcasing the concept art of Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book.
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three unique Skins from DC Comics’ “New 52″ series.

But if you really want to get nuts, the $199.99 Batmobile Edition (PS4 or Xbox One only in all territories) may be for you. The Batmobile Edition includes everything from the Limited Edition, except the Batman Memorial Statue has been swapped out for a Transforming Batmobile Statue that is, according to WB, “realized in exquisite detail by TriForce.”

You can get a closer look at both special editions after the break. (more…)

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