Gotham City Impostors is frantic fun for shooter fans who want something a little different.
- A number of fun movement abilities
- Deep character customization
- Frantic pace
- Versatile arena design.
- Surprisingly awkward matchmaking.
If you've caught a nasty case of first-person-shooter fatigue, you might be wondering what the genre needs to do to reignite your interest. Gotham City Impostors, a downloadable offering developed by the people responsible for the F.E.A.R. franchise, has one potential answer: add obsessed Batman and Joker admirers who can grapple, glide and roller-skate around arenas with aplomb. It's an unusual solution that produces a memorable game.
Gotham City Impostors doesn't star Batman himself or any of the traditional antagonists from the DC canon. Rather, the experience focuses on two rival gangs that are vying for control over Gotham City. They call themselves the Jokerz and the Bats, but they're not nearly as sophisticated as the hero and villain who inspire them. The differences can be explained by financial limitations; one of the Bats will inform you if you wisely choose to complete the Initiation mode. Batman can afford to be noble--to beat the stuffing out of a bad guy and let him limp home--but these gang members don't have that luxury. Death and dismemberment are their only options.
Apart from the brief tutorial and a more extended Challenges mode that turns the game's available arenas into demanding obstacle courses (consider this mode your boot camp; a chance to acquaint yourself with area layouts without needing to constantly look over your shoulder), the entire experience takes place online. You are randomly assigned to one of the two gangs at the start of a given round. You and as many as five allies try to demolish the rival team in one of three primary modes: Team Deathmatch, Fumigation, and Psych Warfare.
Team Deathmatch offers the least structure of any mode. The first team to score 50 kills within the time limit wins, or the gang in the lead when the timer reaches zero snags the victory. Fumigation plays out more like a round of Conquest in the Battlefield games. Gang members try to secure and hold three objectives that gradually add percentage points to the team's overall total. A constant tug-of-war ensues as both sides race to reach 100 percent, which is a difficult undertaking when the other side can steal points by claiming control points. Finally, Psych Warfare is Capture the Flag with a twist: the team that finds and holds a battery for a certain period of time can then start broadcasting propaganda that leaves rival team members defenseless except for hilariously effective slaps.
While the general descriptions of the three modes may sound like they could just as easily apply to nearly any recent FPS of note, Gotham City Impostors stands apart from its peers because of the lengths it goes to encourage controlled chaos. On one level, it's a standard shooter. Players choose from a variety of weapons that include machine guns, grenade launchers, sniping rifles, and so forth. That's only the start, though. Each standard character is also equipped with special gear that determines how he or she moves around the map. There are roller skates that make speedy movement a breeze, along with ramps that can send a skating warrior flying through the air as a lethal blur. There are gliding suits that allow gang members to catch updrafts and then dive-bomb their foes into submission. It's even possible to use cloaking skills, double jumps, and charged leaps that allow even the bulkiest of thugs to bound up to the highest platforms. Fast-paced combat practically requires constant movement.
The five available arenas are arranged in a manner that truly capitalizes on the potential that the various gadgets provide. Whether you're ducking around crates stacked along the docks, negotiating the confined amusement park hallways, gunning down rivals in the open city streets, sailing through the air as you circle the chemical treatment plant, or sniping from rooftops along the edge of a nuclear power plant, you can find options that suit your style of play and equipment. Players who want to keep to the ground and play Gotham City Impostors like a standard corridor shooter can certainly do so. But open rooftops and streets provide a sniper's paradise while also allowing you to spend most of your time in the air if that's what you prefer. The freedom is exhilarating.
@Gamer-Geek me too, Gotham City Impostors is even than call of duty and battlefield in my opinion....Fell for an Arcade game anyways, If the communty dies i'll be dead, But its going strong at the mo
@rigzzsy I wasn't saying it deserves a 10, I just think the reviewer may have been a little too harsh.
6v6 cap is not enough to compete with TF2. Especially when TF2 is now free compared to $15 for this.
@stailcookie Try playing TF2 on a 360, then tell me that this isn't worth $15. You are certainly right about the PC, TF2 is king there, but no possible way I would play TF2 on my 360.
Wait a second, if the only issue with the game is in the matchmaking, why did you give it as low of a score as you did? You docked 2.5 points just for ONE thing!?
great review! I've been playing this game for a while and you nailed it! also, according to monolith, there's a patch coming to fix the matchmaking system on march.
I played the demo and didn't think it would get this high a score...but then again, I don't play a lot of shooter style games, so there's also that. Good review :)
skyvongola13 On the gamespot menu bar it says "also on PC and PS3". It is also mentioned in the review itself.
@Sgthombre I'm with you. I had no hope for this game when I saw the videos and pictures. After I tried the beta on PS3 I was hooked. Fantastic game!
I got to play around in the beta thanks to Gamespot... but I wasn't really impressed. It's a unique shooter, so good luck to it on principle, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Warner Bros/Sony still hasn't come up with the solution to unlocking the full game properly (for many PS3 players).
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