Gotham City Impostors Review for PC

Gotham City Impostors Review for PC

The Wannabes Take Gotham

It’s official: Batman games no longer need to suck, as proven twice by Rocksteady Studios and their phenomenal Arkham titles. Now Monolith Productions is stepping up to the plate to deliver their own take on the Batman mythos, and this one couldn’t be further from the dark and gritty Arkham games.

Gotham City Impostors actually bears a much closer resemblance to Team Fortress 2 than Arkham City. Here, Gotham is a colorful, cartoony place, where frantic action and slapstick antics are the flavors of the day. Taking down foes by lethal means is not frowned upon, either, and the streets run wild with rampant hilarious murder.

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In this multiplayer-only first-person shooter, players are divided into two teams. There are the Bats, who dress up as Batman, only they lack Bruce Wayne’s inexhaustible wealth and need to take the “thrift store” approach to dressing up. Then, of course, there are the Jokerz, who don face paint and green hair in homage to their idol, Joker. Obviously, these two sides cannot possibly get along, and they spend their time trying to murder each other.

Gotham City Impostors includes the FPS staple Team Deathmatch, but it’s not the main attraction here. There are two other game modes which, in this game anyway, are much more fun than simple TDM. Personally, I prefer Fumigation, which is the Gotham City Impostors version of Call of Duty’s Domination. In this mode, there are three marked “Gasblasters” that players must capture and hold. As long as your team has two or more Gasblasters, your score will steadily climb toward the 100% mark. If you manage to hold all three Gasblasters, the score will climb faster. Once the score hits 100% your team wins, and you release either a lethal gas or a swarm of murderous bats to annihilate the opposing team.

For Capture-the-Flag enthusiasts, there is Psychological Warfare. This mode has players collect batteries, then carry them over to a propaganda machine, which they then must defend for a set amount of time. If they can successfully defend the propaganda machine, it sends out debilitating signals that make your opponents run around flailing their limbs. During this, affected players cannot use their weapons; they can merely slap wildly.

With only three game modes, the game may feel a tad sparse, but each mode is implemented well enough that this shouldn’t bother you too much. It’s much better to have three well-polished game modes than fifteen barely playable ones, after all.

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However, where this sparseness does affect the game is in the map selection. Gotham City Impostors only has five maps. While each is incredibly well designed, with chokepoints, indoor and outdoor spaces, and the game’s wacky brand of strategic environmental features (trampolines and roller skate ramps, for example), the game feels a tad underwhelming in this regard. However, when you consider the low entry price (fifteen bucks) and the fact that there is an additional map (called “25th Floor”) slated to drop for free in March, this is by no means a bad deal. And, as I already mentioned, the map design is excellent.

This is actually where the game’s sparseness ends. There is a vast selection of weapons—some military grade, others homebrewed—and weapon mods to allow for an enormous amount of possible loadout types. In fact, loadouts even include body types and character voices. (And some of the voices are downright hilarious, I promise you.) In addition, there are Support Items like pipe bombs, bear traps, and explosive jack-in-the-boxes, as well as Gadgets like hang gliders, roller skates, and grappling hooks. It’s hard to put into words just how thrilling it is to soar over the battle with a hang glider or to watch your enemies hop around with one foot in a bear trap.

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Aside from loadouts, you can cosmetically customize your characters with a wide assortment of flamboyant costumes. As you play the game, you earn “Costume Coins” which can be redeemed for new costume pieces. (Costume pieces can also be purchased with real-world money by rich and impatient players.) Don’t like the default Bat-mask? Change it to a hand-knitted one or a super cheap painted cardboard version. And if you feel more comfortable in gym shorts, jeans, a kilt, or even lingerie, the game has options that will make you squeal with maniacal glee.

To accommodate this sure-to-be-lengthy process of getting your character the perfect loadout and look, there are 1,000 levels of advancement. No, I’m not kidding. When I first read that, I assumed it was either a typo or just a sneaky way of saying “100 levels of advancement with ten tiers of Prestige.” Nope. You actually get to shoot, trap, capture, and giggle your way through 1,000 entire levels of character progression.

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So how does it play? Well, truthfully, it feels a lot like a Call of Duty game. In fact, the controls are pretty much identical. However, as I explained during the game’s beta period , the look sensitivity feels a bit too loose. Of course, there is a sensitivity slider that should fix this up for you if it bothers you, but it’s still a little weird to have the sensitivity turned so high from the get-go. Also, the controls are quite a bit sloppier than, say, Modern Warfare 3. (I would actually put it much closer to Black Ops than Modern Warfare 3 on the “sloppiness” scale.) Then again, the game is about psychopathic wannabes who put on homemade outfits and battle each other. A little sloppiness is actually quite fitting here.

My biggest concern during beta was that the matchmaking tended to cause a lot of unnecessary waiting. I am happy to report that, in my first few days with the game, the issues are far less frequent, and getting into a match is quite a bit easier than it was during beta. It’s not perfect by any means, but Monolith promises there are some more improvements coming with the free March DLC that will streamline matchmaking even more.

At the end of the day, Monlith managed to make a Batman-related first-person shooter without putting a gun in the hands of Batman himself—not an easy feat. Additionally, they have provided some incredibly fun gameplay modes and some very well-built maps, all while keeping the price point low. Some may complain about the small amount of maps here, but really, the game costs the same amount as a Black Ops map pack. Did you really expect fifteen maps for fifteen bucks? And when you consider the insane amount of costume customization and level progression here, $15 isn’t a bad price at all. If you want an alternative to Team Fortress 2, with a little bit of Batman thrown into the mix, you can’t go wrong with Gotham City Impostors.

The cartoony look is definitely a good fit, though there could have been a tad bit more detail to make this one compete with the big boys in the FPS market. 3.8 Control
The controls could be viewed as “Call of Duty, only a bit sloppier.” This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. 4.2 Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Appropriate background music, with a talented—yet psychotic—voiceover cast. 4.1 Play Value
If you don’t get sick of the five maps, you will play this one for quite some time as you climb through all 1,000 levels of advancement. 3.9 Overall Rating – Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.

Review Rating Legend
0.1 – 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 – 2.9 = Average 3.5 – 3.9 = Good 4.5 – 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 – 2.4 = Poor 3.0 – 3.4 = Fair 4.0 – 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Hatched from the twisted minds at Monolith Productions, Gotham City Impostors is a download-only multiplayer FPS that pits violent vigilantes dressed up like Batman against craven criminals dressed up like the Joker in open warfare on the streets of Gotham City.
  • Gotham City has gone insane! Batman is up to his pointy ears in unwanted “helpers” determined to dish out their own bloodthirsty brand of vigilante justice in his name (and image). Meanwhile, a small army of self-appointed junior Jokerz has turned the streets of Gotham into a barmy battlefield of bullets, bodies, and bear traps.
  • Packing more customization than you can shake a shotgun at, you get to choose the guns, gadgets and even the hairdos that fit your personality and play style. It doesn’t matter if you want to be a mighty muscleman on roller skates with a hunting bow or a lithe lassie packing a homebrew rocket launcher and glider wings, Gotham City Impostors does not have rigid character classes and lets you play the way you want.
  • A robust level up system lets you unlock all the items required to make your impostor as crazy as you desire. Whether you prefer to develop your impostor by proving your prowess in solo challenges designed to test your skills and reflexes or by battling your way to the top of the scoreboard in several delightfully over-the-top multiplayer modes, there’s a surefire way for you to realize your preposterous potential!

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