Summary: Gotham City Impostors is one of those ideas just stupid enough to work. The general premise is that Batman has ditched his crime fighting duties for some reason, leaving an army of costumed idiots with delusions of grandeur to take his place. An opposing force of Joker fans stand in their way, and everybody has guns. Utterly ridiculous, yet suitably audacious. Audacity, however, is a running theme in Gotham City Impostors that extends to every corner of the game.
Conclusion: Compared to other multiplayer shooters flooding the market, Gotham City Imposters may not offer the same breadth of game modes and map content, but it certainly stands out thanks to a great sense of self-referential humor and some oddball gadgetry. Even when the chuckles subside, the madcap action stands strong on its own.
Excerpt: More so than any of Batman's various forms over the ages, Gotham City Impostors seems to harbour most of its influences from the Adam West era, with slapstick noises, goofy humour and corny dialogue taken straight out of the 1960s. I'm actually surprised "Pow" and "Thwack" aren't plastered over the screen when you hit somebody, though with the way Monolith and Warner Bros have assembled their goofy creation I imagine there's already plans to flog that down the line as...
Excerpt: When I first heard about Gotham City Impostors , I didn't really think much of it. “Great, another Call of Duty rip-off. Just what we need,” I thought. It wasn't until I played the PSN beta that I really changed my tune – after just a few rounds, I found myself enjoying this multiplayer-only shooter a lot more than I expected.
Excerpt: What's Gotham City Impostors , you might ask? Think of it as the Batman game in which you don't get to play as Batman . In fact, with the exception of a cameo in the intro video at the beginning of the game, the old bat's not even to be seen! In his place, what you have are a bunch of do-gooders dressed up in capes and various assorted bat-ear-adorned headgear running around trying to thwart my dear, lovable, albiet heavily-armed, clowns.
Pros: + Satisfying shooting and a decent variety of weapons and mods., + Traversing the environment is blast using the available ramps, trampolines, and air vents in conjunction with roller skates, grapple guns, and gliders.
Cons: - Matchmaking takes longer than it should and matches are hampered by bizarre team balancing issues.
Excerpt: My mother always tells the story about how I used to dress up in my Batman pajamas and run around the house with my Super Soaker and homemade utility belt, fighting imaginary evil. I would spend hours finding small household items and fashioning them into my own Bat-inventions. I would watch the Tim Burton Batman movies over and over until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer and I’d play the awful Batman games on my NES. I was like every other kid of the late 80’s.
Pros: Goofy Gotham I Fun-as-hell weapons I Addictive as candy
Summary: Gotham City Impostors is a fantastic downloadable game for those in love with Team Fortress 2, or those addicted to Call of Duty's leveling system. Even though a lot has been borrowed from other games, Impostors forges an identity all its own.
Conclusion: Cheeky, scrappy, and rough around the edges, Gotham City Impostors entertains, often in spite of itself. Anyone who likes multiplayer shooters, but finds the more popular ones too intense for their liking should give this one a look.