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...
Team-based shooter for comic book fans is fun but flawed.
Common Sense Media
27 March 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Gotham City Impostors is a download-only game that's played online in various teams. While it's cartoon-like and over-the-top in its appearance, it's a first-person shooter that lets you wield many different kinds of real weapons (shotguns and explosive bombs, for example) as well as fantasy weapons and gadgets (freeze gun, glider wings, etc.). There is blood in the game, too.
Excerpt: Gotham City Impostors is the poor man’s licensed game. It’s a Batman thing because that’s what sells. And it’s probably a first-person shooter for similar reasons. But, Batman never shows; nor does anyone especially recognizable. Instead, we’re cast into the slums of Gotham, wherein the socially inept gather and compete in ritualistic skirmishes. It’s a battle between the Jokers and the Bats.
Excerpt: Have you ever wondered what it’d be like if Batman decided he needed to kill some fools? Of course you have. But have you ever wondered what it would be like if it all took place under a Team Fortress /CoD scope, ya’ know, without actually playing as Batman? Me either. But you know what? Monolith did – and Gotham City Impostors would have been a great game if it weren’t for some hang-ups.
Excerpt: (Note: This review was written after the matchmaking and DLC patch for Gotham City Impostors was released, which means a number of issues the community had been experiencing on Xbox 360 have been ironed out. These issues are still mentioned in the review for context.
Excerpt: game without any of the property's principal characters seems like it'd be a complete farce, a failure without end. But somehow, Warner Bros. and FPS-creating veterans Monolith Productions have made magic in this budget-priced, online-only competitive shooter, and they've even managed to do this without relying on the culture and attitude from any of the movies.
Conclusion: The most damning aspect of Gotham City Impostors is that the tutorials and the NPCs stand out as the main highlight, which for a multiplayer focused title is a considerable problem. Add to this the slightly whorish way in which DLC is pushed to the fore, and you have a game that sadly lives up to its title; in other words…it feels like something of an imposter.