The only Batman game that doesn't feature Batman?
Gotham City Impostors is a game that's been on my radar for quite a long
time. The idea of two teams dressed as Batman and Jokers, battling it out in
Gotham seems amusing. It's a very wacky take on the Batman licence, and it's full of humour and ridiculously over the top action. Even though the real Dark Knight doesn't appear in the game, Gotham City Impostors does a great job in keeping the Batman theme.
For those who don't know, Gotham City Impostors is a multiplayer only
experience. There's no story mode here, but that's not what was intended. It's all about 6v6 multiplayer, but their is a reason for the multiplayer to make
sense. Simply put, Gotham City has been overrun by impostors, people
impersonating Batman and Joker.
Before you begin a multiplayer match, I would suggest playing the tutorial.
It's a very amusing opening with a Batman impersonator teaching you the basics. From target practice, to using the available gadgets etc. As soon as you finish the tutorial, it's obvious that gadgets will be a big part in the game. It's actually what makes it stand out from other first person shooters. The gadgets can be from Springboots, which let you jump higher, Rollerskates, for getting around quicker. Or my favourite, the Grapple gun. This is probably one of the more popular gadgets. The Grapple can be fired almost anywhere in the environment. From rooftops, walls, or other flat surfaces. It's the fastest way of travel, and it's very useful for getting a better view of the maps,
especially for snipers.
Gotham City Impostors is set out similar to Call of Duty. Not only from the
control layout, but the option to select load-outs. As you play you
will gain unlocks. These can be used to unlock weapon attachments, camo, or new gadgets etc. You also receive what is called Costume Coins. Depending on how well you do in a match, you will earn coins from earning experience points (XP) These coins can be spent on items for your character on both teams. From hats, capes, trousers, shoes and many more. It's a neat feature and can be fun to play around with between matches. You can also purchase items with Microsoft points, but it's all available with in-game currency.
Multiplayer offers three game modes. A typical deathmatch, Psyche Warfare, which is a capture the flag style mode, and a territories mode called Fumigation. I found each mode works well enough, and it can be enjoyable. Having said that, I never felt addicted to it.
All three modes can be played on five maps, with another map coming soon for download. All the maps are vibrant and look the part. They all feature objects used for the gadgets. For example, small ramps are used for roller-skates, and air vents are used for the glide cape.
Overall, Gotham City Impostors is worth checking out. It might not be the quality of Team Fortress for example, but it's still worth your time.
Review by Gareth Smith