Do you remember that scene in the beginning of “The Dark Night” when normal people dressed up like Batman and tried to take on the criminals? They looked a bit like Batman at first, but then up-close, you see they're wearing hockey equipment and they’re slightly overweight. They try to take on the bad guys but end up getting taken out by Batman himself. The premise behind “Gotham City Impostors” is basically the same thing, except on a larger scale and to a more ridiculous level. The basic story is that people have taken sides choosing either Batman or the Joker. They've also dress themselves up to mimic their idols. And for some reason, they’ve formed into groups and decided to start shooting at people on the other side.
So there's not much of a story here obviously, but that's not why you play games like these anyways. This is a first-person shooter at its core, and it focuses more heavily on online multiplayer. Let's take a look at whether these imposters are living up to their heroes or completely wasting their time.
The Good & Bad of Gotham City Impostors
Gotham City Impostors : The Good
This game works well as a first-person shooter. You get everything you would expect from interesting weapons to extra ways to kill your opponents. There's nothing particularly revolutionary here, it's just straightforward and enjoyable.
Online play is fun and there's always something going on. You can level up your character with experience points to become a more formidable force. Of course when anything like this is implemented into a game there are always those who will find a way around it. There are already a few godly characters running around that take joy in killing off newbies.
The Batman theme is always a winner and it's fun to take on this role. And if you happen to choose the Joker side, then it's really a delight to tap into your dark side and cause some serious havoc.
Gotham City Impostors : The Bad
You will need a pretty powerful computer to ensure seamless play. It's not a huge issue that prevents you from enjoying the game, but there are certain things (ways of killing opponents) that are a lot harder if you have a choppy graphic experience.
If you don't enjoy multiplayer there's not a lot for you here. There are a few single person levels but they’re designed as challenges rather than full stages where you can compete with AI. So if you're looking for something that you can plug-in and play easily without going online, you'll have to look somewhere else.
If you need character development or story to enjoy your games, this one won't be for you. All of the characters look different, but they tend to be the same in terms of personality. And it's a little bit off-putting that they're all thugs, so there's really no one you can relate to.
Overall, the price is definitely right for this downloadable game. If you're a fan of first-person shooters and have a bunch of friends who you can play with, then GCI is a no-brainer. It works well with any good gaming headset and you'll love the experience of forming your own Gotham City gain to take out your competition. There is also a lot of downloadable content to enhance the experience, and you never know, the real Batman or Joker might make an appearance one day.