Gotham City Impostors Review (XBLA)

Well the caped crusader is up to his ears in crime fighting and being an all round good superhero, so a group of Gotham citizens decide to start their own Neighbourhood Watch group. However, their idea of this is to dress up as their favourite dark knight and go around the city cleaning up the streets of crime in their own unique way. At the same time, there is another group who consider it more fun to cause trouble in the name and guise of the Joker. It is inevitable then that these two groups encounter each other on a regular basis and it’s this that the new first-person shooter game from Monolith  and Warner Bros. is all about, the wonderfully wacky Gotham City Impostors.

The heroes and villains  are kitted out in a pseudo Batman or Joker outfit made by themselves, this as you can imagine causes a few fashion faux pas along the way. They do however have a lot of gadgets to help them, including a grapple that helps you to climb walls and reach things high up. There is also a sling shot and of course your cape that helps you to glide if you stand over a vent or jump off a high building.

One of the first games you really need to do is what’s called the initiation. This helps to familiarise yourself with the controls as well as allowing you to practice your moves. You get helpful tips both on-screen and narrated by your colleagues on what you should be looking for. There are different skills you need to learn including using your grappling hook and your sling shot to hit targets. If you are going to have any success on-line with this game, I would suggest doing this level as well as some of the other training ones. It will definitely help to speed you up inside the game as well as let you practice which combination of gadgets you need to move around.

There are other levels as well that you can join as an online group, one of which is an all out brawl between the Bats and the Jokerz. It took me a while to join a group as the connection kept going down, but I think this was more to do with my connection than the game, however, once I was in the on-line play was great fun. This is where the game comes into its own, it is perfect for on-line play and is easy to get into, especially if you have a group of friends that you can call upon to set up a clan.

There is an extensive list of upgrades that you can use to make your character your own, this is as well as the initial customisation that you can do when you first create your Batman or Joker doppelgänger. There is an array of hair, clothes, weapons to choose from. You can also decide their physical characteristics. This is an impressive amount of customisation, and added to the things you can add along the way, it makes your character truly your own which is really good.

There have been a few issues with the on-line aspect of this game, glitches with the playing statistics and more widespread it seems, the matchmaking problems. The matchmaking appears to have been particularly widespread, when searching for players on-line, it either takes as long time, or shows the player in a different location to the one they are in. When I first played the game it applied an update and I can say that I didn’t have any problems finding matches or with my location so lets hope that this issue has been resolved although as I said earlier, it did take a while to get into a game on-line.

If you set up a Warner Bros account you can join clans and have additional benefits, there are also other things that are unlocked as you progress through the levels. There are also challenge levels that let you hone the skills you learnt in the initiation. The aim here is to achieve a certain number of tasks in a certain time. The quicker you are, the higher the medal. You do have to be very quick though to achieve the gold medal as I found.

The graphics are good and there is a nice level of detail in the buildings and characters. The backdrop to the game with its run-down businesses and shops looks good and really helps to create the right atmosphere.

The sound is good, the music is not distracting and helps with the overall feel of the game. I did find the initiation level a little grating after a while with one of the guys constantly repeating himself.

If I have any criticism of the game it’s that at times I found the controls to be a little difficult and often I would end up on a ledge that I shouldn’t have been able to stand on and not being able to move. These are minor however, as a standalone game and especially online with friends, Gotham City Impostors is great fun and it will keep you entertained for hours.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

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I'm based in the UK and I have been writing about games for quite a while now. I like most types of game which helps, but I especially love management games.