Gotham City Impostors Whizzes Into Shooter Fans’ Hearts
By Alex Cranz
I get it. I do. The Kingdom of Amalur: RECKONING isn’t your cup of tea (it should be expect a review Monday as to why). You’re tired of assholes in Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. You kind of wish Team Fortress was more of a thing on console systems.
You’re bored and have nothing to do until March 6th. It’s cool. I too know that you can only play the Mass Effect 3 demo so many times before boredom sets in.
Might I suggest Gotham City Imposters in the interim? It’s like a console version of the goofy character designs and whiz-bang gadgets of Team Fortress only you can pretend to be the bastard child of Batman and Joker and roll around on roller skates blasting people with your AR-15.
THIS IS A GOOD THING.
By now the first person shooter has essentially been perfected. It’s nearly impossible to screw up and the only way forward is adding really cool physics defying add ons. Gotham City Imposters does just that. You get gliders and bouncy shoes and roller skates and variety of other gadgets that belong on Batman’s belt and allow you to turn invisible, fly or even soar down into people’s faces with your foot. Also guns, because you’re poorer than Batman and can’t afford ten years of martial arts lessons and a protective body suit.
This game is silly and a little mean and totally demented and for $15 it is an absolute steal. While it might lack all the wang fortifying prestige junk of other shooters it has a very fun level of customization. If you want to be a huge hulk of meat who shoots around on roller skates and turns invisible and uses a sniper rifle you can make that ill-advised choice.
And if you want to play as a lady you can play as a lady. In a shooter. I’m pretty sure this is the first time that’s been possible since playing that Odd Job maid in Goldeneye.* Yes the body type is borderline anorexic with some tig ol’ bittaes and all the faces to choose from are hypersexualized ladies while the guys get some really ugly dudes to play as, but there was been a serious drought when it comes to playing as women in fun multiplayer shooters. I was dying of thirst and these one step away from porn star insane vigilantes and criminals are water on my parched lips.
Just a request for future designers though. Men and women alike would be totally okay with some big beastly Ma Kettle looking ladies. In a game like this you can get away with making some gnarly looking women. We won’t be mad. Honest. I mean, someone will be mad. Someone is always mad, but guys who complain about having too many choices of female body types in their games about insane people flying and shooting rocket launchers are kind of weird anyways you know? And maybe some weirdly shape ladies will keep you from sexualizing women while making your guys all look like cool goobers.
Gotham City Impostors is currently available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows. It is stupid and silly and very addictive and a great bit of multiplayer to tide you over before the March onslaught of goodness. Just try not to think about Joker lady up there. Instead look how awesome Batgirl-lite looks. She’s a lady you could drink beer with while taking pots shots at Joker’s minions you know?
*No it isn’t actually. It just feels that way.