Game Review: Gotham City Imposters

Sorry Bruce Wayne, but your time is up. Armed with cardboard cowls, roller skates, and shotguns, the citizens of Gotham are prepared to defend themselves against the onslaught of the villainous Jokerz. A multiplayer-only first person shooter, Gotham City Imposters drops a character into the middle of a huge free-for-all.

The four modes of this game are certainly not new. Impostors features standard team deathmatch, capture-the-flag (psych warfare), and resource domination (fumigation) modes that have been around since the dawn of first person shooters. The one mode unique to this game – bounty hunter – gives points based on the number of tokens each team picks up. When a player dies, he drops a token. If the opposing team picks it up, then they get a point. Although these modes are not necessarily ground-breaking, they create a fun atmosphere for a study break.

The game does not have the highest quality graphics, nor are its graphics poorly executed. Characters appear cartoony, but do battle on maps that are fairly realistic.

Often, the game’s sound effects simply do not fit the different situations the game presents, however, they make the game more light-hearted, which distinguishes it from other shooters such as Call of Duty.

Character customization is one of the game’s strong points. The many costume choices allow for unique combinations. The better looking items are available as downloadable content, but they only serve cosmetic purposes. No one is at a disadvantage without the most current items. Sadly, there is not a way to change the color of costume pieces, which would have been a nice addition.

Like many other games, Gotham City Impostors has level progression. As a player earns more experience, he or she levels up and gains access to better weaponry. However, the weapon unlock system does not limit lower leveled players to underpowered weapons. Rather, it allows each player to unlock what he believes would work best for him. A similar system exists for body types and boosters. This system creates an alternative to the standard higher level-higher power progression of many other games. It allows new players a chance to really get into the game without getting completely destroyed.

Overall, Gotham City Impostors is a good game for a little entertainment. While certainly not groundbreaking in any respect, it is different enough from other shooters that it will offer any player a unique gaming experience. This game is ridiculous and over-the-top in a fun way, and simple enough so that anyone can quickly get into the action.

Emily McNair is a down-to-Earth artist who is rarely seen without some form of video game regalia. She is from the small town of Monument, Colorado and loves to spend her precious spare time outdoors. She has been with The Oredigger for three years and is currently Managing Editor. She is working on a degree in chemical engineering and will graduate in May.

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