Gotham City Impostors Wins Heroically.

11 02 2012

Gotham City Impostors Review

I thought this day would never come.  I’ve wanted Gotham City Impostors since the first time I laid hands on it at PAX ’11, and it arrives stronger and better than ever.

Gotham City Impostors is a downloadable first person shooter arcade title brought to you from WB and Monolith.  GCI puts you in the position of wannabe Batmen and Jokers who aren’t afraid to use any means necessary to inflict pain and trauma to their enemies.  As serious as all that sounds, every character is a goof and the game has a very joke oriented feeling.  But underneath it’s cartoonish exterior is a serious FPS title.

Gotham City Impostors has 3 multiplayer modes, 1 challenge and 1 tutorial mode.  The 3 multiplayer modes include Fumigation, Psyche Warfare, and the standard Team Deathmatch.  Fumigation is a conquest/domination type mode where each team tries to capture and hold 3 points in attempt to poison the other team with toxic gas.  Classy right?  In Psyche Warfare you attempt to connect a centrally located battery  to your bases “demotivational loudspeakers”.  The demotivational infomercial music bores into the opposing teams psyche forcing them into a slap happy frenzy.  Be on your toes though, slapping can still kill.  If you’re tired of the same old grind, “Challenge” maps are available for you to improve or test your skills with gold/silver/and bronze rewards.

A huge successful portion to Gotham City Impostors, besides the obvious creative concept, is your characters “Secret Identity.”  This is where GCI far surpasses Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and has it heading into the same arena as Team Fortress 2.  Loadouts, costumes, calling cards, and gangs are all customizable.  Each loadout includes weapons, support items, gadgets, fun facts, psyche profiles, and a body type that leads to almost endless possibilities and a deeply engrossing experience.  I’m a chick when it comes to customizing my characters, so I’m in hog heaven with each piece I can change on my impostors costume.  If customization isn’t your thing and you’re only content knowing you’ve slayed everything in sight,  GCI lets you check your progression to stardom with record tracking, feats of prowess, stamps of excellence, achievements and the all important leaderboards.

Gotham City Impostors isn’t all unicorns and rainbows, it does have some chinks in it’s bedazzled armor.  Matchmaking and joining a match with your party are still having issues even after the beta.  And unless your actually in a party you MUST listen to everyone speak because there is no mute player.  Seriously, no player mute.  It’s like having all the losers of American Idol in your ear and having to endure their train wreck performance.  Funny as that may sound, it’s not an enjoyable experience after about 10 minutes.  But all is not lost true believers, WB and Monolith have already detailed a piece of DLC that’s dropping sometime next month that includes a new map, weapons, a support item, costume choices, and a fun fact.  There will also be patch fixes for joining in-progress matches and the all important ability to mute players.

Gotham City Impostors is a fresh take on the first person shooter genre while still managing to stay true to it’s roots.  It’s a solid, fun, comedic title that deserves a lot of attention.  With a $15 price tag, 1,ooo character levels, and 106 downloadable cosmetic items with more scheduled to drop next month, GCI promises to make sure you never have to leave your house again.  Unless it’s to fight make believe crime in game.  Don’t try vigilante justice in a cape in real life, this isn’t Kick Ass, so behave yourself.

Gotham City Impostors scores an A.

Burke

 

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Metro: Last Light Delayed

4 02 2012

Sad days are upon us, the sequel to Metro 2033, one of my surprise hits of 2011, has been pushed back to 2013.  According to THQ’s release schedule, Metro: Last Light has been pushed back to Q1 of 2013.  It’s sad not just because of the delay, but because the world ends in December 2012 so I’ll now never get to see what happens to Artyom, those sneaky f**king Russians, or those neo-fascist Nazis.

Burke





Game over man! I think not!

3 02 2012

Just saw these hot little trailers, so I thought I’d drop some bombs on you…you know I mean from orbit…’cuz its the only way to be sure. Now if I have said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I love the Aliens property as well as Predator franchise and by extension the AvP mythos. To me there is no greater villain in the entirety of the galaxy than the Xenomorph and no greater hunter than the Yautja (even if they get their asses handed to them in EVERY movie). And there has to be something said for the atmosphere. Darkness, shadows and fading forms of light blend together to create this almost claustrophobic strangle hold on your mind even though you could be standing in a giant warehouse. I LOVE this. Which is why I have high hopes going into 2012, waiting for Aliens:Colonial Marines to come out. So from outer space, to me, and back to you, I give you this:

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Coming out in Q2 2012, you know where you can find me!

Nic





Gotham City Impostors Release Date Out of the Box.

2 02 2012

Contrary to my previous beliefs, Gotham City Impostors will in fact be released this first week of February.  Per the Gotham City Impostors website you can download it for PSN on Feb. 7 and XBLA on Feb. 8th.  I’m unsure as to why the different dates, but those of you who are part of the beta should be pretty excited about this announcement.  With 1,000 levels and plenty of customization you may never have to leave your house again.

Burke





Gotham City Impostors Beta Now Open To Consoles.

27 01 2012

Yesterday marked day one of the Gotham City Impostors open beta for consoles.  Go ahead and download the beta  from the PSN store right now, but Xbox 360 owners hold up, you have to do a little more work.  Head over to the Gotham City Impostors website and Join the Cause , after signing up a beta key will soon arrive via email.  It’s not as simple as PSN but it sure isn’t that much of a hassle.  The beta runs until Feb 6 leading me to believe if everything during this beta session goes according to plan we could see Gotham City Impostors as early as February 14th.  Cross our fingers and hope to blow up some bats…

Do “Simple Math”, you want to be in this beta…trust me.

Burke





Call of Duty Elite Subscribers Finally See Benefits

10 01 2012

Call of Duty Elite Members are finally getting to see some of the benefits from their $50 contribution to Activision pay off.  With the launch of the COD Elite iOS app today, and now with the announcement of Modern Warfare 3’s first DLC scheduled to hit Xbox 360 January 24th.  This is the first installment of proposed 20 DLC “pieces” over the next 3 months.  The hefty claim will include multiplayer maps, spec ops missions, game modes and “more”.  All of which Call of Duty Elite members on Xbox will get first dibs on.  Activision has set no date for Playstation 3 and PC releases.

Activision plans on releasing these DLC’s in or around March as “Modern Warfare 3 Content Collections” for us lowly non-Elite souls.  No prices for any of this content has been announced yet.  Let’s just assume it’ll be around the $15 range it always is. 

I’ll be curious to see what worthwhile content will be coming out next.

Burke





*Snooze Button* Gotham City Impostors Delayed

5 01 2012

Sadly the Jokers and Bats will not be arriving for their battle royal on time.  Screw the excitement and hit the proverbial snooze button.  I did become a little concerned when I didn’t receive a beta invite for the console version in December, so the announcement that Gotham City Impostors has been delayed to February comes as no surprise.  I’m super excited for this tongue in cheek FPS and will try to wait patiently for its tentative arrival in February…of this year.

Burke