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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*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





STEAM Christmas Sale!

19 12 2011

For those who don’t know or don’t have it, Steam is doing their annual Christmas Sale with up to 90% off games and free give aways over at Steampowered.com. I was perusing the sales when I came upon this little gem: Amnesia The Dark Descent. Now turn off the lights, turn up the volume and sit back and watch this….tell me you didn’t get the feeling this game would cause a powerful need to turn back on the lights.





Portal Bookends Show Up

8 12 2011

I don't physically own enough Valve titles.

Today a precious box arrived from an unknown carrier in camouflage.  Strange as it may sound, it is pretty cold here right now, so in his defense maybe that’s just his heavier jacket.  Or maybe UPS or FedEx have some special ops delivery drivers who keep gift arrival a secret.  Anyway a ninja delivery guy would have been much cooler.  Speaking of cool, look what came in that precious box, my Portal bookends from Thinkgeek!  You can pick this bad boy up and many other really cool Aperture products at Thinkgeek.com .  They own face.

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Uber Devs Hard at Work.

22 11 2011

The developers at Uber Entertainment in the beautiful city of Kirkland, WA spoke with arstechnica.com about their ongoing beta process for Super Monday Night Combat.  You can read their full article here .  In summary the article speaks of their free-to-play model, continuous updates, beta process and balancing gameplay mechanics.  Most of the article made me question how SMNC is going to come to XBLA or PSN with their free-to-play model.  Especially when the main objective is to provide a game with frequent and ongoing updates.  This is all fine and dandy for Steam, but I know this a little more difficult with Microsoft.  I just hope this game comes out on XBLA or PSN, since as of right now it’s not looking too promising. 

You can sign up for the beta at Uber’s official site

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Further previews of SMNC can be found here at Nerdfarmblog.





Magicka FREE WEEKEND!

19 11 2011

This weekend on Steam, get Magicka for 75% off on the total collection. Thats a $24.00 value for less than cost of two Starbucks coffee. $6.25 for the whole collection. And as an added bonus, if you weren’t convinced from my review on it, Steam will let you play it free all weekend long!





Gotham City Impostors Gets Release Date!

10 11 2011

I woke up today with some glorious news, Gotham City Impostors has a release date!!!  WB announced Gotham City Impostors will be releasing January 10th on XBLA, PSN and Windows PC.  This is a very wacky and fun first person shooter arcade game.  I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the Steam beta and had a blast.  The console beta is planned to start in December, and you can register for it here. Do not miss this game and be sure to mark this joyous day on your calender.

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