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Cheap PC Gaming: Gotham City Impostors

While the Bat's away the rival gangs will shoot each other in the face.

It’s not often that I discover a new FPS I really enjoy. It’s even less often that I find and cover an FPS in CPCG, then do it again in the next edition. Yet here I am, flitting around to an FPS once again.

I was cautiously interested in Gotham City Impostors from the beginning but refused to really get my hopes up. After all, it was another multiplayer FPS and they’re all over the place, as always. I largely forgot about it until I noticed it for sale on Origin last week for £6 (half price).

I immediately bought it because, well, I’d be saving money. Somehow. As it downloaded I forgot about it and, between my re-playings of Mass Effect 1 and 2 in preparation for when I can afford ME3, I saw it there in my library, still being a little reserved about trying it out. I mean, what if it was bad!?


Gliding around the maps just never gets old.
I got around to playing it over the weekend and was immediately kicking myself. GCI is a superb, funny and polished multiplayer first person shooter. It is a fast-paced, as-far-from-realistic-as-possible game that verges on relative uniqueness in its genre thanks to a few choice areas.

The game is set in Gotham when Batman is away, where two ‘gangs’, one of which is made of vigilantes dressed as Batman and the other criminals dressed like the Joker, battle it out. Naturally, they can’t afford the swanky gadgetry that their idols make use of, so they improvise and operate with a less…moral way of doing things. That is to say; they just kill each other in arena-based combat.

There are some really interesting aspects, a very big one being how you get around. Sure, you can walk, or sprint, but that is for peasants. In Impostors you can glide, spring-jump, or even skate around the maps as you hunt your next victim. The game offers various ‘gadgets’, consisting of things like a glider rig (for gliding), roller-skates (for skating) and spring boots (for springing), amongst others. Not only that, but dotted around the maps are useful things to help some of these modes of transport out, such as a vent for lifting you up into the air on your glider, or a ramp for jumping over things on your skates.

Each gadget has its own features; the glider rig lets you dive bomb enemies, dealing decent damage from above, whilst landing on the head of an enemy after jumping with the spring boots will deal some damage too. They are wonderfully good fun and completely transform the way you play the game, whether flying around like a hawk looking for prey or quickly skating into a group of enemies and decimating them with a katana.

Oh yes, the weaponry. There’s a lot of that for you to play around with too. As you level up you unlock, uh, unlocks, for the categories in your custom loadouts (yes, like Call of Duty, the whole levelling system is very similar). Each unlock can only be used in a specific category (can only be used to unlock a new weapon, for example, or a new gadget).

There’s a healthy selection, from typical fare like machine guns and rocket launchers to katanas and even a gun that can freeze enemies. They can all be modified with sights, scopes, penetrator ammo (ignores enemy armour) and other things letting you customise your class even further.


Hate clowns? This gun is called the jackhammer - aim it at their stupid made-up faces.
Other unlockables include secondary weapons (which is simply another weapon, any you like, rather than being limited to sidearms), support items (things from pipe bombs – a thrown timed explosive – all the way to body armour) and fun facts (perks), amongst others.

As you have no doubt deduced, there is a lot of customisation here, and it even spreads into your appearance, too – you can change your face, your voice, and your whole outfit. The face and voice are changeable like regular weaponry, but items of clothing are bought using either coins that are earned in game or Microsoft Points.

Yes, Microsoft Points. This game uses Games for Windows Live which, depending on your own preferences, could be a big drawback. Personally, once you’ve logged in on your first run of the game and set it to automatic, it isn’t really too intrusive.

Whether or not you agree with using MSP to buy experience boosters (note: to earn more XP when playing rather than just buying XP) is up to you, too, but it is hardly a problem for me – I’m level 20 after starting playing on Saturday (3 days ago) without any boosters. Though the levels do go up rather high – all the way up to 1000.

The bottom line here is that Gotham City Impostors is a great game, one that surprised me by living up to exactly what I wanted it to be, just like so many games fail to do lately. It’s funny from the off, oozes character from every crevice, is incredibly good fun and it may genuinely rival Team Fortress 2 for me. It’s £12 on Steam and Origin. You should go and buy it right now, GFWL be damned.

Alternatively – and I don’t normally do this in Cheap PC Gaming – it’s also available from both PSN (£12/$15) and XBLA (1200MSP) should you be more interested in getting it on a console for whatever reason. Just bear in mind that it’s a fast FPS, a mouse is more suited in this particular case if you happen to have the option.

12 Comments
  1. Ed the Penguin
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Ooh, I’ll have to check out the specs for this.. My PC hasn’t been upgraded for quite a while.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 09:16.
  2. posem
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    hmm… after the comment at the bottom, i’d have to disagree and say that some small playing around with the sensitivity configurations make the experience even more slick with a controller than mouse. but personal preference really.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 09:20.
    • aphex187
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Sorry m8 but there’s not a hells chance of that being true at all ;P (not here to offend or be rude btw!).

      @Gareth and any others who play this game, is the community still healthy and is it easy to get a game from the off?

      Cheers!

      Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 16:58.
      • Gamoc
        Member
        Since: Forever

        I haven’t had any problems getting into a game other than having to quit a lobby and start matchmaking once or twice. I got straight in after that, however.

        Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 17:36.
    • Gamoc
      Member
      Since: Forever

      Which you prefer to use is completely up to you (I prefer a controller to a mouse and keyboard in general), but it’s a commonly accepted fact that a mouse is more accurate than an analogue stick, and so is better for an FPS.

      Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 17:41.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        I agree, but disagree at the same time. I am so confused. :S

        Basically, what i am getting at is that it is widely regarded that mouse & keyboard is the more accurate control scheme (& it generaly is from my experience), but what if someone has grown up playing consoles all of their life & has never used a PC/Mac? They are likley to find a pad better as the mouse & keyboard setup would be completely alien to them.

        Just sayin’. :)

        Comment posted on 22/03/2012 at 09:35.
  3. AcidCrashX
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I played this and I think its a good idea to point out that TF2 is a great alternative to this and its free. Also a good idea to play a little TF2 if you’re unsure how you’ll get on with this style of game.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 09:29.
  4. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I’m interested, sounds like a bundle of fun.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 09:40.
  5. DrNate86
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    I’ve had my eye on this for a while on the PSN, but I never know how well populated these games are so don’t usually buy them after I’ve ended up with a few unplayable downloads in the past.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 10:25.
    • wonkey-willy
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      not very nate the lobbies are sparse and takes ages to get a game..

      Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 10:37.
      • TheLig
        Causing trouble is my business and business is good
        Since: Dec 2008

        I disagree there. Since a free DLC (i.e. patch) brought in mid game joining in rarely takes longer than 10 seconds to join a well populated game. It’s not as big as cod obviously, but you won’t struggle to find a game.

        Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 11:33.
  6. wonkey-willy
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    thanks lig might apply said update!

    Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 16:03.

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