Monolith and Warner Bros. let you explore Gotham in this new downloadable first-person shooter.
Warner Brothers Interactive just took the wraps off a new original game set in Gotham City at its Electronic Entertainment Expo Judge's Week event in Los Angeles. The downloadable game has no firm release date yet but promises a variety of multiplayer game modes and player customization. Gotham City Impostors is set to hit the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Who's Making It: Monolith Productions, the Seattle-based developer known for No One Lives Forever, Condemned, and the first two entries in the FEAR franchise.
What It Looks Like: Gotham City Impostors sports a stylized look that veers closer to more realistic visuals along the lines of a typical first-person shooter. Character models are solid, and the environment that we saw featured a respectable amount of detail. What stood out in this first look was the disparity in style between the cartoony look of the characters in the trailer shown and the in-game player models, which were very different.
What You Do: Gotham City Impostors is a team-based first-person shooter that revolves around two gangs, based on Batman and the Joker, respectively, competing against each other on maps set around notable Gotham City locales. The game will feature a variety of modes, including Psychological Warfare, which offers capture-the-flag-style mechanics that require a team to collect and set up a brainwashing machine in a specific location.
How It Plays: First-person shooter fans will be at home with the game's setup. Monolith isn't reinventing the wheel when it comes to console FPS controls. What is unique about Gotham City Impostor's controls are the variety of gadgets you can equip that let you get around or deal with enemies in style. You'll be able to customize your character in several different areas, ranging from weapon/gadget loadout to body type that has been made to offer unique bonuses. So, in addition to the standard array of machine guns, shotguns, and sniper rifles, players will be able to equip secondary weapons, gadgets, and support weapons. The ability to use axes, grapple lines, and assorted grenades puts a different slant on combat. Along the same lines, the body type you choose will offer speed or armor boosts that will be useful in a fight. For those who are curious, there's no bot support.
What They Say: "Monolith is creating a game that turns Gotham City upside down, and we think fans are going to have a blast with this creative twist on multiplayer heroism and anti-heroism as they play up the classic rivalry between Batman and The Joker." Samantha Ryan, senior vice president, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
What We Say: We're not sure what to make of Gotham City Impostors. There are some interesting twists on the standard first-person shooter that give it a different feel, but it's hard to get a sense of just how it's going to come together. There is obviously a lot of content that's yet to be shown, such as the different game modes and stages, as well as all the unlockable weapons, gadgets, and costume modifications. We'll be curious to see what the final package looks like and if the Gotham City setting and Batman vibe work well with what the game offers.
So, you know in The Dark Knight towards the beginning... There's the imposter Batmen that take on the gangsters... I'm wondering if they just took that concept and ran with it...
this sound stupid, a batman gang ? would be better if they did a two face, penguin, joker and riddle gangs against each other, would made more sense.
What everyone seems to be missing is that the gang is based on Batman, it's not a gang made by Batman so the use of guns can be justified. AND during Battle of the Cowl, Jason Todd dressed in a reinforced batman suit, used firearms and killed all criminals he encountered.
I'm curious, but disappointed too. Batman (in the comic books anyway) has a moral issue with using guns. It seems, whether he is the one using the gun or not, that making a batman FPS goes against a pivotal point of Batman. Not to say the game doesn't look interesting, and it will honestly all depend on execution. But I'm still skeptical.
What? This sounds awful. Sounds like they wanted to do a FPS and needed to tag a name to it to entice a fanbase. I would have rather seen a 3rd person, multiplayer, brawler/shooter (limited to Joker's side), on large maps with similar equipment to that of Batman, with a title like this.
will we see guest appearances buy heroes and villains? Like in Star Wars Battlefront where you got to play as Darth and Luke during a match if you were lucky. Or in MGS4 where you got to be snake. That would be really neat!
This game would usually warrant a "crap" rating from me but monolith is such a good publisher that it has me curious
idk if anyone else here reads comics, but this sounds just like an arc of Detective Comics from last year. actually it is, the arc was even called Impostors. and yeah if it follows the comic Batman doesn't endorse the batman gangs, and the joker doesn't endorse the joker gangs either.
OK let me see if I get this straight: Monolith, creators of such cool Adventures FPS like Shogo, FEAR, AvP2 and No one lives forever are doing a team based MP? I should keep my rant about unoriginality to myself, but I can't hide the fact that I'm dissapointed that this Studio has been working on something like this.
@Sgthombre They're not necessarily sent by their role models. Think of them as fanboys and they're fighting a fanboy war. Pretty silly, and it's not taking it self seriously by any means.
@Sgthombre Seems like they are more like vigilantes emulating Batman whether he likes it or not. I'll definitely be trying this one, just because Monolith has proven they can make a great FPS with AvP 2 and FEAR.
Sorry, but the idea of Batman sending out a group of thugs with guns to do his job seems pretty far fetched to me.
idk why u guys ASSUME its a bad game jst because its an arcade game or an fps with the something to to with batman and joker..im just saying id wait to see some gameplay or a trailer b4 i start judging
@JJ_Productions I would've agreed with you otherwise if it was going to be a full fledge game though. Haha.
@Frosty192 Whoops, I thought it was a full game, sorry bout that should have read it a little better
@JJ_Productions I don't think it will. It is just an arcade download so you can't even put it in the same category as COD. It says it is objective based so more like TF2 or Brink. And again, this is an arcade download, so settle down.
Umm, Hi, Monolith, how are you... instead of wasting your time, please, just go ahead and make the next Shogo game... thanks :)
Unless this game rivals or surpasses Call of Duty or Battlefields gameplay...I just cant see this catching on
@gatsbythepig I agree. It's way too early to make any real judgments. If it plays well, and it's a good time, I'll pick it up. If it's not, I won't.
Weird idea. The whole point of a Batman game is to either play as Batman or the Joker, not an anonymous goon or a simple cop. You want the fans to camp as the hero or the villain, not their acolytes.
It doesn't matter how much style it has, it matters how it plays. I'll wait for some vids... but I am not expecting much.
I still don't understand how this is going to work out. Is it a typical first person shooter that just happens to have night-time settings and references to "Gotham City" in graffiti? What role do Batman's arch villains have to play as (apparently) non-playable characters? I want to like this. Warners significantly upped their credibility by hiring (and then buying) Rocksteady and giving them time to make the great Arkham Asylum. Monolith is a similarly underrated developer looking for the right property to use or create in order to make a name for itself in the marketplace. All the elements are in place for this to be fun - we just don't know how all the pieces will fit together. But definitely one to watch for, particularly if the summer 2011 timeframe holds true - we all know the slate of new video game releases during the summer is lacking, year after year.
Seems like a desperate attempt to cram the crowd-pleasing Batman franchise into the generally-successful FPS genre. Feels very out of place and utterly uninteresting to me, alas.
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