Gotham City Impostors

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Team-based shooter for comic book fans is fun but flawed.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Based on DC Comics characters, this cartoon shooter is a tale of good versus evil. But combat is the name of the game -- with lots of weapons, explosives, and other gadgets used to destroy the other team --so it doesn't have a very positive message. Plus, gamers can play as the good guys or the bad guys.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

One team has people dressed as Batman, who is a positive role model for the most part, but the other team has people dressed as the malevolent The Joker. But even the "positive" role models are determined to kill off the other team, so it's not the best example of a positive role model here, even if it is to defeat evil.

Ease of Play

This digital download is quite easy to pick up and play, given the simplified controls and tutorial information.

Violence

This game is focused on violence -- it's a multiplayer-only, first-person shooter -- but in the same vein as DC comic books, its cartoon-like and over-the-top. That said, there is blood, weapons (shotguns, rocket launchers, freeze guns, arrows, and bombs) and enemies can scream out in pain when attacked.

Sex

Some of the female characters have tight, form-fitting outfits and they reveal a lot of cleavage. A "sensual" voice option can be selected as one of the customization options, with comments like "I hope you bats like it rough."

Language

While there isn't strong profanity, words like "damn" and "ass" can be heard, along with some bleeped-out words (e.g. "Listen to me, you mother-[bleep] clowns!") plus there is some off-color comments about flatulence and vomit. A cut-scene sequence depicts a character sticking up his middle finger, though it's partially obscured.

Consumerism

This multiplayer online game is based on DC Comics characters, primarily Batman and The Joker, and can be seen as a way to promote the brand.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gotham City Impostors is a download-only game that's played online in various teams. While it's cartoon-like and over-the-top in its appearance, it's a first-person shooter that lets you wield many different kinds of real weapons (shotguns and explosive bombs, for example) as well as fantasy weapons and gadgets (freeze gun, glider wings, etc.). There is blood in the game, too. There is some off-color language and suggestively-dressed female characters. Plus there is open chat so teens are likely to hear unpredictable conversations.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bymegastaraxe October 5, 2012

extreme language not bloody

in this fps game players can kill each other with grenades bombs rpgs shotguns all sorts of guns macheties and acid the language is brutal but is always bleed o... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 year old Written byDrakeminian January 5, 2014

Gotham City Impostors.

This game in a fun 11+ shooter. It contains mild language and blood. It is a very fun game that has a Single Player mode and a multiplayer mode. In the single p... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 15, 2012

Don't let your kids be fooled by the anamation it is an IMPOSTER!

This is a fantastic shooter that is animated but that doesn't make it OK if your thinking "oh it is animated my kid will love it and it is batman he i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRitsuNamine December 2, 2012

A good time, and not too intense.

First-person shooters are NOT for young kids, however this game is fair for young teenagers/tweens. Unlike a game such as Call of Duty, this game is not gory or... Continue reading

What's it about?

In the movie The Dark Knight, fans of Batman dressed up as the Caped Crusader and took to the streets to fight evil. Now you can do that in the game GOTHAM CITY IMPOSTORS, a downloadable multiplayer first-person shooter for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Windows PCs. Up to 6 vs. 6 teams of gamers can dress up like Batman or his arch nemesis, The Joker, to take to the streets and use weapons and gadgets to destroy the other team. The over-the-top and cartoon-like shooter features a few different modes including Team Deathmatch, Fumigation (think Domination), and Psych Warfare, where the object is to get a battery back to your base and then defend it for as long as you can.

Is it any good?

Gotham City Impostors is sort of good. On one hand, it can be a fun and frantic game with a lot of customizability, upgrades, weapons, and gadgets to choose from -- including some wild options like grappling hooks and ice guns -- which are fun to unleash on unsuspecting enemies. On the flipside, however, the matchmaking was often slow and unstable, there are a few mandatory online accounts that need to be set up first (including a Warner Bros. one), and maps that are hit or miss. Plus, some weapons and upgrades seem to have more of an effect than others, so some players were complaining about balancing issues and time vs. payoff concerns. Overall, Gotham City Impostors can be an enjoyable and colorful first-person shooter that needs more polish before you consider dropping $15 on it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what downloadable digital games are appropriate in their family. Because there isn't a retailer who can turn down the purchase and no box for parents to see an age rating in the corner, this is harder for parents to navigate.

  • The violence in this game is cartoony and over-the-top. What is the impact of such violence on teens?

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