A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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