Gotham City Impostors

 
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Team-based shooter for comic book fans is fun but flawed.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious safety and privacy concerns. All three versions of the game -- PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC -- are played online against others, with the option to chat. The conversations are not monitored or moderated.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$14.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Warner Bros. Games
Release date:February 7, 2012
Genre:First Person Shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Comic Mischief, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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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 is a good role model so it should be fine" well if you do think that then just to let you know it isn't fine. There is lots of blood there is bear traps,axes and other venomous weapons NOTE the blood is graphic. The language is also bad with bleeped f-bombs and others that are not bleeped like s**t, bas****,h*ll,cr*p and d**n. There is sexual innuendo like "I hope you bats like it rough". Well that is it and I think this is a great start to the 2012 gaming year!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 player mode you are a thief stealing things and completing missions for your army. In the multiplayer there are different game modes and interesting challenges. The game modes include Team Death Match, Free for all and a couple of others. Overall this is a fun shooter and a good game for Tweens. Thanks!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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 out in the intro it is implied that the joker is saying *lets blow this f--king town to f--king peciesand in the intro the joker sticks up his middle finger they tried to blur it out but if you look closley tou clearly see it when some kills you it shows you falling back and the people can choose to swear at you but the strong profanitys are always bleed this game is for anyone 12 or older
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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