To The Betacave! Gotham City Imposters

By Alec Meer on August 10th, 2011 at 9:24 am.

The Dark Knight's Spyglasses

Gotham City Imposters, which can very loosely be described as Team Fortress 2 populated by armies of crazies pretending to be either Batman or the Joker, is two important things: 1) the first game from NOLF-makers Monolith since the dour FEAR 2, and more importantly their first attempt to do humour and outlandishness rather than po-faced horror since 2003 2) bonkers.

This is why my bat-sense is tingling at news GCI has opened beta sign-ups.

The concept of bad-themed vigilantes battling clown-themed thugs across an urban playground is both a welcome injection of silliness into grim’n’gritty batworld and a smart way of getting around the problem that everyone only wants to be Batman or the Joker in a DC Comics-based game.

While superficially TF-esque, it is apparently classless – you’ll unlock abilities, body types and costume parts as you level up, and can combine ‘em however you fancy. If you want to a rocket launcher-wielding medic who looks like a leprous Harley Quinn, you can. Well done you.

Oh hey, let’s play that trailer again.

CG, eh? So here’s some RealPlay(TM) VidLook(TM) for you too.

, , .

44 Comments »

Sponsored links by Taboola
  1. thezirk says:

    hmmmm

    • Premium User Badge

      Chaz says:

      Hmmm indeed.

      For some one like me who has very little interest in the world of comic book super heroes, and even less interest in parodying said world, then the whole joke and concept is pretty much lost on me. Strip away that facade and all you have left is just another multiplayer shooter.

    • Dhatz says:

      thats why i can’t be bothered, even witcher 2 is too old concept to entertain me.

  2. Inigo says:

    While superficially TF-esque, it is apparently classless – you’ll unlock abilities, body types and costume parts as you level up, and can combine ‘em however you fancy.

    Brink?

    • Groove says:

      My thought exactly. But trying less hard to be inventive and harder to be fun.

  3. AMonkey says:

    It seems to be US only the sign up. However its pretty easy to find a US zip code to put in.

  4. gallardo1 says:

    ah, it’s a game… I thought it was some kind of ad for arkham city…

  5. Merus says:

    I am incredibly amused that Disney have been trying to set up a credible games division for years and WB Games sweeps in and is welcomed with open arms in a year and a half. Between the excellent Arkham Asylum, the excellent Bastion and the very promising Gotham City Imposters, they’ve done pretty well for themselves.

    • Temple says:

      Wow, I never pay attention to who does what. Those are some good games, and this one at least looks good.

    • pmh says:

      WB has been publishing for nearly a decade now and developing for almost as long (they acquired Monolith in 2004), so I’m not sure where your ‘year and a half’ figure comes from. Also, they were only the publisher for Arkham Asylum and acquired Rocksteady after the game’s success.

    • BeamSplashX says:

      Don’t forget that Disney owns Buena Vista Games, which distributed their Kingdom Hearts games. I don’t know about reputation, but those were definitely profitable for them.

  6. Blackseraph says:

    They don’t take themselves very seriously, do they? It is good, I might actually try this one.

    And that trailer is awesome.

  7. Casimir's Blake says:

    It looks utterly mindless and idiotic. Is this really by the same dev team that brought us No One Lives Forever? Which was, if I recall, primarily a single-player game.

    It’s wonderful to see yet another dev team follow the dispensable multi-player shooting bandwagon, particularly one previously cherished for its… um… single-player games. :(

    I have even less hope, now, for a NOLF 3…

    • Gnoupi says:

      NOLF was 10 years ago. You can’t expect “the same dev team”. Most likely a lot of people moved in and out of it, and people themselves, inside, changed in 10 years.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      You genuinely sound surprised that a dev team is doing something different. That is staggering.

    • The Pink Ninja says:

      At some point all great things have to be done for the first time and all great innovaters had to make a change somewhere.

      And going from FPS to multiplayer FPS isn’t like going from working in finance to working in a mine.

      It’s not even going from working in finance to working at the same job in a different company across the street.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      For shame RPS, surely a more useful answer would be what the NOLF devs are doing now, rather than thinly-veiled lambasting?

      If it isn’t the “same” Monolith, what happened to them then?

    • Frank says:

      For shame, Casimir. Do yer own homework. (Your own insults and sarcasm towards the game are, predictably, not well taken.)

  8. Teddy Leach says:

    All telemarketers are sadistic. This is nothing new.

  9. Temple says:

    “The concept of bad-themed vigilantes battling clown-themed thugs across an urban playground is a scary reflection of reality at the moment”

    Fixed for you
    Go Millwall!

    • Donkeyfumbler says:

      Only a matter of time before the press blames games for the rioting anyway. They might as well blame this one – not as if they usually let facts get in the way of a story.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Maybe we need a bunch of hokey pad* wearing, masked and caped vigilantes to stop the rioting where the police can’t…

      *other sports equipment or motorcycle armour also acceptable

    • Temple says:

      Well tonfas and baseball bats were the biggest sports sellers on Amazon yesterday…

    • Tams80 says:

      Personally my preferred weapon is a rubber chicken.

    • Premium User Badge

      tikey says:

      @Tams: Does it have a pulley in the middle?

    • Nalano says:

      @ jon_hill987

      Vigilantes beating up hooligans in a city environment? Been there, done that.

  10. Tei says:

    Grapple hooks + TDM = win.

  11. ChainsawCharlie says:

    Used my usual Pennsylvania Avenue zip code.

  12. skyturnedred says:

    Seeing as the characters are ordinary people attempting to be superheroes/villains, I expect their homemade gadgets to have a 30% chance of hurting yourself.

  13. The Pink Ninja says:

    Last issue of BQM’s Batgirl cmes out today

    Steph ;____;

  14. Iskariot says:

    If they can truly bring the comical satire (as seen in the first video) into the actual game, then they might have a winner on their hands. If not, this will be just a mediocre shooter that will be forgotten within a year after its release.

  15. Stormwatcher says:

    Oh, look at me, I’m so cool hating on the fun. abloo

  16. Squishpoke says:

    Batman with guns?

    Those guys are pretty dumb…. Batman does not use guns.

    • MSJ says:

      Yes, they are. And they will almost certainly get themselves killed. Which was precisely why Batman tied them up in The Dark Knight. He’s just not happy with civillians trying to be like him.

      Of course, the Bat-impersonators should be fun to play us.

    • Phasma Felis says:

      These guys are pretty dumb

      Just now noticed that, did you?

    • Phasma Felis says:

      My first reply was 180% more surreal when instead of “these guys are pretty dumb” I accidentally pasted “a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle”.

  17. ZIGS says:

    This is not NOLF 3. Why isn’t this NOLF 3? I don’t want this, I want NOLF 3

  18. Premium User Badge

    tikey says:

    I hope that sometimes during the match Batman appears and start kicking everyone’s ass.

    • sidneymcdanger says:

      Seconded. That would be wonderful.

      If this never happens, it seriously begs the question “why the hell not?” What does Batman have better to do than stop two groups of crazed psychopaths from shooting each other to death in public? Additionally, would the real Joker ever show up? Seems like that would be worse than Batman showing up, since Batman would let you live.

  19. Buttless Boy says:

    Wow, nobody’s arguing about the reboot yet? You’ve disappointed me, RPS Readership.