Dark Knight Prizes: Gotham City Impostors’ Free Update

By Nathan Grayson on April 25th, 2012 at 10:00 pm.

This? Yeah, totally fake. Just a wig. Oh, the arrow, you mean? Yes, I am constantly in tremendous pain.
Craig may have found Gotham City Impostors to be a run-of-the-mill shooter with the F2P-esque currency equivalent of a hundred-headed hydra, but its zany take on Batman’s mythos, at least, kept him from completely giving it the old POW, THWACK, GARBAGE CAN SOUND. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not its recently released update is up that (hopefully not) orphan-spawning alley. At the very least, all of it’s free and will grant you access to a new map, the up-close-and-personal East End, and a new coin-collecting mode called Bounty Hunter. More importantly, though, you can now make your character say silly things in other languages. Would you like a trailer? Then put on your ill-fitting batsuit and grapple-flail past the break.

You can download it for free right this very second, or you can wait an unspecified amount of time and pay an unspecified amount of money for the upcoming maniacally silly sounding Rodeo Pirate Pack. Or maybe you’ll do neither, because you’re a vigilante who doesn’t play by the rules. Or perhaps you play by some rules, but you’re scared of rodeo clowns. Regardless, is anyone still playing this? Have updates made it any more interesting or less grindy? Or is my time better spent playing TF2 while spamming quotes from the Adam West Batman TV series?

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28 Comments »

  1. ZIGS says:

    Where’s my No One Lives Forever 3?

    • Gonefornow says:

      They’d probably screw it up.

      • devlocke says:

        I’d rather they try, and if it sucked, at least I’d have closure. But I think Sierra owned the rights/franchise, and I have no idea who owns Sierra’s rights, now.

        Honestly, I love the series so much, that if it were a mildly competent shooter with a few humorous lines, I’d enjoy it. Contract Jack proved that; it was a completely different game with a completely different tone, but just playing more stuff set in that universe was fulfilling on some level. :)

  2. Refael says:

    And i still cant buy the game,for some reason,every video game related to Batman cant be bought in the middle east for some stupid reason /:

  3. Spider Jerusalem says:

    i’ve been enjoying this quite a bit. picked it up in the recent steam sale.

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  4. hench says:

    I don’t see Gotham City Impostors on the Steam statistics page. Is it already dead?
    Welp, it doesn’t really surprise me considering how much DLC it launched with

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      Can we stop spreading this myth now? It didn’t launch with ANY DLC, it launched with the ability to unlock cosmetic stuff that was already in the game for a price if you so desired. Soon after release they merged all of the costume unlocks into a single pack.

      To this date GCI has had no paid DLC (emphasis on the word content) and 2 free DLC updates. Paid non-exclusive unlocks and the exp boost do not qualify as DLC.

      • imdwalrus says:

        No, I’m pretty sure that’s all DLC. Steam sure thinks it is, because it’s all LISTED under the “Downloadable Content For This Game” banner.

        Quibble all you want about the definition, but the fact remains that launching with $30+ plus of content LISTED as DLC at release is going to scare away at least some players, no matter what the content actually is.

        Anyway, hench does have a point. The fact that the game isn’t showing up in the top hundred most-played games on Steam this soon after launch doesn’t bode well for a healthy community. When you’re getting beat out by Railworks and Half-Life 2 Deathmatch, that’s not a good sign…

        • Daniel Is I says:

          Just because the distribution service calls something by a name doesn’t make it that name.

          Here are the 9 items listed as “DLC”:

          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: Crocky
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: Dress Up Pack
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: Harlette
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: Killah Kitteh
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: Premium Card Pack 1
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: Premium Card Pack 2
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: Pretty Poison
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: XP Boost – Solo
          Gotham City Imposters Unlock: XP Boost – Team

          Of these 9 items, 4 are purely cosmetic creatures to follow you, one is a set of cosmetic costumes, two are card packs, and two are XP boosts.

          Now, I’ve yet to play Gotham City Imposters but I gather from the videos that the Premium Card Packs give you a sort of image that the people you kill see or something. As it stands, the only “DLC” which I may have a problem with are XP Boosts for the sole reason that, oddly enough, I take issue with XP boosts available for purchase in non-F2P games.

          In the end, none of the so-called “DLC” have any impact on gameplay. In the end, they all amount to the equivalent of hats in Team Fortress 2. In the end, DLC still stands for Downloadable Content.

          Remember when Downloadable Content meant what it said? Those map packs in Halo 2, Knights of the Nine in Elder Scrolls IV – Oblivion, and so on. Actual content, not fancy badges and body paint. I don’t know when DLC began standing for “Anything Additional You Pay For After A Game Is Released,” but please stick to a motto of “it is what it is” when talking about DLC and the like.

          TL;DR – New missions, maps, guns, stories, quest lines, etc. are DLC. What Gotham City Imposters calls DLC is actually AAYPFAAGIR.

        • TotalBiscuit says:

          I could not give a toss what Steam calls it. Steam is not an authority on the matter. It ain’t downloadable content if it lacks the CONTENT part. It’s optional paid unlocks of stuff that’s already in the game, which can also be unlocked by just playing it.

          It’s essentially Pay2Cheat (for items that don’t matter).

          The only things that actually qualify as DLC are two packs of calling cards which is about the most meaningless thing ever

          • Detrian says:

            Wow TotalBiscuit it sure is fascinating seeing your stance evolve over time! I guess you had to change your stance from “nothing wrong with cosmetic DLC” to “it’s not DLC at all” because the former proved tough to defend. Maybe in 3 more months you’ll be able to spin it into “god bless WB for bonus content”.

      • Lemming says:

        Personally, I think charging for a game, even £12, is a bit cheeky if you’re going for the ‘pay to unlock’ model for an online shooter.

        I think that if they’d either gone full-game price and everything included, or the Tribes: Ascend model, then perhaps there wouldn’t have been the same kind of animosity towards it.

        You can assume the very best intentions of everyone involved in this, but the fact remains it just doesn’t smell right to a lot of people.

        • hemmingjay says:

          perhaps it might be more prudent to read up on it before posting your comment? It is pay to unlock as a convenience to those who don’t want to spend the in-game time to do so for free.

          • Bungle says:

            So they added an XP system that is dull enough that people would be willing to pay additional money just to skip through it. It’s dirty no matter how you look at it. These guys wanted the best of both worlds – a retail game that also accepts micropayments. They asked for too much and got exactly none of my money. And yes, a multiplayer game that doesn’t show up on Steam’s top 100 is as dead as a game can get.

          • PacketOfCrisps says:

            Would it even show up on Steam’s list? It’s a GFWL game, after all. It never takes more than a minute to find a full game, so that point is meaningless. As for the complaint about paying for the game initially and then having DLC, I don’t really see how that is a problem. Even if you bought all of the DLC it still only adds up to $50 after you have bought the game. If you compare this to F2P games you can end up spending much more than $50 once you have purchased all of the unlocks. People need to really start thinking before they make judgments on things such as this. You will happily pay $50 for a game but when you pay $15 you complain that there is a choice to pay extra. Honestly, it really is ridiculous.

          • RiptoR says:

            @PacketOfCrisps: Yes, it would show up in the list, regardless of the “DRM” (GFWL in this case). If you buy it on Steam, then Steam needs to be on to play it. So it is easy for Steam to count how many have launched the game in any given timespan.

            But keep in mind that this will only show how many people who bought the game on Steam itself launched GCI, it will not show the players who didn’t get it on Steam. So while the Steam Stats can be an indicator to see if a game is dead or alive, it is not 100% bulletproof. For all we know, maybe hundreds (or thousands) of “non-steam buyers” are playing at the moment. Though I really doubt it given the lukewarm reception the game got on launch (mainly thanks to its rediculously grindy nature imho).

          • PacketOfCrisps says:

            As I stated previously, people are playing the game and matchmaking, for me, takes about 1 minute. I would hardly call it dead so focusing on abstractions such as stats merely clouds the issue.

        • PacketOfCrisps says:

          I paid $7.50 for the game and haven’t paid to unlock any of the items/costumes. There is absolutely no need to pay after you have bought the game, I don’t see the problem with this business model. I don’t see the point in your suggestion of “all or nothing” as the current model lets you have a solid FPS that is cheap, whilst allowing the option for quicker progression. It is also worth noting that the unlocks are not really upgrades in of themselves, they are merely preferences for how you want to play the game.

    • g00seberry says:

      I bought the game while it was on sale after the above Mr. Biscuit’s return video after the patch, and it definitely is a decent game and thoroughly enjoyable in small doses. There are issues, of course: the matchmaking can be very odd, to the point where it will not find any games at all. You’re at a massive disadvantage unless you pick the biggest body type. And it being P2P you have the usual annoyances that come with that. But I picked it up for about 5quid or something, so I’m happy to accept those blemishes – this isn’t a big budget release! The price is very fair for the content you get. It has more than enough charm and wit to make up for it!

  5. imdwalrus says:

    No, I’m pretty sure that’s all DLC. Steam sure thinks it is, because it’s all LISTED under the “Downloadable Content For This Game” banner.

    Quibble all you want about the definition, but the fact remains that launching with $30+ plus of content LISTED as DLC is going to scare away at least some players, no matter what the content actually is.

    Anyway, hench does have a point. The fact that the game isn’t showing up in the top hundred most-played games on Steam this soon after launch doesn’t bode well for a healthy community. When you’re getting beat out by Railworks and Half-Life 2 Deathmatch, that’s not a good sign…

  6. hemmingjay says:

    I just don’t want to pay for it and have the servers be empty within a week.

  7. BrendanJB says:

    Paid $7 for it and have gotten quite a few hours of fun out of it. Can’t find a game from about 11pm-9am, though, so no insomnia induced batman gaming for me.

    • empty_other says:

      The same, and it was fun, until one day suddenly every server started lagging for everyone playing (me, my friend and all the people on the servers i joined). I gave up trying to play after 3 days.

  8. Rubyace says:

    Currently GCI has only cosmetic and xp boost available for money. But according to their forum they are releasing actual dlc that contains weapon, support item and some clothes for 5 dollars. Slowly starting to turn in to pay to win?
    Also there has been loads of problems with GCI servers, I don’t know if it is location based but there are reports that people still spent a lot of time waiting for matches. I am one of those who have to wait even 20 minutes to get into match. (And after that I can usually play few matches and I am back in queue again)

    Link for to be paid dlc
    http://www.gothamcityimpostors.com/home/item/472-major-announcement-part-deux#