Gotham City Impostors Gamescom trailer shows you how to customize your Bat-knock-off

One of the core rules of the Batman mythos is that he never uses a gun. Batarangs, grappling hooks, knockout gas, and strategic, non-lethal explosives are all fine, but for basically all of the Caped Crusader’s career he’s avoided using bullets of any kind. So how do you fit a firearm-averse hero into a first-person shooter, the most popular and therefore best genre in gaming? By replacing him with goofball wannabes that don’t have Bats’ strong moral fiber, which is what Gotham City Impostors is all about. This most recent trailer offers a closer look at how you can customize your vigilante to your heart’s content.

Unlike the dark tone set by the Arkham games and Christian Bale’s films, Impostors goes in the opposite direction, with manic fun filling up a more colorful world. That stage in the video even takes place in the daylight, something you never see in a standard Batman adventure (hardcore Bat-fans will notice the famous Monarch Theatre, where a young Bruce saw his final film with his parents). The characters in the trailer are definitely of the hockey pads-wearing variety, but after years of serious (and seriously great) Batman, maybe a lighter tone with highly customizable characters in a team-based shooter will be a good palette cleanser. The Monolith-developed downloadable title will have a beta this September and appears on XLBA, PSN and PC next year.

Aug 12, 2011


  • Jamahl - August 14, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    This looks like Bioshock's multiplayer.
  • Bamboo - August 14, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    Should be fun. I've been craving over the top shooters ever since Bulletstorm.
  • lilmacki - August 14, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    I can't wait until this game comes out! Just wish I had Xbox Live to actually play the multi-player instead of getting on my boyfriends account all the time.
  • jackthemenace - August 13, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    I'm pretty excited, looking forward to it. I just hope the 'Deep, detailed customisation" isn't as 'brilliant' as Brinks. And by brilliant, I mean wank.
  • EPICish8 - August 13, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    it looks really fun, especially with the grappling hooks, BUT i expect some larger maps then that.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 12, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Hmm. I'm moderately excited for this game. I will definitely have to check this out.
  • TheMonarch - August 12, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    I have to say when I first heard the idea I almost sent the Moppets to WB. But after seeing the videos, I have to say I'm surprised that it looks as good as it does.
  • JudeDude92 - August 12, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    Henry Henry Henry, tsk tsk, it is XBLA. But excellent article, I'm a big Batman fan, and i'm 50/50 on whether this game intrigues me or offends my love of the mythos.
  • TheShostopper - August 12, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    The graphics look a little dated to me..
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 12, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but this still screams cash-in to me.
  • shadowreaper72 - August 12, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Dude this game looks fun as hell. Day 1 download for me!
  • Bobbety - August 12, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    @Bantha_Fodder: It's either Mark Hamill or someone doing their best impression of Hamill's Joker. Something just seems off to me.
  • Bantha_Fodder - August 12, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    did I hear Mark Hamill at one point? damn, they're REALLY going all out on this, not like... OTHER licensed downloadable titles... SANTUM OF SLIME, FUCK YOU ATARI AND WHAT OYU DID TO GHOSTBUSTERS- I mean... yeah, this looks quite good... Batman and class-based FPSes, it's a winning combination!
  • BigDaddyWaffle - August 12, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    Looks good can't wait

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