Review: Gotham City Impostors F2P (Games)


Originally released 2/7/12 for $14.99
Gotham City Impostors was released earlier this year on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC via Steam. Starting August 30th, the game became free to play on Steam. Taking interest in it now being free to play, I gave it a try. Surprisingly, I rather enjoyed the game. However, it does take some getting used to, and there is a major issue that hinders the game which I will explain shortly.

The game is relatively easy to get into, and you start out with a tutorial on how to play, and all the gadgets involved in the game. Once completed, you begin online play through one of the different game types available. There is no way to select a room to join, as you are automatically placed in a room by random. You can find yourself spending quite a bit of time in the game lobby waiting for it to start, and loading speeds are a bit on the slow side.

Gameplay is interesting, but fairly easy to pick up. Controls follow standard FPS controls, except that to switch first weapon to second weapon you have to use the mouse wheel, which can get tiresome as you will find yourself pressing 2 to switch, and nothing happening. With all of the gadgets, guns, and even bow and arrow to use, it is an unusual battle. But with only 6 maps available, it can start to grow old.

Customization took a bit to understand. You are able to change your players outfits by buying clothes and accessories with coins earned in-game. Package deals are available exclusively with Steam credit as well. Guns, Character physique, gadgets, and skills are unlocked by leveling up. When you level, you earn an unlock for a specific item that you can use to unlock any item under that category, like a gun mod. Also available are player cards, which serve as a players display picture, and can be changed by unlocking more items by leveling, or finding crates that randomly appear in-game.

Other items are available via Steam credit in the Black Market, but I do not see this as a game worth investing money in.

Here's the major con to the game: random disconnects and kicks. While playing, I was disconnected and even kicked repeatedly from the game. Searching online for this issue, I found a lot of people experiencing the same problem, without a solution to fix it. The issue does not always occur, and I can go hours without experiencing it, but there are times it will happen and keep happening until I am tired of trying to join and stay in a game.

Being a free to play game, it is worth downloading and playing. But unless the disconnect/kicking issue is fixed, I do not see this being a game that goes anywhere.

My final rating for the game, because of the server issues, is a 6 out of 10.

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