Hey, remember all that goodwill that Warner Brothers got from the best-selling, critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, the surprise smash hit of 2009 and savior of Batman gaming? Here’s what they’re doing with it.
Yesterday, the world was introduced to what may very well be the all-time worst idea for a video game. Gotham City Impostors is…wait for it…a Batman first-person shooter. No, it’s not a bizarre May-pril Fool’s joke. Yes, they are this fucking desperate, apparently.
Quite obviously, this game makes no sense, even on the simplest conceptual level. “Batman FPS” adds up about as well as “Wolverine Chess” or “Aquaman Space Combat”. Actually, you know what? No. Maybe Wolverine enjoys chess and Aquaman is an accomplished space fighter pilot–I don’t know for sure. What I DO fucking know is that one of Batman’s most significant traits for the last 70-or-so years is that he hates fucking guns and never, ever uses them out of principle.
But oh, oh, oh, they’ve thought of that, haven’t they! It’s not Batman you play as, so it’s ok, dude. The whole game is a multiplayer-only (of course) team-based shooter where one side plays as an army of Batman imposters and the other is a gang of Joker followers (hence the retarded title). So they just run around Gotham streets and shoot it out for their presumably unseen patrons. And while Warner Brothers or whoever is responsible for this train wreck must think that this workaround is pretty clever, it should, again, be quite obvious why this only makes the game even dumber.
It’s a Batman game without Batman. Or the Joker. It’s a game about henchmen, one team of whom their boss would never endorse and would probably bring down himself. It’s another assembly-line shooter with a Batman-themed skin pack. Who in GOD’S NAME would EVER want to play that.
This game represents what must be the absolute lowest possible level of creativity in leveraging a license. Yes, Batman is popular. Yes, team-based multiplayer first-person shooters are popular. That is NOT ENOUGH to justify a combination.
Every time I think I’m desensitized to the absolutely insane horseshit that this console generation has to offer, they go ahead and surprise me again. I honestly could sit down and try to think of some parody of a shitty next-gen game for HOURS and never come up with anything this shameless.