Taking a break from mowing down lamp posts in L.A. Noire to talk about Gotham City Impostors. Though I probably shouldn't be too long since none of the criminals will be safe to murder and pillage without ol' flatfoot Monty on the beat.
So. Gotham City Impostors. The Batman themed FPS. When I saw the announcement for this First Person Shooter on Facebook earlier this week, I was as befuddled as the folks over at Comics Alliance. Batman famously dislikes firearms. And what is a first person shooter if not a pyrotechnic celebration of projectile weapons and specialized ammo? Sure, Rick Remender let us kick dudes in Bulletstorm, and he even gave us a magic lasso. But even if the last FPS you played was booted from DOS, you know that the progression and drama centers on finding or upgrading to the biggest and most ridiculous gun. This is the genesis of Cable. It is literally why he exists. So, where does Batman fit in the world of FPS?
Well, developer Monolith Productions sidesteps the "no guns" rule by
supplying you with one special gun and a single, arduous, metaphysical boss battle with Darkseid, leading to a bonus Turtles in Time style side-scroller removing Batman from the equation entirely. In Gotham City Impostors, you build your own costumed vigilante or gangster and join the motley ranks of "Bats" and "Jokers" running amok through the streets of Gotham. Gordon is going to be pissed. It's a little like Schumacher's Batman flicks, minus the black light paint.
Though there's always DLC, isn't there?
While this has the potential for big fun–and there's certainly no escaping the fact that Batman: Arkham Asylum and its forthcoming sequel have changed the game for comic inspired video…games–there's a wealth of DCU material to be drawn upon, far more appropriate to the FPS genre.
Just as a for instance:
5. Suicide Squad
As of last summer, a Suicide Squad game was somewhere in the development process. If any ragtag team was born to star in their own team combat game, it's these guys and girls. Unlockable characters? Captain Cold and Red Tape Action Amanda Waller!
4. Sgt. Rock and Easy Company
WWII shooters are so popular, they've almost become a dime a dozen. To stand out from the pack, you need a new character-centric angle. Enter the biggest and baddest hero on the European front.
3. Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War
This one's a no-brainer. Kilowog with the heavy artillery? John Stewart with the sniper rifle? Hal with the…fly swatter.
2. Jonah Hex: The Six Gun War
"The Six Gun War" arc of Palmiotti and Gray's Jonah Hex is proof of concept for a nasty, gnarly shoot 'em up epic, perfect for the FPS treatment. Red Dead Redemption threw down the gauntlet for westerns, and DC has a leg up in the stirrups with a rich cast of cowboy characters like Hex, Bat Lash, El Papagayo, Tallulah Black, and El Diablo. Forget the movie. This is where Hex could truly shine.
Thematically, Kamandi could function as Turok meets Fallout. The last boy on earth navigates a ruined landscape beset by anthropomorphic beast tribes. Jungle warfare. Urban warfare. Dirigible warfare.