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Getting It Right: No One Lives Forever photo
Getting It Right: No One Lives Forever
by Allistair Pinsof

[Getting It Right is a monthly series in which I take a look at the elements that make up a classic game. What were the key ingredients that set it apart and make it hold up to this day? Read on to find out.]

Some of the greatest action heroes are the ones that rarely use a gun. Indiana Jones uses his whip and wit to escape artifact-crazed nazis, Bruce Lee used his fists, and James Bond uses gadgets and espionage. Well, that is if you are talking about Bond films. Bond games tend to focus only on the high speed chases, explosions, and gunfights. He rarely uses his gadgets, and missions take place far away from nightclubs and exotic resorts. Bond games are cut and dried first-person shooters that happen to star 007.

And, this is why I love No One Lives Forever: It’s the best James Bond game ever made, even if it doesn’t star Bond. Cate Archer is Bond’s videogame equal. She is smart, witty, and deadly with a 9mm. Unlike the Bond games, NOLF makes the player feel like a spy, sneaking in the shadows, trading intel with codenamed agents, and using gadgets to bypass tripwires.

I want a James Bond game like NOLF, but I have my doubts that it’d be as good.

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6:30 PM on 10.10.2012

Promoted blog: Why I'm worried Project X Zone will be bad

[Dtoid community blogger Cutie Honey shares his concerns about the upcoming game from Monolith Soft, Project X Zone. For an opposing viewpoint, see our own Dale North's thoughts on the game. (Let it never be said that Dt...

Cutie Honey

12:00 PM on 08.31.2012

Gotham City Impostors goes free-to-play on Steam

That's a fine excuse to carry an initial price tag, but not an excuse to charge the full fifteen dollars for a game designed around microtransactions. So said the Sterling in his Gotham City Impostors review. Today, Warner ...

Allistair Pinsof

8:00 AM on 08.06.2012

Jace Hall wants a Blood remake ... and he should do it!

Former Monolith CEO Jace Hall has declared his intent to remake Blood, the legendarily macabre shooter starring an undead sociopath. Hall is currently asking fans what they'd want from a reimagined version of the hilariously ...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 05.30.2012

Guardians of Middle-earth is a MOBA coming to PSN, XBLA

Yes, that Middle-earth! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions are working on Guardians of Middle-earth, a new multiplayer online battle arena headed exclusively to consoles this fall. More details wi...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 04.10.2012

Live show: Xenoblade Chronicles on Mash Tactics

King Foom is back from PAX East and, with his batteries recharged, he's ready for a "New Release Showcase" today on Mash Tactics. The game this time is Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii. This highly rated JRPG almost didn't se...

Bill Zoeker

6:30 PM on 02.23.2012

Xenoblade developers working on 3DS project

Monolith Soft, the studio behind sci-fi fantasy Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles, appears to be working on a new game for 3DS. The studio has opened a recruitment page seeking staff to work out of its new Kyoto location, specif...

Holly Green



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Review: Gotham City Impostors
by Jim Sterling

Gotham City Impostors is one of those ideas just stupid enough to work. The general premise is that Batman has ditched his crime fighting duties for some reason, leaving an army of costumed idiots with delusions of grandeur to take his place. An opposing force of Joker fans stand in their way, and everybody has guns. 

Utterly ridiculous, yet suitably audacious. 

Audacity, however, is a running theme in Gotham City Impostors that extends to every corner of the game.

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8:40 AM on 02.14.2012

Gotham City Impostors allegedly wiping profiles and DLC

Destructoid has received several emails from Gotham City Impostors players, letting us know that a significant number of player profiles keep getting reset by a bug. Even worse, if a victim bought any downloadable content, it...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 02.08.2012

100 DLC items for Gotham City Impostors hit Xbox Live

Gotham City Impostors is due to arrive on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, but the downloadable content is already online for you to browse. Shockingly, there are over one hundred items to peruse and buy, all of them being superfic...

Jim Sterling





11:00 PM on 01.05.2012

Gotham City Impostors slips to February

For undisclosed reasons, Gotham City Impostors won't make its release next week as expected. Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment moved this Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC game back t...

Jordan Devore



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Hands-on with Gotham City Impostors
by Abel Girmay

The past decade has been very kind to the Batman franchise. After wildly successful films and videogames, it seems that the series can do no wrong. Riding high on this wave of confidence is Gotham City Impostors, a drastic departure for the Batman series that takes a campy, legitimately funny tone on this usually dark license.

For those unfamiliar, Gotham City Impostors is an arena shooter coming to us from Monolith Productions. Known more for their recent work on the F.E.A.R. and Condemned series', Gotham City's cartoony and colorful tone is its most striking aspect. From the exaggerated facial expression of the Joker gang to the ludicrous weapons of the Batman impostors, the games oozes with camp.

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8:30 PM on 12.01.2011

New Gotham City Impostors trailer, console beta

Batman fans out there might already be itching for a follow-up to the "beautifully bleak" Arkham City, but Warner Brothers has another game based off the DC Comics franchise coming down the pipeline this winter -- the e...

Kyle MacGregor

10:17 PM on 11.11.2011

The DTOID Show: Skyrim DLC, Rayman Origins, & GCI

Greetings, travelers! In case you missed it, The Destructoid Show went live today and it was totally nuts. By which I mean, it was a totally normal episode in every way with the exception of one giant purple dildo. In videog...

Tara Long

2:30 PM on 11.11.2011

Gotham City Impostors open beta soon, full game in Jan.

Following the closed beta, players will have another opportunity to try Gotham City Impostors before it releases on January 10, 2012 for PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. An open beta on Xbox 360 and PlayStation ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 08.21.2011

Playing dress up in Gotham City Imposters

When you leave behind the dark and gritty feel of the current Batman games and add some tongue-in-cheek humor, gameplay and graphics you are left with Monolith's new game, Gotham City Importers. ...

Hollie Bennett