Injustice: Gods Among Us (Available on PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: T
Number of Players: 1 to 2
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Release Date: April 16th, 2013
Injustice: Gods Among Us might have been release way back in April, but that certainly doesn’t mean you should ignore it. I had my eye on this game for a while now and finally decided to take the plunge. It actually took me by storm. I knew it would be a solid fighter based on what I had heard, read, and seen, but I never expected it to be this great. It features an incredible cast of your favorite DC characters, and has extremely responsive and tight controls. That shouldn’t be too surprising considering it was developed by the team responsible for 2011’s excellent Mortal Kombat. If you even remotely like DC Comics, fighting games, or are just looking for a good time, this is definitely the game for you. Read on for full details.
The best story mode ever featured in a fighter, nuff said! Gods Among Us‘ storyline puts 90% of videogames out there (including most RPGs) to shame. Never did I expect to find such a rich and detailed plot in a one-on-one figthing game. It uses all the DC characters extremely well and isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. If you thought the ending of Man of Steel was controversial, you might just have a heart attack over this. All the heroes are voice-acted, and everyone involved did a superb job. I played the entire story mode in one sitting with a friend of mine, and while we’re both pretty big comic book fans, even those that aren’t can appreciate the excellent storyline. We couldn’t stop playing just to see what would come next. This would make the perfect Justice League movie. Sure, there are a few parts where characters fight each other for no good reason, but this isn’t a movie, it’s a videogame so that’s perfectly acceptable. It also ties into the classic “superheroes must always fight each other before talking” cliche, but it gives you an excuse to have a few matches in-between events. The story mode will take you a good five hours or so to complete depending on your skill level and difficulty setting, but you’ll be glued to the screen the whole time. I really hope we get a sequel to this in a few years as I cannot wait to see what these guys can come up with next.
+ Nice variety of characters. You have the option of choosing from 24 heroes and villains from the DC universe right from the get go. Thankfully there doesn’t seem to be any balancing issues, but I’m not a fighting game expert. From what I’ve played (and I’ve played a lot), I never found anyone to be overly cheap or more powerful than anyone else. The fighters are also quite diverse, featuring many different styles. There’s a character for everyone here and it’s one of the only brawlers I’ve played where there’s more than one character I feel comfortable with.
+ Fair difficulty that doesn’t give the middle finger to the average Joe. This is the first time I’ve played a fighter on normal difficulty (or medium as they call it here) without wanting to destroy my TV. It’s perfect for me, and pro’s can simply opt for the harder difficulties should they so desire.
+ Multiplayer is where it’s at. Put two comic geeks in a room and give them Injustice and watch the hours fly by. While there have been some pretty good comic book licensed fighters over the years, most of them are cross-overs. Not so with this one. Here it’s all DC and that means fans will likely have a few favorite characters, which increases the reply value tremendously.
+ Super moves don’t require advances calculus to pull off and are absolutely amazing to watch. Superman punches people to the atmosphere, Doomsday takes you to the Earth’s core, while Batman shows off his acrobatic skills by dramatically avoiding the Batmobile just in time for it to crush you. 24 characters means there are 24 super moves for you to discover and enjoy.
+ Interactive backgrounds keep you on your toes. Every map has different objects you can use to knock your opponent’s teeth in. Either by firing missiles with the Batmobile or throwing a car on your opponent’s skull, there’s always something around for you to take advantage of. You also have to take into consideration the hero you’re using. For example, Deathstroke doesn’t have super strength so he isn’t able to pick up a car or bike and throw it at his foe. Even cooler than that is the fact that each stage is tiered and by performing a certain move at just the right spot, you’re able to launch your opponent to a new area. All of these elements add a lot of entertainment to the fight, and make the stages much more than just a background to fight on.
+ They had the balls to include blood and all sorts of gory moves in the game. Sure it’s no Mortal Kombat, but I didn’t expect to see Superman bleed or get stabbed through the heart.
+ Good amount of single player content to keep you playing long after you’ve completed the main story. You can play a more classic “arcade mode” (simply titled Battle Mode) to unlock each character’s ending, but there’s more than one different arcade mode with some needing to be unlocked. There’s also the obligatory mission mode which requires impossible button inputs at the right time to advance. Training and tutorials are also found.
+ When you’re ready, head online and get your ass handed to you. Online multiplayer works flawlessly here, with no lag in sight.
+/- We all know that Harley Quinn shouldn’t be able to beat Superman in a one-on-one fight. Still, this is a videogame and you shouldn’t care. My girlfriend kept repeating that they shouldn’t be able to continue fighting after getting a sword through the abdomen. I personally don’t care, but felt like mentioning this as chances are, you know someone who won’t be able accept the fantastical nature of the battles. Heck, maybe you’re one of those people yourself.
– It follows the current trend of additional character DLC. Injustice teases you with four open slots, but try as you may, the only way to unlock those characters is to purchase them for five bucks a pop, which is completely ridiculous.
Do you love fighting games? Enjoy the DC universe? Well if you said yes to one or both of those questions, pick up Injustice: Gods Among Us without looking back. Not only is this a fantastic fighting game, it’s also an amazing videogame that stands on its own. Buy it today.
Final Score: 9.0/10