Game Name: Injustice: Gods Among Us
Developer(s): NetherRealm Studios/High Voltage Software
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PS3/PS4/Wii U/Xbox 360/PC/Vita
Release Date(s): April 16, 2013
ESRB Rating: T
Disaster has struck in a parallel dimension. The Joker used Superman to destroy Metropolis and kill his pregnant wife Lois. Superman has decided he cannot allow the tragedy to happen again, and after killing the Joker, Superman takes a proactive approach to preventing crime. Heroes and villains are given the choice to stand behind Superman or die…creating a whole new world with no crime. When a portal opens between Superman’s world and the Justice League’s world, heroes are sucked into the parallel world where they will face Superman’s rein and even altered versions of themselves…and fighting for the freedom of Earth could be the only thing to do to save their world as well.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a multiplatform fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game was well received by critics and gamers and the winner of a number of industry awards. The game was released with downloadable content as Injustice: Gods Among Us—The Ultimate Edition.
Fighting games are sometimes great, and sometimes they are kind of tedious. With tons of moves that can be hard to pull off and impossibly hard characters to beat, I get frustrated with many fighting games before I can even get into them. Injustice is not one of those games.
The game play for Injustice is much easier than many of the fighting games I’ve played. I always loved the early versions of Street Fighter II because even novice players could possibly pull off fun (and crazy) looking moves. Here, it is relatively easy to pull off some great looking attacks and showcase all the great characters’ powers. A handy training room is much easier to use than other training rooms and you can practice any moves you can’t pull off (or just skip them and move on).
The game has a strong multiplayer version for the gamers who like to take their game online. There are multiple version of the fight games and it is very customizable. Unfortunately, the characters (despite many skins) aren’t very customizable. The game features levels, but the levels only really open up cards to reveal more of the game instead of improving your characters’ abilities.
I particularly like the story mode which is reasonably long. I had played Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and both games have a similar style (in fact Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion is a playable character…which is weird). The story has some great animations and the story (though rather typical comic book fodder) is quite good but not too long. The entire cast of the game includes Aquaman, Ares, Bane, Batgirl, Batman, Black Adam, Catwoman, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Doomsday, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Harley Quinn, Hawkgirl, Joker, Killer Frost Lex Luthor, Lobo, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Raven, Scorpion, Shazam, Sinestro, Solomon Grundy, Superman, Wonder Woman, Zatanna, and Zod. Darkseid and Static are available on iOS and Android versions and I wish they had been available on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is one of those fighting games I can recommend for the casual fighting game player. It isn’t as intense and you don’t have to be a master fighter to play it (though playing online can be a challenge). Just pop in the game and enjoy beating up superheroes…it is easy and addictive. I’m sure with the success, we’ll hopefully see an Injustice 2 with a whole new load of superheroes (I’m hoping for a Legion of Super-Heroes and maybe a true Teen Titans).
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