Even as a devoted Marvel fan I have always respected the diversity and scope of the DC Universe. Injustice: Gods Among Us beautifully combines the deep mechanics of Mortal Kombat with some of DC’s most memorable heroes and villains.
Here in Australia, the refusal of classification (until recently) of Mortal Kombat was a sad loss. If you managed to get your hands on a copy you would know that NetherRealm Studios did a spectacular job. Not only did it take a decaying franchise and bring it back to life but it also made one of the best fighting games I have played in years. Combat was focused and precise. The moves were powerful but balanced and each character felt genuinely unique. Finding out the same development team was behind Injustice: Gods Among Us made this a high priority title far for me before I had even seen gameplay.
In true DC Comics style, Injustice: Gods Among Us offers so much more than just a game. The story began earlier this year with a series of comics setting up an Elseworlds storyline which takes place in a parallel world taking the heroes we know and love into very different circumstances.
In Injustice’s case,after a tragic series of events Superman has proclaimed himself guardian of Earth to ensure peace and prosperity when in fact he is running an almost police state. Naturally, many caped crusaders won’t have a bar of this and a civil war breaks out with both heroes and villains choosing sides. That’s all you’re getting out of me as far as the story’s concerned. You’ll have to play it out and see for yourself.
The gameplay feels just like Mortal Kombat with the look and feel is very similar. Injustice: Gods Among Us has the same switching of characters between battles throughout the campaign as the story unfolds. You’re given enough time to learn at least the basic moves and abilities of the hero/villain before progressing on.
Gamers with a lot of beat ‘em up experience under their belt will enjoy the challenge which comes with switching up fighting styles throughout the experience. Each battle is linked by another piece of the story pushing you to the next match, leaving you hungry for more information, almost addicted to the drip fed information between rounds.
Characters are divided into two main classes, Heavies (Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman) and Lights (Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke). Heavies can cause serious damage by picking up items within the arena and hurling them at their opponents, where the Light characters will utilise such objects with lethal dexterity to provide environmental hazards for their enemy. These can often restore the round’s balance agent when you are feeling overwhelmed, or just supply a crushing finisher for that extra bit of humiliation.
Once you knock out through the main story,your time with Injustice is far from over. Besides the epic versus modes, it offers an expansive online world, complete with a ranking system and unlockable goodies for those willing to put the time and effort. Matchmaking is quick, easy and a huge amount of fun.
Online challenges are set for players looking to advance, offering you an easily achievable goal that will give you a boost in XP if achieved and there are robust custom match options for those who are less into the competitive angle. There are also dozens of character specific S.T.A.R. Labs missions to work through each with their own sets off challenges to keep you entertained for days on end.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is by far one of the most complete and enjoyable fighting titles I have ever played, NetherRealm Studios has applied everything that worked from its amazing Mortal Kombat reboot and one ‘up’ed it. New players will be wowed by the interesting and diverse moves and arenas. DC comic book fans have an amazing story to look forward to, but above all else this game will live on as one of the most well-rounded one-on-one arcade fighters around.
The complexity and chess like nature of the multiplayer will satisfy even the most hardcore fighting fans and constant updates to the roster and skins will continue to expand on this already excellent universe. If you have even the smallest interest in DC comics or fighting games in general, you simply must try this title.