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Injustice: Gods Among Us Review


Fighting games have always been a bit lackluster when it comes to the main story mode, so imagine my surprise when playing through Injustice: Gods Among Us, only to discover that the developer had actually bothered to think about the plot, amazing. The story isn't the only positive point of Injustice obviously, however it is a sign of the quality to expect along the way.

As you would expect from a fighting title developed by the team behind Mortal Kombat, this a fine brawler. Both the visual quality during the action and the combat itself is pretty much spot on. There are a few 'uncanny valley' issues when the characters are seen close up (especially in Batman's case), however if you look beyond that then you'll see something much deeper than perhaps you would have expected.

Starting off with story mode, you are taken through the game, watching the action unfold as Superman decides he's had enough of humanity and therefore decides to use his powers to start a new World Order. All of a sudden, the world is in a mess, with Superheroes attacking Superheroes and Villains giving each other the evil eye. What is a Superhero to do? Well only you can decide that.

Thankfully there's a fantastically detailed tutorial to get you up to speed, after all you can't just take control of a Superhero and expect to be an expert. In this respect you are taken through a large amount of moves and combos, as Batman and Superman square up together. Pulling off the moves seems fairly straight forward at first as you cycle through Batman's move set, learning how to use his Batarang and unleash his Mechanical Bats, as well as learning how to grapple the enemy. Once these simple moves are mastered you then progress, learning how to combine these into enemy destroying combos. The moves do vary from character to character, however they are generally fairly similar in terms of execution. So you've mastered all the moves, however Superheroes generally have one more trick up their sleeve, and in the case of Injustice: Gods Amongst us, their sleeve takes the shape of the trigger buttons. A press of these particular buttons sees all hell unleashed, which in Batman's case sees him use his Dark Knight move, which involves a whole lot of damage followed by a Batmobile 'hit and run'.



Once you've mastered the moves then it's time to get into the action for real. If you have taken time to learn each combo then it'll certainly stand you in good stead, whether you decide to take on the story or head online to fight against the world. Either way you'll be met with a whole lot of action in arenas the likes of which you'll never have seen in a fighting game before.

The gameplay itself takes place within a two-dimensional plane, with characters and background being three-dimensional. Each match offers up just one round, although both players have two health bars, making for a much longer battle than in your standard fighters. During the fight, as you hit your opponent you will fill your Super Meter, which can then be used to counter or pull off special moves. Once you fill the bar you can use the aforementioned Special Attack which is unleashed with the trigger buttons. You are also able to interact with the background by smashing opponents into them (Batman can fire rockets at people using the Batmobile), or should they be close to the edge, knock them into the second dimension, which generally results in a whole lot of damage.

As is usually the case with a Netherrealm game, it's absolutely packed with content. Single player alone has the fully fledge Story mode which is well worth playing through on more than one occasion, while you'll also gain access to the Battle mode and the previously mentioned Training mode, although that's not all. Another mode which deserves a mention all to itself is S.T.A.R Labs. Here you are met with a huge challenge tower which offers hundreds of fights, each with their own conditions. This is not only a brilliant way to get your skills up to shape, but it's also great fun and a brilliant challenge. As if all of these modes are not enough, you'll also be able to unlock loads of costumes, music and art. What's not to love?

Of course, while the Single Player is the main backbone of the game, Netherrealm has also offered up a more than decent multiplayer mode. Selecting this option will give you access to both a Versus mode and the online side of things. There are quite a few options once you get online, allowing you to take part in Ranked Matches, standard Player Matches or even set up your own room. Match types include your usual fare, offering the likes of 1vs1, King of the Hill and Survivor. So as you can see, whether you are online or offline you certainly won't be short of options.

As far as presentation goes, it's hard to argue with the quality on offer here. As mentioned, some of the characters do look a little odd close up, although not as odd as the first time you see Batman pull off his Special Move, which culminates in the Batmobile running his opponent over. It just looks a bit daft really. On the plus side, the music throughout is fantastic, while many of the original Justice League voice cast are also present, adding a real sense of authenticity to the game. Overall, there's not really a lot to complain about, it really is like a comic book fight come to life.

Netherrealm Studios have done a fantastic job with Injustice: Gods Among Us. It's a super hero fight fest which is packed full of action, as well as all the characters that everyone has grown up to know and love over the years, so whether you side with good or bad, this is one fight worth fighting.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

- Superheroes brought to life in videogame form
- Packed full of action
- Plenty of content included throughout

Cons

- Some of the characters look quite odd
- Certain special moves feel a little out of place

Edited On 21 Apr, 2013

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Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
I might pick it up in the future
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Dead 4 years ago
I love the super moves, although they can feel a little OTT sometimes. Superman launching Doomsday in to orbit is fair enough, but it's a bit much on someone like Batman or Green Arrow.
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troublemaker 4 years ago
Definitely a purchase a little way down the line. I've got enough to play to be able to give it a little time. Good review though Joe, thanks
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Great review Joe, Really wish i had enough to get this game, have been keeping an eye on it since last September and am really gutted that i can't play it. Loads of people on my friends list have it too which makes it worse lol.
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
The characters look "odd" because their designs are utterly repulsive to look at. Everything connected to DC Comics IPs have been poison for the eyes for a few years now, but Injustice somehow manages to make them look worse anyway. That's an impressive feat.
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Solidus 5nake 4 years ago
I really loved the 2011 Mortal Kombat, but throw DC Comics into the mix and Injustice now tops it for me. It's made even more awesome with the fact that you can run people over with the Batmobile as a special move, amazing game! :D
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Dead 4 years ago
kevin must be taking a break from stealing candy from babies to visit us at the weekend.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
ROFL Gloria
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
Well I love it! Yesterday I managed 11 matches in a row on King of the Hill... well chuffed about that. This game was so easy to pick up for a fighting game and learning what works in combos is surprisingly easy to learn in comparison to MK. Some guy managed to 100% combo me ending in a transition on-line (ranked) though so it needs a bit more balancing still, mind you these people are few and far between
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
Solidus 5nake, are you on Xbox?
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0000000000 4 years ago
me pyro and gloria had a good few games yesterday, only beat pyro once out of like 3-4 :-( beat gloria a few times and she battered me with catwomen! great fun with those 2 yesterday really enjoyed it top game, great review will actually be gutted to be sending it back to lovefilm when ive done it!
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Dead 4 years ago
I has the crazy catwoman skills, ironically I'm more of a dog person ;)
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0000000000 4 years ago
i actually think you dress up as catwomen on the weekends gloria, or maybe thats just for that postmans lucky eyes lol!
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shiny miller 4 years ago
I was expecting the worst from this (even though I had a great time with Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe) but this does seem OK after all. I still don't like the backstory and a lot of the costumes are poor, but good content and love all the voice talent involved - even though Phil Lamarr is having to voice Aquaman instead of his usual Green Lantern! And no Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor...

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