Injustice: Gods Among Us by Netherrealm Studios

Do you like DC Comics? Do you like Mortal Kombat? Do you NOT like their first crossover game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe? Injustice: Gods Among Us pits famous (and not-so-famous) DC characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, and many others in this traditional 2D fighting game.

In an alternate universe, Superman was drugged by The Joker, killing Lois and their unborn son thinking they were a powerful enemy known as Doomsday. At the same time, a nuke detonates and destroys Metropolis, adding insult to Superman’s already serious injury. Meanwhile, the current universe heroes are somewhat reliving the events that took place in the alternate universe. Because of this, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Aquaman find themselves in a post-apocalyptic Metropolis that is run by Superman’s “One Earth” government. Contributing in their own ways, they rebel to put a stop to the corrupt Superman’s regime. Other characters enter the fray as the battles continue, and mirror matches will actually be part of the story as duplicate faces duplicate.

Injustice: Gods Among Us (or just “Injustice” for short) follows a traditional 2D fighting system, where two players compete to deplete the other’s health bar by using 4 attack buttons. However, to make the game worthy of being a DC game, many mechanics have been implemented. For example, the health bar is treated as a single, 2-part bar (divided into silver and red bars) rather than 1 health bar that refills after a round – players will find that they will not recover health after depleting their opponent’s. Stages DO matter, as each and every stage has interactive elements that range from throwing objects, activating traps, knocking others into the background, and so on. The meters in the bottom corners play a large role in the game, as they are used to extend combos, enhance special moves, apply super armour to some attacks, and use devastating super moves. When a player in their red health is getting beaten, it can also be used up for the unique “Wager” system that can change up how the match is run.

Mortal Kombat veterans and casual players will find the game easy to play with its few buttons and simplified, focused combat. Knowing the characters enough, their playstyles are easy to identify before, during, or after matches. Costumes, bonus requirements, missions, and dialogue keep all battles interesting from start to finish. Good graphics and animations to entertain viewers, easy and fun gameplay to amuse the players. Injustice: Gods Among Us was one of the more enjoyable fighting game experiences I’ve had, and its gameplay may never be seen anywhere else. Until Mortal Kombat X or Injustice‘s sequel comes out, perhaps.

Injustice is available on PS3 at Lyons, although Xbox 360, PS4, PSVita and PC versions also currently exist. Stop by and show Superman that nobody likes a totalitarian government (by breaking everything while you duke it out with somebody totally unrelated).

~ Review by Albert Le (guest reviewer)

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