Published by WB Interactive
Rated (T) for Teen
Available for Xbox 360 (reviewed), Wii U and PS3
You and your friends may have had the superhero argument many times. Discussions that often arise in these geek battles boil down to one question, “Which hero would win in a fight?” NetherRealm Studios has given gamers a chance to answer these important questions in Injustice: Gods Among Us. The team behind the Mortal Kombat series has brought together some of the elements you loved from games like Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe and combined it with one of the most compelling storylines to date.
The story of Injustice: Gods Among Us centers around another universe in which Superman has lost his mind. The devious Joker manages to trick the hero into murdering Lois Lane and his child that she carries within her womb. If this isn’t bleak enough, we also find out that Metropolis has been nuked which causes complete chaos. These two moments in time triggers not only the Joker’s death but a future in which the government is ran by superheroes. Batman doesn’t quite agree with these new changes and decides to bring in the DC superheroes from an alternate universe in order to set things right.
Injustice: Gods Among Us contains a user-family play style with countless game modes to jump into. All of the game’s characters are cleverly unique and come with a special ability that can be deployed during battle. For even more fun, the levels in the game are interactive and highly destructible, with players being able to use items around them against their opponent.
Injustice: Gods Among Us has tight controls alongside a very interesting storyline that manages to keep you fully immersed with in the world’s action-packed gameplay for hours on end. Gamers will battle across 12 chapters that contain tons of mini-games and epic scenarios. The gameplay always feels fresh since everything is always changing from the characters in the story to the enemies you are going up against. This keeps the game from becoming repetitive and stale.
As with any title there are moments within the game that could have been just a little better. Injustice: Gods Among Us is not as balanced as it should be and matches can often feel overwhelming. There is also very little replay value with the game’s main Story mode but this is made up for in the Battle and S.T.A.R.S. Labs missions.
Battle starts out with five unlocked modes which include Classic (defeat a series of randomly chosen heroes and villains set at your desired difficulty level), Heroes Only (stand against the world’s most powerful heroes), Villains Only (test your skill against the most dangerous villains), Poisoned (poison courses through your veins, constantly draining your health) and Survivor (health meter carries over from match to match with performing feats of exceptional skill to obtain bonus health). Once you have completed these modes then you can unlock many more throughout the game which adds a ton of replay value to the single player section of the game.
S.T.A.R. Labs Missions come with 240 character specific missions that reproduce a series of exigent circumstances to conquer. Players who get three stars in all of the missions get a special prize to brag to all of the other superhero friends about. S.T.A.R. Labs Missions are the most rewarding of all the single-player options within the game. To prepare for all of these challenges then gamers can practice within the single fight and training options that are available to them.
Those who want to play with friends can head over to multiplayer were they can try out Versus or connect to Xbox Live to join in ranked, player or private matches. Daily challenges are available here that allow players to gain extra XP. An example of a daily challenge would be to connect a total of 5 super moves with Wonder Woman. A timer is displayed for the daily challenges and once they reach zero then the opportunity is no longer available. This added feature keeps gamers logging in each day for a unique and fun challenge.
Injustice: Gods Among Us has a massive deal of potential with great mechanics and a fun play style that can be enjoyed by all levels of players from beginner to advanced. Fans of DC and fighting games will find that Injustice: Gods Among Us delivers on its promises and is worth picking up.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is now available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii U for $59.99. To learn more visit the official Injustice: Gods Among Us website.
4 out of 5