Thursday, May 2, 2013
Injustice: Gods Among Us Review
My history with comic based games is pretty bad. Of course there were good ones like Spider-Man on the N64 but there were also bad ones like Superman 64 and Wolverine's Revenge. Once I realized there were much more bad games then good I just decided to quit playing them. To this day I haven't played Batman Arkham Asylum or Arkham City. This game in particular p*$$ed me off when it was announced.
I hated the concept of all the heroes turning bad. I thought it was just an excuses to give them Fatality's since this is made by the creators of Mortal Kombat and back when Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe was out a lot of the non-comic fans were complaining about them not having Fatalitys. Issue one of the comic tie-in didn't help with matters. However after looking at some footage I decided to give it a try. Thankfully I was completely wrong about this.
See what they forgot to tell me and everyone else is that the world where every hero turns evil is actually a Parallel world. So like in Grant Morrison's Earth Two and the Justice League episode "A Better World" the heroes from the main DC Universe get called to the evil dimension in order to help stop there evil counterparts. If I knew that from the beginning I probably wouldn't of been so quick to judge this.
For those of you who are unaware the story of Injustice is that Superman kills the Joker after he tricked him into killing Lois Lane and blowing up Metropolis. Superman then takes over the world in order to force peace, with all the heroes joining him except Batman. In order to put a stop to Superman, Batman brings over several heroes from the main DC Universe as well as the Joker.
The Story mode is actually pretty good, there were times I wish I could just watch what happens next instead of fight. The strongest point of the story mode however is the character interactions which the actors make so much better. Despite this the story did drag on at times and some parts felt like blatant filler. For example the identity of the evil Nightwing(pictured above) came out of nowhere and doesn't really ad much to the overall story.
The gameplay is great. I was worried that it would control like Mortal Kombat, not that Mortal Kombat controls bad I just prefer much more fluent control when playing a fighting game. Thankfully they also got rid of the block button since I find it much easier to control a fighting game when all I have to do to block is hold back on the control stick. I also like that someone finally used Darkstalkers 3's health system since it makes transitions between rounds much quicker.
Overall Injustice is a solid fighting game. I honestly never had this much fun playing a multiplayer game since Super Smash Bros Brawl came out. This is my new favorite comic based video game, and I recommend it to any DC Comics fan. Now if you'll excuse me I need to get around to playing Arkham City, and I'll see you in a couple of days were I'll give my thoughts on Ironman 3.