Injustice is served. And it comes with a side of Batmobile hit-and-run! DC Comics and NetherRealm have teamed up to bring you one of the most gorgeous fighting games I’ve ever played – Injustice: Gods Among Us. I’ve played the PS3 demo several times now and at least THIS is one game I’m not going to have to think twice about buying (we’re looking at you Aliens: Colonial Marines), You can pretty much always tell when a game is going to be a keeper when you actually want to see the opening cinematics before pressing “start”. The DC Universe bursts onto the gaming screen with a nod and raised fist to the great fighting games of old. Injustice gives the player excellent control speed, beautifully rendered backgrounds (amazing depth),and an incredible cast of DC character favorites. You’ll see a great range of heroes and baddies from Batman, Superman, Nightwing, Green Lantern, Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, and more! If you choose to try the demo first, you’ll get the option to pick from Batman, Wonder Woman, or Lex Luthor. As per the usual demo, every other game option is disabled but I really liked the fact that they give you 3 single round matches and then a final single match with Doomsday himself.
The characters have amazing detail which was a tremendous sigh of relief. These are not your normal looking heroes and foes from the comics. These warriors have been taken to a dark place and given a menacing look to make everyone look they mean business! As I mentioned before, one cannot play this game and overlook the backgrounds in this game. Along with the characters, Gods Among Us brings to life each level by making the level itself a living, breathing entity. You’re able to actually manipulate certain areas of the map and not only use them to inflict damage, but also to take the fight out of the ring. I learned this lesson when I was playing as Batman and fought Doomsday, who not only punched me into the street (literally), but continued punching me through the street, into and below the ground until we hit WATER. Then he was kind enough to punch me all the way back up to street level. He’s really a sweetheart, with a 37-hit super move. As I learned, super moves are available to everyone but require a normal “charge up” to make them ready and they’re not super hard to do either which is fun.
So it appears, for right now at least, that DC Comics and NetherRealm have given us something to control our inner brawler and it’s really worth trying out. Insider tip: watch an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians and then play this game and marvel (no pun intended) on how good it feels to punch Doomsday in the face.