Injustice: Gods Among Us
by Ashley King
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game featuring favorites from the DC universe. It offers gaming enjoyment to both players interested in story and those who choose to play for simple PvP. For those interested in the story elements there is definitely nothing lacking in the way of drama. The story certainly raises the stakes for the player and makes each chapter rewarding as you play through as different characters and learn about what is unfolding in this world. It is sometimes tedious and even sloppy in how certain characters end up in combat but ultimately makes for an exciting element that is lacking from many fighting games. For those into PvP they certainly won’t be disappointed either...
Injustice: Gods Among Us comes to us from NetherRealm Studios, a company with roots reaching back to the original Mortal Kombat. There isn’t much within the confines of a fighting game to expand upon gameplay-wise so much of the combat is predictable. Combos are easy to stack and “juggling” becomes an important gameplay mechanic - combining combo after combo to keep the enemy player incapacitated for as long as possible. These combos as well as character moves build up a meter and players have the option of using a “meter burn” to result in a more damage or you can keep stacking moves to reach a full meter and implement a character specific heavy hitting move with fun cinematics that are a reward within themselves.
A lot of the strength of the game comes from the characterization within the arsenal of moves available to each character. Because of the wide array of skills available with each character any match-up yields different and exciting results. It is a fun challenge to test how characters stack up against each other, even if we know that in actual comic lore Harley Quinn would instantly be vaporized by Superman. The game will surprise you with how evenly matched they have managed to make each of the featured characters.
With options for tutorials, practice, online PvP, story, and two-player matches there is something to interest many different types of gamers. It has quickly become a staple of gaming within my own group of friends, as I’m sure it has among many groups of gamers. It is certainly worth trying if you enjoy fighting games.
4 out of 5 stars.