Pulling all of your favourite DC characters into a single game is Injustice: Gods Among Us a fighting game that blends narrative driven story, online content and plenty of unlockables.
For the campaign you’ll enter into an alternative reality where the Joker has destroyed Metropolis with a nuclear weapon, cutting short the lives of millions. Tied closely to this is Joker tricking Superman to kill Lois Lane and his (unborn) child which lead to Superman murdering the Joker in rage and establishing a new world order to remove evil from the face of the Earth forever.
Starting as Batman you’ll play through this story as you seek to stop this evil version of Superman, eventually commanding 12 of the total available characters within story mode. This is a small price to pay for a high quality and cohesive storyline that most fighting games fall short of and doesn’t stop you playing the large fighter list outside the story. All the familiar faces are there with plenty of less known characters from Bane to Catwoman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Lex Luther and Wonder Woman
A staple of this story mode is the inclusion of various mini games which lead into each fight and based on your success can give you a small leg up in the fight to come. Said fights use 3D models although restrict players to the traditional 2D fighting plane. Doing away with life bars that return to full between rounds Injustice: Gods Among Us instead uses two life bars in single rounds.
Injustice: Gods Among Us doesn’t stop there with changing up the norm either with a fresh control scheme of only 4 buttons that let you alter your attacks as heavy, medium, light or use your character trait. This unique trait is different to each hero and usually blends in quite well with their design such as Batman’s ability to call on robotic bats.
All of this fighting takes place on an impressive range of locations that die hard DC Universe fans will recognise, a recurring theme among these are destructible elements which can also be used to cause significant damage when activated.
With all the quality elements in Injustice: Gods Among Us its an impressive addition to the long standing fighting genre. While story mode will get you started and pull you in it’s the other modes such as the 240 character specific challenges and strong online component (complete with spectator options) that give it the longevity a great fighting game needs.
- A fantastic DC themed fighting game.
- Impressive environments with great destructible elements.
- Simplified 4 button combat makes the game approachable.
- Play as all your favourites.
- Wide number of game modes offers plenty of unlocks and variety.
Review Platform: PS4