Injustice: Gods Among Us'
Sony PlayStation 3 (Xbox 360)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.5 stars
With all of the attention paid to Marvel superheroes in movies and video games over the last few years, it doesn't take Brainiac to realize that the DC Universe needs a new PR team. In the interim, Warner Bros has recruited the mastermind behind the "Mortal Kombat" franchise to create a deep and enticing new fighting game called "Injustice: Gods Among Us."
Even though the storyline is rather convoluted, it's still more entertaining than what's found in most fighters. Apparently, all it takes to turn Superman into a villain is for the maniacal Joker to trick him into performing a really bad deed. Now Superman rules the earth with a Kryptonian fist, and other seemingly good guys have become less righteous.
Speaking of which, I really like the darker tone, both literally and figuratively, that all twenty of the characters in this title display. It makes the DC Universe appeal to more than teenagers and gives all the heroes and villains a valid reason for fighting each other. In addition, many of the awesome super moves are so violent that they wouldn't seem appropriate in DC comics.
Unlike most Asian fighting games, combat follows the "easy-to-learn-yet-hard-to-master" format. As a result, new players immediately feel super-powered, and anyone who invests some time into the game can discover some truly devastating combos! It's also really cool to use environmental props like missiles from the Batmobile to augment attacks. Even more fun is initiating level transitions that are not only visually pleasing but also inflict heavy damage!
Learning these moves is easy thanks to the handy tutorial mode that prepares virtual pugilists for battle. I also appreciate the variety provided by the multitude of Star Labs Missions that are tailored for each character. Adding even more depth is a robust online mode that is a true test of skills.
Both video game and comic fans will find little to dislike with "Injustice: Gods Among Us"