Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

Injustice: Gods Among Us is a 2013 fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros.  Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, and Wii U.  Set within an alternate universe, an alternate Batman summons members of the Justice League to join his insurgency and end the totalitarian regime established by Superman after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis.


Positives:

  • Good graphics
  • Great soundtrack
  • Good voice performances
  • Immersive gameplay
  • Lots of replayability
  • Challenging multiplayer
  • Great story
  • Extensive campaign
  • Tons of unlockable content

Negatives:

  • Repetitive cinematics
  • Linear campaign
  • Not enough characters

Campaign: The game does feature an extensive campaign that is very compelling when it comes to the story as well as the gameplay. The story mode is split into several chapters. As the narrative plays out, the player swaps between different characters. The story is really immersive featuring the best characters from the DC universe.  However, if there is an issue with the main campaign it is how incredibly linear it is. (4 out of 5)

Gameplay: Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game where players controls characters with different fighting styles and special attacks, engaging in one-on-one combat to deplete their opponent’s life gauge.  The gameplay is as challenging as it is fun featuring a combat system, which consists of a light, medium, and heavy attacks, as well as a button for special abilities. The special attacks as well as the countering system are actually pretty good addition that make the combat diverse and balanced. Players can interact with their environment whether its launching or triggering certain objects or triggering stage transitions. As characters perform special moves, block oncoming attacks, or get hit by the opponent, their “super meters” will gradually fill. Portions of the super meter can be used to execute enhanced special moves or counter enemy moves. (5 out of 5)

Graphics: There is a pretty good level of detail when it comes to the characters and especially the outfits and costumes. The background and settings are actually very vibrant and feel alive especially with all the various things going on in the background. There are some memorable locations including the Batcave, Metropolis, and Fortress of Solitude.

The cinematics are actually pretty immersive and do help to flush out the story as well as characters therefore giving it more depth. Some of the character designs do look comical during some of the sequences (Wonder Woman’s boobs being overly big). Is definitely a plus that they did include intros and outros for each character and even some that interact with other characters. However, the intros, outros, and special attacks do tend to be a bit repetitive since they lack diversity. (5 out of 5)

Score: The score is actually really good. The voice performances are just terrific and even some of the original cast make an appearance. The sound effects are on point and to help to make the gameplay, combat system, and environment feel more impactful. The soundtrack and background music give the gameplay an epic feel to it. (4 out of 5)

Replay Value: Additional game features include Battle Mode, Versus Mode, Training Mode, and S.T.A.R. Labs, which includes 240 character-specific challenges of varying difficulty and conditions that keep players occupied for hours and hours at a time. There is the multiplayer and whether it’s local or its online it is highly competitive.  Playing through any of the game modes will earn players experience points that may be used to unlock tons different concept art, music, alternate costumes, and more unlockable content.

There are also so many different costumes and skins for the characters that he could definitely make the gameplay feels very diverse. Personal favorites are the costume design for Superman and Zod from the 2013 Man of Steel movie. There’s additional DLC that does add layers to the content of the game especially the five downloadable characters. However, the DLC could have been better had there been more than five characters especially concerning the source material. Also, they are just added characters and offer no replayability to the main story. (4 out of 5)


The Verdict:  In the end, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fantastic game. Not only is it a good fighting game but it also manages to bring superheroes and fighting into an effective game. Despite the linear campaign, some of the repetitive cinematics, as well as some of the character designs; visually the game is very immersive with a compelling story, great characters, a great combat system, great voice performances, great content as well as replayability, pretty good graphics, and challenging but fun gameplay. Injustice: Gods Among Us gets 5 out of 5.

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