Injustice: Gods Among Us Demo (Impressions) [Photo]
The DC universe is getting a huge new fighting game on April 16th and the playable demo hit PSN and Xbox Live earlier this week. The game is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, the studio behind the most recent Mortal Kombat reboot, as well as the crossover title Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. MK vs DC wasn’t very well received due to the dumbing down of Mortal Kombat’s trademark violence and watered down combat in order to compliment the DC characters on the roster and keep the game at a Teen rating. Injustice: Gods Among Us however is purely the DC Universe and despite the lack of brutal fatalities, NetherRealm is looking to increase the brutality and deepen the fighting system.
The playable demo only allows for single player and versus modes with Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor. I played with all three, but found the most fun with Batman. Their was a tutorial option but this being the demo it was not accessible. I used the move list in the pause menu to figure out some basic combos and was able to find some enjoyment in whooping on Lex Luthor’s mech suit. The environments are somewhat interactive, certain things in the background can be picked up and smashed on the heads of your opponent, as long as your character has super strength. Someone like Batman for instance might use it to jump off of for better positioning. Doing damage and taking damage fills up a meter that you can either wager in a head on collision with your opponent (the specifics of this I still haven’t figured out) or use up when it’s filled for a super move. From what I can tell each character only has one super move, and some are far better than others. While Wonder Woman calls in two Amazons to basically jump you, Batman calls in the Batmobile, and back flips over it as it drives directly into your opponent. Wonder Woman’s super move got old fast, Batman’s didn’t. But that’s definitely something I worry about in a game like this. Though there’s a pretty hefty roster of fighters you’ll eventually see everything the game’s got to offer and unless you’re good enough to go online and start ranking up you might not find much interest here over time. The menu also showed a S.T.A.R. Labs option, which looks to be mini games you can play through with the game characters. The end demo video showed things like Bane beating up cars, Hawk Man destroying meteors in the sky, and a cat jumping over tripwires. (Yeah no clue what that last thing was about). I’m just not sold on this idea, DC comics fans will probably love this, but fighting game fans probably have much more to do in other titles, so the target audience is gonna be DC comics fans who love fighting games, talk about niche.