Back in 2008 Midway Games gave us our first taste of how DC characters would square off in the a fighting game. Unfortunately what came about was a weird combo pitting DC Universe against Mortal Kombat characters and instead of fatalities they hero’s had some lackluster heroic brutalities.
Since then Midway went bankrupt, teamed up with WB Games Chicago and renamed themselves NetherRealm Studios which has had great success with a revamped Mortal Kombat game that retells the story of the first 3 games in the series.
After the success of Mortal Kombat it seems they want to take another stab at the DC Universe on it’s own. Can NetherRealm keep the hits coming?
If you go to “Single Player” and go to “Battles” you can play a small story mode in a classic arcade style of climbing a ladder of enemies with a boss at the end and a small ending. Doing so will unlock icons, alternate costumes
and so forth. Choosing the actual “Story” mode will give you the true story of the game. If you picked up the collector’s edition of the game you’ll also get the first issue of the comic series of Injustice. The series focuses on what happens prior to the game’s story. The Story mode in the game is similar to what they did in Mortal Kombat where you play as almost every character. Separated by chapters you will play whoever the focus is on in that chapter which is a nice way to force you to try many of the characters in the game. Sure there may be some character’s you just can’t use but the game has an adaptive difficulty setting. So if you lose with that character you’re not good with then your opponent becomes easier when you retry the match. The story itself is quite wonderful. They really did an amazing job with it. It feels like you’re watching DC Universe Animated Origional Movie.
The Joker’s plan succeeds. Lois and her unborn son are killed. Metropolis is destroyed. Superman has had enough and starts a new order in which criminals wont be given a second chance. Not all agree and war between Superman’s Regime and the Insurgence is imminent.
The gameplay is a lot like Mortal Kombat. I’m speaking of course about the feel of how the characters move and also the combination of buttons for special attacks. It’s all that and much more. Instead of going the grotesque route with fatalities and bone breaking super moves they went with making it as wild as possible with their super moves. It’s really fun to see the Flash run completely around the Earth to deliver mighty punch or to see Aquaman call upon the ocean to fill the stage and feed his opponent to a great white shark. Each stage has many objects the fighters can interact with along with areas where fighters can be thrown into the background. In addition to that each stage has two areas in which a character can be knocked into the second area taking on some huge damage from environmental hazards. There are no rounds. It’s 1 round with 2 life bars.
There’s one thing that has always bothered with Mortal Kombat games and it seems to have made its way into Injustice as well. When a character’s life bar is depleted and they’re knocked out and defeated then WHY…WHY DO THEY GET BACK UP JUST GO BACK DOWN TO A DEFEATED POSITION. It’s really annoying to finish off an opponent with a super move just to see them get back up and fall down again. You can’t tell me they can’t code it so that they just stay down. Batman even says it in the game. “Stay down.” I’m pretty sure other fighting games were able to keep their characters down so why can’t NetherRealm program that in? Is it so hard? *Sigh*
A great little thing I noticed in the training area is that you can tag moves and combos so that that they show on screen as you practice. A great idea so you don’t have to keep pausing to check what the move or combo was. Really helpful for beginners. It’ll be a long while before you tire of this game as there are a ton of game modes and the STAR Labs is full of challenges and mini games for you. Unfortunately the you can’t just pick and choose which character’s challenge you want to do. You have to go in order. The only thing you can do is if you got the pre-order code for the Red Son pack and you can play the Red Son story right away in the STAR Labs. The Red Son story is a what if story if Superman had landed in the Soviet Union instead of America.
The graphics are exceptional and the interactive stages look great as you tear the place apart. Some interesting costume choices that may not please all and some characters look quite odd. I guess Wonder Woman is suppose
to be a strong amazon but she feels really buchty as well as Raven looks really weird to me. Maybe because I’ve only seen her in the Teen Titans cartoon. Also the flash has a lot of unnecessary armor I think. Wouldn’t that slow him down.
The music and sounds are fantastic and are accompanied by some well known people providing the voices in the game. Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman and even Steven Amell from the TV show Arrow does the voice for Green Arrow. With it’s star cast of voice actors it really makes playing the story feel official.
- Really immersive story
- Star cast of voice actors
- Lots of modes
- Good training tools
- Stages full of stuff to ineterac with
- Wild super moves
- STAY DOWN
- Odd costume choices
- No choice in STAR Labs challenges
The Old Guy in Me Says
Well done NetherRealm Studios. When I started playing the story mode I just couldn’t stop and had to finish it in one go. I played through it again with some friends taking turns. You just get so immersed in the story and next thing you know a couple of hours have gone by. I’ve always enjoyed a good fighting and the wild and crazy super moves along with the interactibles and stage changes keep things fresh. If that isn’t all there’s a ton of extra modes to play around in. If you’re a DC fan or a Mortal Kombat fan then I’d definitely say to pick this gem up.
I decided to review the IOS version of Injustice as it directly ties in with the console games. Released a week before the console game this Freemium IOS game has been keeping me busy tapping and swiping away because the
tie in is that you can unlock alternate costumes for the console version from the IOS game.
Here’s how it works. You sign up for a WBID account on the IOS game and then when you play the console version just link it to your account by signing in with the account you made on the IOS game. From your account you can see all the tasks you can see the tasks you need to complete in the IOS game in order to unlock them in the console and vice versa you can unlock stuff in the IOS game by completing tasks on the console.
This app seems to be exclusive to IOS for now but we’ll update you with further news if it will be released for Android. Another thing is that if you unlocked costumes but picked up Injustice for the Wii U, unfortunately it will not work with it. Your only compatible choices are either 360 or PS3.
Choose a battle to compete in and then choose 3 characters to fight with. You complete the battle by moving up a ladder of machetes against another group of 3. The second last battle is a boss battle where you fight 3 against 1. After that you can proceed to the next area or go back and take on the bonus battle that will have all sorts of conditions such as random enemies, slowing meter build or radiation which slowly chips away at your health bar.
The gameplay of Injustice is quite simple. Tap or swipe to attack. You can combo by tapping rappidly and finish with a prompt swipe or just swipe 3 times for a heavy combo.Your first power meter is free but you have purchase your second and third level power moves with in-game currency. When you build up 3 to the third meter you’ll unleash an unblockable super move. This super move will be the same super move the character performs in the console version.
Each character will have different attributes to their card. There are 3 tiers of character cards. Bronze, silver and gold. It will get pretty hard to proceed in the game without getting some next level tier characters. Here’s where the Freemium part comes in. Each character has about a dozen energy bars. In the beginning matches will cost 1 energy bar and when you run out you’ll have to swap out your characters with one that has enough energy. Later on it will cost up to 3 energy bars per match. When you run out you’ll have to way around 2 hours to fill up your bars to the max again before you can play again. Or you could purchase energy with real money to refill any character’s energy meter. Some may complain that they’re just trying to get more money off you but if you stick with it you don’t have to pay. Wouldn’t it make you feel like you accomplished something when you finally unlock that Batman Beyond skin rather then just buying your way through.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics for Injustice on IOS is almost on par with the console graphics. It’s quite impressive that they were able to get each character’s supermove into the game. Of course all the models are a slightly lower resolution but it still looks great. Although coming from the iPad’s small speaker the music and sound is all there from console and I couldn’t be happier.
- Cross-game unlockables
- Simple and fun
- Great graphics and sound
- Having to wait to play again
The Old Guy in Me Says
Nothing is meant to be easy. If it was then it would take all the fun out of it. This is a great game for IOS if you have a few minutes to spare then why not spending battling it out with your favorite super heroes.