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NYCC 12 | Hands On: Injustice – Gods Among Us

Fans of fighting games and DC Comics have a reason to be excited next year, as Injustice: Gods Among Us will be launching that year. Mortal Kombat fans are steering away from the title due to the lack of exaggerated gore, but they need to give the game a second glance. While not as exaggerated as Mortal Kombat, Injustice is nothing short of over the top and is definitely a NetherRealm game. After finally playing the game at New York Comic Con, there are a number of things that can be talked about. Check the block below to see what I thought!

For starters, the game looks great! Despite some questionable costume choices, character models look incredibly solid. Animations are fluid and smooth, and the stages are well crafted. The game plays on a 2D plane, as seen in Mortal Kombat 9.  Players picking up the game for the first time shouldn’t have too much of a problem getting the hang of things. If you’re an avid Mortal Kombat player, playing this should pretty much be cake. Moves are performed with d-pad and face button matching, making for a simplistic nature of gameplay, allowing for newcomers to pick up and enjoy the game.

Some of the new additions to Injustice are a Wager Mode and the multi-layered stages. While I did encounter a Wager Mode moment, I will honestly say I have no idea what it is I had to do and ultimately failed the experience. Despite that, the short little cutscene that goes on during a Wager was really awesome and ended with some nice results. The multi-layered stages are perhaps some of the best cinematic moments in the game. During a match, I managed to kick Superman through several levels of the Batcave as the Flash. Watching Superman crash into pipes, hit walls, and even get run over by a mill was very satisfying. There are several objects that can be used in stages as well. At first I had no idea exactly how to use objects due to the incredibly small icon on the top left/right corner of the screen. Once I figured out the button for object use, it became a quick, easy and brutal task. The best part about this is, it only gets crazier.

Injustice has received a lot of criticism for toning things down to properly take advantage of the DC license. That being said, this definitely looks like a NetherRealm game. The gore isn’t the only thing that makes Mortal Kombat stand out, but the over the top violence and brutality is also a staple. Injustice doesn’t disappoint when it comes to over the top violence. Between Catwoman snapping necks, Batman having his Batmobile run over characters or Superman knocking a player into space only to knock him back down to earth, Injustice has a massive amount of exaggerated violence. NetherRealm said they were pushing boundaries and it definitely shows.

I also managed to get my hands on one of the most recently revealed characters – Green Arrow. While I didn’t do so great playing as the character, this in no way means he’s not superb. If players take the time to learn and master the character, Green Arrow is quite possibly the most devastating player on the roster so far. Watching the game’s producer Hector Sanchez take the controller and run fans through the basics of the character shows Green Arrow can be a monster. Hector even went on to state that he is “unstoppable” as Green Arrow. The Joker and Green Lantern were also confirmed, but are still early in the developmental phase so they unfortunately didn’t make it to New York Comic Con this year. While not many details were given on them either, Hector Sanchez did state that The Joker will play a pivotal role in the game’s story mode, which is said to have evolved from the Mortal Kombat story mode style. In an interview, Hector Sanchez also went on to state that there will be loads of single player content and even hinted at a new imagining of the critically praised Challenge Tower seen in Mortal Kombat.

Injustice: Gods Among Us is shaping up to be one of the best fighting games scheduled to release next year. Between the over the top violence and smooth gameplay, fans of Mortal Kombat, DC Comics or fighting games in general have reason to be excited. It goes without saying that NetherRealm is a fantastic company that has come to be known for their storytelling and single player content in a genre usually associated with strictly multiplayer components. Continuing to change the game more, be on the lookout for NetherRealm’s Injustice when it launches April 2013.

 

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  1. January 15th, 2013

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