Last week, I talked about the insanity of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. I initially saw this game as a confusing show of explosions and flashing lights but, now that I’ve actually played it, I do have a better understanding of the game. Even so, there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever get really good at that game but I have to say it is hilarious to watch!
But since I did play a game with Marvel heroes beating the crap out of each other, it’s only fair that I try my hand at playing a game where DC comic book characters do the same. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Injustice: Gods Among Us!
Now, like Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a 1-on-1 fighting game but uses DC Comic characters as the combatants. Right there, I already had big questions. Like, wouldn’t Superman just dominate at least half of the roster since… he’s Superman? Okay, I know he’ll be a match for characters like Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Doomsday and even Lex Luthor in his weird power armor (See? I do have some comic knowledge!). But why would he have trouble with non-powered characters such as Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Deathstroke?
Well, they explain all of that in the game’s brilliant Story Mode. In fact, the game’s story mode is something I didn’t expect to really enjoy. Most fighting games I’ve played have really awful stories but Injustice actually has a great story! I’m glad some enterprising YouTubers took the initiative and compiled all of the cutscenes into one movie! Honestly, if they manage to edit the fighting sequences well, it’s a pretty good movie!
It’s actually good the story was really good because… I just can’t play Injustice: Gods Among Us! I definitely struggled with the game’s fighting system. It’s deceptively simple but… it’s not! It’s much more complicated and difficult to wrap my head around the controls! There are light, medium and hard attacks but how they come out would change based on how you’re holding the stick.
Also, there are these weird combo attacks each character has which you have to memorize and I don’t like it! I mean, while Street Fighter had some character that have combos like this, I don’t like to memorize button sequences! This isn’t a game of Simon! Oddly enough, they made doing “Super” moves really easy since you just have to press two buttons to execute them! Weird. At least the Super attacks are really crazy and some of them don’t even make logical sense! I mean, how the heck does Aquaman summon a legion of fist into outer space?
There’s also something wrong with the character designs and the look of the characters in Injustice. Maybe it’s just me but I think everyone looks like plastic figures. It may seem appropriate (to make them look like action figures?) but they look unappealing to me. And it really, really, really turns me off!
But it’s the fighting system that’s a game-changer for me. It’s just not fun because it’s too complicated and it’s too complicated because of the need to memorize character specific button sequences to play really well. Overall, I didn’t like Injustice: Gods Among Us and I really wanted to like. Oh well.
I may as well give NetherRealm Studios, they guys that made Injustice, one more chance as they did create one of the most popular fighting games after Street Fighter. And I’m going to tell you all about my experience with that certain ultra-violent game… next time!
Have you played Injustice: Gods Among Us? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!