Superman steps over the line and installs himself as king of the world in “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” the new fighting game from the people behind the legendary “Mortal Kombat.”
But don’t weep for Superman’s heel turn quite yet. Turns out this is the Superman of an alternate Earth, and “our” Justice League has to go in there and fix it. With lots of punching.
Just like “Mortal Kombat” or “Street Fighter,” “Injustice” is a one-on-one fighting game where tricky button combos and smart use of special abilities will win the day. The roster includes two dozen of DC Comics’ bravest and boldest. Batman. Wonder Woman. The Flash. Bane. The Joker.
“Injustice” aims to be more accessible than the finger-twisting button-mashers of old with less reliance on arcane input combos. While the most impressive kill moves of “Mortal Kombat” used to require seven-digit strings of perfectly timed presses, each character’s scenery-chewing finisher in “Injustice” is just one slam on the shoulder buttons. Toss in the rewarding fun of literally tossing enemies through walls, and you have an extremely visual, hilariously exciting fight.
And it is funny. The violence is all outrageous, not gory.
“Injustice: Gods Among Us” has a free companion mobile app, available for iPads and iPhones. The app offers a slimmed-down version of the game, tailored to touch screens, but it also connects to the PS3/360 version to unlock bonuses. ‘INJUSTICE: / GODS AMONG US’
Platform: Sony PlayStation 3
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