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Injustice: Gods Among Us
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We all know the main selling point of Injustice: Gods Among Us. This is a game that allows you to take control of your favourite DC Comics character and punch someone out of the Earth’s atmosphere and into space. Frankly, it should be enough to get you to hand over your cash immediately.

Just in case it isn’t though, here’s some more info straight from a behind-closed-doors preview event we attended in San Francisco recently, in which developers NetherRealm explained how they’ve taken modes from their 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot and given them superpowers.

That’s right, NetherRealm has gone to town with Injustice, promising considerable improvements over Sub-Zero and co.’s latest outing. To that end Injustice offers a beefed up take on MK’s celebrated single-player mode, and a twist on Challenge Tower in the form of the S.T.A.R. Labs Missions.

Set in an alternate DC Universe, the story mode sees Superman contradicting Kevin Smith and getting Lois pregnant. But while Superman is busy grinning his way around Metropolis, Joker kidnaps Lois and creates a dangerous mixture of Kryptonite and Scarecrow’s fear toxin. Unleashing it on Superman, he tricks the colourfully underpanted one into killing both his wife and his unborn child. Meanwhile, Joker blows Metropolis sky high.

As you can imagine Superman doesn’t take this particularly well. Straying from his good guy ways, he clamps down on the people of Earth, becoming The Iron Fist. Suddenly, all bets are off and superheroes, heroines and villains alike find themselves at odds.

That’s how Injustice establishes the game’s story and justifies everyone battering the crap out of each other.

As with Mortal Kombat’s single-player, Injustice forgoes the traditional ladder style approach and instead mixes cutscenes with fights in a relatively seamless manner. In this way players are offered some context for all that super-punching, while engaging in what promises to be a great narrative. It makes Street Fighter’s approach look ancient.

The difference is that Injustice’s story is much longer than Mortal Kombat’s, with “vastly” more rendered content. The quality of these cutscenes is great too, with a raft of experienced voice talent including Nolan North (who is everywhere), Troy Baker (who also played Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite) and Adam Baldwin (who was Jayne in Firefly and Serenity).

All of these actors, and there’s plenty more, have provided voice work for DC characters in previous games and TV series, so they’re right at home here. Indeed, the only real shortcoming is the absence of Mark Hamill playing Joker, but the actor used in his stead does a decent impression.

Elsewhere, MK’s Challenge Tower mode evolves into Injustice’s S.T.A.R. Labs Missions, in which NetherRealm unshackles itself from the usual one-on-one gameplay and goes nuts, challenging players with a load of bonkers mini-games that take place within their own little narratives.

There’s 240 missions in total, that’s 10 per character, varying from platforming challenges,  to 2.5D sidescrolling shooter sequences, FPS missions, stealth sections and twists on ancient arcade classics. And if you beat each character’s storyline NetherRealm promises  that you’ll unlock something “cool.” Yay?

In our demo we were shown the Last Son of Krypton mission, available as part of the Red Son pre-order bonus DLC, in which Superman encounters an asteroid belt on his way to Russia and has to use his spacepod’s lasers to blast incoming asteroids. Undoubtedly a sideshow to Injustice's super-pugilism, it’s nice to see that NetherRealm has let its hair down a little to explore new ideas. 

Threaded through all of this is a new XP system. Replacing the Koin currency used in MK, XP is earned across all modes, offering rewards for winning fights, progressing in single-player, completing challenges, performing supers and the like. And although you can earn XP offline, while online you’ll rack up the points far more quickly.

NetherRealm is keen to stress that none of the unlocks earned from gaining XP translate into potentially balance-shattering abilities. Instead what you’ll receive are cosmetic items like skins and interesting bits and bobs like concept art. Usually we wouldn’t be too bothered about this kind of fluff, but considering the developer’s access to the DC Comics vaults, we’re sure there’ll be plenty of interesting stuff for fans.

Ultimately, that’s what struck us most about Injustice: Gods Among Us. Every effort has been made to create an experience that will cater to DC legions of aficionados. From the story mode, to the S.T.A.R. Labs missions and beyond into the fighter line-up (fully detailed here) and the numerous iconic stages, you couldn’t want for much more. If NetherRealm can nail the actual combat at the heart of all of this, then we could have something very special on our hands.

And if all else fails, remember: you can punch a superdude out of the Earth’s atmosphere and into space.

Injustice: Gods Among Us is out on April 16th in North America and April 19th in Europe.




 
 

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Comment #1 by Ray5555
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 01:48:46 PM
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Sweet but why is it always superman the one that snaps and never batman?


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Comment #2 by DeadlySinz86
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 01:52:13 PM
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Because Superman is far more scary angry I reckon.


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Comment #3 by BiggD
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 01:56:20 PM
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I cannot wait for this game. Deathstoke, Raven & Harley Quinn FTW!


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Comment #4 by BiggD
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 01:57:54 PM
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LOL! @ the video link you provided for Superman & Louis :p


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Comment #5 by Total Shinobi
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 01:59:16 PM
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I have the sudden urge to watch the Justice League through to Justice League Unlimited before this launches. Flash, Raven, Deathstroke, Nightwing and Hawkgirl! I'm so excited for this one!


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Comment #6 by yearsinthemaking05
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:01:35 PM
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This will be the greatest fighting game since the last greatest fighting game.


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Comment #7 by Total Shinobi
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:08:52 PM
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And if you beat each character’s storyline NetherRealm promises that you’ll unlock something “cool.” Yay?

I wonder if maybe some hidden characters are tucked away? that'd be sweet. I've only been able to see Wonder Woman and The Flash in the three alternate outfits. I like The Flash outfit with the mask, fingers crossed Nightwing has a Teen Robin outfit or Red X outfit! OMG that would be so amazing but I don't see it happening :( Still, I am So so s so so excited now.


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Comment #8 by BiggD
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:12:20 PM
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@7, Nightwing having a Red X outfit...that would be royally epic!


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Comment #9 by Masterdebator88
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:17:53 PM
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Batman has snapped before. He is not as sane as people think he is. He is always fighting inner demons and they are usually brought out by Joker Toxin or Fear Gas. In the reboot where he goes up against the Court of Owls he loses it just from being trapped in a dark place for too long.


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Comment #10 by Rhox
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:18:00 PM
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@1 Because Batman already snapped. Hence dressing up like a bat.


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Comment #11 by yearsinthemaking05
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:19:54 PM
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@ 6 and 7, I think it would be bad ass to unlock new costumes, combos, specials, and artwork. I'm sure some of that will be included though.


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Comment #12 by DeadMan634
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:25:18 PM
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Deathstroke, Cyborg, Sinestro, and Aquaman will be my mains.. I can't wait!! :]


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Comment #13 by Kellwolf9E
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 02:43:25 PM
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If Batman snaps, he'll kill a few people and then get taken down by the super hero group at large. Maybe even by his own "family." Remains to be seen if what happened in the current story arc in the comics is what may finally push him over the edge. Superman snaps? Well, he's got the power to level cities and not a whole lot of weaknesses. Unless we're talking Clark from Smallville. Then one tiny sliver of Kryponite turns him into a whining, groaning puddle on the floor....


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Comment #14 by BiggD
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 03:24:35 PM
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@12, no female characters? You're crazy, they're all cooler than the dudes - the only guys that I can see myself using other than Slade are Aquaman, Black Adam, Shazam and Ares!


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Comment #15 by DeadMan634
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 03:37:48 PM
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@14 I don't use female characters much in fighting games.. Plus Deathstroke is a badass.. He's gotta be my main.


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Comment #16 by Total Shinobi
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 03:38:23 PM
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@14 no love for the Hawkgirl? :0


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Comment #18 by BiggD
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:05:59 PM
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@15, Damn really? Oh well, to each their own! But Deathstroke is my main as well - he's too legit dude.

@16, Of course, I forgot about her :( I'll definitely give her a chance and see how I am with her!


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Comment #19 by cheevo360
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 09:44:47 PM
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Really look forward to this lots. I will play many characters if possible. I am not good at fighting games of course and not usually buy many fighting games when release. So this one is my next fighting game to play for fun after Dead or Alive 5. So next fighting game I look forward after Injustic is new Super Smash Bros game for Wii U in 2014.

I really exciting to play Injustic lots. Doesn't download and try out on demo because I knew this game will be great anyway. :)


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Comment #20 by cheevo360
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 09:46:39 PM
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#Grey and Bigg, I really look forward to play as Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Hawkgirl. Give hers love and give all men love too Superheroes. Hehehehe :)


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Comment #21 by Deathhasnofear
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 03:30:32 AM
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OMG! Tuesday needs to hurry up and get here already!!! >.O


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Comment #22 by EthanL1612
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 06:32:06 AM
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Violently trying to fight the urge to buy this game on release!


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