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Injustice: Gods Among Us Review for the Wii U

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 9:27 am by Justin Cavender

Injustice Gods Among Us Superman

NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment teamed up and made a beautiful baby named Injustice: Gods Among Us. The 2D fighter features a roster of 24 playable characters, which includes the biggest names in the DC Universe. Yes, I’m talking about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Joker and Lex Luthor to name a few. Sit back and get comfortable, you’re in for a ride filled with loss, betrayal, and injustice.

Holy Smokes! Superman is the Villain?

Injustice: Gods Among Us is a special little snowflake in world of many fighting games. What set this game apart from other fighters out there is the engaging story mode. Right off the bat it hits the fan. I don’t want to give too much away, but events transpire that set Superman down a dark and lonely path. Somewhere in the mists of chaos, our heroes are divided and the message of truth and justice gets lost in the carnage. Luckily, Batman and his unwavering scruples won’t sit by idling while the world has gone to hell.

The Gameplay is Smoking Hot!

Great news for all you fight fans out there, Injustice has some of the smoothest mechanics and combos I’ve ever seen. Player’s aren’t limited to their character’s move list either; each stage has interactive environments to assist you in beating your opponent into a bloody pulp. Stages are split into two parts, and depending on which floor the match starts in, you could end up somewhere else entirely. Let’s say the fight started inside Wayne Manor, theoretically, the fight could end up outside in the driveway. There are even fun cut scenes showing your opponent flying through walls and bouncing off every object along the way. This certainly adds to the overall experience of each match.

Injustice Gods Among Us Batman

Each stage in the game also features objects in the background for you to get the upper hand. These objects range from vehicles, lasers, and even slabs of meat hanging from a hook. What’s that on your face? Oh it’s a side of beef you crazy caped bastard!

The fun never stops, regardless of whether you’re flying solo or playing with your friends. Those of you opting for the single player experience have several options to keep you busy. The story mode is quite an adventure, forcing you to try out each and every character in the game. I don’t remember how long it took me to clear, but I know I finished it within a few hours. There are five battle modes and the S.T.A.R. Labs mode to choose from, which features unique challenges to test your skills with each character.

Multiplayer modes can be accessed locally or online. If you choose to compete against other players online, you’ll have a couple options. You can go head-to-head in a ranked match, or simply choose a player match in three different modes, which includes 1v1, King of the Hill, and Survivor. King of the Hill allows the winner to keep fighting new challengers, while in Survivor mode, the winner’s health starts where they ended the last match.

A Few Setbacks, Though Not Deal Breakers

The Wii U version of Injustice is an amazing game, and I love it to death. Unfortunately, there are a few setbacks that make this version a little less enticing compared to PS3 or Xbox 360, most notably the DLC. This doesn’t really affect me too much, but I understand how some folks just love to gobble up DLC, especially when said DLC includes new playable characters. A total of six characters have been released as additional DLC, and they include Lobo, Batgirl, Scorpion, Zod, Martian Manhunter, and Zatanna. All but the last two are currently available in Nintendo’s eShop, but it should be noted they were not available at the same time as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

Martian Manhunter

Lastly, the controls can be a bit wonky on the GamePad and that’s mostly due to its size. On the plus side, the game does support Off-TV play, and each character’s move list can be displayed on the touch screen. That’s a huge bonus for when you have to switch characters constantly while in the story mode. Otherwise, it may be a good idea to play on either a classic or pro controller.

Final Thoughts

Injustice: Gods Among Us is loads of fun with countless hours to feed your fighting addiction. Anyone who loves to read comics or watch superhero cartoons will love this game. The voice acting alone will bring back all your favorite memories of Batman the Animated Series or even the Justice League cartoon. Those of you concerned with long load times or poor frame rates on the Wii U have nothing to worry about. The game looks and plays amazing!

Presentation: 10

Gameplay: 9

Replay Value: 9


This review is part of Geek Legacy’s Wii U WheelHouse campaign. Our goal is to provide insight into all the great games Nintendo’s Wii U has to offer.

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