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Injustice: Gods Among Us Wii U review

Accessible beat 'em up for DC comic fans

Quiz time! Who would win a fight between Superman and Batman? Superman. How about Superman and The Green Lantern? Superman. Okay, what if you pitted Superman against the fearsome might of Aquam... THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE SUPERMAN.

This is why The Man of Steel is a rubbish superhero - he's boringly overpowered compared to everyone else, and it can't help but sap the drama out of his confrontations. We mean, sure, he can't see through lead, but that hardly means it's advantage Hawkgirl, does it?

You'd think this would be a detail Injustice: Gods Among Us would be keen to gloss over, given that it's a one-on-one beat-'em-up starring a cross section of the DC universe. Instead, it tackles the issue head on by making Superman's outrageous power the focus. In doing so, NeverRealm Studios has pulled off the enviable feat of crafting a fighter that's as enjoyable to play in single-player as it is in multiplayer.

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Injustice takes place in an alternative dimension where Superman has gone a bit 'wrong'. Okay,

a lot 'wrong'. The traumas of seeing Metropolis levelled by a Joker-induced nuke and being unintentionally responsible for Lois' death have frazzled Big Blue's mind and he's decided to give the 'hero' thing a rethink. Now a tyrannical despot, Superman rules with an iron fist and a cabal of 'reformed' villains and fallen superheroes who have sided with Supes out of fear.

Good job this is some other dimension, right? Except it becomes our problem when a small resistance group of insurgents warp our version of the Justice League into their world to give Superman a good duffing. This series of unlikely events sets the stage for a madcap story mode that manages to cram sights such as Joker vs. Harley Quinn and Cyborg vs. Cyborg into its narrative without so much as wincing.

Injustice's single-player mode borrows its structure from NeverRealm's previous game, the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot. That's to say that instead of the player selecting a character and being lumbered with them for the rest of

the ride, the narrative plays director, switching characters with each chapter. This allows you to soak up the unique skillsets of fighters as diverse as Wonder Woman, The Flash and Joker. Since the move lists are displayed on the GamePad screen it's easy to adapt to the pace, although if you're playing off-screen expect to spend a fair few moments gawping at the pause screen.

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The story is a lot of fun, although when you hear Joker cackling about YouTube hits it's a sign that the scriptwriting isn't going to give Alan Moore sleepless nights. It fares better when it apes the frantic chaos of the silver screen, and does a remarkable job of staying coherent, even though the lines between good and evil are more tangled than a snake playing Twister.

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  1. shy guy 64 Saturday 18th May 2013 at 08:32

    ive seen plenty of people beat up super man

  2. Tamzily01 Saturday 18th May 2013 at 08:37

    Doomsday killed Superman. Therefore, any argument saying Superman will always win is, therefore, invalid.

    However, I will say that this game is good for letting you get the smack down on the likes of Lex Luthor and the Joker. Even Ares, who is the GOD OF WAR! Extremely satisfying, but the small selection of stages available does get boring after a while.

  3. dizzy boy Saturday 18th May 2013 at 09:01

    This game is good, but it's not worth the 50 that GAME and the eShop are asking for. iI found my copy in HMV for 38.
    Considering that Tekken Tag 2 dropped to 24 iin the eShop recently, Injustice is going to have a hard time shiffting coppies if it doesn't follow suite and drops in price too.

  4. Buffalo_K Saturday 18th May 2013 at 11:43

    The game looks pretty amazing to me. I'll buy it when it comes down in price a little.

  5. ZeldaKing Saturday 18th May 2013 at 13:06

    Superman wouldn't beat batman, in the comics batman has a kryptonite ring in case he ever needed to stop superman.

  6. shy guy 64 Saturday 18th May 2013 at 15:32

    Superman wouldn't beat batman, in the comics batman has a kryptonite ring in case he ever needed to stop superman.

    until superman of earth 2 destroyed it during infinite crissis

    but he dose still have a ready supply of kriptonite in case superman turns bad

  7. Quarg Ranger Saturday 18th May 2013 at 21:51

    That opening paragraph is so flawed. Might get this if I ever get a Wii U.

  8. Tamzily01 Saturday 18th May 2013 at 21:54

    Superman wouldn't beat batman, in the comics batman has a kryptonite ring in case he ever needed to stop superman.

    until superman of earth 2 destroyed it during infinite crissis

    but he dose still have a ready supply of kriptonite in case superman turns bad

    That can all be blamed on Superboy Prime punching reality.

    Actually, does Batman have a Kryptonite Ring in New 52 continuity? I haven't really got any of the main Justice League collections yet.

  9. shy guy 64 Sunday 19th May 2013 at 09:30


    That can all be blamed on Superboy Prime punching reality.

    fair point

  10. Waldy565 Sunday 19th May 2013 at 19:53

    So, I'm a massive DC fan, but I don't like shallow games - I loved the look of this though. Should I get it? How shallow is it?

  11. ZeldaKing Monday 20th May 2013 at 14:38

    Superman wouldn't beat batman, in the comics batman has a kryptonite ring in case he ever needed to stop superman.

    until superman of earth 2 destroyed it during infinite crissis

    but he dose still have a ready supply of kriptonite in case superman turns bad

    Ahh fair enough i never read those ones, they started burning a hole in my pocket before that. But superman still wouldn't win then? Also i'm pretty sure it would work if green lantern created kryptonite, but the point is true, he's ludicrously overpowered

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