DC Heroes Face Off In Immortal Combat In 'Injustice: Gods Among Us'

April 18, 2013

In the world of nerdom, one of the biggest arguments that has been going on (seemingly) since the beginning of time is who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman? While there have been a handful of story arcs that have taken on trying to answer this monumental question, there is still no definitive way to determine who would actually triumph. DC are now stoking the flames that much more by giving the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel fans one more weapon in their argument arsenal - Injustice: Gods Among Us. The 2D fighting game from the creators of Mortal Kombat pits some of DC's most loved heroes and hated villains against each other, exchanging blows until there's only one champion standing.

Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
NetherRealm Studios have, arguably, one of the best fighting game pedigrees in all of video games. Founded in the ashes of Midway Games, members of the team at NetherRealm date back to working on the original Mortal Kombat right up through 2011's outstanding reboot of that series. Add to that the fact that they also have experience working with the DC characters, since Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was one of Midway's last titles, and you have a studio that's primed to create one hell of a fighting game staring some of comics' finest.

At it's core, Injustice is simply all of the best DC heroes and villains coming together to beat each other to a pulp. Like NetherRealm's other franchise, Gods Among Us comes with a fully fleshed out story, but it's really all about the hand-to-hand. Though, should you like to delve into this new branch of DC fiction, then you'll have to learn to accept Superman as the bad guy. In an alternate universe, the Man of Steel has been driven mad by the Joker after killing Lois Lane and his son, and has taken to ruling the world with a steel fist. Batman (of course) is the lone superhero left on the planet that has not joined Superman on his crusade, or been "eliminated" for standing against him. In order to save his universe, the Dark Knight, enlists the power of a different reality's heroes (Wonder Woman, The Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Green Lantern) to help him put an end to Superman's oppressive reign.

You can find the full Injustice: Gods Among Us experience on your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. There is also a companion app of sorts for iOS devices that allows you to delve into the game's world, while unlocking content for the console versions, but it's not a true port of the game.

Admit it, you really want to know who would win, Superman or Batman. Coming on the heels of the last Mortal Kombat game, Injustice is the perfect way for the fighting game experts at NetherRealm to branch out from their sweet spot of fatalities and flawless victories. Even if you put aside the fact that NetherRealm know how to craft an amazing fighting game experience, the DC characters alone make this game worth your time. Including a range of beloved and obscure characters on the game's roster makes Injustice a wonderful trip through the DC archives, and may even introduce you to a new favorite character or two. Add to that an extensive amount of content ranging from online multiplayer to hundreds of S.T.A.R. Labs missions that are devised to test a range of skills, and Injustice is a solid fighting game package, whether you're a DC devotee or just a fan of virtually knocking the snot out of your friends with superheroes.