Monday, June 23, 2014

Better Late Than Never: Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition) Review

   There are a lot of posts here about why waiting out the "New Generation" consoles is a good idea, one of them is getting great games at really good prices.  While they may not be new releases anymore, they are still "new to me", which is fine when your schedule is too busy to keep up with all the new releases.

Box art of DLC characters
I don't know what it is about my relationship with Sony's Playstation and fighting games.  The last fighting game I played that I really enjoyed was Namco's Tekken 4 (and that began on the PS1) and the many Mortal Kombat games released for the Playstation 2.  Then, I got into the Xbox 360 and all the on line fun that was to be had there with shooters and co-op games, fighting games didn't interest me for a while.  They were coming out but I didn't bother with them, because I got into strategy, and open world games when I wasn't playing on line.  Most recently I have been playing Grand Theft Auto: V and while I love it, it takes a little too much time to do jobs and other missions so I looked for what used to be quick and satisfying.  Good old fighting games, this one produced by one of my favorite fighting game directors  Ed Boon, one of the creators of Mortal Kombat.  Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition) is the best bang for your buck as it includes all the DLC released for the original when it first came out early in 2013.  The game has a nice tutorial mode with the option to skip any attacks that may seem too complicated while not holding up any fun.  The story mode is the best I've seen in a fighting game in a long time.

Older fighting games let you pick a character and play a story with the one all the way through to see their ending.  This game lets you play with the character's relevant to the story at the point you;re playing.  For example, if you're in a part of the story that has Green Arrow breaking into a building and running into trouble, you'll play as him for that part.  When that part is over and the story cuts to Death Stroke doing something, you'll be playing as him.  it's a good way to sample most of the characters in the game to pick your "go to" character should you decide to play on line.  You also get to see a lot of interactive environments this way too which was a learning experience to be had during story mode.

There are plenty of other modes to complete and unlock as well as many on line fights you can have such as "King of the Hill" where you can wait your turn to fight and watch others do battle while you wait.  Picking up this game now is probably one of the better buys I have made in a long time.  I can tell you after playing for almost 5 hours straight that the replay value is high and well worth the reduced price if you haven't played it yet.