Best Fighting Game of 2013 – Injustice: Gods Among Us
Netherrealm's much improved take on the DC Universe
Following up on the fantastic Mortal Kombat 9, Netherrealm decided to once again take on the DC Universe. However, this time it was not a crossover game but rather a standalone game titled Injustice: Gods Among Us, which received its own companion comic series. As with the new Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon and Netherrealm worked to craft a compelling story mode that is great for both fans of DC Comics and just fighting games in general. Injustice: Gods Among Us surprised us all with a two earths concept in the game that was not hinted at prior to release, where one has Superman killing the Joker after being fooled into killing Lois and their unborn child. This causes Superman to create a dictator-like regime, which led to multiple characters being brought from the other earth to help, leading to some very exciting events.
The combat is what you would expect from Netherrealm, but even more polished and balanced, which allowed for it to be more common in the tournament circuit throughout the last year than Mortal Kombat 9. Every character has a unique moveset and plays very differently, allowing you to extend the game’s playtime due to trying out every one. Injustice: Gods Among Us was also very well supported by the developer with DLC, including some free skins that were included with patches. Just last month an Ultimate Edition was released that included all six DLC characters and every single skin that were put up for download over time.
The companion comic for the game helps to expand the story even further, and will be continued in January with a second series. Luckily, you can feel completely satisfied by the game without the need of the comic for those that do not care to read them. With an excellent story, a deep fighting system, and a number of game modes to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with Injustice: Gods Among Us, especially if you are a DC Comics fan.
One of the highlights in Injustice is the storyline. For those who have seen the impressive storytelling that NetherRealm did with the reboot of Mortal Kombat, you can expect same treatment here in this game. Spanning up to two hours of an exciting storyline, you will be playing as several key characters in this game as you fight different opponents from within the DC universe like the Joker and Shazam. — Mark Fajardo, Editor-in-Chief