Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition - PlayStation 4 User Review

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'Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition' on the PlayStation 4 is a fighting video game based upon the fictional universe of DC Comics. The game was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

In the last six or seven years we've gotten a surplus of comic book goodness in just about every form of entertainment known to man. From comics to video games all the way to the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, things have been looking pretty up. While Marvel Studios has been dominating the world of cinematic superheroes, it has been DC that is feeling the rush of success on video games. 'Injustice: Gods Among us' is a wonderful fighter that flips the script on what to expect out of our favorite DC Heroes and Villains. From the first trailer we saw to the last fight we had in the game, we were in love. Keep on reading to see why this game should become the Pledge of Allegiance for DC fans everywhere.

Written by NetherRealm Studios alongside the head writers at DC Comics, 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' brings fans into a set of alternate universes in order to tell its wacky but invigorating story. If you want to skip the next paragraph then just know this: The Joker did it.

But to be more specific, the plot of 'Gods Among Us' starts with the Joker destroying all of Metropolis with a gigantic nuclear weapon. Millions of people are dead and Superman is essentially lost. The Joker manages to trick Supes into killing Lois Lane and the unborn child they share. This causes Superman to snap into a rage that has previously never been seen of the iconic hero. The Joker ends up getting killed during by Superman during Batman's interrogation of the villain. Superman continues his descent into pseudo madness as he becomes the High Councillor of a new order. Batman obviously doesn't take kindly to this and the two begin what is to become a long war. Five years into this gigantic, universe altering world, Batman discovers the an alternate universe where the Joker failed in his plot to destroy Metropolis. This is where the crossover of universes first happens and when things take a turn for the mind bending. We won't give up too much more, as you should play it in order to appreciate it fully.

'Gods Among Us' is a follow up to the originally titled 'Injustice'. This new release features all of the story elements and characters from the initial game but it also includes all of the DLC that had previously been released in individual fashion. You end up with a roster nearing 40 total characters from the beloved DC Universe, each of which has been rendered in their full and highly detailed 3D glory. Alongside these characters you can also unlock alternate skins for some of the more interesting characters.

If you haven't realized by now, 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' is a fighting/brawler game made in the likeness of titles like 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Street Fighter'. Upon loading the game up you are given a side view of the arena and it is there that you take control of your character in order to obliterate your opponent. Instead of your match being divided into multiple rounds you are instead given two health bars. The first person to deplete the others health to zero, twice, wins the round.

Combat in the game is what drives the story forward so it is obviously important that it is accessible. fortunately for us 'Injustice' is as easy to play as riding a bicycle. It is tempting to load up your favorite character and just button mash but there are so many reasons to take time to learn the strategy. Seeing as the fighting itself is limited to four buttons and your movement controls, there is no reason not to spend some time learning combinations. Each character has their own special abilities and it takes away from the energy bar at the top of the screen in order to use them. You can rack up energy by deploying combos and doing other fancy moves. Once you get your meter filled enough you can send out an ultimate attack that can typically end the match in one or two hits. Each legendary character is given a special set of moves that appeals directly to the fan in all of us. The Joker has his own darkly sadistic moves while Harley Quinn is demented and oozing sexuality. Batman has his gizmos, the Green Lantern has his ring, and so on and so forth.

Seeing as this is a fighting game there is always concern about how the storyline is portrayed. A lot of fighting games tend to make the campaign mode a throw in just so those of us who would complain about it not being there are satisfied. This isn't the case with 'Injustice'. The campaign mode is as interesting as competing online and we think even more so. As with 'Mortal Kombat', released back in 2011, you will jump from character to character in order to see all points of view of the story. and trust us, there are plenty of alternating viewpoints to get a load of. The multiple universes allow for you to experience the same character in different ways as well as to see fresh new looks at how characters would react in crazy situations. We loved the darkness of the 'war' universe as well as the alternate Earth.

The graphics in 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' are hit and miss at times. The actual characters themselves look completely gorgeous. Each character has been modeled to almost life like optimization. The cutscenes and voice acting look equally good. Where the aesthetics fall off is with the backgrounds art and animations. The backdrop for most of the fights tends to be bland and sort of lifeless.

We found 'Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition' on the PlayStation 4 to be a fitting upgrade to our arsenal of fighting games. The intriguing story and beautiful character models pulled us right into the universe.