Gameplay: 9 / 10
Graphics: 7 / 10
Replay Value: 9 / 10
Sound and Music: 9 / 10
There is an odd sense of déjà vu when the first screens appear after loading up Injustice: Gods Among Us on the PS4. Yes, we’ve seen all of this before. It’s pretty much the same game, just enhanced to 1080p and a few more DLC characters added into the line-up. Of course, gamers shouldn’t be surprised by re-releases of fighting games to newer versions. The tradition started by Street Fighter, with its Super and Turbo editions, has now been adopted by NetherRealm (of Mortal Kombat fame), who’ve subsequently re-released the game for next-gen with a more promising ‘Ultimate Edition’ tag smacked onto the end of the title. The real question is whether or not this is in fact the ultimate edition the title suggests or just another way to rake in more cash on a popular title.
Rolling up the sleeves and getting into the DC Comics-themed brawler you can’t help but feel cheated by the lack of differences between the newly released version and the original game released last April. The jump from PS3 to PS4 should be a more noticeable one, but you’ll be hard-pressed to notice even a slight difference here. Sure, there is the whole 720p to 1080p conversion, but it’s certainly not enough to warrant a purchase by those who already own the original. The least I expected is an update to the terrible cut scenes in the storymode, where the animations are average at best. Everything else is pretty much left intact, with a select number of new costumes and characters now available. Lobo and Man of Steel’s Superman and General Zod are the key favourites, although some of the animations haven’t been completely updated either. There really is no point to go through a back and forth comparison though, the differences are that minute.
Of course, none of this makes Injustice any less fun. It remains a solid fighting title worth owning. There is enough material here to keep gamers engaged for weeks. The majority of the fun can be found in the storymode, which jumps between characters (the good guys and the villains) as you playthrough a story which features a tyrannical Superman and a well-intentioned Batman. While the story isn’t the greatest some of the interactions between the characters are really fun. Inevitably, the Arcade mode and S.T.A.R. Lab Missions (a challenge mode which offers interesting survival matches) will take up the majority of your time. Combat is easy and fun, with little secret easter eggs hidden throughout the different arenas. If you enjoy fighting games then Injustice: Gods Among Us sets a new high standard.
Although it’s great, it isn’t as ultimate as the name implies.
For a full review on the game read Lyle Arends’ review.