Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm definitely grabbed people’s attention with the trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us. DC’s well-known stable of superheroes including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are pounding each other something fierce. World famous designer Ed Boon himself stopped by EVO 2012 to show the most comprehensive look at Injustice to date.
Massive arenas, some of which span multiple city blocks, are one of this game’s calling cards. The first battle in the demonstration showed Superman squaring off against The Flash. This game has two character classes: powerful brawlers such as Supes and gadget-based attackers. For Injustice’s purposes, Flash wears armor. DC faithful know the speedster received his powers from a lightning strike. As Boon talked up the lighting effects, the hero’s armor sparked with that trademark electricity.
The duo were fighting in the Batcave and there was precious little of it left after they finished. Batman is well known for his wonderful toys and we’ll get to play with several in Injustice. Environmental hazards on display included computers, Batman’s boat and a power generator. Boon showed how Flash could extend a combo by throwing Superman into the exposed wires. Onlookers cheered as Superman pinned Flash down in an elevator, giving him a good thrashing between floors.
In addition to the arenas, Injustice contains a game mechanic allowing players to “wager” their super meter against one another. There were no specifics on how you win said wager, but it seems like an interesting twist. This fight ended with a display of the character’s super moves. Flash runs all the way around the world to deliver a punch, while Superman knocks the opponent into outer space. Yes, this game is going way over the top.
Superman did a pretty effective job of destroying the Batcave, so the second part of the demo allowed Batman to return the favor. He and Solomon Grundy fought in the Fortress of Solitude. Grundy is a nigh indestructible zombie, so he’s kind of a walking weapon. His combos include using the knives in his back. Batman used his grappling hooks and Batarangs to fight at range and blow up a hovercar. Grundy can just pick up the car and beat people about the head with it.
Batman also has a swarm of bats that he can use to extend combos. NetherRealm likely had hardcore DC fans at Solomon Grundy, but Injustice could offer a fun fighting game experience for others as well.
Look for it in 2013 on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.