My Brother Asks: Injustice: Gods Among Us
“Netherealm studios (the makers of Mortal Kombat) is developing a new fighter for early 2013 called Injustice: Gods Among Us. They are using DC universe licensed characters and with how well Mortal Kombat worked out in 2011, are you stocked for the collaboration or does it feel wanting (already on record - nope, no fatalities in this)?”
This isn’t Netherealm’s first rodeo with the Justice League license. In the same vein as Marvel vs Capcom, Netherealm had released Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe back when they were still the money making part of the now-defunct Midway Entertainment. That title demonstrated two things: (1) Netherealm knows the DC universe quite well, and (2) you can balance superpowers in a fighting game in spite of how naturally godlike these individuals are. Considering that the same team will be using the beautiful and robust fighting engine implemented in 2011’s best fighter (yes, I went there), I feel confident in its aptitude as a game.
From the point of view of a comic book fan who ONLY reads DC, I am also really stoked about the roster. Currently, we know that Batman, Catwoman, Cyborg (*squee*), the Flash, Green Arrow (badass), Green Lantern (Hal, of course), Harley Quinn, the Joker, Nightwing, Solomon Grudy (random), Superman, and Wonder Woman will be combatants, but I wouldn’t be surprised if more were added before and after official release. Providing they play off these character’s various mythos for an intriguing main campaign, I could see myself being VERY satisfied with the title.
With regards to fatalities, yeah their exclusion in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe was pretty lame, but that was mostly due to it essentially being a MORTAL KOMBAT game. People expected gore from that title and were disappointed with the lack of blood. Such is not the case for Injustice - it’s a game about SUPERHEROS - they may get banged up and bruised, but that’s not to say that anyone wants to see Superman shoved in a blender (not that it wouldn’t be hilarious).
All in all, I’m very excited. You should be too.