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POSTED 17/4/13


INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US

WB Games

PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii U)

We’ve never trusted aliens ’round these parts.

From wanting to crush, kill, destroy us in Plan 9, Independence Day, Mars Attack-ack-ack-ack-s! and more, to even supposedly cuddly ET managing to bring Atari to its knees (causing another form of crush, kill, destroy in New Mexico), they’re bastards.

Despite all his rah-rah, pop-poms a-go-go, “Woo USA!” posturing, Superman’s also an alien. Which, naturally, means we’ve always known that he can’t be trusted – and he’s certainly started showing his right prick colours. Nobody believed us. Well, who’s laughing now, huh?!

Of course, the Joker’s the one laughing now, having drugged Supes into submission enough to make him do a bad, bad thing, after which the Joker stopped laughing – and the alien who never worked out where his undies should go done did it. Then he shed his Joy Division phase to start a New Order... cue multi-universal fun!

From the Mortal Kombat people, Injustice is a Batman-heavy collision of that revered fighter – OTT special moves and all - with the DC Comics universe. You can dive straight in as any of 12 goodies or 12 baddies (assuming we can count proper-like) in one-off bouts or series’ thereof, or storm a story mode with cutscenes that don’t shit you while awaiting more biffo.

Anybody who’s ever assailed MK will know each character’s move set is huge, and mastery is vital for progression. It’s similar here – to do real good-like you’ll need to go beyond mashing buttons more furiously than Grandmaster Flash’s cohortical quintet. Mind you, stupify the skill level downwards and even the hyper-inept will still enjoy.

If you dig on deep fighting games and DC you’ve got everything here, but even if you’re only into one or the other there’s heaps to worship – fan service oozes from every pixel. Hate both and, well, suffer, ’cos we think Injustice is super (thanks for asking!).

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