Thursday, April 4, 2013

Injustice: Gods Among Us preview

What happens when the incorruptible become corrupted? What happens when those who vow to protect, become those who seek to rule? What happens when mortal men are thrust into the realm of gods? What happens is the creation of Injustice: Gods Among Us.

The story begins with Superman. Long known as the last son of Krypton, Superman is beyond joy as he realizes that his wife, Lois Lane, is pregnant with his unborn child. His people may not be lost after all, but more than that, Superman suddenly understands how important his family means to him. While he and Lois bask in the knowledge that they are going to have a child, Lois receives a hot tip on a news story. Superman, knowing how stubborn Lois is, grudgingly accepts that she is not going to stop being a reporter whether she is 9 minutes or 9 months pregnant.

Superman takes off to join Batman, who is investigating a break in at S.T.A.R. Labs. Batman immediately deduces that Lois is pregnant just by seeing Superman's body language (there's a reason he's the World's Greatest Detective) and congratulates him.

The next morning, with no word from Lois since the day before, Superman takes off to find her, figuring she has been tailing a hot lead all night. After finding Jimmy Olsen's (Daily Planet photographer and close friend of Lois and Clark) dead body, Superman notices a bloody joker card. Realizing that the Joker has kidnapped Lois, he immediately contacts Batman who involves the rest of the Justice League. Taking to the skies, Superman tracks the Joker to a nuclear submarine. Lifting the submarine out of the water and to dry land, Superman rips open the hull to find Joker and Harley Quinn operating on an unconscious Lois. Before Superman can reach them, he is encompassed by a green gas. Suddenly finding Doomsday in front of him, Superman acts to protect his family by grabbing Doomsday and flying him out into space. As the gas wears off, he is horrified to find that what he though was Doomsday was actually Lois. Her body taken into space, her heart, and the heart of their unborn child, cease to beat.

Unknown to Superman, or any of the Justice League, the Joker had also planted a nuclear bomb in the center of Metropolis, tying the detonator into Lois' heart. When it stopped, the bomb went off, leveling Metropolis and killing millions of people. The Justice League subdue the Joker and take him to prison to be interrogated. Enraged by the loss of his wife and child, Superman snaps. He tears apart the walls of the prison and thrusts his hand through Joker's chest. Dying with a smile, the Joker tells Batman that the "incorruptible man of steel" has fallen. Set on a warpath, Superman begins a quest to stop all killing in the world. Joined by the elite members of the Justice League, they dismantle dictator countries, destroy war machines, topple corrupt governments, and end any crime they see.

The game focuses on the two opposing forces, Superman's regime and Batman's rebellion. Fighting breaks out and the battle for Earth begins. Where the storyline focuses' on the two forces, the multiplayer is a no-holds-barred deathmatch. Players can take control of 24 total characters, spanning from the iconic Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, to the lesser known ones such as Raven and Solomon Grundy.

Each character has their own special moves and dialogue. The game has the usual light, medium, and heavy attack controls which trigger various combos/move sets and also gradually fills up your Super Meter. There are two types of combatants. Gadget users (Batman, Nightwing, Green Arrow) and then there are Power users (Superman, Flash, Green Lantern). Each can interact with the varying environments in different ways.

Where the combat is akin to Mortal Kombat, the blocking method feels more along the lines of Street Fighter. A new "Wager" system allows a defending player to activate a special feature that will halt a combo against them. The players then wager parts of their Super Meter, with the higher wager winning out, either dealing more damage to their opponent as the combo finishes, or the defender healing themselves. You will see the combat stop for a few moments while unique dialogue takes place, with combat immediately resuming after that.

Each game stage features a destructible environment allowing players to deal massive damage to their enemy. Some stages will feature additional objects players can use against their enemy, such as rockets from the Batmobile in the Batcave, or burning cars in street settings. Costumes will also take damage through the match, showing suits becoming ripped or burned and also seeing the combatants damaged musculature. Combatants will fight on 15 stages, from Atlantis to the Batcave to the Fortress of Solitude.

Injustice: God Among Us launches April 16th for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

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