I’ve played many fighting games with my friends but I’ve never in my life took the initiative to go out and buy a fighting game. Why? Because I think more of them are flat out boring. Whether it be Street Fighter X Tekken or the newest Mortal Kombat, fighting games have never held my interest. Until now.
I’ve been deep in the DC Universe since they kicked off the New 52 reboot last September. I visit my local comic book store every Wednesday afternoon to pick up some of the latest books and so far I’ve spent over $200 on physical books and way less on digital ones. I had a short addiction to DC Universe Online and have a number of t-shirts with DC superhero logos on them such as Superman, Batman, and The Flash. I’ve even considered changing my cat’s name to Krypto but it wouldn’t work because she’s a cat.
When NetherRealm Studios announced that they’re developing Injustice: Gods Among Us, I was ecstatic. Fellow comic book geek and iGo Gaming editor Damien Munoz was equally excited but also shocked that little ol’ me who never gave a fuck about fighting games would be interested in this. And not because it’s a fighting game, but because I’ve bitched and moaned about numerous crossovers that pit heroes against other heroes (I’m looking at you Avengers vs. X-Men).
Do I realize that the gameplay looks just like Mortal Kombat? Yes. So why am I interested in Injustice? The only reasonable explanation is because I’m a DC Comics fanboy. Let’s look at this way: why do people buy NBA and WWE games every year when the biggest change is the roster update. They want to live vicariously through these people and that’s exactly what I would like to do with the likes of Superman, Batman, The Flash, and others that haven’t been announced yet.
“You’re an idiot. This is basically Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.”
Not exactly. Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe was a Mortal Kombat game featuring characters from the DC Universe. Injustice focuses more on over-the-top comic book action instead of decapitations and other gore-y bits of action found in Mortal Kombat. If there’s one thing that made Mortal Kombat un-enjoyable for me, it was the unnecessary gore. I’ve never been the one who needed gore and lots of blood to enjoy a game.
The fact of the matter is, the major selling point of Injustice: Gods Among Us, for me, is the fact that it includes DC characters. To a comic book nerd, it’s hard for something like this not to appeal to me. And with DC Comics’ upcoming crossover event, I’m pretty sure I’ll need to school Damien in this game when I pit my favorite heroes and villains up against his.
Injustice: Gods Among Us will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013 and I’m ready, brother.