Just who exactly is in the game?
Among characters available so far are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Nightwing, Harley Quinn, Flash, Catwoman, Cyborg and Solomon Grundy. Just recently, Green Lantern and Joker were announced as playable characters, but they were not available at the build for NYCC.
For my first fight I chose Catwoman; my second fight I chose my namesake, Harley Quinn, and in my final fight I chose Wonder Woman. My opponents chose Flash, Superman, and Green Arrow. So…who won the fights? For the Catwoman vs. Flash fight, Catwoman displayed a range of distance attacks with her trusty whip and up close and personal hits with those razor sharp claws of hers. As you fight, your character will build up enough charge in their power meter for a special attack, which is launched by pressing L2 & R2. As we had both leveled enough to do so, I succeeded in unleashing an acrobatic/animalistic fury of hits on Flash, and was able to simply move back on the D-pad and block his special move. In the end, Catwoman won.
For my second fight…before you assume that Superman automatically will beat any one that he is up against, think again. In the fight between Harley Quinn and Superman, I was mentally preparing myself to lose because he is practically impervious to everything. (Unless of course, if Harley had a kryptonite-laced exploding pie handy for a special move, I might have a shot!) While Harley does produce an exploding pie as part of one of her special moves, no kryptonite was involved, and I did not lose to Superman. How you ask? In Injustice, the characters and their powers are not particularly following any sort of comic book cannon, which makes them all more balanced with their abilities and powers. So don’t expect an automatic beat-down if you are going up against, or playing as Superman. He may have all these huge melee attacks, but they take a little longer to set up and make him a little slower than most. As a result, someone like Harley who has a lot of faster attacks, and swings a huge mallet, could get in there and hit him multiple times, netting just as much damage as Superman’s one big hit.
For my final fight with Wonder Woman versus Green Arrow, I was ready to change it up. Wonder Woman can switch her fighting styles from lasso attacks & punches to sword and shield attacks. (A part of me is slightly miffed with the sword and shield appearing out of thin air and at will. I kind of wish my opponent can snatch it from me and smash it to bits!) Green Arrow’s special attacks of course involve archery, but the cool thing with him is you can change the types of arrows that you shoot. For example, if you choose down & back on the D-pad you get an ice arrow which freezes your opponent. When you hit down & forward, you get an electrical arrow which can shock and stun your opponent. Also, in this fight I noticed that each arrow that Green Arrow lands in you stays there for quite some time during the battle. While that may need not measure up to the extremities of its cousin Mortal Kombat, Injustice still has quite some time to crank up the carnage (if planned) before its release. Alas, Ollie and his arrows couldn’t hold up to the Amazonian Princess, as Diana claimed this victory.
Styles & Technique:
Injustice goes way beyond just being a “DC Skin” over Mortal Kombat gameplay. Each character has their own style, and each level has different interactions so some characters work better with them than others. Throughout the arena there are various objects scattered about, and can be used to a character’s advantage. For example, if there is a car present, Superman can pick it up and slam it, where as someone like Nightwing can hop into the car and use it to hit you. In addition, the arenas can also take damage and have multiple levels of it as well. In one part of the demo, electrical wiring can be seen hanging from the ceiling as the battle progresses, (which you can use against to shock your opponent with a button prompt), and in special cases, special moves can be made to load up background transitions, which will launch you to another part of the arena, or even…the atmosphere. No need to guess whose special move that belongs to.
This game is still in development and I am looking forward to the finished product. I can confirm that there will be different costumes available for each character, and probably more character announcements are on the way. Id love to hear the choice words for a Joker vs. Harley Quinn match myself… Stay tuned!
Injustice: Gods Among Us launches into stores in the US, April 2013 and will be available for PS3, XBOX 360, and Wii U.