Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PS4)
Back in April, Michael reviewed NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us. From their success of reinventing Mortal Kombat they turned their talents to the DC Comics universe and created a fighting game that pits the heroes and villains against each other. He rather enjoyed the game although admitting it wasn’t the best in the genre but the fun value overcoming its negative points. And now the Ultimate Edition has been released so it’s time to slip into the spandex one again and give Lex Luthor another beating.
What makes this version the Ultimate Edition is the inclusion of all DLC that the original game got. This means a total roster count of 30 fighters ranging from staples such as Batman and Wonder Woman to Martian Manhunter and Killer Frost. They also have all their original skins plus a huge range of others too. Gameplay got some DLC loving too with the addition of S.T.A.R. Labs missions for all of the new players. These missions are character specific and involve fights that have certain requirements to get all the stars. There’s loads of them and will keep you busy for many hours, perfect for completionists as it will require lots of practice to nail them all.
Moving onto PlayStation 4 differences, the graphics department has received a boost pushing the game up to the magic resolution that is 1080p whilst keeping the ever important framerate at 60fps. All areas of the game do look better with character models looking fab and background environments looking lovely. It was hardly an ugly looking game to start with but it does look better now.
Also included are touchpad minigames which take place in parts of the campaign and the odd S.T.A.R. Lab mission. You don’t have to use it (you’re given the option when you get to your first minigame) but you want to try out the new functions on your DualShock 4 don’t you? These missions simply involve swiping in a certain direction on the touchpad to stop an incoming attack. It’s hardly a groundbreaking feature but it did respond well to my touch and rubbing the pad quickly is far more comfortable than bashing a button during a QTE. Other features are just staples of the new console but you do have all the social function and Vita’s remote play.
There is one thing to point out and it’s not the game’s fault but if you’re looking for multiplayer action you will be waiting for a while. On launch weekend it took a good 10 minutes to find an opponent. That’s longer than the match itself. Following that another 5 minutes and I was matched up again. Unfortunately with the same guy. Just something to bear in mind if you’re looking to show off your fighting prowess against others online.
To sum up
Injustice: Gods Among Us remains a fun fighting game but the value of this edition is very much dependent on how you come to it. It’s certainly not worth your money if you already own the game even if you don’t own any DLC. The graphics improvements aren’t worth double the amount the standard edition is currently on sale for and online is a drought. But if you’re a fan of fighting games and/or DC Comics and don’t already own the game then you’ll get a lot of this super package.
Version reviewed: PlayStation 4
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is out now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and PC.