Preview: Injustice: Gods Among Us' puts up a hell of a fight
***Mild Spoilers Ahead*** Whatever you do, don't call Injustice: Gods Among Us a Mortal Kombat clone with DC characters. While Netherrealm Studios has become well-known for its reboot of the over-the-top, violent brawler from two years ago, this is a whole different beast. Injustice has its batarang set to lure in comic book fans and gamers looking for something different from their fighting game. The game not only infuses some great fisticuff and projectile combat that you've come to know from the team, but also some other elements that make each fight interesting -- and the modes to back them up.
Netherrealm gave us a close look at a couple of the modes featured in the game -- ones that really help provide some backstory, as well as extra depth to keep you busy.
The first mode revealed was the campaign mode. Like Mortal Kombat's campaign mode, it spreads across several characters in the DC universe, tying in fights with villain and hero run-ins. The story arc that starts the game has Batman confronting the Joker, who just detonated a nuke that leaves millions dead in Metropolis -- possibly even Lois Lane. Enraged, Superman attacks Joker after brushing Batman aside, pushing events into motion.
From there, gamers follow Batman as he begins investigating Joker's activities while others fight against one another in the ravaged streets. He begins his work in Arkham, where he runs into Deathstroke, doing Lex's dirty work. After brawling with him, he moves up to Bane, also employed by Luthor, who tries to break Batman's back in a fight, only to be defeated. Then it's on to Luthor himself. Before a fight begins, Batman initiates in a mini-game where players launch batarangs at the approaching villain, in a spruced-up tech suit. If they succeed, they don't need to fight him.
During this mode, a new Clash system was revealed, where players charge themselves up and have a dramatic "clash" (thus the name) to see who comes out on top. Though we weren't able to play this section of the game, it looks fantastic, adding a dramatic element to the proceedings.