Ahh, fighting games, my old nemesis. I always want to be good at fighting games, but for some reason, my brain doesn't work in the button-combo mode needed for being awesome at fighting games. But Injustice: Gods Among Us isn't your average fighting game, thankfully. You see, it was created by the same developers of Mortal Kombat, and that team knows how to make a fighting game that everyone can pick up, play, enjoy and have enough success with to want to keep playing.
The last Mortal Kombat game had this style of game play, and now Injustice is lucky enough to share that benefit in hopes of capturing a different market than the normal fighting game genre usually corners.
I picked up this game today, and brought it back over to my cousin's pad to help make tonight less-boring and stressful. He had to run out before we started playing, so I got to play around with it, play through the entire tutorial and start messing around with some of the characters and trying out their moves. When he got home and settled in for the night, he sat down to play some one vs. one with me. I gave him a quick run down of the buttons and particular things you can do as far as interacting with environments and using super moves and what not. I'm not sure how much he was even listening, but we jumped right in and started playing - and he dominated me.
Now, it's not like I had been playing forever before he grabbed the controller, but I would like to think that I had picked up a few tips and tricks that should have helped me dominate him. But that wasn't the case. Maybe it was the characters we picked, but whatever it was, he destroyed me without hesitation.
The game is fun, regardless of how good I am at it nor not. It's DC superheroes all fighting against each other with a very deep, well thought out storyline to explain how and why this royal rumble of superheroes happens in the first place. The combat system works well, the level designs are fantastic and the special moves are awesome. The only thing disappointing is that I feel we got to know a certain cast of characters from the Batman universe thanks to Arkham City and Asylum games, and sadly, all those characters are different in this game. No fault to the makers of this game, and while there are skins to make them look like the Arkham characters, the voice acting isn't the same, so it just feels... off.
But I am enjoying the game thoroughly. Even if I suck tremendously at it. Also, on a side note, I had a couple mixed drinks tonight for the first time in years, and honestly, I could hardly tell the difference between the square button and start. At least that is my excuse tonight. I have time to secretly get better before my next showdown with the cousin.
*Cue training montage*
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