Written by Logan Sharp
As I’ve said in a previous review, I love me some superheroes. I also love fighting games, even though I’m terrible at them. Even a guy that is as bad as I am at fighting games can’t pass up the opportunity to beat the snot out of Superman as Green Lantern, and other DC superheroes. Enter Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition for the PS4.
You don’t have to be a big comic/game fan to of heard about this game; when it released, it was met with high praise, great sales numbers, and a quick introduction to the EVO fighting game tournament just a few short months after launch. I could not get enough of this game back on the Xbox 360 but now that it’s re-released on the Playstation 4, PS Vita, PC and Xbox 360, is it just the same thing spewed forth or a whole new experience?
Sad to say, it’s the same exact game. I mean, literally, the same, exact game. Sure, the graphics have been touched up barely but not enough to really notice; I had to look hard to see it look a little better (even then I’m still not sure if it really does look better). If you loved the game on past-gen, it is hard to see why you should spend another $60 on the same game. However, if you were unlike me when the game was out on past-gen and skipped the DLC, this edition comes loaded with all the costumes for the characters, two different modes (Zombie and Accesible), extra STAR Labs missions (which isn’t something to brag about) and the inclusion of the Injustice: Gods Among Us soundtrack (with tracks from artists like Depeche Mode and Rise Against). There is plenty of bang for your buck here.
Unless you’re like me, the comic enthusiast who bought all the DLC and characters. I had a difficult time justifying spending another $60 on a game that I had on Xbox 360, with everything bought and downloaded. The nice thing I liked about this edition is that every costume for the every character is unlocked right from the start. No longer do you have to complete the 100+ STAR Labs missions and get 3 stars on every single one to unlock the Elseworld Flash costume; you get it right from the start.
But herein lies the problem with this edition: with everything unlocked at the start, what’s the point in playing through it again? You won’t unlock anything, save for some hero card portraits and trophies/achievements.
If you somehow passed this one when it came around the first time, and got a PS4 or are still rocking the Xbox 360, this is the edition to pick up! This game made it into the Top 5 Games of 2013 for me as I poured hours upon hours into this game. The online features are fun, incredibly challenging depending on the fighter and has plenty of stuff to unlock. But if you’ve played this before and are looking for something more, you’ll only get more of the same; which isn’t exactly all that bad. Tight controls, great animations, and a great roster of characters to choose from (even if it’s overrun with Batman characters), you’ll have fun no matter what level of comic book fan you are.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition gets an 8.5 out of 10