Injustice: Gods Among Us

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
DC Comics characters pummel each other -- with some blood.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 52 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Injustice: Gods Among Us wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

This is a fighting game, so there isn't much of a positive message to glean from it. You can play as both as a "good guy" -- like Batman, Superman, and other superheroes, and "bad guys" including The Joker and other villains.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's decidedly mixed, with a combination of superheroes and villains -- but you can play as both in this game. So, the game is a mix of good and bad role models.

Ease of Play

Like many good fighting games, Injustice is fairly easy to play for beginners to the genre but more advanced moves will be needed to progress. That said, it doesn't have as comprehensive a tutorial as most other fighting games.

 

Violence

While fantasy-based, this is very much a fighting game -- with plenty of weapon-based violence, some blood, and over-the-top moves that inflict pain. Weapons of mass destruction range from fists and kicks to knives and swords to guns, crowbars, and laser blasts. There are close-up attacks depicting this violence. Some cutscene sequences also show violent images, like a blood-spotted knife and someone being strangled.

Sex

Most of the female characters offer tight and revealing clothing, with plenty of cleavage shown -- and camera angles that show it off even more. In one background scene you can see a silhouette of a woman and the word "Nudes," suggesting a strip bar.

Language

The game has some moderate profanity including the words "s--t," "bastard," "hell," and "damn."

Consumerism

This fighting game is based on DC superheroes and villains, which is based on comic books, movies, and other merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game. This "Teen"-rated brawler lets DC Comics' most famous heroes and villains duke it out in brutal matches. Players can use weapons (guns, knives, etc.) and over-the-top punches and kicks to win rounds. There is blood in the game, closeups of violent moves, and some violent cutscene sequences, too. The game also has some suggestively dressed female fighters and some inappropriate language.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 12-year-old Written byStephen the great April 23, 2013

It's fine!

My 11 year old son really wanted this so I bought it for him. I watched him play for a bit and I saw near to no blood. There a couple uses of s*** but other the... Continue reading
Adult Written byThe_Fusionist August 21, 2013

Please re-think the age!

This game is rated what it s for 2 reasons. Language and violence. For language there i nothing to bad and the worst u will hear is s**t one or twice but if you... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byM.P.L.S. April 6, 2015

grate but not for kids

SUPER FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

but it has some blood and over all its ov... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 29, 2015

wow!!!!!

you choose a DC hero/Villon and fight a hero/Villon with realistic punch, kick, guns, lassos, staffs, lasers, and using stuff around you like guns walls starsh... Continue reading

What's it about?

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US is a fighting game from the same studio responsible for the best-selling Mortal Kombat franchise. While not as violent, this all-new game takes familiar icons from DC Comics -- including Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, and The Joker -- and pits one against the other in a brutal fight to the finish. A mature storyline involves The Joker destroying Metropolis and tricking Superman into killing Lois Lane and their unborn child; the Man of Steel then murders The Joker, which sparks an epic battle between rival camps supporting Batman or Superman. Deceased characters like The Joker are also brought into fight, thanks to an alternate universe where the Joker's malevolent plan did not succeed. The game can be played against the computer-controlled opponents, against a friend or sibling beside you, or online against other human players.

Is it any good?

For the most part, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a good fighting game. Fighting game fans and DC Comics lovers alike will enjoy choosing their favorite superheroes and villains, and trying out all their signature moves against one another -- in unique, destructible environments. And as the makers of Mortal Kombat, the team at NetherRealm Studios have crafted a deep fighting system that feels great, looks spectacular, and delivers powerful, over-the-top moves and combos that'll make you wince. The developers also added extra content called S.T.A.R. Labs missions (think Mortal Kombat's Challenge Tower) and a few other models like a Survival mode and King-of-the-Hill style match. Even with the few modes, there is limited replayability with this game, and a weak and sometimes confusing story. Overall, though, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a very good fighting game based on DC Comics' finest.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of the game. Is it the familiar DC Comics characters? The ability to play as both the good and bad guys? The visceral, violent action in this brawler?

  • What is the impact of violence in the media?

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