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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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.
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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, self-assessment
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: April 16, 2013
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
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