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Injustice: Gods Among Us

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DC Comics characters pummel each other -- with some blood.
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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

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Game details

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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Written byAnonymous July 29, 2013

Injustice Review

Its not that bad for a 9 year old. I bought it for my son. I watched him play and it wasnt so violent. You can kick punch and uppercut but other than a 9 year old can play it. There is a couple swear words such as D*mn a** but other than that theres no F*** C*** or N****. There are some super moves but they arent too bad like Mortal Kombat. The Injustice app on the app store is 9 and up, But in the Xbox PS3 and WII U Version has Curse words. So if your child is used to A** B**** D*** or H*** They should be fine.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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 then that this game is fine for an 11 year old!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byGaberdoodle May 3, 2013

Great Fighting Game for 14+ with Blood, Mild Swearing

Injustice: Gods Among Us is a perfect fighting game for anyone who is into superheroes or into intense fighting games. The campaign in the game was fun, but did have mild swearing, like "h***", "d**n", "a**" and sometimes "s***". Along with the swearing, some of the cut scenes were fairly intense, with bombs exploding, guns being shot, and people getting thrown everywhere. The fighting does have blood, and a lot of it, too. As you fight, blood will spray everywhere, which may be a little much for younger audiences. Also, the scenes where your player comes into the arena are a little frightening, like when the Joker holds a bloody, eyeless officer and pretending that its a puppet show. I'm 14, and it sort made me sick when I saw it. There are a lot of weapons like guns, knifes, swords, etc. which are used especially in a "super" where you pull of great combos, but at the same time are extremely violent. Overall, this game is a great fighting game for anyone 14+, as long as they are okay with blood and mild swearing.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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