Injustice: Gods Among Us is a good game. In fact, I’d go as far to say that it’s a great game if you enjoy fighters as much as I do. That’s why I got excited when WB announced it would bring Injustice: Ultimate Edition to the Playstation 4. Taking a great fighting game and bringing it to a next generation console while including all the DLC and enhancements up to this point should be a recipe for success. And it is. Mostly. Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is good, but it isn’t quite as ultimate as the name implies.
First, the good. Injustice is still the same great fighting game it was when it was originally released earlier this year. Taking a bunch of classic DC superheroes and watching them beat on each other with a versatile and deep fighting engine is still just as fun as it sounds. The team behind the Mortal Kombat series has taken their considerable fighting game experience and applied it to another universe. With Injustice, hits looks like they hurt and the interactive stages and cinematic super moves provide a lot of visual flair that keep the action fast paced and interesting.
Continuing with the good, Injustice packs in a hell of a lot of content for a fighting game. In addition to the story mode, you’ve got the “Battles” mode (a series of matches against predetermined opponents, with each type of battle having a different ruleset of handicap), S.T.A.R. Labs (a series of special challenges) and the standard training, versus, and online matches. Since the Ultimate Edition includes all of the previously released DLC you’ll be able to play with an impressive large roster of 30 characters and complete 240 challenges, along with the multiple costumes for each character and a large amount of unlockable concept art, music, and icons.
Then we get to the bad. For starters, despite being on a significantly more powerful console the game doesn’t look all that much better. Some of the textures are sharper than in the other versions, but otherwise the game looks mostly the same. Graphically, the worst part is by far the cutscenes. In nearly every cutscene of the story mode there is significant slowdown and framerate drops. The actual gameplay is rock solid, but we should expect a solid framerate throughout for a last-generation port.
Unfortunately the technical issues don’t end there. Connecting to a game online often takes an unusual amount of time. It’s not odd to have the “Connecting” message be displayed for 30+ seconds before even getting to the online menu. Injustice: Ultimate Edition has all the hallmarks of a rushed port job.
On the content side (and I’ll admit this is a minor complaint), all costumes and characters come unlocked from the beginning. For the characters, this is a good thing for such a multiplayer focused game, but the costumes being unlocked from the beginning means the game loses a bit of the sense of progression. The only other change from the last generation versions is that all the minigames can be played with the PS4’s touchpad instead of buttons, although in my experience the touchpad was sometimes unresponsive making the buttons the best way to play the minigames.
Injustice is a game worth playing, but it may be a game you want to play elsewhere. Between the technical hiccups and low online population thanks to the lower install base of the PS4 it’s hard to recommend the Ultimate Edition over the base game. If you already own Injustice for the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 you’d be better served to purchases the DLC there, and if you don’t it’s probably best to wait for a price drop or two.
Game Title: Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
Platform: Playstation 4
Developer: NetherRealm Studios (Ported by High Voltage Software)
Publisher: WB Games
Release Date: 11/12/2013