Gods Among Us" is Netherrealm Studios attempt to make up for Mortal
Kombat vs. DC Universe, and I must say, they definitely succeeded. The
game is a fighter very similar but also very different to NRS's baby,
Mortal Kombat. But with characters from the DC universe. The story is
somewhat familiar territory if you watched the Justice League cartoon
from 2002-2006. Superman goes
bad and takes over the world, uniting all the countries into a One
Earth Government under his rule. Most heroes are either dead or have
joined him out of fear. And the only way to stop him is to bring
specific heroes from an alternate universe over to help end his rule.
See? Familiar territory, don't get me wrong though. The story may be a
tad bit overused. But it is one of the better told versions of the "Evil
Superman" stories out there. And definitely the best cinematic's of a
story mode in a fighter.
The roster of fighters in this game is also fairly impressive. With fan favorites like The Trinity (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman,) to more obscure characters like Ares, Killer Frost, and Shazam. There's plenty of characters with a wide array of abilities to keep things relatively fresh if you don't like to stick to one character (such as myself.)
Since it's a NRS fighting game. You would expect the fighting mechanics to be similar to Mortal Kombat's. That's not the case here, although I love the MK series, I'm glad they did everything they could to make this game stand on it's own merit. One of the coolest changes to the mechanics in my opinion is the character trait. Whenever in a fight, no matter who you are, if you press the O button your character has a specific trait that you can use to your advantage. For example, Nightwing can attach his escrima sticks to one another to make a staff for a completely different fighting style. While on the other hand, if you press O while playing as The Flash, you tap into the speed force which slows the other character down for you to gain the upper hand. Another fun abeit frustrating mode of gameplay is the S.T.A.R. Labs missions. Which require you to complete different objectives for each character to obtain star rating of one to three stars.
My only complaints with the game is that some of the characters are way over-powered, like Black Adam and Doomsday, while others could really use an update to make them stronger (Harley Quinn is in desperate need of an update.) And the S.T.A.R. Labs missions, while fun, can be impossibly frustrating to complete. Other than that, for a fighting game it's pretty solid.
RECOMMENDATION: I recommend anyone who is a fan of DC or comics in general to pick this up, if anything just to appreciate the story and all the cool little easter eggs throughout the game. If you're a fan of fighting games you may also wanna pick this up, it's different enough from other fighting games that it has a bit of a learning curve, yet fun enough to make all the getting used to the controls worth it. Or if you're the type that plays fighting games strictly for the multiplayer, than you better be prepared to get really good. Especially if you plan to play online. Those players are brutal.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall the game is pretty stellar, but i'm sure you guys knew that by now. Since i'm about two months overdue with this review.
PLAYER 2 SCORES:
As a comic book game, I give it a 7/10
As a fighting game. 7.5/10