Dec 4, 2013
While mobile users are always calling for console and PC games to make their way onto their phones or tablets, one must be careful what they wish for. Not every type of game can make the seamless transition from a console or computer onto the touch screen of your Android device. Fighting games especially don’t have the best transition to mobile, with Injustice: Gods Among Us being no exception to this.
It’s not to say that Injustice is a bad game on mobile. But if you are looking for the mobile version to be anything like what the console experience gives players, you will be sorely disappointed. The game devolves into nothing more than a button mashing experience, with very little variety in the attacks and moves your meta-humans can perform. The only variance is the super attacks, which can only be performed when the power meter is filled.
Likewise, the mobile version of Injustice also lacks the story line that’s contained within the console version of this game. This leaves Injustice just feeling like another fighting game. Additionally, all battles are 3-on-3, not the 1 versus 1 fights that you’d see from the regular version. This leaves some very interesting pairings of characters, mixing villains and heroes alike in an interesting usage of the CCG model within a fighting game. But with a lack of plot, it doesn’t matter all that much.
Fans of both DC Comics and the console iteration of Injustice will also notice some key characters missing from the mobile versions. Among them, Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Killer Frost, and a couple of others. You will notice however, that the mobile version has included powerups for purchase for the various characters, including for some, companions who boost that particular character’s stats. For example, Poison Ivy is a stat boost for Harley Quinn, though the botanical super villainess herself does not appear as a playable character.
Yet another complaint many users may have is that this rendition of the popular DC Comics fighting game is a free to play title. While no one will be hindered in the game by not spending any real world money, it will take some time and dedication to earn enough in game currency to unlock more popular characters, such as Superman or Batman. Playing the game and defeating enough tiers will also unlock characters, using them to reward the player, rather than forcing them to purchase every hero they’d want to use.
Despite its shortcomings, the Android version of Injustice: Gods Among Us serves as a great companion game to the console version, and should not be considered a direct port. While the iteration playable on phones and tablets falls short in many of the features that console game gives players, it nonetheless both enhances the console game, by linking your WB account with your mobile device and gaming console, as well as giving players bonuses within the mobile version for having played Injustice on the Xbox 360 or PS3. As far as playing the game on its own though, players will eventually grow tired of the repetition, probably not sticking with the mobile version unless they’re dedicated to rising up the ranks on their console.