It packs a punch, without losing any teeth. Many dads have asked us if Injustice is okay for kids, and while there are some adult themes present, like violence, bad language, and sexual content, they are for the most part tolerable. Injustice follows some of DC Comics’ most popular characters and pits them against others and each other in an alternate universes where Joker’s plans to mess with our favorite heroes has either succeeded of failed. You can play against the computer, against a friend, or against another person via internet connection. We’ve rated this game 3.5, now let’s see why:
Morals: The struggle between good and evil is a story as old as time. DC and Warner Brothers (developer) have done a good job telling a unique story with characters we already know and love. Iconic themes of justice and fighting against tyranny and evil help this score. The waters are muddied a bit because, since this is a fighting game, the only means to reach said justice are through violence. Literally everybody in this game fights.
Humor: This game takes itself pretty seriously. It has a bit of humor, much of it occurring in the banter exchanged right before a fight, like when Harley Quinn excalims, “You fight like my grandma!” You won’t find any funny themes or jokes that will leave you rolling, but there are some one-liners that will give you a few laughs.
Teamwork: You won’t find much collaboration here. While it does have an Alliance feature, it’s usefulness is limited to petitioning Facebook friends to join so you can earn (and spend) alliance credits. There is no co-op, although there is multiplayer, however this doesn’t led itself to team building.
Language:Gods Among Us is sort of clean, but not squeaky clean. I’ve noticed the use of bastard, ass, damn, and I even heard a s–t after some time playing. There is nothing worse than that, but sometimes that’s enough though.
Sexual Content: Considering the landscape of games, this game is pretty tame. The most you’ll see here comes in the form of skin tight suits, and low cut costumes, which some people say is par for the course in comic related content, for both genders. Actually, if nothing else, the women in this game hold their own against the male characters, although they are fewer, so while I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s empowering (it isn’t, at all) it doesn’t objectify women in many of the ways some games fall prey to, although it does push it.
Violence: While this game is at it’s core all about fighting, it’s violence is restricted to punches, kicks, limited weapon use, and volleying energy blasts around. There are brief bloody mists, but not much more. The Super Moves that finish another opponent are tame compared to traditional fatalities, and while they do pack a punch (pun intended) they never seem to break the skin. That being said, this is an arcade style fighting game. It’s not much else without the flying fists, so I teetered at giving this game a 4 or 3.5. Considering some versions, like the iOS version, have a little less violence, I opted for 3.5.
Ultimately, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a great, addictive game, and might be one your kids will enjoy. We recommend it for you and older kids who can handle a bit of violence and some pseudo-strong language. Like I mentioned, it’s an addictive game that rewards players for playing often, so keep that in mind before handing it over to the groms. It’s also got some ‘good vs. evil’ themes to offer, although we don’t recommend letting this game be the definitive voice on the subject, since it doesn’t do that great of a job at it. We loved playing this game and older kids 10 and up who like super heroes will enjoy it too!