Originally there were only going to be four downloadable characters for the DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, however the selection of characters (Lobo, Batgirl, Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion and General Zod) left a lot of vocal fans screaming for more. Where were more popular characters like Red Hood, Martian Manhunter, Blue Beetle and Power Girl?
Clearly Netherrealm took this community feedback seriously as they have decided to release another set of characters, the first of which is the Martian Manhunter. Originally seen floating around the background of the Justice League Watchtower level, now the Martian Manhunter is able to duke it out with the likes of Superman, The Joker and Batman.
As a character the Martian Manhunter takes a little getting used to. His main special ability (achieved by pressing the B button on Xbox 360) allows him to significantly extend his reach by giving him extending limbs. Some of his combos can only really be executed with extended limbs, which I personally found a little daunting at first.
His special moves revolve around telekinetic blasts, heat vision, and a teleporting attack not too dissimilar to Mortal Kombat’s Sektor. Very little is made of his ability to change shape, beyond his introduction – in which we see a very dodgy looking character transform into the Martian Manhunter – and a brief moment during his super move in which he takes the form of his opponent and punches them in the face. This isn’t a major issue, but considering the Mortal Kombat series’ history of having a shape changing character Shang Tsung it’s a little bit disappointing that they didn’t make use of that ability.
A recurring issue with the DLC characters is the fact that none of their character designs, art work, or Battle Mode endings are included in the game’s archives. Unfortunately this remains the case with Martian Manhunter. Similarly he has no additional S.T.A.R Labs missions, although the recently release of the first S.T.A.R Labs mission pack, which added 10 new missions per downloadable character. This gives us some hope that they may release additional missions at a later date.
As an added bonus an additional costume is available as part of the compatability pack. This time it’s the John Stewart Green Lantern costume – those that are familiar with these characters via the seminal Justice League cartoon of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s will likely rejoice as Phil LaMarr returns to voice the character, likewise Carl Lumbly lends his vocal talents to voice the Martian Manhunter.
If you’re a fan of the character in any capacity then you’ll likely want to try him out despite the minor gripes.
Real fan service, bringing in popular voice actors to reprise their roles as the characters
Free John Stewart Green Lantern Costume
No additional bonus material (costumes, S.T.A.R Labs missions)
Overall 3.5 out of 5
The Martian Manhunter is available to download on Xbox 360 for 400 Microsoft points, and on PS3 for £3.99. He is not included as part of the Season Pass.