April 29, 2013
Gaming in Stereo: An Injustice has been Rectified
Looking back among all the Gaming in Stereo’s I have posted the only fighting game soundtrack I have featured was various Street Fighters. Today, we are going to listen to a recently released fighting game that has been captivating my time, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Injustice is from the talented people at NetherRealm Studios, the people behind the critically praised Mortal Kombat (2011). Injustice is based on DC comic characters like Batman, Superman, and The Flash, and thrown into a chaotic fight between two worlds. During DC’s many story lines there have been alternate earths, showing different realities. In Injustice, one of these earths shows an alternate reality where Superman, grief stricken by the murder of Lois Lane at the hands of the Joker, has seized control of earth; he has lived long enough to see himself become the villain. I applaud NetherRealm for being gutsy enough that during this alternate reality, they killed off some characters. NetherRealm has set the bar for single player campaigns in fighting games and Injustice is no exception, clocking in around 8 hours, which is better than most AAA titles. The game mechanics are solid and there is a bevy of content in the S.T.A.R. Lab missions, unlockables, and online game modes. The music is just as epic as the combatant’s themselves. It was a shame that I had to go into the settings and turn up the music, but once it’s heard it fits nicely into the game. Today we are going to look at two specifically, and funny enough they both appear in menus. I hope you enjoy the music of Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Injustice: Gods Among Us – Christopher Drake
This is the title track for the game and shows up right after you hit start. This track plays during the main menu, but just because it’s at a menu doesn’t make it any less effective at hyping you to watch show downs between DC finest heroes and villains. The march like atmosphere leading up to the (1:46) feels heroes march; that you are about to walk amongst gods. At the (1:46) mark the song transitions into something more serious, that feel of heroes rising to an occasion. Throughout the story there are plenty of heroes and some where you would least expect them.
Justice is Done – Dean Grinsfelder
This track I personally hunted down, there is a portion of the track that plays during the character viewer that is breathtaking. As something simple as looking at a character model, turns into an epic gaze. The later part of the track reminds me of the music from Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, which was done by Hans Zimmer. The part of the track that is played during the character viewer starts at the (1:22) mark. It just reminded me of how epic these characters are, how much they sacrifice, that despite adversity they still over come, these are the heroes earth deserves. The title of the track is fitting, NetherRealm has given these characters justice.