Achievement Preview Spotlight: Injustice: GAU

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

Never bet against Superman.
...then DC killed him off and proved my father an idiot when it comes to comic book universes.

Fortunately (for him), his advice is going to come into play again next week when NetherRealm Studios releases their latest fighting game creation, Injustice: Gods Among Us. We've brought you a bevy of pre-release coverage, including the full roster, but the question on the minds of ever Martian Man Achievement Hunter is: "Can I complete it?"

Let's take a look and see.


To kick things off, Injustice features fifty achievements (of which there are no "Secrets") and will require you to have a passing level of competence with most of the combatants if you want to complete it. Most fighting game fans can probably close their eyes and make guesses as to what should be on this achievement list; and they wouldn't be wrong. There are, however, a few unique challenges that will make Injustice either shine or sink. Let's take a look.

The first achievement should be no surprise to fans of NetherRealm's other fighting sensation, Mortal Kombat.

FINISHED in Injustice: Gods Among Us
Win a match with the super move of any character

You many not hear an announcer scream, "FINISH HIM," but finishing an opponent with a super move is pretty much the ultimate coup de grâce. This achievement is almost a "gimme" for fighting game fans, but it's like a warm pair of slippers: it just feels right and you're happy knowing that it's there.

The next achievement is a little more unique in terms of requirement.

True Marksman in Injustice: Gods Among Us
Win a match with Green Arrow using only arrows

Despite the popularity of the new TV show, "Arrow", the Green Arrow has never really been one of DC's big men. His inclusion on the roster certainly made some die-hard fans happy, and this achievement will most certainly please and challenge them at the same time. If you're curious as to exactly how arduous this one might be, you should check out some footage of Green Arrow in action.

On the heels of yesterday's Batman: Arkham Origins announcement, the next achievement has a nice, little dash of creativity to it.

Arkham City Lockdown in Injustice: Gods Among Us
Defeat every Villain With Batman

I don't think you're going to have to apply many pressure point holds to get people to want to play as Batman, so this achievement should go by the wayside pretty quickly. Big kudos for creativity, though!

One of the big selling points to Injustice has been the use of destructible (and interactive) environments. The next achievement is going to incentivize you for wreaking some havoc.

Bull in a China Shop in Injustice: Gods Among Us
Cause maximum damage in all Arenas (does not include Practice mode)

While this achievement may take a spot of time, it shouldn't be too difficult to grind out in the natural progression of play.

As with most fighting games, it can be a bit difficult to pick the achievement that will be the back-breaker for the completion. I'm going to take a quick shot in the dark and say that this achievement is not the one you deserve, but the one you need.

The Hero We Deserve in Injustice: Gods Among Us
Reach Level 100

I don't care what game you're playing, knowing that you have a 100-level mountain to climb is a journey that can only be processed in baby-steps.

Other high-value targets in Injustice appear to be: Over The Top! (Play 200 complete Online Matches), World's Finest (Complete All S.T.A.R. Lab Missions with 3 Stars), Heavy Hitter (Perform a 10 hit combo with every character), and Hoarder (Unlock everything in Archives).

When it comes right down to it, a gamer's ability to complete this game is going to be 25% skill and 75% time commitment. While achievements like Perfect Aim (Win a match as Deathstroke without missing a shot (minimum 12 shots)) will require a good bit of skill, they require more of a time commitment. Barring any bugged or glitched achievements, there is very little in Injustice that should stop fighting game fans (or DC Comics fans) from picking it up when it drops on April 16th in North America and April 19th in other regions.

If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.