Make your mark on the DC Comics universe with some superpowered pointers for the free Injustice: Gods Among Us demo on PS3.
Harnessing the power at your fingertips
Before you leap into action faster than a speeding bullet you need to know the basic controls. The X button performs a fast attack, the square button is for medium strikes, while heavy hits are assigned to the triangle button. And unlike NetherRealm Studio's previous Mortal Kombat games, there's no block button - simply pull back on the Left stick to deflect your opponent's blows.
The circle button is a character specific ability - for example, it lets you switch between Wonder Woman's golden lasso and her sword and shield. When you're near something useful, the R1 button lets you interact with your background with a special attack or dodge. The L1 button throws or grapples your opponent, and pressing the L2 button and R2 button together activates your super move if your power meter at the bottom of the screen is full.
Familiarise yourself with these controls and learn a few of the more complex attacks via the Move List in the pause menu. If you have a second wireless controller, you can train with a buddy in the Multiplayer mode or if you don't have a friend nearby just go a few rounds against an static enemy so you can get a feel for the game.
Become a hero... or villain
When you're starting off, choose Batman as your fighter - he's quick, agile and has a variety of moves to get you going. Be sure to keep your enemy within close range, however, as the Dark Knight has only a handful of long range attacks.
Lex Luthor is more of a tank type brawler - he's heavy, slow and hits hard. Lex also has the ability to create temporary armour which absorbs one hit before he takes damage, making him ideal if you like to relentlessly assault your enemy.
Wonder Woman is tricky to master yet flexible once you grasp her various abilities. Her golden lasso is perfect for fast and long range attacks, while her sword and shield stance allows a slower, more defensive variety of moves.
"Be mindful of your surroundings"
Use the environment as it can mean the difference between winning and losing. When you're near something which you can interact with, the R1 button icon will flash next to your character's life bar. This means you can kick or punch your opponent into something or bound off the object near you.
Keep an eye out for use objects such as the passing helicopter and the water tower, as you can use each one to your advantage. Be aware that Batman isn't strong enough to yank heavy objects off the ground, so he's more likely to use the weightier background items defensively.
Each object takes time to grab, depending on its size and weight, so don't try using them unless you're a decent distance from your opponent.
Comic book combos
Combinations are key to any fighting game, and Injustice: Gods Among Us has a rich combo system that can turn you into a devastating whirlwind of superpowered mayhem. Work out which moves can be linked together - typically start with a fast or jumping attack.
Slamming your foe off the backgrounds is also effective for starting a short combo or continuing a longer one, so use the R1 button when prompted or pull back and press the X button to knock your rival flying. Sometimes a heavy attack will smash your opponent through a series of walls and objects, causing extra damage.
If you're down to your last energy bar and press forward and the X button during your rival's combo, you'll start a clash where you can gamble up to 33 per cent of your character's remaining energy. You can stake up to four sections of your power meter - bet more than your opponent to win. If you started the clash and claim victory, you gain health. Defending against a clash successfully inflicts extra damage on your foe.
Doomsday... is here
The monstrous wrecking machine from the planet Krypton is your end of demo boss and he lives up to his fearsome name and reputation. Keep Doomsday at a distance with quick attacks and prepare to step away from him if he leaps, as his stomp move is unblockable.
When Doomsday covers himself in green spikes he gains armour which can absorb several hits, so make sure you're not trapped in a corner and use long range attacks to wear him down until it's safer to get close again.
Show your friends and the world your superhuman abilities and download the free Injustice: Gods Among Us PS3 demo from our online store now.