Injustice: Gods Among Us - Scorpion DLC (Review)

By Mike Andronico , Updated Jun 05, 2013 03:35 PM EDT

While his inclusion has been rumored since the launch of the game, Mortal Kombat star Scorpion has finally arrived to NetherRealm Studios' acclaimed DC fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us. WB Games initially revealed his character trailer on June 3, and wasted no time getting the character to Season Pass holders the very next day.

So how does good ol' Scorpy stack up against the likes of Superman, Lex Luthor, and The Flash?

Those expecting a straight rip of Scorpion's Mortal Kombat counterpart from 2011 will be surprised, as the character plays like a hybrid of his classic self and some of the more archetypal injustice characters such as Batman and Green Lantern. Because Injustice's "Light, Medium, Heavy" control scheme differs from the classic Mortal Kombat layout of two punches and two kicks, Scorpion's core combos have been modified to fit the new system. And while several special move inputs have been altered to complement the Injustice engine, hardcore Mortal Kombat fans will still delight in teleporting, sending up flames from the ground, and having Scorpion scream out his signature "Get Over Here!" tagline at the end of a deadly spear attack.

Every Injustice character has a special trait that makes their playstyle unique, and Scorpion's is appropriately deadly. Pressing the trait button surrounds Scorpy in flames, doing automatic damange when the enemy is nearby and allowing for new combo possibilities. While the ability is brand-new to the game, a few dedicated players have found some rather devastating uses of the hellfire.

It's worth noting that Scorpion's overall presentation is one of the best in the game's roster. While his inclusion caused some controversy amongst fans who wanted Injustice to remain an all-DC game, Netherrealm enlisted the aid of famed artist Jim Lee to redesign the character and make him look like the type of guy Superman would duke it out with on the regular. At the beginning of a fight, Scorpion can be seen getting ready to deliver a killing blow to Sub-Zero in a Mortal Kombat arena, before being teleported to the world of Injustice. Both his super attack and winning cinematic have him sending his opponnent down to NetherRealm, which will make any Mortal Kombat or Scorpion fan shiver with nerd-tingles.

Scorpion is available on Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Network now for those who own the $14.99 Season Pass and will be available as a stand-alone character on June 11 for $4.99. He's well worth the $5 price of admission, as he retains the core components that make him a classic fighting game icon while being enhanced to fit the wide open Injustice engine.

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