In only a few short days you'll be able to punch Batman, kick Wonder Woman and uppercut the smug grin right off of Lex Luthor's face.
Come April 2, those of you with PlayStation 3 consoles sitting in your home entertainment centers will find a new entry in the PlayStation Network Store: A demo for NetherRealm Studios' DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The following day Xbox 360 devotees will find the same demo sitting in the Xbox Live Marketplace. Both are completely gratis and will offer fans a chance to enjoy a small section of the title from the comfort of their own home.
Included in the demo are three of the game's playable characters: Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor. This trio will be engaging in virtual fisticuffs in the Gotham City arena stage, which NetherRealm claims will offer players a substantial look at both in-game combat and the title's destructible environments which can also be used as weaponry in a number of creative ways.
For a hypothetical example, say you're enjoying a nice fistfight in the Batcave. You spot a wall-mounted laser. Batman might hit a button, commanding the laser to fire at his foe. A stronger character, like Superman, might pull the laser right off the wall and throw the whole, huge thing directly at whoever was dumb enough to pick a fight with a nigh-invulnerable Kryptonian. This is all based purely on things seen in the game's trailers and shouldn't be considered a perfect recitation of something actually found in the game, but gives a solid idea of how NetherRealm has implemented environmental weaponry into Injustice.
Oh, and speaking of trailers, the developer also issued a new one alongside this morning's demo announcement which you can find embedded above. Featuring the newly-revealed Black Adam throwing down against the apparently suicidal Green Arrow, the trailer is a little over two minutes long and as you might notice is pretty heavily scripted. Not that it isn't an accurate depiction of gameplay in Injustice, it's just that this vignette is designed to be an idealized version of said gameplay. You'll find all of the attacks you see in the final game, just don't expect the same sort of dramatic camera angles.
Injustice: Gods Among Us will make its full retail debut on April 16. It's slated for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U consoles.