Injustice: Gods Among Us is on its way to PlayStation Vita in an Ultimate Edition, and Armature Studio's handheld translation of NetherRealm Studios' work seems like it will satisfy players looking for a shrunken-down version of the DC Universe fighting game.
We played a couple of Injustice matches on PS Vita during New York Comic Con, and the action was just as smooth as you'd hope it would be in a fighting game. A developer from Armature Studio told Polygon that the studio's goal was to deliver the same visual quality on PS Vita as in the console versions (screenshot above) — including a frame rate of 60 frames per second — and the company was able to make it happen.
The models for characters such as Batman, Bane, Flash and Zod looked fine but not great when seen up close in pre-match cutscenes. Yet once a match actually began, we didn't see any noticeable visual flaws; even the effects-heavy special attacks were represented admirably on the handheld. The Armature developer explained that the team was able to remove minor elements from the console versions, like a barrel or two way in the background, for the PS Vita version because the screen is so much smaller and a player wouldn't miss those small details.
We had equal success using the PS Vita's D-pad and analog stick to pull off moves, since most attacks are simple combinations of directions and a face button, such as left, down, light attack. So it seems like players who prefer either control scheme will be able to play Injustice on the handheld, and if they don't like the setup, they can customize all the commands.
We didn't get the chance to try out the touchscreen minigames that Armature is adding for the PS Vita version, since they're only available within the story mode, not playable separately. But the menus can be navigated by swiping and tapping on the screen, which worked just fine during our time with the game.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition will be available Nov. 12 for $39.99 on PS Vita. The Ultimate Edition, which includes all the downloadable characters that have been released to date, will also be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.