Earlier this morning, Eli and I dug into Justice League: Earth's Final Defense [$0.99]. It's a character action game that has you, as several playable characters from the DC Universe, beating up a bunch of nameless bad dudes across several themed levels. As you play, you unlock points which can be fed into the game's various RPG systems, which in turn, jack up your character's special powers and abilities.

There's a lot going on in Justice League's various leveling up systems, as you'll see in the video below, but they feel kinda tacky. The brawling isn't so hot, either. The level design is poor, the enemy design is weak, and the virtual controls aren't consistently responsive. On the other hand, this is a video game where you can beat dudes up as Batman and Superman. That counts for something.

  • Joltrabbit

    Funny and honest as always guys but please never comment on a comic book character ever again (at least the lore of them).

    Sadly this game seems way to bare-bones for its own good. I think you nailed it with Snes war or attrition comment.

    • Joltrabbit

      Sighs... Grammar; won't let me edit.

      I have the game and would compare it to X-men arcade: all the characters seem the same except for their special moves. The main difference seems to be it's in 3-D and you get upgrade your characters like it's an RPG.

      Shamefully simple, but passable. There just are not many superhero RPG's on the iOS market worth playing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KTRO7RQBCTAY4WLC72BKUO5MIU CurtNeedsaRide _

    Man, this looks boring. Very boring. No good story elements, no game play variety, and just on rails punching... Lame.

    If they were going to make an arcade-y fighter for DC characters, they should have either made a retro looking story brawler like the X-Men iOS game OR made a DC Vs. somebody fighter like the Marvel Vs. Capcom game. Both of those other games are pretty enjoyable for me. This game, however, does not look like it will entertain me in the least.

    Back to The Dark Knight Rises. 

    • Noam Rathaus

      As a person that bought the game, for my son mainly, I must say saying him play snoozed me immediately, it is so repetitive that it makes you want to die.

      He asked me a few times to get beyond bosses, and that felt even worse, you basically feel that your only way to beat a boss is by powering up your character, there is no way to avoid their attacks, run away or dodge, either you survive their onslaught or you don't.

  • http://www.facebook.com/honemelgren Hone Melgren

    "On the other hand, this is a video game where you can beat dudes up as Batman"

    What like The Dark Knight Rises ?A game which actually nails being Batman ?

    LOL

  • Flare_TM

    Is it just me / my browser or has the link colors changed from red to blue?
     

  • Tyrwin

    What or who is netmarble and why are the all Asian? Pretty big license for a no name bunch must have been the lowest bidder...

  • Out5poken

    This game failed miserably.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1300106727 Anthony Frank

    Dark Knight Rises from Gameloft looks and plays a lot better than this game. 

  • Firetruck94

    This game could have been something,iit could have been a contender.

  • yomachaser

    This game is terrible but the plot is pretty obvious if you follow DC. Ares is a wonder woman villain and for sure those greek warriors are magical which is the easy catch-all that lets them hurt Superman.

  • Hehateme78

    This game is exactly like marvel alliance for ps3. The same guys who are complaining about this being repetitive are the ones who prefer pressing one combat button all day long for gamelofts games that are clearly tailored toward inexperienced gamers who merely want good graphics and nothing else. This video does not show you any of the special abilities that you obtain from game progress. Don't be fooled by the aforementioned comments, there is so much great combat in this game and if you ever played marvel alliance (which has great ps3 ratings) you will love this!

  • Echoen

    Finished the game on normal as batman and got to level 30 which I think is halfway to max. The enemies all have the same AI and do not improve at all. You are practically fighting the same enemies In various level themes. They don't get smarter, they just become stronger (cheaper!). Utterly repetitive. There is no dodge mechanic so you end up having to kite bosses and their minions. I surprisingly got an S rank on the last boss though just by watching the attack pattern before moving in to deal damage. What's good about the game is the RPG mechanics. It keeps you going for that next upgrade. Lots of unlockables but requires a lot of play to unlock everything via in-game currency earned from missions or purchased via IAP. It's not needed but will definitely be handy for those itching to play some of the other characters or use the support cards right away.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suraj.raj.940 Suraj Raj

      How to use the support cards my friend ??