I know that games rarely live up to their hype, but I really expected more out of this. The demo really came across as a graphically better version of Mortal Kombat Vs DC, but without the MK characters. Unlike the IGN videos I saw, there weren't any prompts onscreen to let you know what the combos are. I don't know if that is a feature limited to the S.T.A.R. Labs fights or not. However, you can get a list of available combos by pressing Start. Not that it matters, since all of the attacks really looked the same to me.
The triggers did nothing, and the only bumper that worked (LB) simply grabbed your opponent. No matter what button I pushed afterwards, the throw was identical to the others. The B button only serves as an equip/disarm feature, which means all you can do is kick, punch, and hit high by using the other buttons. But on the plus side, the simplicity eliminates the need to get an expensive fight stick.I point this out because in so many super-hero based games, one of the triggers activates your super powers. Not that Wonder Woman has a ton of them, but I'd have liked to at least let her fly once or twice, just to check it out.
Despite the lack of moves, I blew through the demo in just a few minutes. I expected to die a few times, but it never happened. With the exception of Dooms Day, all of the opponents even hit me with their Rage abilities (something I never got to try). This is despite my right thumb handicap as well. I broke it a few years back, and it didn't set right. I only mention this because I want to put into perspective that I wasn't in great pain when I finished, even though this cold, damp Chicago weather would have made me want to scream if I had played any other fighter after the same amount of time.
And for the record, I am not a fight game fan. I do not own a fight stick, I hate the concept of combo moves, and I did play this on Normal. If I sound jaded against the game, it's only because I honestly thought this would be one of the few fighters out there that I would enjoy. Maybe once it comes down to $20, I'll have a higher satisfaction level with it. As it is, I just can't see me feeling satisfied with it after spending $60, even if the S.T.A.R. Labs levels are as good as the IGN videos made them appear to be.