Game Review: Injustice 2

Netherrealm's DC Comics fighting sequel gets more explosive than the first!


Injustice 2

Platform(s): Xbox One, Playstation 4, iOS, Android

Developer: Netherrealm Studios

Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, players can personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. Additionally, for the first time, gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

Injustice 2 expands on the previous title’s larger-than-life showdowns. With every match, players earn gear to equip, customize and level-up their favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains that meaningfully impacts not only how they look, but also how they fight.

Players can choose from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd and Deadshot.

Injustice 2 continues the story set in motion in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together, but struggle against those who would restore Superman’s Regime. In the midst of this chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s very existence at risk.

Developers of the best-selling and critically acclaimed Mortal Kombat franchise, NetherRealm Studios brings unrivaled storytelling, robust content, and best-in-class fighting mechanics to the DC Universe.


The Review


Injustice 2 is the hard hitting sequel to Netherrealm Studios’ 2013 hit Injustice: Gods Among Us.  This game adds more modes and game features than the original, and presents us with greatly improved mechanics and visuals.  Injustice 2 features more nuanced teaching tools than the previous entry, with basic, advanced, and even tutorials covering the clash and dodge roll mechanics.  A big new addition there is the Character Tutorial.  This is a great new feature, especially for new players.  It shows off each characters special moves and some Bread and Butter combos ( this is a term used in the Fighting Game Community to describe combos that are efficient to perform by both damage and difficulty standards).

Another new mode is the mode titled “The Multiverse.”

 (Pictured: Multiverse Mode)

This mode will give you a revolving door of 6 planets (the seventh, Battle Simulator is the games arcade mode) with varying challenges and level requirements.  Speaking of levels, that brings me to the two biggest new features in Injustice 2: gear and the leveling system.  All 29 (and growing) characters in the game have tons of gear they can earn in game from fighting battles that can change their appearance and also add effects to characters (like doing more damage to Kryptonian characters in multiverse mode).  There’s tons of gear to find and unlocking Motherboxes is one of the best ways to get them after fighting.  Characters can also level up in game, up to level 20.  These mechanics change up the way one approaches fights and lets players define how they want to use characters including unlocking new abilities for characters.

(ABOVE: the gear loadout menu with Atrocitus as an example.)

Visually, this is one of the most polished games to come out recently.  The animation is superb and the graphics are a mile better than many other recent releases.  It’s also got a leg up on recent competition via it’s single player features, most notable the story mode.  Picking up 5 years after the last game, Batman and his allies are trying to put the world back together.  Superman is in prison, his allies in hiding.  Things get shaken up when an intergalactic threat arrives: Brainiac.  The story is done well and even has a new mechanic in the fact that some chapters of the mode allow for the choice of characters.  It’s done very well and players will be in for a few surprises.  If there are any downsides at this time, it’d be that some characters feel like they were underused/ didn’t really need to be there and that there’s a big lean in-game towards zoning characters (they like to stay at range and keep you away).  At this time there are a total of 29 characters with 3 (of 9) DLC character known so far:

  • Aquaman
  • Atrocitus
  • Bane
  • Batman
  • Black Adam
  • Black Canary
  • Blue Beetle
  • Brainiac
  • Captain Cold
  • Catwoman
  • Cheetah
  • Cyborg
  • Darkseid
  • Deadshot
  • Doctor Fate
  • Firestorm
  • Flash
  • Gorilla Grodd
  • Green Arrow
  • Green Lantern
  • Harley Quinn
  • Joker
  • Poison Ivy
  • Red Hood (DLC)
  • Robin/Nightwing
  • Scarecrow
  • Starfire (DLC)
  • Sub-Zero (DLC)
  • Supergirl
  • Superman
  • Swamp Thing
  • Wonder Woman

Additionally, several characters have premier skins that have the same moveset but act as a different character:

  • Grid (Cyborg)
  • Jay Garrick (Flash)
  • John Stewart (Green Lantern)
  • Mr. Freeze (Captain Cold)
  • Power Girl (Supergirl)
  • Reverse-Flash (Flash)
  • Vixen (Cheetah)

This is one of the best fighting games to come out recently, smashing Capcom’s Street Fighter V out of the way really.  I expect this game ith be in the pro scene for quite a while, supported by players like Tekken_Master and Sonic Fox.

Grade: A

Price: $59.99

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