After 4 years, the highly anticipated sequel to Injustice God Among Us is finally here. Set 5 years after the first game in which Superman is defeated and imprisoned, Batman and his gang are trying to clean up the mess that he and his regime have made. With most of his allies who have either been victims or have been a collaborator with the regime, Batman must recruit some new allies to help combat The Society led by Gorilla Grodd. But after Grodd’s defeat, the true mastermind behind the Society is revealed – it’s Braniac. Now, Batman must recruit Superman and the members of his regime to help take down Brainiac.
Injustice 2 is a fighting game set in the DC Universe. Like most fighting games, Injustice 2 has you chaining together combos and using that mechanism to lower your opponent’s health bar. The game also has interactive environments in which, depending on the character, they can pick up an object and throw it at their opponents. There are also stage transitions that the player can perform which can not only do some damage, but can also send their opponent into a new part of the stage.
Like in the previous game, Injustice 2 has a trait system which can provide a temporary buff to their character. Also, returning from the previous game is the super meter which allows players to pull out special moves and super moves as well. Players can also spend a portion of their super meter to pull off a more powerful version of their special move. A new thing that Injustice 2 adds is a loot system in which players can earn loot boxes that unlock gear for their characters. The gear not only changes your character’s look, but also gives your character a stat buff as well.
The game also has plenty of single player modes as well. There is your story mode which is about 6 hours long. There is also a multiverse mode which allows players to travel to parallel worlds within the DC Universe and battle against various opponents with different handicaps, rules, and goals. There is also an arcade mode within the multiverse which you can use to unlock endings for all the various characters in the game. There is also online multiplayer mode where the gear system is disabled and all the characters are reduced to their default levels. Players can also form and join online guilds with up to 50 players. Guild members can work together to complete daily and weekly objectives where they can earn gear.
I’ll admit I loved this game. I thought it took everything that made the first game great and made it even better. The graphics and character models look amazing. The facial animations on the characters look jaw-droppingly realistic. The minor tweaks to the fighting system makes the fights even better. The story mode once again is awesome. The game also gives you plenty of characters to play around with which sports a whopping 28 to play with and with more characters on the way via DLC. Plus, the addition of guilds is something that I have been wanting in a fighting game. The online multiplayer is really good too. It has your standard ranked matches like most fighting games these days. It also has king of the hill mode where the winner of the match stays and the next person tries to dethrone the winner. The writing, the voice acting, and the story overall are all really superb in this game as well.
There is only one complaint I have with this game and the big complaint is that the gear system is random. Let me explain, say if you’re using a character like Batman and you just earn some gear – sometimes you might get gear for a character like The Flash. You don’t have much control over the gear you get. It would have been nice if you could use in-game money to by the gear for the character you use. Injustice 2 is available for Ps4 and Xbox One. Overall I feel Injustice 2 is a superb sequel over the original. It improves a lot and adds new stuff in as well.
That’s why my final score for injustice 2 is a 4 out of 5. Go out and check the game out, you won’t be disappointed.
by Nathan B.