As far as smartphone and tablet fighters go, Injustice 2 mobile might be the best one out right now. The game looks and plays better than it’s predecessor, which many mobile fans enjoyed for countless hours across many years. While it does suffer from the nature of free-to-play gaming, the addictive gameplay and great rewards are worth the download.
Injustice For All
While fun, the first Injustice originally felt like a spinoff for fans of the console version, due to the lack of Story mode. The first game eventually felt more special when exclusive characters were added, but it wasn’t too special at the start. Now that NetherRealms has released the mobile version of Injustice 2, the developers want the mobile title to feel unique.
Having the Story mode available for Injustice 2 mobile is a stroke of genius, so everyone can know the lore. It’s a nice way to give the story to those that might not have a PS4 or Xbox One. Releasing it episodically will also keep players coming back for more, though the console version will get the whole thing.
That being said, there are a few flaws with the Story mode, one of which involves the achievements system. In order to progress through the next chapter, players will have to collect their achievement to unlock it. This might not sound too bothersome, but the next chapter stays locked until the achievement is received, which is bothersome.
Fight Like A Hero
Despite not having as much in-depth mechanics as a console fighting game, Injustice 2 mobile does have great new features. Putting aerial, range and crouching attacks adds more variety to the fighter, making it less repetitive than it’s predecessor. It does get a bit repetitive eventually, but levelling up characters and fighting bosses can still be challenging.
Aside from the Story mode, there’s also the Campaign that can be used to level up characters and get rewards. Think of it as a longer Arcade mode, with various characters, bosses and filler foes to beat up. You won’t be seeing Arkham inmates or random thugs in the console version of the game, so that’s worth noting.
Outside of the Story and Campaign, there are also Challenges that can be completed for hero shards and other rewards. Similar to the first game, players have to complete a number of shards to get another hero for their roster.
Most of the characters in Injustice 2 mobile have to be unlocked by grinding or shelling out real money. The system is kind of a pain, but most mobile fans expected this since it’s predecessor did the same thing. To the game’s credit, it’s friendlier than most mobile titles and makes grinding for rewards very possible.
For example, it’s fairly easy to get energy for the game and continue fighting to your heart’s content. While there is an option to pay for it, energy can often be rewarded to players for completing achievements. There are also daily rewards for logging in everyday and checking out the free chest, which gives random gifts.
Injustice 2 mobile is a worthy successor to the original mobile hit and a wonderful companion to the console game. While not a perfect experience, it’s as good as mobile fighters can get and is a must-have for fans. As far as free-to-play games go, it’s a very fun experience that fans will be playing for a long time, even when the appeal of the console version is done.
- Great Graphics
- Updated Fighting Mechanics
- Story Mode
- Plenty of Replayability
- Typical free-to-play problems
- Odd Story Mode progression
Final Score: 8 out of 10