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Injustice 2 Review: NetherRealm Sets The Bar High For All Current-Gen Fighting Games

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Injustice 2 is a fantastic review. [Image from Injustice Facebook]

Injustice 2 might be the perfect fighting game, offering plenty of content for hardcore players and curious casual players. The sequel improves on the first game in every single way, with a few new mechanics and plenty of content. Whether it’s being the best online player around, or wanting to gain loot alone, this game has it all.

My Hero

From the beginning of the Story mode, players can already see how much effort was put into the second game. The visuals are outstanding and the facial expressions are really good, making it on par or better than other current-gen game out in the market. These cutscenes might be the best that NetherRealm has ever put out, raising the bar for other fighting games.

Story mode is meaty, running at about five to six hours and packed to the brim with great looking cinematics. Voice acting for Injustice 2 is also really good, perfectly matching up the impressive facial expressions in the cutscenes. With multiple paths and two endings, players won’t be disappointed with the length or quality of the story.

That being said, while the story is easy enough to follow, the game assumes players are familiar with the tie-in comics, along with the events of the first game. Some moments might have fans scratching their heads, like Dr. Fate bringing up the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps at the hands of Superman. It’s not a deal breaker though and the story is still fairly engaging, with most of the heroes playable throughout.

Flying Fists

Gameplay-wise, Injustice 2 doesn’t change too many things about the combat, but the few new mechanics introduced are really welcome. Air recoveries, dodge rolls, and tech blocks join the meter burn, adding more variety. The tutorial at the beginning is highly recommended, just to try out the new mechanics and get reaccustomed to the title.

While the fighting itself isn’t too new, everything surrounding it is, so it doesn’t feel like a rehash of the first game. Every returning character has a new finisher and a couple of moves that weren’t there before. All of the arenas are new as well, aside from the Crime Alley Theater, and they all have new arena transitions that are ridiculously entertaining.

If there was any flaw that had to be pointed out by the fighting, it might be the fact that each character only has one finisher. While they all have flashy combos that can be mixed up with Meter Burns and intense training, their Super Moves are always the same. Most of them are fun and over-the-top, while some are disappointing, like Gorilla Grodd’s. Fans expect more from a Gorilla with Psychic Powers.

Welcome to the Multiverse

Multiverse mode is where the real meat of Injustice 2 is, since rare loot and in-game currency can be gained. Missions are done on multiple Earths, all of which have a time limit and various challenges to complete. Side objectives are also on these Earths, so players have to do them if they want the best stuff in the game.

The heavily touted gear system adds plenty of depth, since some of them can give characters extra abilities. Not all gear can be equipped right away, as the character’s level must be matched with the gear before they can be worn. It’s a nice mix of RPG elements and the Overwatch-style loot boxes ensure that players will be returning.

Admittedly, this can be a bit of a mixed bag, since the rewards from the Mother Boxes are so random. It can be frustrating getting unwanted gear for The Joker, when the player wants the Nightwing attire for Robin. Basically, expect a ton of grinding before getting the best gear, which is good or bad, depending on the player.

Verdict

Simply put, Injustice 2 is a landmark title and should be the blueprint for other fighting games to follow. The Multiverse mode and RPG-style gear are great for those that like playing the game solo, while online play is readily available for multiplayer fans. Adding the fun story, amazing visuals and accessible fighting system, it’s clear that this is a fighting game everyone should try.

Pros

  • Accessible, yet complex fighting system
  • Multiverse mode
  • Jaw-dropping graphics
  • Story mode
  • Gear system

Cons

  • Story mode has continuity references that might confuse fans
  • Finishers can get repetitive to watch
  • Plenty of useless gear

Final Score: 9 out of 10

Note: This game was reviewed on a standard PS4. The copy of the game was purchased by the reviewer.

The Bitbag is a contributor for OpenCritic, one of the leading games-only aggregate site in the industry. A pool of other Injustice 2 reviews can be seen here.

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