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Injustice 2 sets a new standard
May 24, 2017
By John Powell - G4 Canada
The best of the best collides with the worst of the worst. In Injustice 2, the superheroes of the DC universe are once again doing battle with DC’s most notorious supervillains, although things are little bit different in this alternate, DC universe.
A civil war pitting a totalitarian Superman and his allies against Batman’s has ended with the Kryptonian being locked up in a red sun prison thus negating his legendary superpowers. With Superman’s pals eating crow and seeking redemption, all seems right with the world against until Brainiac’s ominous spacecraft appears on the horizon.
In his quest for knowledge, Brainiac has targeted Earth and even Batman and all of his allies (including Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Firestorm and The Blue Beetle) don’t have the strength or the power to counter such an intergalactic invasion.
To make matters even worse for our Super Friends, Brainiac has teamed up with the super villain group on Earth known as The Society. Led by Gorilla Grodd, The Society consists of Scarecrow, Cheetah, Bane, Captain Cold, Deadshot and Poison Ivy. Even that isn’t all that our heroes have to deal with. Grid, Reverse Flash, Atrocitus and other baddies appear just to add insult to injury.
Injustice 2’s campaign is a lengthy one with extravagant cutscenes setting up every battle and far much more. Comic book fans will appreciate the attention to detail and the dead-on characterizations of their favourite heroes and villains.
As with the entire game, the graphics, especially the faces and mannerisms of all the characters, bring the comic book personas to life on the small screen. If there was only one criticism I could raise with the depictions is that any character wearing armoured suits are represented as sleek body suits and not the hulking uniforms we are used to. For example, The Blue Beetle’s suit looks more like something worn by The Flash than Iron Man.
Injustice 2 employs the same solid fighting game mechanic as the original. If you are a fan of Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter than this is your deal. The one fault in the otherwise astonishing campaign as far as the gameplay goes is often you are required to play as a grounded, close combat character battling an aerial rival with long-range attacks. These kinds of clashes can be a bit aggravating at times as the odds are unbalanced and really shouldn’t be.
Although it is the heart of Injustice 2, the campaign in all of its glory is not the end of the Injustice 2 experience. You can now upgrade your character’s look and powers with a Gear System. Players gain loot and experience after every match which they can use to enhance their characters. Loot rewards consist of new equipment, shaders, and abilities. Those who don’t wish to wait for their upgrades can turn to the convienent microtransaction system.
As in the original Injustice, players can battle online and in arcade mode but Injustice 2 adds a Multiverse Mode which mirrors the Living Towers mode from Mortal Kombat X. In Multiverse Mode, you can travel to different parallel worlds and battle matching villains and heroes who are a tad bit different than you might remember them.
NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have outdone themselves with Injustice 2, setting a new bar, a new level of excellence for all future fighting games to live up to. Mortal Kombat X and its amazing events and DLC add-ons established a thriving community like no other fighting game ever has. It is a game that just keeps on giving back to its fans. Injustice 2 is a sensational follow-up that we hope follows in the same footsteps months from now.
Rating: 9 / 10
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