Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Release Date: May 16th, 2017
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One
NetherRealm studios is back with a second entry into the DC Comic fighting series with Injustice 2. This time around there are several new additions to the game including tons of new characters, costumes, and a gear system. The gear system is one of the most overlooked additions and the one that really changes this from the first Injustice. The gear system sees for the first time, different armor pieces for each fighter that can enhance the offline gameplay, as well as give you plenty of custom fighters to keep you coming back long after .
The gear system is pretty simple, each fighter has gear exclusive to them, from weapons they can hold to different style helmets, chest pieces, pants, and even arm pieces. They rank from common to Legendary and each rank has a specific level required to wear as well as different buffs. Some might enhance your overall armor level, while others may increase overall health or attack speed. Combining different pieces can provide some awesome looking heroes/villains. The gear pieces themselves are unlocked via mother boxes which can be earned in a variety of different ways ranging from playing the story mode, to using in-game currency to unlock. Every mother box contains random loot, much like games that utilize these same style loot boxes.
The story mode makes it’s return, this time featuring Brainiac and of course he wants to wipe the Earth from the galaxy. He enlists the help of a good majority of the DC villains to try to succeed with his master plan. Batman of course is the hero of our story as Superman is locked up from the first game and pretty much wants to murder everyone still. Batman teams with unlikely allies such as Harley Quinn and Catwoman, along with familiar heroes, Black Canary, Green Lantern, and a multitude of others. The story advances through a series of user controlled fights much like the first game, with the half way point allowing you to choose at certain points which character will fight in that particular battle.
Injustice 2 also introduces a “Multiverse” mode which is essentially a ladder or arcade mode but with a twist. There are challenges you can complete while going through multiple fights. Some fights will have only 2-3 challengers while others may offer up to 100 and even an infinite amount where the goal is to try and complete as many fights as possible. There are modifiers in play for certain fights as well ranging from the enemy being able to hit their attacks faster, to super moves being disabled entirely. The even cooler part about this mode is that the challenges cycle out anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. So you’ll want to try your hand at all of them as they do offer up in game currency for completing as well as shaders, gear pieces, and even mother boxes.
My only complaint with Injustice 2 is that sometimes it can be quite difficult, as someone who plays fighting games just for fun. Even the story mode even on easy proved to be quite challenging at times, typically the safe haven for casual fans. The game engine is the same one used in Mortal Kombat X, so the combo system runs on a slow press system. Hitting a 10 button combo requires precise timing. While it can be difficult, nailing one perfectly and doing maximum damage can feel pretty darn rewarding.
All in all Injustice 2 is a great game whether you’re a new comer or a series regular. It has plenty for returning fighters with the wide selection of brand new fighters and the suprisingly deep gear system. While the difficulty could have been a little more balanced, any comic fan will still have plenty to be excited about jumping in for the first time.