Gamer’s Review: Injustice 2

After “Injustice: Gods Among Us” came out in 2013, worked on a sequel to the game. “Injustice 2” was released in 2017 (same year Wonder Woman came out) on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It received positive reviews from critics, fans and gamers alike. Besides earning good reviews, the game sold enough copies worldwide. “Injustice 3” is currently in development.

Upcoming DC Comics based video games are in development. “Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League“ & “Gotham Knights” are slated to come out this year. Wonder Woman’s solo game is in the works. Before they come out, I wanna share my thoughts on Injustice 2.

This review contains no SPOILERS. Keep in mind, I’m only reviewing the console version, not the one on mobile.

Good & Evil Aspects

Good: Veteran DC Voice Actors including Kevin Conroy, George Newbern, Susan Eisenberg, Phil LaMaar, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, & Gret DeLisle reprise their roles as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Harley Quinn & Catwoman. They all did an excellent job for their respective voiceover performances. Phil also reprises his role as John Stewart/Green Lantern.

Other Voice Actors such as Steve Blum, Richard Epcar, Laura Bailey, Matthew Mercer, Alan Tudyk, Travis WIllingham, C. Thomas Howell & Robert Englund all did a great job for their respective voiceover performances.

Ed Boon and his posse all did a fantastic job taking the second installment of the Injustice series to another level.

Gameplay retains core elements from its predecessor. Presented as a fighting game, the player picks a hero or villain to fight an opponent whether you play with friend or enemy A.I. Select any stage you and your buddy can duke it out. Each character has unique combos and abilities reflecting his/her attributes. A super meter fills up whether you hit the opponent. If you get hit, the meter fills up. Once the meter’s all the way up, activate a super move for massive damage.

Graphics are much more detailed the first game.

Single Player Campaign takes place after the events of the first game. Set in an alternate universe where Batman & Superman are enemies. When Brainiac invades Earth, the two are forced to work together assembling their own teams in battle. Supergirl factors in, she’s obviously related to Superman.

Taken directly from “Mortal Kombat X.” Before the start of a fight, two selective opponents have a chat.

The game’s total of fighters at launch are 28. Post-launch adds 6 faces to the table such as Darkseid, Red Hood, Black Manta, Starfire, The Atom & Enchantress. 8 characters, John Stewart/Green Lantern, Jay Garrick/The Flash, Power Girl, Vixen, Grid, Bizzaro, Reverse-Flash & Mr. Freeze are presented as “Premier Skins.” Alternate outfits for fighters sharing the same combos and abilities. 7 Non-DC characters like Sub-Zero, Raiden, Hellboy & The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (all 4 members) appear as guest fighters. Racking up a total of 49 fighters.

The fighters I played the most are Batman, Deadshot, Joker, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, Hellboy & The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

At launch, a fighter’s level cap finishes at 20. Post-launch slightly increases it to 30.

There are two endings to the Single Player Campaign. One’s good and the other’s evil.

The Multiverse Mode is the closest thing to Arcade Mode in Mortal Kombat. Various challenges are extremely tough. Think you can beat some of them for powerful gear? If you beat Brainiac in The Multiverse Mode, you unlock a character’s ending.

Mother Boxes unlock gear, shaders and abilities. The latter two will take a number of countless grinding.

The Gear System is a significant feature allowing you to customize your favorite character’s costume. Gear Pieces boosts your stats. Shaders give your outfit a paint job. As your personal characters reach level 10-20, new abilities are unlocked. I’m giving NetherRealm Studios huge Bonus Points for making me stay up all night trying to recreate Batman’s suits based on “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” Tim Burton’s Batman & “Batman Beyond.” If you wanna obtain “legendary gear,” it’s gonna take you months or years to unlock every single character’s ultimate power. Trust me, you’re gonna go through heck enduring difficult matches and specific requirements.

Evil: Microtransactions are unnecessary to buy automatic levels for any fighter and source crystals.

The Final Verdict: A-

Injustice 2 is perhaps the best fighting game based on DC Comics. If it weren’t for microtransactions, the game could’ve earned an A, FOR APEX. An A- will do. Now that NeatherRealm is officially done with Mortal Kombat 11, it’s time for them to move on make Injustice 3. I’m gonna predict DC related characters Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Hawkman, Cliffe Steele & Crazy Jane will be added as new fighters. I’m also gonna predict non-DC characters Neo from “The Matrix” and my all-time favorite Mortal Kombat character Liu Lang will appear as guest fighters.

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