Injustice 2 ReviewIntroduction
Injustice 2 is a sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us, released in 2013. Four years after that, Netherrealm Studios released Injustice 2, a fighting game with a cast of DC Superheroes as the fighters. The game concept is simple. Like any fighting game, two opponents go one on one facing each other and have to inflict damage to drain the opponent's health bar to win. But before I dig deep into anything, lets start off with the playable characters. Characters
Injustice 2 allows you to play as: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, The Flash, Blue Beetle, Bane, Poison Ivy, Brainiac, Robin, Black Canary, Swamp Thing, Catwoman, Cheetah, Cyborg, Doctor Fate, Dr. Fate, Green Lantern, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Black Adam, Captain Cold, Scarecrow, and Joker. Paid DLC characters consist of Darkseid, Red Hood, Starfire, Sub Zero, Black Manta, Raiden, Atom, Hellboy, Enchantress, and The TMNT. Characters analysis
So this is a pretty good cast of DC superheroes and villains. Now I'm not really into superheroes too much, (I've played some Batman games which were excellent and a ton of LEGO games) but it didn’t seem to effect my experience in Injustice 2. You might think that if you don't care about DC superheroes, then this isn't the game for you but that isn't the case. I personally really like the playable characters, it seems like there isn't too many so everyone seems special in their own way. I've always been a Batman main, which probably makes me look very basic, but every character is different and can suit different playing styles. Want to be quick and agile? The Flash is for you. Want to be big and Strong? Bane or Atrocitus might do the trick. Or perhaps you want to use projectiles? Green Arrow and Doctor Fate are there for you. Game mechanics
I’ll try to give a simple rundown of the game mechanics. The A button corresponds to heavy attacks, Y is for medium attacks, and X is for light attacks. Also, B is for special moves. Heavy attacks can bounce your opponent which is good for combos, and can also sweep their legs or bounce them off the wall. Y and X will do normal moves but certain combinations can do cool moves. Lastly, special moves are different for every character. They’re all simple little attacks like a short burst of extra strength or a mini shield. Health Bars are unique in Injustice. Unlike Street Fighter, draining the health bar doesn’t reset the winner’s health, the battle continues until both bars are drained from either opponent. This simply means that their isn’t rounds like in Street Fighter or Tekken. Another mechanic is the super move, executed by pressing RT and LT at the same time. If landed correctly, a cut scene will display your character beating up your opponent for a lot of damage and in a cinematic manner. Arena transitions are also a nifty touch. Simply press back-A to launch your opponent through the stage and end up somewhere else! Yet another mechanic is a clash. A clash starts when one opponent holds down RT. Thus, the two fighters will share some words and the two opponents will have to choose how many bars of their meter to use. Every clash has a defender and offender. If the offender uses more bars, then he/she’ll inflict damage. If the defender gives up more bars, then he/she’ll regain health. As I was just talking about, the meter is used for multiple reasons. If it’s full, you can unleash a super move. You can also put super armor on your moves if you use a bar from it. The meter can also be used in clash’s as I just mentioned.Story Mode
Okay, there isn't much I'm going to say in order to avoid spoilers for those who haven't played it yet. Like story mode in Mortal Kombat, you do One on One matches mostly the whole time with cut scenes in between each fight. Each chapter is designated to a certain character, so you'll get to practice a lot of different characters throughout story mode. However, at some points you'll get a choice of who you want to play as between two options. The Multiverse
Here's one of the features that makes Injustice 2 really stand out from the rest. The Multiverse is a section in the single player menu that allows you to check on rotating events that shift at certain hours and offer different rewards each time. You can get gear, abilities, boxes, etc. (don't worry I'll cover what these things are later). In the multiverse you can play as whoever you want and unlock gear for those characters too, which is cool if you want to unlock things for certain characters. Customizing Characters
I'm going to have to say a lot about this one. In Injustice 2, every single character has their own level that goes up while you play as them. Every character also has their very own gear load out that you can customize and improve. But in order to equip gear and such, you'll have to unlock them. Now unlocking gear can be done in multiple ways. Sometimes completing battles will grant you random gear for a character. Or, you can unlock or purchase Mother Boxes which are basically crates that give you random gear. Gear is classified into three classes. Grey is common, Blue is rare, and Gold is Epic. But aside from that, all gear has level requirements, so the character who can equip that gear needs to be the required level. All gear has a sell price, and you can sell them for credits to buy new Mother Boxes. Gear doesn't give new moves however, it just increases attributes. Another thing you can get, but far more rare are abilities. These nifty finds can give your character a new move or technique that can be used in battle. Any character may only equip two at a time however. And lastly, you can unlock Shaders (which are basically alternate colors/skins). Online Play
Online play can be pretty fun in Injustice 2. You can play ranked matches, player matches, and King of the Hill, etc. In ranked matches, your forced to fight the first person you can connect to, and then you fight them in a 2 out of 3 matchup. You’ll probably play competitive players in this area, so this isn’t a good place to start. Rather, you should begin in player matches. Now, you can accept or decline opponents you connect you. The game even shows you their level, career record, and connection strength. So if your opponent looks too challenging for you then you don’t have to agree to fight them. Once you accept your foe, you get to fight them in one match, and you can rematch, select a new fighter, or leave after the completion of the match. Another online mode is KOTH (King of the hill). As you may have known, in KOTH, you join a lobby of about 8-10 players. Two people fight at once, the king and challenger. The rules are simple, if you beat the king, you become the king. The other people in the lobby go in a rotation until they can challenge the king. So the king keeps fighting new people until he/she is defeated. One more online mode I’ll mention is AI Battle Simulator. In this mode, you can have three AI fighters of yours go against three AI fighters of another person. Graphics and Sound
This game has great graphics. The battles always look smooth, the sound is so realistic, the voice acting is great, and some of the character interactions are pretty funny. You can’t ask anything more than this game has to offer with graphics and sound. Achievements
As you may have seen, Injustice 2 has a lot of achievements. 62 from the base game, 12 from DLC, so 74 altogether. I currently sit at 73 out of 74 and I’ll explain the one I’m missing in a bit… As you can tell from the TA score, this game is a tough completion. There’s a ton of achievements that are super easy (basically anything that requires certain characters). Some of the tougher achievements consist of playing 200 online matches, KOTH achievements, reaching level 20 with EVERYONE, and everyone’s favorite: Cat Fight. Playing the online matches isn’t necessarily hard, but it takes a long time. The KOTH achievements are much easier by boosting, I literally had to do it with two Xboxs! Another one I didn’t mention was winning after your opponent has over 90% of their health and you have less than 10%. There are three ways to do this. You can either be inhuman and actually pull it off legit. You can be losing badly and then your opponents controller dies. Or you can boost like I did. Reaching level 20 is as grindy as a gear, as you’ll find yourself beating a second player in local versus for hours and hours. And lastly is the granddaddy of 'em all. “Catwoman must defeat Cheetah with the final hit coming from Cat Call.” If you haven’t played the game then this must sound easy, but the hard part is unlocking cat call. I have been trying for over a year through the Multiverse and I must have pretty bad luck because I still haven’t gotten it. Maybe one day…* Summary
Alright, that was a long review wasn’t it? I’ll close this out with a final score/summary.
Single Player - 9.5/10
Multiplayer - 9.5/10
Game play - 10/10
Graphics/Sound - 10/10
Achievements - 8/10
Fun - 10/10
Score - 55/60 = 92% (5 stars)
Overall, this a great game. If you enjoy fighting games then this is a must have. Even if you don’t I would recommend this game to you because it’s simply an amazing game. The single player and online modes are fantastic and the game is overall a ton of fun.
*EDIT: On July 5th of 2020, I have finally obtained Cat Call and completed this game!