Injustice 2 Review
An Arcade Fighter To Remember
Injustice is a game that I skipped first time around, even when it was on PlayStation Plus as one of the monthly offerings. All I knew is that it looked like a Mortal Kombat rip off that used Marvel characters. Oh boy how wrong am I. Injustice 2 is sublime! It is out now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One...
Injustice 2 starts you off in Arkham City learning the basics. A lengthy tutorial that guides you through large amounts of information. Moves, combos and super amazing attacks are all shown to the player here. While I have played and love the Mortal Kombat series, this series seems to have enough differences to be its own style of fighting game.
Visually, the game looks stunning. Each environment pops with great lighting, superb textures and a slew of anti aliasing thrown in for good measure. These exceptional visuals also follow over to the super moves and all of the other interactive objects that are scattered around each location. Lastly, each character looks handcrafted with such attention to detail that you can see and feel every emotion portrayed through their brilliant facial expressions.
Audio wise, well you have probably already guessed. It is absolutely brilliant. The soundtrack itself is superb and each effect created through the use of each characters abilities sounds absolutely awesome. From the explosive whip of air that surrounds the Batplane when Batmans super move is initiated to the crash of bones when an opponent is forcefully thrown to the floor. Whatever you are doing in Injustice 2, it sounds great.
Onto the gameplay and I want to mention one thing. This game can be tough. The combo system and move sets can be so ridiculously long. Getting the timing perfect is also really hard for most part. I had to actually skip the tutorial as my timing just could not initiate some moves to progress through the tutorial at a good pace. In truth, I got bored. Luckily I skipped it all after over an hour of trying to progress as what awaits is worth rushing to.
This game has a huge emphasis on story, so while the gameplay revolves around some seriously slick fighting and is definitely fun to engage in, the story also adds and inevitably completes this awesome package. I really enjoyed watching each piece of cinematic craziness as despite being in game modes, the emotion and voice work here is on par with a movie. It truly helps make each moment seem real and relatable. It is in a way, just like watching a movie and then being able to control the action segments.
Beyond the excellent story there is of course more for the player. There are a host of character unlocks obtained through playing the campaign and tackling an area in game called the Multiverse. There are various stat boosts too. Injustice 2 makes playing worthwhile by introducing growth to each character. There are also new skins to unlock and a host of multiplayer features for those wanting more than just a campaign.
Injustice 2 is the complete package that never truly stops. It just keeps giving, even after over thirty hours of play.
Overall, Injustice 2 is a superb game. It offers a breath of fresh air to the fighting genre. It also offers a superb story, awesome setting and great attention to detail. It is, however a rather difficult game to harness and it does have some minor screen tearing here and there. I still recommend you pick it up. Especially if you love 80’s icons like Superman, Batman and many more from the Marvel universe.