Game: Injustice 2
Publisher: Warner Brothers
Console: Playstation 4 / Xbox One
Written by Jason Potter
NetherRealm has once again brought us into the world of DC, and it is awesome! We are at a point in the story where Superman has killed the Joker, who had killed Lois Lane (with Child) in the previous story. So we have the DC universe kind of split in half and we have a reason to be fighting the other side, this is kind of a DC version of Marvel’s Civil War series. The storyline is way more fleshed out than Injustice 1, and you will really have to play through the whole game with every divergent path to get the whole story, including the last chapter. During all 12 Chapters, I did not want the story to end and I was not bored of the game, unlike Injustice 1 where I barely even finished it. Without giving anything away, when you reach Chapter 12 there is a story split and you are given a choice: “Agree with Superman” or “Agree with Batman.” Your choice alters how the game’s story will end, and include certain unlockables for either side. I went through as Bats the first time and was satisfied with what I saw, but then going through as Superman… whoa… that got D A R K.
The voice acting is so much better than the first one, with all the right actors in place; Batman is Kevin Conroy, Harley Quinn by Tara Strong, and Scarecrow by our favorite horror flick actor Robert Englund. This makes the game feel more authentic, as many of the voice actors are from the TV series, or seasoned voice actors anyway. You just do not get the “I am reading from a script” that the first game had, where as this one is more of the “This time on Batman: The Animated Series.” Speaking of the script, the game’s story arc is fantastic! I was totally buying into everything being given to me, and NetherRealm did an amazing job at finding an excuse to get the ol’ Justice League reasons to kick the crap out of each other.
As you play through the game, you will start unlocking pieces for your fighter customization through these Mother Boxes (if you play anything like Overwatch, they are little loot crates that have random pieces from Common to Epic in them). So, what are the pieces? They are pieces for your character’s Head, Torso, Arms, Legs, Weapons, Shaders, and Abilities. You just have to be aware that some gear requires you to level that character up… yes like an RPG, you gain experience and level them up, the max is only 20 and can be done in about an hour if using some methods. This adds replay on top of the game being a good Multiplayer Fighter, as you are also leveling the character up AND outfitting them.
The game is a Fighter and as such you will be spending a lot of time in the MP menus. The offline portion has everything you need to get in and go with your typical Versus Mode, or you have others such as AI Battle Simulator and a Tourney Mode. The Online potion is user friendly as everything is already laid out for you with different selections you can choose from. I had some hiccups playing Online where I would see the other player connect to my hitbox, even though they were far away, and chalked that up to some lag. Another feature for your Online Status is by joining a Guild, these have level requirements to join and while in one and participating in Guild Events, you can unlock some Guild-specific Mother Boxes as well. Seriously, I found myself playing online for hours having a lot of fun, even while I stink at Fighters I still won some matches. The replay value is high in this game just because you want to level your favorite character(s) and get them the uber gear to make some of the Customized Character matches more fun, but I do expect at some point that everyone will be dressed the same like any RPG game out there, just that the shaders will be the variations…. And I am fine with that.
Review Note: The reviewer of this title purchased the title at their own expense. This does not affect the content of the review or its final grade. The review was done with the PS4, but an hour was also dedicated to the Xbox One version to get any feel differences.
+ The Story is really good!
+ The cutscenes, these are masterful.
+ Plethora of Unlockables
+ Daily Challenge XP boosts
+ Tara Strong as Harley and Kevin Conroy as Batman… but mostly Tara
- Flying characters sometimes felt underwhelming when fighting ground characters.
- Did Brainiac really need to be that hard?
- Superman’s attitude, but his quips were great
- RNG Mother Boxes, especially when an Achievement/Trophy is attached to it
OVERALL SCORE: 9/10