Tales that We Know and Love
Injustice 2, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is a sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. Injustice 2 doesn’t make too many mechanical changes to the game other than a loot system not found in the first one.
The gear system was a way to emulate Mortal Kombat’s way of having a role-playing-like progression with a fighting game. While fighting games normally focus on their multiplayer modes, Injustice 2, like its predecessor, has a story mode that revolves around everyone’s favorite DC characters.
Here’s our Injustice 2 story mode review!
Better than a Movie
Injustice 2’s story mode covers the events of the main cast of DC universe characters after they’ve been placed into an alternate world. Each chapter, similar to Mortal Kombat’s story system, covers different characters. For example, the first chapter is played by Batman, the second chapter is played by Harley Quinn, the third chapter is played by Green Arrow, and so forth.
The story mode for Injustice 2 is roughly four hours long and is basically a cinematic movie better than anything the DC cinematic universe has put into theaters. It’s what Batman Vs. Superman should have been, despite some glaring plot holes.
New and Improved Gameplay Formula
The main change from Injustice: God’s Among Us is the gear system. It is a way to add some gear progression to the game. It’s also good to have some personalization to the characters. Of course, this was the developer’s way of adding a micro transaction system into place. You can earn source crystals by playing the game but if you want to speed up the process you will have to pay real-life money. Regardless of their intentions for adding a gear system, it is still cool to see your favorite characters in different outfits.
One of the cool gameplay additions is the Multiverse mode, which allows you to take on new challenges, and lets you play with some of the roleplaying mechanics of a fighting game. It adds a lot of replayability to the game.
The best part about the gameplay mechanics is getting to use the environment as you could in the previous game. There’s nothing like being able to throw your opponent through walls in beautifully-designed levels! True comic style!
Top-Grade Graphics in a Fighting Game
Injustice 2’s strength is its graphics. The environments are incredibly detailed alongside the character models. The character models have some of the best renders you’ll find in a modern fighting game. Of course, the graphics are shown off a lot more during each character’s “super moves” when they unleash big attacks. There’s nothing like seeing your opponent blasted into space and obliterated with Supergirl’s devastating laser!
The graphics of Injustice 2 really shine in the story mode. It’s a quality you would expect to find in an animated movie. Unfortunately, there were some immersive-breaking bugs that created some graphical issues like characters being out of sync. There were also times in the cutscenes where it looked like the animators were just phoning it in.
Talented Music Makes for Better Fights
Christopher Drake came in as the lead composer of Injustice 2 and has worked on several DC animated movies before. While the graphics are incredible despite missing on occasion, the same can be said about the music. You will thoroughly enjoy the music of the game but there are times when it is a little off. At least the music gets a sudden, tensed silence during a character’s big attack which makes the attack feel a lot stronger! Although the musical transitions could have been a little smoother, it’s not as noticeable if you’re more focused on the graphics or have your audio lower.
Besides Mortal Kombat, you’re not going to find a better modern fighting game than Injustice 2. The story may be short but its replayability is almost endless!
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