Hi to whoever found this. Recently I’ve been playing a lot of video games lately and I want to give my thoughts on them. The first one is Injustice 2.
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So Injustice 2 is the sequel to Netherrealm Studio’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, and it’s a fighting game with characters from the DC Universe. You got Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, they show up in this game to beat the living Jesus out of each other. I played a lot of Injustice: Gods Among Us and I really enjoyed it. How does Injustice 2 stack up with the old?
The story mode is a staple with Netherrealm fighting games starting with Mortal Kombat 9. It revolutionized fighting game stories with a blend of cutscenes and actual gameplay. The trend I’ve seen recently with every iteration of Netherrealm games, is that the story mode gets shorter and shorter with each entry. MK9’s story was extremely long, where one chapter of the game can last an hour and the overall completion can be 12 hours. Injustice: Gods Among Us had a story mode of around 8 hours, while the Mortal Kombat X had a story of about 6. Injustice 2 has a story mode of 4 hours on medium difficulty.
While the story of Injustice 2 is solid, it falls flat to the previous game. It takes place while after the events of Gods Among Us and continues the conflicts between Batman and Superman. When Braniac shows up, they band together to stop them. The cutscenes are expertly crafted while the facial animations can range from fantastic to downright scary.
The biggest problem with Injustice 2’s story is the depth. Out of the 29 character roster, it focuses mainly on 8 eight of them; with the rest being background. One faction of characters, known as the Society, is completely wasted as they show up for their introductions and then disband shortly when Braniac arrives (which is very early on in the game). Characters like Swampthing, Deadshot, Blue Beetle, and Joker have no time to shine in this campaign. Instead it leans on Batman, Superman, and Supergirl to carry the story. There are 29 characters and frankly a majority of them are wasted potential.
The gameplay is very similar to Injustice: Gods Among Us. It’s tight and fastpaced with a hint of when to strike and when to block. It’s a game that is easy to pick up but hard to master. The newest addition to Injustice 2 is the gear system. Where characters can unlock certain pieces of gear (a helmet, a cape, gauntlets, etc.) during fighting or Mother Boxes. Each piece of gear may or may not have stats and have a different appearance. It’s fine and works but there is a level limit and sense of RNG when unlocking gear, where you could be using Green Lantern and end up getting gear for Captain Cold. There is a way to turn of the RNG and I recommend doing so.
The online network has been vastly improved from Mortal Kombat X and every fight is smooth and quick. You get fights very quickly and they don’t disconnect. And if you’ve played Mortal Kombat or Injustice: Gods Among Us, you know that the net code was not good.
Overall, Injustice 2 is a fantastic game with a good loot system and awesome characters. The downside is that of a shorter story mode and underwhelming story that doesn’t live up Gods Among Us. I’d say this is a game you should try if you’re into fighting games or DC Comics.
Thanks for reading my thoughts on Injustice 2. Next I’m talking about the sci-fi horror game, Prey.
Have a good day.