“You Stand Before a God, Fool…”: Injustice 2 Review

Posted in Kulturecade by - May 26, 2017

Injustice 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the smash 2013 hit, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Every fighting game and DC fan were all over it; I mean who wouldn’t want to fight as your favorite DC heroes? They tried this once with Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, and the fans weren’t so happy about that one, so NetherRealm and DC collaborated up once again to release a banger. This time around a few things have changed such as the exciting gear feature, more characters added to the roster, enhanced gameplay and more. So, let’s jump in and see what Injustice 2 is all about.

Injustice 2 is set in an alternate universe where Superman and Batman are at it once again. In the first game, events unfold as to where Superman starts up a new world order and the Justice League splits into two halves, Batman and Superman’s teams, and tries to sustain their own version of this order. Superman believes that all crime should be killed off and not just prosecuted. Of course, Batman believes otherwise.

Along comes the sequel and the bickering between the heroes is still at large, but this time around, a big bad villain, Brainiac, comes between the heroes and forces them to set aside their issues for the greater good. Injustice 2’s storyline is fast paces and exciting. You play as different characters for each chapter of the story and each character plays an important role through the progression of the story. The story, although short, is very entertaining with the story of each individual character. The final fight with Brainiac is tough, but with some practice is manageable.

I was worried while playing the story that the characters would be quite overpowered through multiplayer, especially Brainiac as you do unlock him after the story is beaten. However, after playing many multiplayer matches, I can say that there isn’t an unfair advantage between many characters. Sure, you will fight some cheap players who decide to use a character with a long-range attack that can be spammed, but for the most part, everyone is fair with their fighters. Also, each character has unique fighting styles and I found myself playing with characters that I have never heard of before, such as Blue Beetle. The characters are exciting and I recommend playing with every single one as each has their own capabilities.

The graphics on this game are extremely good for a fighting game. Hell, even Mortal Kombat X’s graphics were great and these top it by a long shot. Most of the characters’ outfits are sleek and sharp looking, making it pretty on the eyes.

The sounds are exhilarating. The punches, kicks, super moves, everything about the fighting sounds in this game are great. They really put a lot of work into the game to assure that you are indeed fighting with superheroes. These sounds are so specific that it is hard to explain. The soundtrack for the game is very well done, as well.

The gameplay for the game is very fast-paced so be expecting of that. Some heroes are very fast, such as The Flash or Batman, and some characters are slow such as Swamp Thing or Atrocitus. These characteristics should be played with carefully in multiplayers, as a faster character slightly has an upper advantage on someone of larger size. If you see a character pick the flash, play as someone that can counter his lighting quick moves. Trust me, the Flash is easily the fastest character in the game and some of his attacks are hard to counter if not timed correctly or with the wrong character.

The gear system is the best feature but also slightly annoying. This game added a feature of RPG style gear that you can get out of ‘loot boxes.’ These can be acquired through multiplayer, the story, or just buying them. There are thousands of styles of gear that can be earned for each character. This is great until you read that the awesome piece of gear you just got for Catwoman can only be worn at level 15. This is reasonable as each piece of gear gives you stronger attributes, however, it is, quite annoying having to play with a character that you seldom play with just to be able to wear the gear. And mind you the leveling system in the game does take some time. I’ve played with Batman strictly for gear for at least 5 hours alone, and he is only level 11. The gear system is a great feature but can make you want to pull your hair out sometimes.

In the end, Injustice 2 lived up to my expectations as it was one of my more anticipated games of the year. Many things could have been done better such as the gear system mentioned above and a longer storyline but, nonetheless, both aspects can be forgiven as they are great features. If you are looking for a fun game to compete with your friends whether it be online or couch-play, then pick up Injustice 2. If you’re not all that into fighting games but still love DC heroes, pick it up on a sale for about 40 dollars. 60 dollars is, of course, the standard price for AAA games, but this was mostly anticipated by fighter fans and I am not that huge of a fan of them, but I don’t regret spending the 60 dollars. Injustice 2 makes for an exciting superhero game and an even better fighting game.

Final Score: 4.5/5

  • Release Date: 5/11/2017
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Tucker Boyd is a gaming staff writer for Kulture Shocked. Growing up, all he wanted was to play video games. Jokes on you, he never grew up. His life consists of video games every day, reading comic books and watching movies. These things have molded him into a giant pop culture fanatic and he's not a bit ashamed of it. He loves sitting down and having discussions about games, movies, and comics and dreams that one day he will be able to make a living off these things.
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