Game review on PS4
Nick Staunton-Mckenzie / Mon 22nd May 2017
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Injustice 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to 2013's Injustice: Gods Among Us. Injustice 2, like its predecessor, is a fighting game developed by Nether Realm, makers of the Mortal Kombat series and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Injustice 2 is available for PS4, Xbox One, Android, and IOS.
Injustice 2 is set 5 years after the events of Injustice: Gods Among Us, which saw High Councillor Superman defeated by Batman and "The Insurgency". With Batman now attempting to put the pieces back together, a new threat has emerged. "The Society", a group of victims of High Councillor Superman as well as his former collaborators and led by Gorilla Grodd, are determined to realise their goal of world domination at any cost.
Meanwhile, Doctor Fate is trying to warn everyone of an incoming threat to the planet that will need the attention of everyone in the DC universe to combat it.
Injustice 2's gameplay further builds and improves on what worked in Injustice: Gods Among Us; combos feel smoother and faster, and environmental grabs don't have the half second buffer time that Injustice: Gods Among Us had. Injustice 2 boasts a 29 character roster, with 9 more characters to be added as downloadable content; this ensures that no matter your fighting game skill level, there is always a character for you.
Injustice 2 has an RPG-style progression system, meaning that each character can be leveled up, and you can earn certain clothing or weapons from playing the game. These clothing or weapons are earned by opening crates; adding stat boosts to a character and even changing the appearance of a character, all of these can be accessed through the character customization menu once that character is at the proper level.
Injustice 2 also introduces the multiverse mode which is kind of like the tower battles from Mortal Kombat X, and is a great way to level up your favorite character and earn crates, as well as providing a new challenge for players. The multiverse mode also gives players daily and weekly challenges to be completed, providing infinite challenges across infinite Earths.
Injustice 2 looks great, with the detail in the characters and the environments making it feel like this game was a labour of love for the fans. The arenas are rich with detail and small Easter Eggs if you look hard enough, with character customization adding another dimension to each member of the Injustice 2 roster, as the player can change any characters appearance to make them the character that they want them to be.
Injustice 2 itself looks amazing, and in my opinion is the best looking fighting game made for the current generation consoles. At the time of writing, I haven't noticed any graphical glitches, which tells me that Injustice 2 was not rushed to be released.
Injustice 2's soundtrack is mostly generic superhero fighting music. It does the job it's given, being some nice music that plays in the background, and that's just fine. Music is not why people buy a fighting game.
The thing that sets Injustice 2's audio apart is the character voice acting. Each character speaks briefly before each fight; these dialogues can contain hints to past history between the characters, allude to prior events in the overall series, or even be a sneaky reference to Nether Realm's other series Mortal Kombat.
Injustice 2 improves on everything that made Injustice: Gods Among Us good while adding its own twist on what a fighting game should be. Top notch graphics along with a smoother fighting gameplay make Injustice 2 a must for lovers of the fighting game genre, plus the sheer mass of content Injustice 2 provides is enough to keep you busy for months.
The story can get predictable and really relies on the player having played Injustice: Gods Among Us, but after playing through the story mode for a few chapters you should be quite comfortable in the Injustice universe.