NOT A SINGLE MARTHA REFERNCE?!
I’d be remised if I said I wasn’t disappoint at the complete divorce from any easy jabs at Batman v Superman. Other than that small complaint, Injustice 2 is AWESOME. I have not had too much time on the core product (i.e. it’s a fighting game) but successfully completed story mode in about 4 hours of uninterrupted nerding.
Injustice 2 seems oddly familiar the second you start the character control tutorials; this is probably because I have been playing a lot of Mortal Kombat X since wrapping Horizon Zero Dawn – both of which are must haves for modern console gamers. After all, I2 is from the same studio that brought us MKX: NetherRealm. This doesn’t hinder the ambience of the new game experience. Injustice 2 is loaded with amazing video rendering, a simple yet complete story line, and of course a star studded cast from across the DC universe.
The backstory on Injustice 2 follows up after the events of 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. We find Batman trying to restore some semblance of society with Superman incarcerated after the death of Lois Lane (and unborn child) at the hands of the Joker. What puts the events in motion for I2 is the arrival of The Society, led by the lovable Gorilla Grodd, who has assembled the likes of Bane, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Catwoman, Cheetah, and Reverse Flash. Batman counters with his own roster of Firestorm, Blue Beetle, Harley Quinn(who has flipped since the death of Mr. J at the hands of a grieving Superman), Green Arrow, Black Canary, Flash, and the Green Lantern(Hal Jordan flavored.) Opposite of Bats, Wonder Woman is in cahoots with Black Adam and fostering Kara Zor-el, aka Supergirl, aka Superman’s Kryptonian cousin. If you haven’t watched any character reveals or just like the spoiler free enjoyment, you may want to skip on from here: we end up learning that Grodd is doing the biding of Brainiac, who has come to Earth to take the last known survivor of Krypton for his trophy and study. What transpires over the next chapters of the games is an in and out of who is on whose side and an overwhelming well-crafted story.
Injustice 2 is worth a launch buy especially with the promises of more characters through DLC coming. I would like to see NetherRealm work on their combo mechanics as the precision timing to pull off complicated strings if often replaced by a fury of button mashing just to get the job done. I’m sure this will not work in multi-player matches but serves fine as you progress through the single player story mode. Huge thumbs up to all the software engineers and creatives involved on this game and a the highest of internet high fives for dashing just the right amount of my personal favorite, Swamp Thing!
I’m looking forward to a lot more of this game in the coming months. With the new loot system, it’s going to be exciting to build up fan-favorite characters with attritube boosting enhancements. Just coming out of Story-Mode, I was unable to unlock a good amount of Rare and Epic gear.
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