A worthy upgrade to Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice 2 builds on everything that was good with Injustice: Gods Among Us. Even though the roster of characters has increased and special moves have evolved, there is a feeling of familiarity and accessibility with the game. Is it enough to justify the upgrade?
Injustice 2 Story
The story doesn’t exactly kick-off where the first game ended. There is a comic book tie-in for the 2 games and if like me you haven’t read it, then it’s fine. For those that haven’t played the previous game, worry not. The story isn’t complicated and there is an intro that explains all that’s happening to the player. Simply put, there are three factions under the leadership of Batman, Superman and Gorilla Grodd. Batman wants to stand for not killing the bad guys, Superman wants to kill all the bad guys and Gorilla Grodd is looking to profit from Brainiac’s plan.
The story this time around is far more interesting than the first game and warrants a playthrough. The downside is that the game expects you to learn the moves of a number of characters on the fly which can get annoying if you start with the story mode directly.
When it comes to gameplay, everything has moved in the right direction. There is a roster of 28 characters from the get go with the ability to purchase more. Each character comes with his own strengths and weaknesses. If you have played the first game you will know what we are talking about. The best part about the gameplay is how easy it is to pick up the game and start playing. The roster of characters includes oldies like Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Aquaman and more. Some of the new entries to the series include Captain Cold, Doctor Fate, Scarecrow and more.
I handed the controller to some casual gamers and they had a blast with the game. Coming to the more seasoned players, improvements have been made to the combos and the pace of the matches. Matches feel quick, the framerate feels smooth and the ability to juggle your enemy has improved. You can now bounce them off walls, the floor, and use environmental hazards mid-combo to ensure a perfect takedown. The “ultra” moves for the existing characters have changed. For example, when you play as batman, rather than being bit by the batmobile, this time the bat wing takes you into the skies and shoots the living daylights out of you.
One thing to notice is that the game runs at 60fps on the PS4 Pro (the console we tested it on) with a dip coming when you execute the ultra-moves or when a cutscene kicks in. This is barely noticeable and we’re just nitpicking here.
The higher frame rate of the game also ensures that pro gamers know when to execute perfect combos and how to block mid combo. It’s a lot of fun and Street Fighter 4 players may appreciate this feature.
|Platforms: PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Android, iOS
Price: Rs. 3,499, Rs. 3,499, Rs. 3,499, Free, Free
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Pro
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Overall the gameplay though very familiar is a move in the right direction. The roster of new characters mixed with the old is refreshing.
Injustice 2 has a new mode called Multiverse. This is by far the best thing about the game. The crux of the gameplay is fight for loot. You can upgrade the level of your fighters, unlock loot which can be used on the characters to customize them so on and so forth. The loot you get is not only cosmetic; it affects gameplay as well. However, to keep the playing field even online, all customizations have only a cosmetic effect during online multiplayer gameplay. There is a lot to explore and unlock in the multiverse and this is one mode that will ensure you play the game long after the story has ended. Put simply, if you are into character customization for aesthetic purposes as well as utility, you will really enjoy this mode.
When it comes to graphics, Injustice 2 looks beautiful. We played the game on a 1080p TV. Some of the character animations like Green Arrow and Aquaman border on photorealism. From the animations of the ultra-combos to the opening animation of each character, the developers have spent a lot of time ensuring the game looks good.
Vibrant colours, smooth animations and an interactive environment all add into the immersive appeal of the game.
The only thing I find cheeky about the game is the dialogue and script which inevitably makes the voice acting distracting. Even though the story is good, some of the writing (especially when you control Green Arrow and Black Canary in the story) is downright annoying.
The rest of the sound, from the thuds and switches and bangs of the fight, add to the immersion.
Verdict: Injustice 2
Overall, Injustice 2 is a worthy upgrade from its predecessor both visually and when it comes to gameplay. The plethora of single player content will keep you hooked for offline gameplay. If you enjoy fighting games, then this one is definitely worth the collection. It checks all the right boxes to give players an immersive fighting game.
A good amount of single player content
|Cheeky voice acting|
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.