Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition Review
Developed by NetherRealm Studios
Released by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment
Director: Ed Boon
Producer: Adam Urbano
Platforms: PS4 and Xbox One
Brainiac (I considered not mentioning him but the trailers already spoiled it)
Captain Cold (Mr. Freeze is an alternate skin with it’s own dialogue and move-set)
Cheeta (Vixen is an alternate skin with her own dialogue and move-set)
Darkseid (downloadable with pre-order)
Red Hood (DLC)
Supergirl (Power Girl is an alternate skin with own dialogue and move-set)
Reverse Flash (same as previously mentioned alternate skins)
Jon Stewart (same as previously mention alternate skins)
Jay Garrick (same as Previously mentioned alternate skins)
(character that would be a spoiler so he was in the last game and his appearance is pretty cool in execution)
Total Fighters: 33
In 2013 the gaming world was introduced to Injustice: Gods Among Us. A horrifying alternate reality to the DC Universe in which Joker finally went too far, and Superman’s grief and good intentions paved the way for a hellish world in which he was the dictator. Besides the great mechanics we expect from a NetherRealm fighting game, we got a well written story mode that showed us understandable and nuanced characters with clear motivations in surprising ways. So does its sequel, Injustice 2, live up to the standard of the original? For the most part, yes.
The story mode is another well written yarn that sees our heroes and villains trying to rebuild after the end of the Regime. While Superman is in a Red Son prison, escapees Wonder Woman and Black Adam have found Supergirl and are hiding her from Batman’s global surveillance system (if I said the name you’d know where that is going) for their own means. When Doctor Fate warns Black Canary (her appearance doesn’t create a plot hole with the previous games) and Green Arrow that the world is doomed, they realize that random thread are pulling together to form a new threat.
The controls are what you’ve come to expect from a NetherRealm game, but they seem more streamlined from the previous game, with a few new wrinkles thrown in. Mostly that comes from the customization options (which are almost endless) that can let you put new armor, abilities, and shades on whatever fighter you choose. This can add hit points, damage, and even new skins.
It looks like Arcade mode is gone, which is a con as it only has a single fight option and it looks like no multiple endings for all the characters. The story mode is good as I have said, but the more intriguing mode is a single player challenge mode called multiple earths, in which you help (character redacted) by fighting alternate versions of heroes and villains on multiple earths. It’s fun and it’s a good way to level up your fighters and gain mother-boxes to gain new gear. If this stuff ever gets hidden behind a pay wall I will lower the score to this sooo fast.
As for this being the Ultimate Edition? Injustice 2 was advertised that you get 3 alternate skins (Stewart, Reverse-Flash, Power Girl) and nine more fighters. This is a lie, you get your three skins, but you won’t get your fighters right away. You have to wait until the DLC pack come out. I don’t appreciate being told I just paid an extra amount of money to wait.
Before I forget, the voice acting acting is great.
Here are the few cons I experienced while playing:
In story mode the audio would cut in and out at inopportune times, and that shouldn’t be a malfunction in a AAA game
Ranged fighter like Wonder Woman and Scarecrow kind of break the game because it’s hard to get a shot in on them when the AI spam the same long range move. Scarecrow is a particular hard time and I think he might need to be banned from online tourneys cause he can do some damage.
Tight controls and good mechanics abound, but ranged fighters break the game. I haven’t tried online fights yet, but I shudder to think what an expert can do with Scarecrow.
A worthy successor to the original with the same penchant for nuanced character and clear motivation. The threat is appropriately bigger this time. The Multiple Earths single player mode is a fun new way to go.
Subtraction: -.5 points for not keeping the Ultimate Edition promise.
Ultimate Edition Score: 4/5
Overall Score For game: 4.5/5
If you like fighting games and DC, you’ll truly enjoy Injustice 2.