Fighting games have always been a big hit among the novice gamers and the makers of Mortal Kombat return to the DC Comics Universe, with yet another fighting game. It’s the Injustice 2. The fighting game ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ gave us a world torn apart by the conflict between two of comics’ greatest heroes and in this season Superman and Batman are back, joining forces against the most diabolical for the DC Universe has ever faced.
Injustice 2’s controls demand precision, but aren’t quite so mechanical as, say, Street Fighter 5. Everyone from pro to noobie should be able to figure out a few combos and feel like they have a decent handle on their fighter of choice. Of course, you’ll know when you’ve come up against someone who knows what they’re doing – but if you’ve never played a fighting game in your life it’s still accessible.
Every fighter feels unique, an impressive achievement gave the roster’s size and the inclusion of characters who seem similar at first blush, ie. a Red Lantern and a Green Lantern, Catwoman, and Cheetah.
Really, there’s not much difference to Injustice 2 from the first game. There are now more ways to use your super meter – where before this special mechanic let you unleash a devastating super attack or “clash” with your opponent, now you’re able to alter special attacks and perform escape moves and closing moves.
But to be fair to Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm, their story campaigns have always been far superior to most Japanese-made fighters. And while we do have some issues with the nature of the story itself, the amount of effort put into Injustice 2’s single-player is extraordinary. Importantly, the gameplay is also extremely impressive, and arguably the most technical Western-made fighter ever made.
NetherRealm has always been rightly mocked for their inability to do faces, but the animation here is some of the best we’ve ever seen in a straight action game. It is inconsistent though, with lots of unintentional overacting, but even then few other games have ever managed to look this good.
While Injustice 2 may not surprise to any great degree, it’s very well put together and it’s a joy for anyone who’s a fan of DC or fighting games in general. If you’ve put any time into Mortal Kombat you know what you’re going to get, but that’s no bad thing. Injustice 2 is both a fantastic fighting game and a great use of the DC licence, too. You won’t find much better in the genre on either the Xbox One or PS4.