Injustice 2 is a DC Comics fighting game from Netherealm studio. It is the sequel to Injustice Gods among Us, released in 2013. The plot of the first part told about the competition between Batman and Superman before it became mainstream. In turn, the second part is a direct continuation of this story.
Injustice 2 Storyline
Staying true to the good tradition of previous games, Netherealm teamed up with publishers from Warner Bros. paid special attention to the storyline. The multi-chapter campaign is filled with cinematic scenes and tells a thrilling story that makes it feel like a superhero Hollywood blockbusters.
For the most curious gamers, both games have an impressive background in the form of a series of DC comics that relate the events that happened immediately before the plot of the first "injustice" and what happened in between the parts.
This approach differentiates Netherealm fighting games in general, and Injustice 2 in particular, from other games of the genre. Realistic rendering of characters, achieved using Motion capture, also contributes to the "cinematic" perception of the plot. By the way, according to my personal opinion, Injustice 2 is one of the most beautiful games to date.
Injustice 2 Gameplay
The game features the heroes of the previous part, such as Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern and others, whose gameplay is almost the same from their prequel counterparts. But, the roster has replenished with completely new characters with their unique techniques. And it will continue to expand thanks to the combat packs from the DLC.
The combat mechanics in Injustice 2 haven't changed much. Like the first part, the game is deep and advanced. But at the same time an accessible fighting game for newbies, thanks to relatively simple tricks lists and many useful new gameplay features.
The combat system consists of a combination of hand-to-hand combat, super moves and interaction with arenas. Basic attacks are easy enough to memorize, but it takes time and practice to learn. The timing for a specific character and learn how to link them into a longer combo, which will allow you to give maximum damage on your opponent. Beginners can easily impress each other with simple two-button super moves that pause the battle for an absurd but effective attack. Or stop an incoming combo by activating a collision that launches a kind of mini-game: depending on the current supply of the power bar, you can restore health or damage your opponent. In the hands of a new player, a collision can provide an escape plan, in the hands of a professional, it becomes a tactical tool.
The graphics also help to get into history. Injustice 2 is the most beautiful fighting game at the moment. The fresh and beautiful image rendered by the graphics engine of Unreal Engine 3. Smooth animation of movements and beautifully traced backdrops perfectly convey the atmosphere of a superhero battlefield. And as for the facial animation of characters, it seems to me, in general, one of the best in the gaming industry today. Passing the game, more than once I caught myself thinking that the speech made by the characters can be read by lips. In this regard, NetherRealm did a great job.
The main innovation in Injustice 2 was the equipment system. By winning battles and completing other tasks, you will receive in-game currency, for which you can buy boxes with randomly dropped loot. The boxes, like the equipment itself, differ in rarity, respectively, the more difficult the test you complete, the cooler the box you will get. With this equipment you can equip your characters, thus changing their appearance and improving their combat characteristics. It is worth noting that the changed appearance of the character remains so in any mode. While the increased stats are preserved only in single battles and in PvP, but only with the consent of both players. When one of the opponents has much better performance than the other. You can turn on the competitive mode, which equalizes the stats of the opponents. In ranked matches, increased stats are not taken into account at all. Thus, the game balance between the characters remains relevant.
In addition to pumping equipment, there is also a standard character levelling. As you reach the tenth and twentieth levels, you will have one slot for additional techniques. Using these slots, you can add a new technique to the hero's arsenal or improve the existing one. By the way, the equipment also has levels.
There are as many as four in the game! Varieties of in-game currency: regular credits, guild credits, regen tokens and source crystals. For regular credits and guild credits, you can buy boxes with random loot. For recovery, tokens to raise the level of equipment, and for source crystals, you can buy premium skins for characters. You can earn ordinary credits simply by going through battles, disassembling unnecessary items, you will receive regen tokens. But you will receive source crystals only when you increase your profile level. Which happens extremely rarely, or for your own money. The random equipment drop system, in which to get something valuable. You need to open a dozen boxes, together with the presence of donation in the game.
The Multiverse mode is dynamic - planets with towers periodically appear in it. Which are available for a limited time. After which they disappear and new ones appear in their place. These towers use random combat mods that change the conditions of paths. For completing such towers, you will receive a reward in the form of credits and boxes with loot.
Also in the Multiverse, there are planets for a certain character to pass. For example, if you complete all the towers of such a planet with Batman, you will receive the most powerful equipment for him.
Injustice 2 esports
Fighting game DC Comics Injustice 2 was released on May 11, 2017. In October of the same year, the Injustice 2 ELeague World Championship was held with a prize fund of 250 thousand US dollars. And to get to the final competition, participants had to go through one of four official Injustice 2 rounds. Injustice 2 Pro Series, GameStop Hometown Heroes Series, Road to Pro and Liga Latina. The game was not very old, but it has already hosted one World Cup and opened several major leagues around the world.
The last official tournament was Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals 2018 with a prize pool of $ 100,000.
Injustice 2 Conclusion
Summing up, it is worth noting that Netherealm studios once again managed to release a hit fighting game that will delight both experienced tournament-level fighters and ordinary people who play for fun. If you like fighting games. Injustice 2 is special for you.