Injustice 2 is the sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among us. And developer Netherealm Studios has improved on everything from the original game. Since 2011’s Mortal Kombat NRS has redefined what it means to have a story in a fighting game. The story for Injustice 2 picks up where Injustice 1 ended. Superman has been imprisoned in a red sun prison and the Regime has been disbanded. Batman is left to pick up the pieces and fix all the damage that Superman and the Regime has caused the world. And Batman has vowed that he’ll never let Superman leave his prison cell. But, with the arrival of Brainiac, Batman will have to go back on his word and free Superman to save the world. I won’t say any more about the story, because I don’t want to spoil it for you. But, I will say that the story is better than any movie in the DCEU.

The newest feature in Injustice 2 is the Gear System. This system is where Injustice 2 shines. You’re able to unlock gear for every character that not only changes the way the character looks but, in some cases it can add moves to your move list. Each character has 6 categories: Head, Arms, Chest, Body, Legs, and Weapon. This gear is earned by playing matches online, in the story, or in the multiverse are the best ways to get gear. There are three categories of gear: Common, Rare, and Epic. Each adding and giving a bonus to the player in different ways. Once gear is earned the player can only equip gear that is equal the level of the character. Meaning a Level 4 Wonder Woman will not be able to equip Level 20 gear. However, any character no matter their level will be able to unlock any gear. So, Level 4 Wonder Woman will still be able to unlock Level 20 gear. The gear system is by far the most satisfying thing in Injustice 2. The game does the gear, in the form of Mother Boxes better than Overwatch does it with Loot Boxes. Every time you unlock gear, which is frequent, it feels meaningful and even though you may not equip the piece of gear it still feels as if you’re getting what you want. You can turn on gear preference and you’ll get more gear for the character you’re playing. So, if you want to level up your Superman, then just play as Superman and you’ll get gear for him. That’s where Injustice 2 separates itself from Overwatch. Once I played Pharah in Overwatch and earned 10 Loot Boxes and opened all of them, and I didn’t get a single skin for her. But, Injustice doesn’t have this crazy gamble for gear. NRS made the system and meaningful and it makes you want to keep grinding so you can get that next piece of gear to make your character a little bit cooler.

When I heard that there would be gear to make a character better, I thought that the online would automatically be broken. But, NRS has worked around this and has made it work. When you go online if you choose to fight in a Ranked Match then your gear will only serve as astatic and all characters will go back to base level stats. However, if you choose to play in a Player Match then you will need to put it into Competitive Mode so everything will go to base stats. One of the most important things in keeping a fighter relevant is the net code. And Injustice 2 has a great net code. At times it feels as if someone’s sitting next to you and you’re playing local multiplayer.

Not an online person? Well that’s fine because NRS has included a new game mode called The Multiverse. The Multiverse is an offline mode were you get most of your gear. In this mode there are randomly generated events that refresh every 30 minutes, every hour, every day, and every week. Each challenge is different and will provide a different challenge to the player. For instance, you may play as a Level 1 Batman and you have to fight a Level 20 Joker. With the varying degrees of challenges comes different levels of gear. If you play a challenge that has no level cap and you have to fight 3 opponent’s chances are you’re going to get common gear. But, if you do a more challenging event. You’re likely to get Rare or Epic gear.

Injustice 2 improves on everything from the first game. NRS continues to be the standard barriers in fighting game stories. Injustice 2 is the best fighting game on the market. With amazing graphics, terrific facial recognition, and a gear system that adds a meta game keeps you wanting more and racking up playing time.
Overall: 9

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Injustice 2 Review

9.0

Injustice 2 improves on everything from the first game. NRS continues to be the standard barriers in fighting game stories. Injustice 2 is the best fighting game on the market. With amazing graphics, terrific facial recognition, and a gear system that adds a meta game keeps you wanting more and racking up playing time.

Story9.0
Gameplay9.0
Sound9.0
Visuals9.0
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