Injustice 2: Legendary Edition – Review
Follow Genre: Fighting, Action
Developer: NetherRealm Studios, QLOC
Publisher: Warner Bros Games
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Tested on: Xbox One

Injustice 2: Legendary Edition – Review

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8.7
Good: Great cinematic experience, awesome original fighters
Bad: Nothing but DLC heroes for the legendary edition
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8.5
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Known for being an overall good fighting game series and staying incredibly truthful to the DC universe, Injustice 2 was released in May 2017. Since we reviewed the game back then, the E-sports community and fans across the world have been loving the game in all its glorious colors. Now Injustice is back, including all DLC with its Legendary Edition! Let’s take a look at what’s been added and how the game’s total holds up including everything that’s been released in a year time.

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Story

Injustice 2 puts a single question out there, following the story of the prequel as well as the Batman vs Superman saga. It’s the ultimate justice vs the ultimate power. Batman wants to see justice being handed out, no killing allowed but leaving all to the justice system. Superman wants to rid the world of the baddies and thinks Earth is better off when it’s permanently ridden of bad guys, creating the question what justice truly means. Batman seems like a total pussy at times, Superman has a chance to become more of a villain himself by letting his vision go rogue. They are the leaders of two camps of opinions, and every other superhero picks a side depending on personal interests or moral questions.

At a certain point, a powerful enemy called Brainiac shakes things up, forcing the superheroes to team up and figure out how the hell they are going to save the Earth from being part of a twisted, destructive plan that will make the powerful Brainiac even stronger. It’s a proper, long story that has a lot of an extensive movie hanging about, chained together with sick fights where you change the hero(es) you play every chapter.

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Graphics

Rocking smooth graphics are shaking a lot of things up. Not only you get highly realistic cinematic environments and facial expressions, the animations are just very unique for each and every champion, not even to mention the super moves. Super moves are longer, cinematic fighting moves where you, provided you hit, brutally stomp your opponent for about a quarter of his total health points. These graphics are about half the reason that makes the Legendary Edition interesting since everything that’s added for you are ten more fighters and some unique skins. These ten unique fighters bring a lot more graphical goodness with them to feast your eyes upon, but obviously also more gameplay options. A fair point though, new fighters and skins might not be what everybody is looking for in an ”legendary” edition of a game. A fair counterpoint, the game is already very good by itself and doesn’t feel the need for more story content or battle modes. But it would have been nice.

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Sound

Since every fight is such a cinematic experience, you are also treated on the awesome sound quality this brings along. The cutscenes that flawlessly transition into fights have some real Hollywood quality background tracks. Full orchestral music is supporting the pride that’s Injustice 2, and then we still got the voice acting and sound effects. Since pretty much everything, including the DLC, is about the different heroes, they all have their professional and unique sounds and voices. Depending on who’s fighting who, this also triggers some back-and-forth conversations before the fight. It makes it more intriguing to experiment with fighters as well as giving some more depth than your average fighting game.

Gameplay 

Injustice 2 is one of the best fighting games out there. Not only because of the cinematic choreography or the unique characters with their own fighting styles. Also because it’s a game that’s there for all ages. The difficulty settings are properly calibrated, and the controls are easy to learn and hard to master. Even if you totally suck at fighting games, you will still enjoy fighting the A.I or friends. Especially with all the eye candy.

Injustice 2 Legendary Edition

There are a couple of ways to play Injustice 2. It has a big level system where each champion can level up, indicating how much you played with them. Also, it has a player profile leveling system with the same intentions. You collect gear in (free) loot boxes as you go, using pieces of armor and collecting new abilities for heroes as you go. These give you a small advantage or customizable options to make your favorite character more unique-looking, prolonging the gameplay as you gain more experience. No matter what game mode you play, it gives you rewards for your efforts. Another reason why it’s a game for everybody.

If you play the story mode, you get what the regular Injustice 2 game also has to offer. A story where you keep on fighting and where you occasionally have the option to choose between two heroes depending on the chapter. Even though the DLC heroes aren’t there to play with, you don’t want to miss out on the story if you haven’t played it. And if you did already, it’s still worth to play through it again just for the hell of it.

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Once you are done with the story mode, the real chaotic fun starts. There are many options such as going online to battle strangers or searching the multiverse, an infinite changing group of other dimensions where you try to complete battles that are sometimes enhanced with extras such as double speed or falling iceblocks from above. No matter what you do, including in the multiverse, there’s always the choice of difficulty depending on whatever you want to do at the moment. This is also where the DLC heroes are getting their moments the best. Darkseid, Red Hood, Starfire, Sub-Zero, Black Manta, Raiden, Hellboy, Atom, Enchantress and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (especially the last one are incredibly cool) join the team. People love cross-overs, and these are done greatly under the banner of ”it’s possible cause it’s a multiverse”. They flawlessly fit in the Injustice universe. Moreover, there is some extra story content hidden for each character you beat a standard set of fights within the multiverse, giving you some additional story and background as a reward, as well as it does for the DLC characters. It’s only about twenty seconds long each, but it’s something.

Conclusion

Injustice 2 already was a great game, and the Legendary Edition just upgrades that experience by including the DLC heroes. It might not be much extra for everybody since there is nothing new to the main story mode of the game, but it certainly adds to the total experience thanks to more picks and more variation in versus modes. Depending on the price difference the legendary edition might be worth it, but otherwise, the regular version is still a very good game to pick up.

 

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