VIDEO GAMES -- When Injustice: Gods Among Us was released in 2013, it wasn’t a radical shift for the fighting genre of video games, as comic book heroes had been battling it out on consoles for years. But NetherRealm Studios’ DC Comics meets Mortal Kombat inspired fighter quickly became one of the best of the generation.
On May. 16, 2017, NetherRealm followed up their award winning fighter with the release of Injustice 2, continuing the story of Batman and his army of heroes fighting the remains of Superman’s regime. All while taking on a new foe. During the first Injustice game, the Joker set the table for the rise of Superman’s dictatorship when he tricked the Man of Steel into killing Lois Lane, and their unborn son. The death of Lois also triggered a nuclear bomb that destroyed Metropolis as the detonator was wired to her heartbeat. Shouldering the responsibility, Superman killed the Joker then started his ascension to take control, wipeout crime, and eventually become the ruler of Earth. Anyone who opposed Superman was killed, or went into hiding, until only Batman was left to find help from the Justice League of another Earth. The first game ended with the Superman of another Earth taking down his corrupt doppelganger of another dimension, and the regime crumbling as the former heroes that sided with Superman were thrown in jail. Injustice 2 picks up not long after the first left off. Batman is still fighting to repair the damage that Superman inflicted on the world, but things go sideways when a new faction of villains rises out of the fractures left behind. New characters like Gorilla Grodd, Scarecrow, and Captain Cold lead the group that tries to take hold, and Batman is forced to decide what’s worse; letting the world’s worst villains gain control… or partnering with Superman to stop the newest threat. Aside from the new characters the game boasts an upgrade system that allows you to change and upgrade your favourite characters to make them your own. Similar, but so much better than the very minimal upgrade system that was introduced in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., Injustice 2’s gear system promises upgrades that will help you change how your character looks, performs. The gear system will also boost your health, power, and other attributes to give you an edge over the competition. Another change is the ‘Battles’ game mode is gone, and has been replaced by the ‘Multiverse,’ a game mode of ever changing fights where you must fix the problems by any means necessary and protect the integrity of the Earths of other dimensions. The game has made some significant changes, and all of them are for the better. Your favourite characters have returned and if you mastered them before then you’re ready to take the fight across the universe without worry. The new characters are stellar, and with nine new characters on the way there’s even more to take advantage of with this game. There’s absolutely nothing bad to say about Injustice 2, and chances are NetherRealm should be preparing to get an award or two.