Netherrealm’s Injustice 2 returns to the a world in which Superman rules as dictator and Batman leads an insurgent rebellion against him. Except this time the two sides may need to unite against a common enemy that could destroy them all: Brainiac.
Injustice 2 builds upon the success of the first game with a new story mode, expanded multiplayer modes, and an expansive gear system. By gathering loot, players can create their own unique take on DC’s most iconic superheroes, but is taking them into battle any fun? We’ve collected a few reviews for the game to answer that question.
In GameSpot’s Injustice 2 review Peter Brown said the game “offers numerous ways of engaging with its characters and testing your abilities without feeling repetitive,” and “this variety is further bolstered by gear.” He awarded the game a 9/10; take a look below to see what everyone else thought about it.
For a selection of other critics’ opinions, check out the roundup below–or for a wider view on critical opinion, you can take a look at GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
- Game: Injustice 2
- Developer: Netherrealm Studios
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Release: May 16 (May 17 in Australia and May 19 in Europe)
- Price: US $60 / £50 / AU $100
GameSpot — 9/10
“With AI battles, online and local versus matches, the diverse and ever-changing Multiverse, and an impressive story mode, Injustice 2 offers numerous ways of engaging with its characters and testing your abilities without feeling repetitive. This variety is further bolstered by gear. Despite the needlessly complex economy tied to item management, the value of customization and expression that comes with gear ultimately makes up for it. And with over 25 characters to explore, it’s easy to look forward to watching your next character grow while your understanding of the game continues to expand. NetherRealm has delivered a fighting game that can be enjoyed by new players and pros alike in ways that go beyond pure competition. It’s a bar that every fighting game should meet, but one that has up until now seemed out of reach.” — Peter Brown [Full review]
IGN — In Progress
“Like its cast of heroes, Injustice 2 is exceptional. The fight mechanics have been guided in the right direction following 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. The hours of play potential in the new Multiverse mode alone is impressive. The heroes and villains of the DC Universe look better here than they have in any game before, even as they star in a grim and joyless “what-if” storyline. Just like its heroes, though, Injustice 2 overcomes that adversity and soars, with more single-player content than I’ve ever seen in a fighting game at launch and an unrivaled combo system that is a sheer joy once you master it.” — Darry Huskey [Full review]
Destructoid — In Progress
“If you’re wondering whether or not Injustice 2 is worth jumping into, as of right now, it is if you’re interested in the slightest. It’s the full DC Universe experience NetherRealm Studios had wanted to nail since Gods Among Us. The single-player experience has also been enhanced to the point where you won’t even have to go online for a while if the Gear System speaks to you.” — Nick Valdez [Full review]
Eurogamer — Recommended
“Despite annoyances with the gear system and the loot boxes, Injustice 2 is a huge amount of fun. There’s tonnes of stuff to do, it looks the part and the new fighting mechanics serve a purpose while deftly avoiding adding complexity. Injustice 2 is also a game I thoroughly appreciate for the lovely little touches. I appreciate that NetherRealm has put frame data into the move list. I appreciate there are character-specific tutorials. I appreciate there’s a tournament mode that lets you battle offline with no progression or rewards. I appreciate how over the top the supers and stage transitions are. And I appreciate the character’s eyes seem to look in the right direction. In short, Injustice 2 is the complete fighting game package, and it’s one I hope other developers in the genre take notice of.” — Wesley Yin-Poole [Full review]
GameInformer — 9/10
“Injustice 2 is a huge game, offering a lengthy story-based campaign, a great fighting experience, and a nearly endless supply of notable loot. The small tweaks to combat go a long way in creating a more dynamic flow, which resonates well in multiplayer matches. I ran into a little lag in a few online bouts, but the game ran smoothly most of the time. Even if you don’t enjoy the competitive aspects of the fighting genre, this is a game you can dive into for an enjoyable superhero story. Brainiac is a tough fight, but anyone should be able to march to him and take him down on the easiest difficulty.” — Andrew Reiner [Full review]