Injustice 2 Makes a Strong First Impression

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I haven’t been able to spend enough time with Injustice 2 yet to provide you with a review, but what I can say is that it makes one hell of a first impression.

It’s obvious from the very first moment you start playing that production values are through the roof, with characters and environments both looking absolutely astonishing. Textures are sharp and impressively detailed, and the lighting, well, it’s just sumptuous, giving everything a real sense of presence. The icing on the cake is the game’s eerily realistic facial animation, which makes character introductions and super moves a delight to watch. Honestly, I used to just skip through them before, but now, I just can’t keep my eyes off of them.

Forget about the visuals, it’s the gameplay that really matters though, and at the moment that’s done nothing but impress too. Mechanically, Injustice 2 plays pretty much the same as its predecessor, which to some I understand may sound disappointing. Know that everything feels much tighter and more fluid, however; the unnatural stiffness of the original Injustice now almost a thing of the past. It results in a fighting game that not only looks next-gen, but also plays next-gen, proving that Injustice 2 didn’t need a reworked fighting system, it just needed everything around it to be more polished.

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The one aspect of Injustice 2 that I’m really excited about however, is loot. I simply love loot, and already I can tell that trying to get the best gear for my favourite Injustice 2 character (currently The Joker, but I’m fickle) is going to become something of an obsession. Gained through a variety of methods such as levelling up and completing objectives, loot not only changes the appearance of your characters when equipped, it also affects their stats too. Whether or not it leads to some balancing issues further down the line remains to be seen, but for those who don’t care too much about competitive online play, like me, it provides a compelling reason to keep playing the game’s single player offerings.

Suffice to say, I’m looking forward to spending much more time with Injustice 2, trying out all of its modes and amassing loot whilst doing so. Look out for my review, perhaps early next week, to find out if anything managed to sour my experience with it.