In today’s modern age of season passes, micro-transactions and DLCs, sometimes it pays to wait rather than jumping into a game at launch.
Take NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Injustice 2, for example. It launched last May in three different flavours – Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate – each offering more content than the last. Of course, each version cost more than the last as well, with the Ultimate Edition costing nearly twice that of the standard edition. Now, however, thanks to the arrival of the Legendary Edition of the game, you can have what is pretty much the complete Injustice 2 package for what was the price of the standard edition.
Injustice 2 Legendary Edition features all nine DLC characters introduced via the three Fighter Packs, including Sub Zero, Hellboy and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It also includes Darkseid and five premiere skins, essentially giving you all the content you should really care about. Having launched with PS4 Pro support, Injustice 2 has also been updated with Xbox One X enhancements, meaning if you do have a mid-generation console refresh it looks absolutely great too. Honestly, we thought the floors and character models were good on a standard Xbox One, but on an Xbox One X they’re even more impressive.
All the extra characters and skins – fun as they are in theory – wouldn’t add up to much if the game was a bit duff, but you don’t have to worry about that with Injustice 2. As fighting games go it’s one of the best, especially if you’re a fan of DC comics. Sure, some of its animations are a little stiff and its combo system is rather prescriptive, but it’s still a fun, fast-paced fighting game with depth. It also has more modes than any other fighting game out there, including a great story mode. Where Injustice 2 really shines though, is in its character customisation options.
Each and every one of its roster of fighters can be equipped with an extensive range of items, often drastically changing their appearance. And items also often have stat-boosting properties, adding RPG elements to the game. An alternative arm for your favourite character may add a small boost to your attack power, for example, but play with them enough to level them up and you’ll be able to use arms with even more benefits. It provides a great reason to play until the early hours of the morning, trying to build a character that looks great and has the best stats to boot.
For around £40/$50, Injustice 2 Legendary Edition really does offer exceptional value. You’re getting over 40 characters to play with, many of whom really are great, a nice selection of stages with transitions and interactive elements, solid online multiplayer modes, and more single player content than you could imagine. It’s well presented, with clean menus, a rousing soundtrack and stunning visuals throughout, and performance is solid too. At launch it was a brilliant package, and now it’s even more so.
It really is simple; if you’re a fighting game fan who’s for some reason not picked up Injustice 2 yet, now’s the time to add it to your collection. If you’re thinking of buying a physical copy, all of the content included in the Injustice 2 Legendary Edition is included on the disc, meaning you don’t have to deal with any download codes, and it really is a great game – even if you’re not going to touch its multiplayer offerings. With Injustice 2, NetherRealm Studios has leveraged its work on its Mortal Kombat franchise and taken on board feedback about the original Injustice, allowing it to craft its finest and most feature-rich release to date.