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Review: Injustice 2: Legendary Edition (Xbox One X)

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Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This is our third Injustice 2 review. We’ve played the game on PC and PS4 and now it’s time to give you our thoughts on what you can expect from what is ultimately the complete game on the Xbox One X – the Legendary Edition.

Please note: For an in-depth analysis on how the game plays be sure to read the PC or PS4 review as I’ll be focusing purely on what’s new in the Legendary Edition.

As is expected all the DLC packs have been included in this package

A quick glance at the DC universe at the movies and it’s fair to say that it’s nowhere near as strong as its Marvel counterpart. That’s just not the case when you look at video games. Both Marvel and DC are well represented and NetherRealm Studios have so far done a fantastic job in representing all the wonderful heroes of the DC universe. Injustice 2 has always been something worthy of your time and money, but since the launch of the Legendary Edition, it’s received a beefy upgrade.

A super deal

As is expected all the DLC packs have been included in this package. Red Hood, Starfire, Sub-Zero, Black Manta, Raiden, Hellboy, Atom, Enchantress and the very popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all playable. It’s a strong selection of additional characters, with Starfire easily being the most versatile of the lot with her great combination of long range and fast close-quarter attacks. Fans of the Mortal Kombat series will be happy to know that Sub-Zero and Raiden feature many of their signature moves and the combinations are also similar to what you would find in Mortal Kombat XL. Those after a unique experience should definitely check out Atom and Black Manta, which bring something new to the fold with their bizarre styles. There is a massive silver-lining to someone buying the Legendary Edition as Darkseid, who was originally a pre-order incentive, is also included in this collection.

Learn Hub is the most complete tutorial system a fighting game has ever seen.

More gear has also been added to the game and ties with the character level cap that has been increased to Level 30. A quick visit to the Multiverse and you’ll now find objectives requiring your character to meet the Level 30 mark at times. It’s after all here that you’ll acquire the much sought after bronze, silver and gold performance rewards to gain all the extra cool new gear. For those who can’t wait for all the good stuff, there are now premiere skins on offer for some of the fighters. Supergirl can transform into Power Girl, Flash reverts to his foe – Reverse-Flash and Raiden can zap his way into Black Lightning among other character skins. The biggest addition in the Legendary Edition is the ability to teach n00bs how to play the game, but also to show veterans how to perfect it.

Practice makes the perfect killing machine

Welcome to the Learn Hub. It’s by far the best method I’ve yet seen in a fighting game to teach players how to play a fighting game. Basic moves such as movement, attack, defence, supermoves, combos and character powers will teach newcomers the basic fundamentals of the game. Advanced offence, defence, environment mechanics and frame rate will help them perfect it. Veterans, and those new to it who grasp the system can then move on to Combat Strategy. It’s this area of expertise that’s the difference between fighting game experts and those who think they know what they’re doing. It teaches you about safe or unsafe attacks, zoning, meter management, how to deal pressure and more. If you so desire to learn one specific character and what their strengths are you can do that too via the available ‘characters’ option. For example, you are taught that Doctor Fate is a powerful sorcerer that uses magic, sets traps, heals himself and should keep his opponents at a distance. Catwoman, on the other hand, is all about speed up close with decent range advantage and a special move (Rising Claws) that is great for ending a combo when spammed against you. Learn Hub is the most complete tutorial system a fighting game has ever seen.

Injustice 2: Legendary Edition looks nothing short of breathtaking on the Xbox One X. Alongside Assassin’s Creed Origins it’s one of the better examples of HDR and 4K receiving an upgrade that’s noticeable. When Supergirl performs her supermove by passing the sun in contrast with the earth in the background it performs all sorts of HDR miracles that’ll have your eyes falling in love with everything that is unfolding in front of you. The orange and green haze in Slaughter Swamp creates a mood of dread as you enter the scene. The lighting effects really shine in this game. The character detail is just as impressive with each piece of clothing and facial detail being of the highest calibre. There is quite simply not a better-looking fighting game on the market right now.

Injustice 2: Legendary Edition comes with a huge amount of content, a thriving online community that includes guilds, the best tutorial system, a fantastic line-up of superheroes and a game that is as much fun to play. If you can live with the gear (loot) system then you have one of the best fighting games money can buy.

Good

  • The Learn Hub is the new tutorial benchmark
  • All the DLC characters!
  • Fine 4K and HDR showcase

Bad

  • Loot boxes (gear) are still a thing
  • If you don't like the DC universe, well...

Summary

The Legendary Edition is the complete version of Injustice 2 and comes filled with content and a substantial graphical update that makes the Xbox One X purr.
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Married to a gamer and she kicks my ass at most shooters. If the game is enjoyable I'll play it, no matter the format.

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