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Review: Injustice 2 (PC)

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8.5

Great

When Injustice 2 released this year and didn’t have a PC version, there wasn’t much surprise. Mortal Kombat X was a disappointing PC port and things only got better much, much later with Mortal Kombat XL.  Sure I was sad that I wouldn’t be playing the game on PC, but better to not have it at all than have a broken mess. That changed and Injustice 2 has made its way to PC with a port Batman can be proud of.

Injustice 2 continues the story of a world where people with superpowers aren’t trusted. Many joined Superman and his Regime, using power and fear to control the world. Batman eventually succeeds in locking Supes away, but the Justice League is broken. Some time has passed in a world without  Superman, alliances have shifted and a new power is in play. For a fighting game, the story of Injustice 2 is too damn good. I would even go so far as to say that a fighting game doesn’t deserve a story this good, but wow is it an enjoyable ride. Hell, Injustice 2 does a better job of explaining and showcasing what Batman vs Superman is all about than… Batman vs Superman did.

For a fighting game, the story of Injustice 2 is too damn good.

Flashy graphics

Injustice 2 has the same setup as MKX when it comes to the super moves. Like the X-ray attacks, these sequences run at 30 fps, before returning to your normal frame rate. In my case, I had the game running silky smooth at 60fps, with transitions between the super moves and the normal action again. The PC port has a wide assortment of graphics options available to help you get the most out of your hardware, from using frameskip to tweaking shadows and particle density to make sure things are as smooth as possible.

What really attracted me to Injustice 2 is how much content there is for someone who prefers playing against the AI, away from matchmaking lobbies and queues. Besides the story mode taking 75 fights to see both possible endings, the multiverse offers new something to do practically every day. These new fights have special objectives that reward you with new gear for your characters, along with loot and in-game currency. From fighting super powerful bosses that require a full set of kryptonite gear to stand a chance, or just beating a sequence of enemies with Flash at your side, there is so much to do to hone your skills and get some loot.  Once you have those skills and levels, some nasty challenges await to check if you have learnt all your combos and fighting tricks and if you have the gear to handle certain unfair enemy buffs.

More loot than Catwoman can steal

While 2017 has been a terrible year thanks to loot boxes, Injustice 2 is one of the few games that managed the whole affair properly. There are so many ways to earn Mother Boxes through normal play that you will very quickly amass a pile of gear for everyone on the roster.  For competitive situations the gear is completely cosmetic, letting you dress your hero in the outfit you like the most or to beat certain challenges in Multiverse mode. It gives players something of a reward while perfecting their skills while offering a somewhat more tangible gauge of improvement as your character gets a more impressive outfit and colour scheme. If you are a fan of the comics, finding all the pieces of an outfit from your favourite comic arc feels like something to spend many hours attempting to complete and as someone who slowly stops playing fighting games as I run out of things to unlock, Injustice 2 has a lot on offer to keep me going back for a few more rounds.

As someone who slowly stops playing fighting games as I run out of things to unlock, Injustice 2 has a lot on offer to keep me going back for a few more rounds.

While our previous review of Injustice 2 explained everything that the game did well, it feels good being able to report on a stable, well-done PC port with almost no niggles. Some loading times feel too long but the game excels in every quarter for PC performance. The net code and matchmaking system is much improved, things are super smooth and the transitions from the 30fps cutscenes to your normal framerate and vice versa happen quickly, controller support is seamless and the bevvy of graphics options lets you find the smoothest option for your PC. Now to go and beat the latest Multiverse challenge to get Flash the coolest outfit possible.

Good

  • So much to do
  • Great PC port
  • Tangible, generous rewards for playing

Bad

  • Long initial load

Summary

Injustice 2 is the best fighting game of 2017 and it continues that pedigree on PC with a great port. Smooth graphics, a host of options to tweak and good net code for online all allow the game to live up to the great console version of this super-powered fighter.
8.5

Great

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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