What is Injustice 2?
With capes, cowls and combos aplenty, Injustice 2 is a super hero themed beat 'em up that pits DC's finest against each other. From the love/hate heroes Batman and Superman, to Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Bane, Flash, Gorilla Grod, Poison Ivy, and so many more, Injustice 2 brings 27 of the biggest villains and heroes together to duke it out in fast paced, larger than life, one on one contests.
How do you play Injustice 2?
No matter which mode you're playing, the basics of Injustice 2 will remain the same - playing as a character of your choice, you'll face off against another hero or villain in a frantic, side-scrolling battle. With arenas that are packed with interactive hot-spots you can exploit to gain the advantage, this is a game of strategy and positioning as much as button mashing, with plenty of over the top (and complex) combos to memorise and unleash.
Unlike many beat 'em ups, Injustice 2 stands out thanks to its substantial single player story mode. With a plot that weaves together what feels like dozens of different storylines, you'll get to play with many different characters, and take on the entire roster's worth of foes as you follow the twists and turns of the game's many storylines to their conclusion. As if that wasn't enough, the game's Multiverse mode adds almost infinite replay value, as you get to take on a number of "against the computer" challenges, which refresh several times a day. Usually seeing you facing off against a series of foes, each challenge often brings modifiers into play, whether you're fighting alongside the Flash, having to deal with an electrified arena, or taking on some harder than average opponents. Needless to say, the Multiverse challenges mean there's always something new to do - although we should note that the game chooses the difficulty level of each.
Outside of the single player offering, there's also the ability for two players to face off either locally or online, with the game having built in support for tournament play.
How easy is Injustice 2 to pick up and play?
In terms of accessibility, Injustice 2 is a game with more depth, and a much larger emphasis on timing than some fighting games. While even the more impressive moves may only have a short sequence of buttons to remember, getting the timing down to a T to be able to actually pull it off can be a real challenge sometimes. Unlike similar fighting games, there's also no real reversal system here, with no real way to use your opponent's moves against them - however, there are all sorts of complex counters and dodges you can perform should you need to get out of a tricky situation.
Despite the complexity on offer though, as the game's main story mode has an impressive five different difficulty levels to choose from, even if you're just finding your way around the game's many systems, you should be able to find a difficulty level that suits, with even the most novice of button mashers being fully catered for!
In terms of reading, while the vast majority of the game is fully voiced, the initial tutorials are delivered through text only. As they're pretty much required reading to understand the game, a basic reading ability is a must.
In terms of mature content, Injustice 2 has little in the way of sexual content, very mild swearing, and moderate amounts of gore.
In terms of sexual content, it's the standard super hero fare - sometimes scantily clad characters, both male and female, squeezing themselves into very tight outfits. Meanwhile, bad language is infrequent at best, with very occasional usage of words like "sh*t" sometimes cropping up in the dialogue.
As strong as the content gets in Injustice 2, then, is the violence, with punches, kicks, and other attacks often resulting in moderate amounts of blood. Some characters (like Harley Quinn) fight with guns, while others (like the Joker, and Wonder Woman) fight with knives or swords, with one of Wonder Woman's moves seeing her impaling her opponent on her sword. One scene also sees a character have their throat slit off screen, before slumping to the floor as a pool of blood appears around them.