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What The In-Crowd Won't Tell You About Injustice 2

What The In-Crowd Won't Tell You About Injustice 2

injustice2 hackThough the planet-killing alien Brainiac is apparently the DC Universe fighting game's most important antagonist, developer NetherRealm Studios presents Superman as such an unlikeable dick in Injustice 2's outstanding story mode that beating up the Man of Steel (and his allies) is unbelievably gratifying.

There's such an impressive amount of content -- personalities, modes, daily activities -- at Injustice 2 that it might appear odd to concentrate on how much fun it would be to despise Superman. However, I really dislike Superman. And Injustice 2's single-player campaign is such a noticeable leap ahead in terms of quality -- and fighting game narrative modes are type of NetherRealm's specialization -- that seeing the story through to its end is easily the game's biggest draw.

Injustice 2 picks up a few years after the cataclysmic events of Injustice: Gods Among Us. Superman sits imprisoned in a sunlight prison cell that retains his forces. Batman and his team of reformed guys and allies -- Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, Blue Beetle, Firestorm -- fight to reestablish civilization in the aftermath of Superman's overreaching management of Earth from the game. Magic Woman, Black Adam and newcomer Supergirl perform to spare Superman in an attempt to fend off a threat, Brainiac.

Brainiac is here to kill the last remaining Kryptonians (and also destroy Earth), Batman and Superman's respective ideologies about how best to protect Earth and its people are in the heart of Injustice 2's battle. It's much simpler, more engaging story than the other universe-spanning jumble of Injustice: Gods Among Us, and it doesn't automatically need intimate understanding of Injustice's incredibly strange backstory. Nevertheless, brushing up on the game series' lore won't hurt.

Like developer NetherRealm's other fighting games, the story mode is fun, comic book crossover event-caliber stuff in which characters efficiently explain their motivation for why they need to settle their differences in a best of three match. Over the course of 12 lengthy chapters, a mix of gorgeously produced cutscenes interspersed with one-on-one brawls, you'll get control of about half the game's roster.

These chapters flow seamlessly from fights to cutscenes and back again to fights. In some matches, you'll get to choose from one of two characters -- Firestorm or Blue Beetle, Green Arrow or Black Canary -- and the branching transitions feel surprisingly elegant. Everything looks spectactular. : Injustice 2's cut scenes are beautifully lit and feature some of the most impressive facial animation I've ever seen in a fighting game. And even as the game transitions back to one-on-one fights, Injustice 2 manages to look, well, pretty. That's not the adjective I'd expected to employ for one of NetherRealm's titles, many of which are intentionally ugly, gory Mortal Kombat games, but here we are. This game looks really, really good.

Story mode offers a handful of hours of pulpy enjoyment, and there are good reasons to replay portions of Injustice 2 to experience the game's alternate story paths. It's also the best way to start leveling up some of the game's characters while also earning some of the game's loot, one of the big new additions from Injustice: Gods Among Us.

As players fight their way through all of the game's online and offline modes, they'll earn experience and loot boxes filled with random goodies: gear, armor, shaders, character abilities. Those loot boxes come in a variety of tiers (bronze, silver, gold, etc. Here is more info regarding injustice 2 cheats look at the page. ), and the rarity and quality of the unlockable items contained within depends on the box. Everything contained within can feel frustratingly random -- these are video game loot boxes after all -- as players will earn gear for characters they may never ultimately play.

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