Injustice 2 Review (PS4) !

Making a good sequel is a lot harder than it may seem; you need to add new things to please old fans (and potential new customers) but you can’t change too much because you then risk to lose part of your original fan base. I think that Injustice 2 finds the perfect balance between building on the good things of the original and adding new stuff.

I’ll briefly touch upon the story of Injustice 2 just to give you guys an idea what it’s all about but I don’t want to spoil any of it. Injustice 2 takes place after the events of the first one; Superman is in jail and the regime has been shut down. But when a new powerful enemy (Brianiac) appears and the former enemies need to team up to save the world. That’s the basic rundown of the story. It isn’t as great as the first one but it still has some awesome/unexpected moments that make it worthwhile. The dialogue, for the most part, is really solid and it emerges you into the story.

When you’re done with the story mode you can enter the Multiverse; a bunch of challenges based around the idea of having different earths. These Multiverse challenges give you motherboxes (more on that later) and are just a ton of fun to play. Some of the challenges are pretty original; fighting in super speed and low gravity for example really change the way the game plays. Certain Multiverse events can only be played with one character (the Wonder Woman one is the best example; you can only play as Wonder Woman but you’ll unlock some exclusive Wonder Woman gear) but most of them are playable with the character of your choosing! The Multiverse updates daily with new challenges which makes you coming back for more.

The combat has been fine tuned but if you’ve played the first game then you’ll know exactly what you’re going to get. There are 3 basic moves; a light, medium and heavy attack that you can combine to create combo’s. Then there are the ‘meter burn’ moves; moves specific to each character that do a considerable amount of damage and last but certainly not least are the supermoves; when your meter is full you can unleash a super move that does a ton of damage to your opponent. Some might think that this is too overpowered but I think that it is perfectly balanced because of the ‘clash’ system. When a clash happens you need to decide how much of your ‘meter burn’ you want to bet; if you win you’ll do damage/regenerate health, if you lose your opponent gets the advantage. It’s basically a gamble but one that can be used to your advantage. For instance you can let your opponent use all of their meter burn to get some of their health back but then you can proceed to do your supermove because you didn’t bet any of your meter burn. The system just works and it makes some of the battles really intense. The environmental interactions are still there but now, unlike the first game, most of them can be blocked which add to balance of the game. Lastly you can still punch opponents through the map which then puts you in a new part of the stage which is just a cool thing to do.

New characters will be added with DLC.

A fighting game needs a lot of characters and Injustice 2 has a pretty impressive character roster. Some of the names from the first one make a comeback but there are also a ton of new ones. My personal favorites (from the new additions) are Black Canary, Blue Beetle and Supergirl. They also added a ‘gear’ system which lets you customize each character to your liking. New gear not only changes the way your character looks but it also changes their stats; some items add health whilst others boost strength. Gear can be dropped after a match but mostly you’ll get it from opening motherboxes. You can buy these boxes with in game money that you earn from playing but you’ll also earn a lot of motherboxes by playing The Multiverse or just by completing challenges.

Conclusion: Injustice 2 took everything that made the first game good and made it even better! The graphics have improved immensely and the gameplay has been tweaked to help with the balance. The multiverse is a great concept and it gives the player a reason to comeback. Injustice 2 is the best fighting game I’ve played in a long time and I can’t recommend it enough!

Score: 9/10

Note: I didn’t talk about the online features because I don’t play fighting games online.

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Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Gameplay trailer #2 !

First thoughts: It’s great that we get a Marvel and a DC fighting game in the same year and they both look great. Marvel vs Capcom games have always been great; lots of characters and  gameplay that’s easy to play but hard to master. I really look forward to this and I still have my hopes up that they will do a cool collector’s edition (unlike some other superhero fighting game *couch Injustice 2 * cough). But what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!

Injustice 2 – The Lines Are Redrawn (Story Trailer) !

My thoughts: I’m HYPED ! I loved the first Injustice game and this looks to be more of the same; GIVE IT TO ME. I’m still waiting to pre-order it (you get Darkseid DLC if you pre-order it now) until they announce the special edition (there better be one!) ; I missed out on the special edition of the first game and I won’t make the same mistake twice!

Injustice 2 : Official Announcement Trailer + First gameplay trailer !

First thoughts: YESSSSSS! I loved the first Injustice game (I still play it from time to time) so I’m definitely going to buy this one it its release. They don’t need to change much but I really hope that use the graphics engine from Mortal Kombat X because that would look amazing. From the trailer it seems that every character has a number of new ‘skins’ (see the quote below for more info on that) and that we get to play as Supergirl! I’m pretty excited for this game but how do you guys feel about it? Let me know in the comments!

Playstation blog said this about the ‘skins’:

The Gear System uses RPG-like mechanics to reward you with loot drops every time you play the game. With each loot drop, you will earn character-specific gear to outfit and power up your roster – changing not only the look of each character, but your fight strategy and your personal approach to every match. As you gear up your characters, you’re building a roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains that reflects your choices, and your preferences, which can be vastly different than your opponents. A few play sessions in, you can expect your Aquaman to look and play different than anyone else’s Aquaman you may come across.

They’ve also released the first gameplay trailer and it looks pretty good:

Weekly pick-ups: Week 30

Last week I got the collector’s edition of Mortal Kombat X and this week I added another Mortal Kombat game to my collection. I also got a nice piece of hardware and a figurine. So there’s a lot to dive into so let’s get started!

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (PS3)

I’ve played this game before on the Xbox 360 but I didn’t own it. I went on eBay and found a copy for €8 which is a fair price for this game. I have played it a bit and it feels a bit sluggish compared to the newer Mortal Kombat games. But it’s still a fun game.

Mortal Kombat X, Azreal and Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield K1 tablet

I LOVE this tablet. The screen is gorgeous, everything runs smoothly and it has some nice features build in (recording gameplay for instance). It’s a shame that you need to buy the wireless controller separately (for €60)but you can also use a PS3 controller (Google is your friend here). I’ll do a more in depth review in the near future so keep your eyes open for that.

Azrael Arkham Knight Figurine

I pre-ordered this figurine as soon as it was announced. It looks really nice and the build quality is excellent!

Azrael Figurine

Which tablet do you guys have? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekly pick-ups: Week 29

Test your might! It’s Mortal Kombat time! The Mortal Kombat franchise started way back in 1992 so there are a lot of different games that I could have bought. I decided that this one was a great addition to my collection.

Mortal Kombat X Kollectors Edition (PS4)

This might seem like a pretty weird purchase knowing that Mortal Kombat XL will be released in a couple of weeks. Mortal Kombat XL has all the DLC of Mortal Kombat X and that seems to be a great deal. So why did I pick this one up? Well first of all because it’s a collector’s edition and I love those! Secondly because it was cheap; when it first came out it retailed for about €130 but I only paid €35 for it (new) which is a great deal. The figurine looks great and the game itself is fun to play (even tough I still prefer Injustice).

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What’s your favorite fighting game of all time? Let me know in the comments!