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Injustice 2 review - More Batman vs Superman than Young Justice


For: iPhone

More Green Lantern than Batman Returns

Product: Injustice 2 | Publisher: Warner Bros. Games | Format: iPhone | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.3.0
 
Injustice 2 is everything you'd expect from the game really. It's a mobile-ified version of the superhero brawler, complete with shiny graphics and a super simplified control system.

And it all works pretty well. There's always going to be a slight thrill from watching Batman smack Green Lantern in the face, and the game is happy to let you get on with the scraps for the most part.

But it's not as slick as the likes of Marvel Contest of Champions, and quite often you feel like the fights aren't quite as well balanced as they should be. Still though, Superman whomping the Flash is sort of cool.

More Batman: Forever than The Dark Knight


The game sees you taking control of a team of three heroes and villains. They're spread out across different eras and canons, so Arkham Knight Batman might smack down with Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.

Everything is controlled with taps and swipes. You poke the screen to perform attacks, swipe up to do a flying kick of some sort, and swipe down to hack at your opponent's shins.



Swipe backwards and you'll dart away from your foe, swipe towards them and you'll dash in for a smack. There's a block button in the bottom left of the screen, and a couple of special moves in the bottom right.

Each character also has a super move. When this is ready a button pops up at the bottom of the screen. Poke that and you'll perform something cool and flashy that does a whole heap of damage.

You can swap characters on the fly, switching by poking the portraits in the top left of the screen. Different characters have different classes, and some are stronger or weaker against others. A balanced team is the key to success.



The fights follow a slightly predictable path. You exchange blows, dance around each other a bit, and then you power up your specials and supers and use them to your advantage. There's not that much when it comes to tactics here.

In fact the whole thing feels a little bit flimsy. Which really shouldn't be the case for a game that's literally about people with the power of the gods leathering each other.

More Man of Steel than Superman 2: Director's Cut

There's nothing broken about Injustice 2, but it all feels stodgy and formulaic. Where similar games revel in the nonsense of their core idea, this one takes a more stoney-faced approach. And it ultimately wears thin.

In the end Injustice 2 falls into the same trap as DC's current line of films. It's too po-faced, too stern, and ultimately, just not that much fun.

 
Injustice 2 review - More Batman vs Superman than Young Justice
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Harry Slater | 11 May 2017
A solid but unremarkable brawler that runs out of super steam a little too quickly
 
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