Smashing down for a second slice of superhero carnage
PublisheR wARNER bros Developer Netherealm studio Format Xbox One ETA 16 May 2017
The sequel to superhero brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us sports an impressive cast of DC Comics’ daysavers and evil-doers, from iconic characters, such as Superman, to cult-favorites like Dr. Fate.
Alongside a roster that could make Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes soil their spandex, Injustice 2 offers players additional variety via a highly customisable gear system. According to NetherRealm’s senior marketing game manager, Brian Goodman, “Our goal is, after everyone has put a few hours into this game, they’re going to go online and never see two of the same characters look anything alike.”
Featuring thousands of pieces of gear per avatar, the RPG-flavoured system is broken into five separate slots – head, torso, arms, legs and accessory. The latter category is especially cool, as it’s occupied by a character’s signature item, prop, or weapon. During our deep dive into the system, we watched Goodman use this slot to showcase nearly 20 different clubs Swamp Thing can wallop opponents with. Impressively, each of the bone-crushing bats looks unique, from the Lethal Gnarled Root to the Mighty Slime-Coated Cudgel.
Action your fashion
None of Swamp Thing’s weapons will perform exactly the same way when they connect with your cranium. Each of the five customisation slots are governed by four base stats – strength, ability, defence and health – so every piece of equipped gear affects how your hero functions when the fists and feet start flying. Augments, which come attached to certain pieces of gear, add another strategic layer; Superman’s Exceptional Body Armour, for example, is enhanced by its ability to take less damage from environmental objects.
Those looking to crank the customisation to the next level will want to focus on completing gear sets, “two or more pieces of gear working together to give you even more enhancements,” as Goodman explained. Collect Batman’s entire Kryptonite-infused ensemble, and you’ll not only make the Man of Steel quake in his red boots, but also receive increased range for the Caped Crusader’s Bat Swarm skill.
If looking better than your opponents is also important, you can feed your passion for superhero fashion with gear shaders. Countless colour combos allow users to pick out, say, the slickest utility belt for Batman, or ensure Harley Quinn’s pink guns complement her grenades.
Whether you’re in it for the cosmetic personalisation or the ability to build a better superhero or villain, Injustice 2 promises you’ll never have to settle for spandex again.
“There are nearly 20 clubs Swamp Thing can wallop opponents with”
Above Thanks for the third-degree burns...
below Credits earned in-game can also be invested in customising your ultimate superhero or sinister villain.