When Marco reviewed Injustice 2 back in May last year, he called it the pinnacle of fighting games and after playing it myself shortly after release, there is no doubt in my mind that his statement was spot on. Fast forward almost one year and we now have the Injustice 2 Legendary Edition, which is by all accounts the definitive edition of the game that we all love playing and have probably spent hundreds of hours on.
Injustice 2, for those who haven’t played it yet, has a fantastic story mode, insane ultimate abilities, breathtaking visuals (especially with HDR) and a loot system akin to that of a Diablo game, with nearly endless possibilities for character customization. The loot system is the game’s most addictive feature and coupled with the multiverse, daily quests and more, you can play the game for decades if you wanted to.
The Legendary Edition brings all the DLC characters, namely Darkseid, Red Hood, Starfire, Sub-Zero, Black Manta, Raiden, Hellboy, Atom, Enchantress and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You can level up with all these characters, unlock gear and augmentations and just go wild, which is excellent for those who didn’t splurge on the Ultimate Edition and just have the original roster at their disposal.
Then, the Ultimate Edition also includes five Premier Skins, which have technically brought two of my favourite characters of the DC universe into the game. With these DLC characters also come new Legendary Multiverses to progress through. When equipping one of the Premier Skins on a character, they turn into a different one with their own set of dialogue, voice acting and of course an awesome look.
My personal favourite is the Reverse Flash skin, as I have always wanted to play with Eobard Thawne, an intense and complicated villain that the DC universe got just right. After watching the first season of Black Lightning and loving the character, I’m also very excited to see the Black Lightning Premier Skin, which you use on Raiden to change things up. The other Premier Skins include Power Girl, John Stewart Green Lantern and Grid, but I feel like there were other, better characters out there to choose from.
One of my biggest gripes is that two characters which I really hoped would make the cut aren’t in the full Injustice 2 roster, namely John Constantine and Spawn.
I mean come on, who wouldn’t love to see the banter between Hellboy and Constantine? They could even have just been Premier Skins, but without their presence, especially old John, the complete roster feels incomplete. Why not leave out a Mortal Kombat character like Raiden instead?
The DLC characters I do love is, of course, Hellboy as my absolute favourite and his ultimate sees him literally smacking his opponent into the depths hell. His intros and everything about him feels great and although he is one of the slower Injustice 2 characters out there, he packs one massive punch. Then we, of course, have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I love their addition to the game.
You actually play with Leonardo in the game, but he can summon the other three into combat to throw ninja-stars or smack an enemy in the face with a skateboard. This ability is on a cooldown and the turtles refresh on timers, not draining your power bars in the process. I feel like that is a bit overpowered at the moment. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also bring, what is in my opinion, the best ultimate to the game, ending in a magnificent “shellshock” as you can see in the image below.
Sure, the Injustice 2 Legendary Edition is the definitive edition of the game, but there are no exclusive features or characters. That’s actually a good thing, especially for those who have already splurged on some DLC characters and built up their standard edition. During the launch of the Legendary Edition, the developer also released a massive update for the game, adding a tonne of cool things, but it is very important to remember before we continue that everything I will touch on below is also available to owners of the standard edition with the update.
My favourite addition and something that has helped me up my game so much is the expanded tutorial system called the Learn Hub. It is an in-depth system (which also grants you Mother Boxes as you progress) that teaches you everything from the most basic of combos, clashes and environmental object uses to those insane combos that I’ve seen very few people pull off without fault.
The Learn Hub is the single greatest addition to the game and even teaches you about frames and other intricacies that you might not know about.
The system shows you exactly when and how to press each button and it will help newcomers and veterans alike to some extent because we all know how big a learning curve Injustice 2 can have and how complicated it can become once you enter the game’s multiplayer or take on difficult multiverse objectives.
The update also adds new gear set and the developer has made some adjustments to level 20 gear, with some great special enhancements for those who complete a set of course. Then, the endless grind for gear and more power also gets upped with the new level cap being 30, complete new inventory slots you can unlock at level 25 as well as a new ability slot and level 30 augmentations.
Just the free update alone gives players so much more to do in the game that you probably don’t even need the Legendary Edition or any DLC characters at this point. However, with the addition of all the DLC characters, Injustice 2 is a game that you can probably play for the next decade.
There is just so much loot and things to do that it is truly mind-blowing. Couple that with the awesome ultimate abilities and fighting game combat that knows no equal and you can see why the experience is one not to be missed.
Injustice 2 Legendary Edition is without a doubt the definitive Injustice 2 experience. If you have never played the game then this is definitely the version to get. Things get a little trickier for those who have already played the game, as you could have purchased some or all of the DLC characters already. The only thing the that stands out are the Premier Skins, which were already available for Ultimate Edition owners anyway, and they are awesome as I mentioned in this review, with Reverse Flash being and Black Lightning being my absolute favourites.
With that being said, the new level cap, gear, level 30 augmentations, new training mode and all the cool stuff is available to everyone who owns the game. For those who own the game but never bought a DLC for it, this is a great edition to maybe upgrade to, as with all the characters available there is a lot of new loot for you to collect and characters to level up, which could add a couple of hundred hours of gameplay. We didn’t score the game back when we first reviewed it, so check out my score below of the full package for those who haven’t yet played the game.
The Injustice 2 Legendary Edition, in the end, is a great package and the game is now better than ever. It comes in at roughly the same price the game’s standard edition was at launch, so it is up to each player to figure out if the contents of the package are worth the asking price for them. For that, we give the Injustice 2 Legendary Edition a 9.4/10.
This review was based on a review code of the game provided to us by Warner Bros.
Available On: PS4, Xbox One and PC | Reviewed On: PS4 Pro | Release Date: 27 March 2018 | RRP: R929
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