Zero Punctuation: Injustice 2

Injustice 2

Yahtzee reviews Injustice 2.

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Expecting unique intro animations for each character is expecting a bit too much I think. Especially when even character skins have 14 minutes worth of unique dialogue during those animations.

Anyway, call me when the Ultimate Edition is released. I think the game is actually quite good but the variety of characters would be the only thing I would be getting this game for, I hate fighting games.

And here I thought this week's critique would be for the new Friday The 13 game. Maybe it'll be here next week.

Aww, I liked First Contact. It was the best of the Generations Trek movies.

Ohh, do I get to be the guy who points out that the character Brainiac came first and it was then turned into an insulting term for nerds?

Scarecrow was a neat addition. Hes like a dark edgy Dhaslim thats much easier to use

SirSullymore:
Ohh, do I get to be the guy who points out that the character Brainiac came first and it was then turned into an insulting term for nerds?

As popular/mandatory it is to rag on the DC movies here on the web, I'd like to see Brainiac in one of them.

They have Jeffery Combs voicing Brainiac, but not The Question? What the deuce? I liked Cory Burton's take from Timmverse; had a very HAL-9000 feel to it.

Leonardo Huizar:
Scarecrow was a neat addition. Hes like a dark edgy Dhaslim thats much easier to use

Also, he's a welcome mid-range fighter when everyone else seems to be either getting in your face or chucking lasers from across the screen.
I just wish they'd gotten a bit more creative with his fear gas perk. I was hoping it would serve as a buff for him, making him stronger, giving him new moves, or even making him a whole new character, since his power comes from people's distorted fear of him.

The video is certainly on point in one term - Tower Mode. I can refer to a fact that I have this game for a week at least and was entirely convinced it's absent. Who designed this interface?

As for the game itself, I'm a bit disappointed. Story Mode is fine, I love the way Netherrealm does them, and this one is cool as well (even though after MK9, Injustice 1 and MKX the story pattern is really getting very easy to see), but everything else just doesn't click for me. Multiverse mode sounds fun on paper, but I struggled to finish even one full event. Too many bullshit objectives like "defeat 11 enemies as character you can't be bothered with" for my taste.

And the most confusing part... I can't find my main. Seriously, I tried every single fighter and none of them felt like "yep, I'm feeling this guy/gal", or even a character that has awesome enough mechanic/style to make learn all ins and outs. I have almost every single worthwhile fighting game from 2005 up until now in my library, and this is the first time something like happens. It's extremely frustrating, and it drains all my will to push through, especially with Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear XRD: Rev 2 around.

Am I misremembering or was this the first time in a long while that [neutral face photo]-man was used in Yahtzee's review?

Darth_Payn:

SirSullymore:
Ohh, do I get to be the guy who points out that the character Brainiac came first and it was then turned into an insulting term for nerds?

As popular/mandatory it is to rag on the DC movies here on the web, I'd like to see Brainiac in one of them.

They have Jeffery Combs voicing Brainiac, but not The Question? What the deuce? I liked Cory Burton's take from Timmverse; had a very HAL-9000 feel to it.

Oh my God, please say they got Jeff to record lines for Vic. I know Ed Boon was teasing a Watchmen character and that's starting to look like trolling, but Rorschach with a Question premier skin voiced by Jeffery Combs? A man can dream...

Good to see the Hoff still representin' for realistic graphics after all these years. Is this only the second time?

And on the subject of callbacks, I'm glad Yahtzee actually admits he doesn't like fighting games now instead of pretending not to know how they work.

I figured the story would be lame. It looked to me like they were treading old water and while Injustice had a great story (and a really neat comic book series) but it's the sort of thing you can only do well once. But hey, at least it's actually got a story mode.

I like fighting games a lot myself, but only in the realm of my friends. We have a wide variety of players; none of us are amazing nor do any of us just button-mash. It's fun having people over to play video games and fighting games have just always been the easiest thing for us to gather around. But if I try setting foot online? Nope, it's definitely not fun anymore. I wholly admit, I just don't have the dedication to git that gud.

Yeah Yahtzee, don't give them any ideas.

Darth_Payn:

SirSullymore:
Ohh, do I get to be the guy who points out that the character Brainiac came first and it was then turned into an insulting term for nerds?

As popular/mandatory it is to rag on the DC movies here on the web, I'd like to see Brainiac in one of them.

They have Jeffery Combs voicing Brainiac, but not The Question? What the deuce? I liked Cory Burton's take from Timmverse; had a very HAL-9000 feel to it.

I personally like all of DC's movies, never really cared about Injustice though as i'm not very good at fighting games, i'll just stick with watching the cutscenes on Youtube.

But the crates are loot. Loooooooottttt!

Why yes kind sir, I would love to see you're Mask. Anything to keep Carrey away from a come-back.

Leonardo Huizar:
Scarecrow was a neat addition. Hes like a dark edgy Dhaslim thats much easier to use

There's so much about Scarecrow I don't get.

Ok, Fear Toxin in the beginning. But then we forget that in the beginning that he's a scrawny doctor with no real fighting experience? There's a large number of Kryptonians and People who don't need to Breathe. Are you telling me hyper-paranoid alternative version Superman can't hear, see, or smell Crane coming a mile a way and just decide to hold his breath? Or Hyper-aware at all times Batman just takes out his Anti-Scarecrow rebreather? Or already had an immunity serum from the years of fighting him?

I'm not really asking for answer from you, Lenoardo. The Injustice world just really doesn't feel that well thought out, like many comic book fights between characters on Superman's level vs characters on Green Arrow's level. There's so many things about the Injustice universe that just bothers me. Like the Superpills Superman made to boost his foot-soldiers. Ok... that's nice. Hyper-paranoid Superman will make the formula significantly weaker than him. So take all you want, Superman will still have the literal strength to Punch you into the Moon where you'll die from your organs liquefying during the trip or... well, no air.

ObsidianJones:

Leonardo Huizar:
Scarecrow was a neat addition. Hes like a dark edgy Dhaslim thats much easier to use

There's so much about Scarecrow I don't get.

Ok, Fear Toxin in the beginning. But then we forget that in the beginning that he's a scrawny doctor with no real fighting experience? There's a large number of Kryptonians and People who don't need to Breathe. Are you telling me hyper-paranoid alternative version Superman can't hear, see, or smell Crane coming a mile a way and just decide to hold his breath? Or Hyper-aware at all times Batman just takes out his Anti-Scarecrow rebreather? Or already had an immunity serum from the years of fighting him?

I'm not really asking for answer from you, Lenoardo. The Injustice world just really doesn't feel that well thought out, like many comic book fights between characters on Superman's level vs characters on Green Arrow's level. There's so many things about the Injustice universe that just bothers me. Like the Superpills Superman made to boost his foot-soldiers. Ok... that's nice. Hyper-paranoid Superman will make the formula significantly weaker than him. So take all you want, Superman will still have the literal strength to Punch you into the Moon where you'll die from your organs liquefying during the trip or... well, no air.

1: As I recall, the entire plot of the first game kicks off with Superman being under the influence of Joker's gas, causing him to rip Lois in half like a phonebook, which is why he in turn murders the crap out of Joker. So apparently Supes - while fully capable of being immune to gas-based attacks - prefers not to be.

2: Scarecrow is constantly tinkering with his fear toxin to make it more potent, controlling, and able to affect more and more people/races with each new batch.

3: If those two explanations aren't good enough for you, then you're thinking too much about it. The writers clearly didn't care enough to put that much thought into this story line, so neither should you. :^)

No Lady Shiva, no Ras Al Ghul like rumored. No sale.

I'm way behind and still want to get the first game. On the fence about the second. But the "cloyingly stupid" face bit made me giggle like a stoned moron.

I will wait for Ultimate edition, on PC.

Darth_Payn:

They have Jeffery Combs voicing Brainiac, but not The Question? What the deuce? I liked Cory Burton's take from Timmverse; had a very HAL-9000 feel to it.

Ah, so that's why his voice was familiar. I hope the Question gets a place on the roster some time in the future.

Smithnikov:
No Lady Shiva, no Ras Al Ghul like rumored. No sale.

Mate, half the bloody internet hates that quite a bit of the roster is Batman related. Not to mention they aren't exactly very creative characters in terms of fighting style. Perhaps they could work as premier skins instead.

I am too busy with Tekken 7 to even care. Injustice I had no interest in, but if people enjoy it, more power to them.

His last comment was pretty apt, since that's exactly what I did.

For both Injustice 1 & 2, I just watched all the cinematics on youtube made into "movies".

Why is this being filed under "comics and cartoons"?

We have Tekken 7 now.

I currently need nothing else. Tried Injustice 2 for an evening, felt decidedly "meh" about it and... hey, ho, Tekken 7 online issues for PS4 were patched away today. If I get bored, I can get it on PC with a whole different player base. Feels like Christmas to me, to be honest.

Smithnikov:
No Lady Shiva, no Ras Al Ghul like rumored. No sale.

Yeah, what this game needed was more Batman-related characters. /s

*still butthurt over lack of Plastic Man*

Hey, gave your a book a try yesterday and, got to say, excellent job :D. Hope you keep it up, it really fills that hole left by the loss of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. Reviewed it on Goodreads :)

I feel like Yahtzee is a being a little unfair in the Batman vs. Superman thing.

They're both right; but they made Superman take his end way too far with no moderationso that they could have a bad guy.

Superman is completely right that putting people like Joker, Victor Sasz, Brainiac and Grodd etc. in the ground is the right course of action, and that Batman's method is naive and has probably cost more lives than saved.

Batman however is right that killing all villains and having no checks is dangerous. People like Captain Cold, Penguin, Harley, Deadshot etc. aren't nearly on the same level and killing them isn't really justified.

McMarbles:

Smithnikov:
No Lady Shiva, no Ras Al Ghul like rumored. No sale.

Yeah, what this game needed was more Batman-related characters. /s

*still butthurt over lack of Plastic Man*

Only those two.

I was also hoping for Richard Dragon also, but I'm hopeless like that.

Understandable about Plastic Man though. Woulda liked him too.

Normal humans can't fight supers? Did he forget about the pill and the exploding shoe?

Silentpony:
Aww, I liked First Contact. It was the best of the Generations Trek movies.

Agreed but the best of a series of movies that were collectively pretty trite isn't much to brag about.

OT: Glad I skipped out on these games. Not only am I generally terrible at fighting games, the 'lore' sounds incontinent.

 

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