Experts from NetherRealm Studios has reached capacity and every two years encouraging a new game. The developers for the second time alternate release bloody Mortal Kombat with the pathetic “superheroics” Injustice.
A special place in the games NetherRealm is the plot. Previous history of like many fans of DC, comics of the same name went on for 5 years, and in canadaplace began to appear even referred to it. Injustice 2 continues the story of the original, talking about the universe in which Superman became a cruel villain. While Clark Kent sits in a special prison, the world is gradually recovering from its dictatorial regime. A quiet life does not last long, because the adherents of the “Single Earth” trying to free Superman from custody, and in parallel with currently claims “the Community” – a group of villains under the guidance of a telepathic Gorilla City. Some chapters before the battle, you can choose one of two characters, which changes the items of screen savers, but in the final mission, and the choice of character determines the end of the story, which can be a plus for fans of preprohormone.
Well written dialogues and interaction of characters among themselves reveal the characters and help you get into the story, whether it’s flirting Arrow and Canary or talk about the friendship of Batman and Superman. But deserves special praise facial animation. During close UPS you can see how detailed the facial expressions that brings into scene the required level of realism. As a result, story mode to get significantly more interesting than in the last game of the Studio.
Pleased with the detailed environments. The arenas look alive – in the background there is always some movement. For example, in Gotham in the background, the unfolding operation. On the one hand to the location of calls in a huge car – “Bigfoot” with the other soldiers move slowly to the entrance of the building and prepared to storm. If the characters are late on some section of the arena, then flies the helicopter, which begins to Shine a spotlight in the direction of the fighters.
The naturalness of the images is achieved by the active lighting. Many light sources in real time superimposed on the three-dimensional model shading and lighting objects according to the laws of physics.
The authors actively worked even over seemingly small details that create the right surroundings. So, during the duel with soldiers of sticky dust and dirt, which is clearly seen during the victory poses and cinematic super moves. Heroes do not spare each other, and at certain points you notice the flying blood splatter from some bumps. However, this does not bring the game to the cruelty of Mortal Kombat, but adds the brutality of the fights between superheroes.
The Studio has worked for even the behavior of the characters on the character selection screen, it fits their characters. Heroes trade blows with the slow animations, but if you choose Flash, then it moves at normal speed, grins and strongly shows its superiority.
However, this only controversial design of the faces of some characters. The rest of NetherRealm Studios stepped to a new technological level. The elaboration and detail of the graphics Injustice 2 closer to the top blockbusters, like the recent Uncharted and Gears of War.
The combat system in Injustice 2 is very friendly to newcomers. Developers do not have to reinvent the wheel, and focused on the development of the mechanic from the first part. The strikes, scheduled for the main buttons, vary in strength and direction. In addition, the list of movements of the hero are always the special moves and combinations of hits, which can be connected to each other, coming up with new combinations.
To see a list of the basic techniques and special attacks can be on the pause screen. Training mode, like in previous games of the Studio, simple and intuitive. Even casual players should not have any difficulties. In addition to training and workout routine there is the instruction for each character, in the style of trials from Street Fighter, only much shorter and simpler. It helps to familiarize yourself with the basic moves and combinations of techniques for each particular fighter.
When the hero spent the first band of life, at the time of the missed blow open the opportunity for “collisions”. This is a small mini-game in which you need to spend the strips of “super meter”. If defenders put more than the opponent, it recovers a little health. And when he loses, he receives damage. Often there are situations when both opponents put the same amount of energy – in this case just pushes them to the side.
Also each character in the Arsenal has a special power or signature move. For example, Black Canary is a deafening scream that has three degrees-of-charge. At the maximum value it can reach the opponent from the opposite edge of the arena, which is very useful against players who prefer ranged attacks. Another example is Atrocitus. When you click the button, it calls on the help of the cat who helps in battle.
In addition, preserved and epic “super attack”, where the characters show all their skill, beating the opponent is the most sophisticated way. For example, the Flash accelerates and carries the opponent across time and space into the past where his body breaks the nose of the Sphinx. In turn, the Joker kicks the enemy into the electric chair and beaten with a crowbar, which is a reference to the comics.
Preserved and spectacular transitions between arenas. The developers have prudently reduced their animations, not to knock the fighting rhythm.
Smaller changes worth noting slightly increased the tempo of the movement that has positively impacted on the dynamics of matches. Also, the developers have reduced the number of attacks that can be used immediately after a fall. Safe ceased to be so-called “launchers” and now immediately after getting up to start juggling the opponent will not work. These and some other more minor changes, allow you to focus on attacking the middle and close range, and also to think more about tactics, trying to anticipate the actions of opponents.
Much tied to a scale of “super meter”. Competent consumption of this sensor is one of the main keys to success in Injustice 2. Ranged attacks are still strong, but this time the characters appeared much more funds to reduce the distance.
The characters from the first part preserved many of the techniques and ligaments, but the developers have added a new attack, and old altered timings. So you’ll have to adjust and re-learn the hero. For example, Wonder Woman no longer need to choose between a magic lasso and a sword – she can use them at the same time. Do Harley Quinn have the opportunity to call hyenas. But Superman remained without apparent change, but the redesigned characteristics of the methods make it more balanced than before.
As for defense, there are several changes compared to the first part. Appeared able to evade attacks at the moment when the opponent is juggling your hero. It spends two scale “super meter” and allows the character, having turned over in the air to become for a brief moment invulnerable. At this point it is necessary to send the character in one direction or another and calculate your flight so that upon landing, the opponent did not continue the attack.
If the opponent relentlessly pressed and hits the block, gradually taking away life points, then one notch to the “super meter” can alienate it and try to organize a counterattack.
The most important innovation in defense can be called a long forward roll, what a waste of unity “super meter” and brings a few tactical maneuvers. For example, allows to reduce the distance or to escape to a safe place, if you are cornered.
Major innovations in the combat system were the debutants. More than half of the roster is new characters. Each has its own unique abilities and capabilities. I’m sure many will like Supergirl is a versatile and simple in the initial development of the character. It has everything you need for close and distance combat, but if the enemy is far away and does not come, then the revenue will come “teleport”.
Fans of shooting will appreciate , Gutshot and Dr. Feit, and players who prefer close contact, I would advise to try the Cheetah. The characters are many, and anyone can find a hero to taste.
The most noticeable innovations came along with the character editor. Everyone has five clothing items and two cells to add new techniques. Now the appearance of characters is not limited to ready-made suits, and hundreds of different items, you can assemble your own unique look. Each attribute was alleged the leadership of DC, so all the clothing items for each character canonical. Among sets can be seen as you’re already familiar with the comic sets, like the caps of Robin hood at the Green Arrow, and completely new. For example, a futuristic mask of Bane.
In addition, the characters you can choose the coloring. Among the options for the color schemes sometimes there are completely different heroes. For example, the Reverse-Flash the Flash, Powergirl have Supergirl and Fox Cheetah. The techniques remain the same as the original hero, but the faces, the voices and phrases they say are changing. It is noteworthy that the Fox is voiced by the actress who gave the character his voice in the same animated series, as well as lighted in this way in the TV series “Arrow”.
Items of clothing change not only the appearance but also the performance of the character on four points: power, special skills, protection and increased life. As in traditional role-playing games like Diablo, each armor has its own level and category of rarity. Get a good hat, the character needs to match her level. For each bout in any mode except tournament, the hero gets experience points, and sometimes new clothes or additional techniques.
Opening attack allows you to change the style of fighting. For example, a Green Arrow appears able to teleport behind the enemy, which opens up new tactical possibilities. And cat Woman thanks to the equipment can gain an extra life after clearing health or to incite the opponent the black cat. These techniques sometimes do not look balanced, and therefore, by default, is only available in single player modes.
New clothes, colors and special techniques can be obtained not only in battle but also from the “mother boxes”, special boxes, which are divided by class and given to the player for performing various tasks or in-game currency. Unlike Overwatch, which uses a similar system to the boxes in Injustice 2 significantly easier.
To improve performance you first need to regime a “Multiverse.” This development is the idea of towers of Mortal Kombat X, but instead of the stone structures here, the whole world of parallel realities with a variety of tasks. For the fulfillment of additional conditions handed the currency drawer or rare clothes for a specific character.
Collecting inventory and build a certain “build” similar to the process in Diablo and really addictive. Almost all the planets are available over a period of time after which they change to other. In addition you available combat simulator with mode of survival, endless battle and a variation of the traditional arcade, which after the passage show a little scene with the history of the character.
In addition, you can try yourself in the role of a Manager of fighters in a special mode, where characters controlled by the computer, and our task is to build a fighting style on several parameters. This will be especially useful if you are too busy to play, but would like to upgrade characters. However, to put the heroes to fight and go for a long time will not work. After each match, you must re-select the opponent team. If properly set up battle style, it will be possible to learn even a little from artificial intelligence that can demonstrate some surprisingly good combinations.
It is important to note that the developers understand the need to balance the game online, and therefore all role-playing elements are working primarily for a single game. Default online effects from gear are disabled, and to enable them, you need two players to choose the appropriate option in the special menu before the battle.
Network mode compared to previous games NetherRealm Studios almost did not change. There is room, searching for a random opponent and king of the hill. In rating battle before the battle show the card to the player – if statistics opponent much superior to you, you can abandon the fight and continue the search.
The most important change online, you can call the removal of regional restrictions with PlayStation 4 ( Xbox One they were not), so now players can find opponents around the world.
The network code is based on a system of GGPO, which has a positive impact on the quality of the connection with the opponent. Play with opponents whose ping does not exceed 75-90ms, comfortable enough, but sometimes the response time reaches 150ms. In this case, to show the skill becomes difficult due to the appreciable lag. But it doesn’t happen often. The main thing – not to play with the Japanese, with whom ping is more than 300ms.
Injustice 2 is an example of excellent AAA-blockbuster fighting game with detailed study of numerous regimes. It has everything to entertain yourself or with friends. Great graphics and interesting story campaign will please fans of DC. Fans of customization will spend hours creating their characters through role-playing elements. And those who are serious approach to the genre and eager events, will be able to enjoy fair PvP battles online or tournament mode.