As someone who didn't grow up as a total comic book buff, blockbuster movies and games are the best entrance point for me to get into the world of superheroes and supervillains. Games like Injustice 2 feel like a sort of brand ambassador for people like me - luring non-comic nerds into the world of DC Comics. Of course, there's a lot in Injustice 2 for the die-hards too!
At E3 this year, I got a chance that most die-hard DC fans would kill for: I got to play an early hands-on demo of Injustice 2, playing with the newly announced characters.
As of E3, six heroes and villains have been announced, and we played them all:
- Gorilla Grodd
So far, Grodd has me won over, by far
Injustice 2 is largely similar to the first Injustice game, but with new characters, maps, Super abilities, and a gear system. The combat is just as satisfying as it has always been. Grodd's mix of telepathic Jedi (er, Sith?) powers and brute strength made for a satisfying slugfest.
Grodd is a powerful beast, mentally and physically - and his abilities all have a weight befitting an armored gorilla. The word almost feels out of place, but his play style has a certain heft to it. You can really feel the impact when he lands and when he smashes an enemy into the ground.
Playing Atrocitus convinced me to go learn more about the Red Lanterns
As I mentioned, I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to superheroes - but I'm excited for Injustice 2 to help be a gateway into the DC universe. I've loosely known that there are more Lantern Corps than just the Green Lanterns - if you've been on the internet long enough, I'm sure you've seen images of the whole Lantern spectrum.
But I never really pursued diving into the extended Lantern Corps lore until I had the chance to play Atrocitus and his powerful cat, Dex-Starr.
As someone unfamiliar with these characters, they became an immediate hook. Who is this demon spitting blood and flame and does his adorable cat like scratches behind the ear? Belly rubs, yay or nay? I know about Superman, I know Batman, I can take a guess at Grodd - but what the hell is the Red Lantern Corps all about?
I spent about an hour on various Wiki pages and fan sites. You know how it goes.
Injustice 2 is a stand-alone title. You don't need to know the universe inside and out to enjoy the combat and progression system. You don't need need an encyclopedic knowledge of the Lantern Corps to play Atrocitus or an understanding of the Flash comic history to enjoy playing Grodd.
But, that said, the roster of characters that don't yet exist in the world of blockbuster films will probably convince you to jump into the lore and pick up a comic or two. There are still over a dozen unannounced characters for Injustice 2 and decades of DC history to catch up on!