‘Injustice 2’, the highly anticipated sequel to its rather excellent predecessor, ‘Injustice’ released earlier last year amidst a ton of speculation and high hopes. The trailer, especially the one with Brainiac (who is also the primary antagonist in the game) voicing and pulling strings for battle lines to redrawn among our superheroes, was particularly menacing and terrifically well animated and made, also being what completely hyped me up for the game in the first place. Like many fans across the globe, I too grabbed the game in its first week and was done with the story mode faster than it took for the game to be shipped to me. However later in time it might be, I’d like to start this off with a review of sorts. Being a DC fan, this game completely geeked me out. I had a fun time playing it, and the visuals are a definite step up from the first ‘Injustice’ game.
However, as with the first game, at moderate difficulty settings, the gameplay lasts shorter than the accompanying cinematics, and while they are extremely fun and important to watch for plot progression, we’d all appreciate a little more gameplay with consequences (RPG progression style fighting) rather than the arcade-style fighting. That being said, I also felt that the plot structure this time around wasn’t as involving or epic as it was the first time around, precisely because of the lack of an inherent internal struggle within our heroes, which is what I personally revere DC for. The threat this time is of a global level and possibly beyond, and while there are flashes of that brilliance here and there, it never completely materializes, until, you guessed it, the ultimate final battle between Batman and Superman, that is in itself a single term selling point by now.
Elaborations aside, let’s get to ranking these characters, which is what this article sought to do in the first place. ‘Injustice 2’ retains a lot of the original roster, either giving them a facelift or tech update, while a host of new ones are introduced as well. The criteria for ranking would include the characters mythos within the existing DC universe, utilisation of their original powers in the game, including their moves, supermoves and fighting styles, the part they play in the story mode, and the extent to which they can be customised with gears and upgrades. Obviously, there are confirmed Injustice 2 new characters also on the list. Happy reading! (And playing!)
Disclaimer: Exclusive characters from DLC and mobile versions are exempted from this list, for obvious reasons. We have also not included Injustice 2 guest characters.
If one starts drawing parallels between the characters not reprising from the previous game, and the new introductions in this game, it doesn’t take a genius to identify that Deadshot was brought in as a possible substitute/parallel to Deathstroke in the previous game. While it never quite matches up with what a badass Deathstroke was in the previous installment, Deadshot is pretty cool in his own right and has quite a killer supermove, but never contributes anything substantial to the proceedings.