Injustice 2 review (PC)

Initially released for consoles only, Injustice 2 has finally landed on PC. We played the Ultimate Edition of the game, which allowed us to also go hands-on with the new characters that were added to the game post-launch.

Of course, NetherRealm’s fighting games have somewhat of a rocky history on PC – with initial releases of their titles frequently criticized for not being optimized well. With Injustice 2, performance was therefore one of our key focus points while testing – and the game doesn’t disappoint. This is great news, because when we reviewed the original console release we found that the game’s a real audiovisual powerhouse.

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The audiovisual delivery doesn’t lose any of its flair on PC, and looks even better than it did on consoles depending on what your system can handle in terms of resolution and detail level. Frame rates were consistently smooth during our playtesting – and this was on a “modest” GTX970 card. I haven’t played Tekken 7 on PC yet, but coming from Mortal Kombat XL and having seen some Tekken footage I’m convinced that Injustice 2 is easily the most spectacular looking fighting game available on PC.

The game’s netcode, for online multiplayer, also looks like it’s working well – another topic where issues were frequently reported for PC versions of previous fighting games. Although I prefer my fighting games in a single player (or local multiplayer) setting, I did give the online mode a go and found it to be smooth both prior to and during each bout. I wasn’t any good compared to some of the players I encountered, but that’s not the game’s fault.

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The delayed PC version also means that the game’s roster is quite a bit bigger upon release, provided that you get the ultimate edition or buy the DLC. The roster that comes with the base game already includes the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman – so you can pretend you’re part of the Justice League – but grabbing the DLC means you can get a taste of Mortal Kombat as well. Raiden and Sub-Zero are both present already, and star alongside additional DC characters such as Red Hood, Starfire and Black Manta.

The additional DC characters aren’t as well known as the starting lineup, so including the Mortal Kombat characters is probably great news for fighting game enthusiasts. Those who played brawlers in the nineties will also no doubt be excited for the upcoming release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Injustice 2.

If you don’t have access to a console version of Injustice 2, then you’ll be happy to know that the PC version of the game is every bit as exciting as its console cousin – the review of which can still be read here.

Score: 9.2/10

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