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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Injustice 2 is a fighting game based on the heroes and villains of DC Comics. The game is a sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us and continues the storyline of that game, taking the comic heroes and villains in alternate directions. The story features themes of teamwork, redemption, and the consequences of choices. While the combat lacks any real gore, the violence in the game is still relatively brutal. The game also includes a number of in-game purchases, has expanded is roster multiple times, and has planned future content, including new additions to the game's roster, as well as in-game currency, which can be used for new gear and costumes.
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What's it about?
With an epic new story, a frequently expanded roster of fighters, and the introduction of customizable gear, INJUSTICE 2 continues and builds upon the events introduced to players in the original Injustice: Gods Among Us. After freeing the world from the oppressive rule of Superman and his regime, Batman and his allies attempt to rebuild and restore peace to the world. But when a new threat appears with his eyes set on the destruction of the planet, the Dark Knight is forced to consider an uneasy alliance with the former Kryptonian dictator. Can the two friends-turned-enemies work together to save those they both hold dear, or will their differences prove too much, leading the world to utter destruction at the hands of Brainiac? With a roster of unique fighters pulled from the extensive DC Comics history, Injustice 2 lets players step into the capes and tights of their favorite heroes and villains in superpowered combat to decide once and for all who's more powerful -- and determine the fate of the world in the process.
Is it any good?
This enhanced sequel takes to the skies with more than enough content and depth to appeal to fighting and comic book fans. Thankfully, Injustice 2 has no shortage of superhumans. With a more robust story, an expanded and eclectic roster of fighters, and faster, more responsive controls, the game takes everything that fans loved about the original and cranks it up. Injustice 2 feels like a comic book story brought to life, with real weight put into the characters' motives and actions. Then, after the battles are over, there's a real resolution that carries the story to the next development.
One new twist centers on Gear. Players, through various actions, can earn Mother Boxes, which contain Gear for individual fighters. These add-ons can give players an added boost in single-player matches, as well as provide some cool customized looks and new gameplay styles. Players also can use actual money to buy Gear in the game. While it might be tempting to buy it to overpower your opponents, the developers made sure to balance things out by allowing players to disable the Gear abilities or, if playing with the Gear active, balancing the base stats of the characters so veteran players with high-level fighters don't overpower rookies right out of the gate. Either way, though, you can't pay your way to victory, and the loot system does give players a reason to keep coming back to the game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in media. How can the violence in video games and comic books affect younger audiences?
Talk about heroes. What are some of the qualities and characteristics that define heroism? How does it affect us when those we look up to fall short? Also, can people redeem themselves after making the wrong choice?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: May 16, 2017
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Misfits and Underdogs, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
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