Injustice 2

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Great, deep DC comic brawler avoids sequel Kryponite.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Themes of teamwork, putting aside differences to come together for a greater good. Dramatic themes about doing what's right versus what's easy, how decisions we make in a moment can have lasting effects on our lives, lives of those around us.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Roster includes a number of heroic, villainous characters from DC Comics. But these characters aren't necessarily same as comic fans remember; some heroes have turned to villains, vice versa. There also are elements of redemption for many characters over course of story.

Ease of Play

Basic fighting controls are easy for new players to pick up and play, but there's a lot of depth in terms of special moves, combos that take plenty of practice to learn. There's also a new element, Gear, which not only changes a character's look but, in single-player, also affects gameplay of individual characters.

Violence

Violence is pretty brutal. Includes scenes of characters getting stabbed, impaled, electrocuted, chewed on by hyenas, beaten with crowbars, more. Characters reflect damage in form of ripped costumes, cuts, some blood.

Sex

Some lines of dialogue make sexual references, many female characters are shown in revealing costumes.

Language

Some occasional use of mild profanity in dialogue.

Consumerism

Based on DC Comics characters, who appear in everything from comic books, toys, movies, television, nearly every type of merchandising, licensing in between. This game specifically has also spawned its own ongoing DC comic book series. Host of downloadable content to be purchased, such as new and upcoming additions to the roster and in-game currency to buy new gear, cosmetic additions to characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One stage in particular is based on a bar setting, featuring drunken patrons in background, beer kegs to be used as weapons, signs focusing on the sale of alcohol.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byM G May 29, 2017

+12

This game is not suitable for kids under 12. The reason for that is the game is Violent has blood but the game is Good Nice story, better than the one from th... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrodie F. September 13, 2017

Injustice 2

My 8 and 11 year old play this, and it has next to no blood, I have heard no swearing but there probably is some, unlike the first game no chunks of flesh are m... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 30, 2017

Really great game to injustice

i think this game is ok for kids theres only a** and theres fighting theres blood but its really hard to see it its by mortal combat but there is no gore not re... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 20, 2017

Lit

This game is lit fam

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?

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