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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Hero One's Justice 2 is a fighting game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. It's an anime-inspired game based on the My Hero Academia universe. Players can choose from 40-odd characters, each with unique abilities, and fight against others using fists and feet as well as weapons like knives and swords, and by summoning elemental attacks like fire, electricity blasts, or ice. Players also can choose to play as heroes or villains. There's violence, blood, and some suggestive imagery (low-cut tops and cameras zooming in on female body parts). Gameplay also includes moderate profanity (including the word "s--t"), smoking, and drinking.
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What's it about?
Based on the My Hero Academia anime universe and a sequel to 2018's My Hero One's Justice, MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE 2 is an anime action fighting game that features the original cast of 40 playable heroes and villains. The roster includes fan favorites like Deku, All Might, and Shigaraki, as well as new superheroes not found in the original game. Each of the characters has their own style and special abilities, including upgraded moves (plus a new defensive dodge mechanic), and there are new customization options per character. This sequel also houses new stages and stories from the popular anime and manga series. My Hero One's Justice 2 includes several solo and multiplayer modes, including Story mode, Mission mode, and Arcade mode -- yet retains the same look, quirky humor, and over-the-top 3D arena battles from the original.
Is it any good?
If you're a fan of the anime series or the first game, this sequel mostly improves on an already deep and challenging 3D fighter. My Hero One's Justice 2 isn't perfect, mind you, but it's a thrilling brawler with a lot of meat on the bone. For those who haven't watched the show or played the games: Fighters have superpowers called Quirks, which they unleash during the frenetic combat. But unlike in other fighting games, the character you're playing as truly feels unique here, as you'll need to exploit that fighter's strengths (and the weaknesses of your enemies) to win rounds. You'll use basic and special attacks, and chained offensive moves and combos, and you'll need to be quick on defensive maneuvers, including the new (and welcome) dodge mechanic. Sure, action's rooted in a rock-paper-scissors mechanic, but it's the variety in the 40-odd players -- about twice as many as the original game had -- and the mastering of countering moves to stave off a beating that keep things fresh. Also new: the ability to use teammate abilities instead of just your main character's. You'll fight to build up your Plus Ultra meter and defeat enemies before they can drain your gauges.
But as in the original game, the over-the-shoulder perspective can make it difficult to view the battlefield. Projectiles can also be hard to see and avoid, and there are some ill-timed camera pans that are out of your control. There's also some oddities, like using objects in the environment to avoid contact from projectiles, yet your character still takes damage in cover. The story campaign and mission modes are fun, as is the local multiplayer, and the new arcade mode is a good way to practice against the smart computer-controlled opponents. But there are some connection and speed issues during online matches, and the multiplayer lobby is a little convoluted. Issues aside, My Hero One's Justice 2 has a lot of depth and variety (in characters and modes) and is very faithful to the anime and manga it's based on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in My Hero One's Justice 2 affected by the fact that the action is clearly unrealistic? Would the action be worse if the blood shown was more believable?
Do you think the game needs to include profanity, smoking, drinking, and other mature content to make it seem true to the anime, or is it simply included to stir controversy? Could it be as engaging if these elements were eliminated from the game?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bandai Namco
- Release date: March 22, 2020
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence
- Last updated: April 14, 2020
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