Fighting games’ review used to be a very standard affair, with sections dedicated to its gameplay, presentation, and the occasional storyline, but DC brawler Injustice 2 is setting the bar even higher with their impressive facial animations. It didn’t go unnoticed by critics and fans alike, as they applaud developer NetherRealm Studios’ effort for inserting a high sense of realism in a fighting game, something which is usually not associated with the genre.
The sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us sets you in an alternate world where Superman has gone full bonkers, and it resulted in the division of the Justice League, with the Man of Steel heading a group and Batman leading another. It’s a compelling story to put into a fighting game, which NetherRealm is known for its past works with the Mortal Kombat reboot, but they took it up a notch with the realistic in-game animations. This adds a whole lot of weight into the narrative, as we see our favorite heroes and villains act out the dialogue with pure emotion attached to it. Here are only a few examples of what you can expect to see in Injustice 2:
It’s a testament of how video games have evolved throughout the years, even for a genre that generates the impression that it can be simplistic at times. NetherRealm has certainly set a new standard on how good facial animations should be prioritized in narrative-heavy games, which we hope to see in future releases. Now if only we could say the same about a certain sci-fi RPG game from Bioware.
Injustice 2 is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and mobile devices.