Injustice 2: 9 Tips You Should Know Before Starting
By Matt Espineli and Joey Yee on
Tips To Improve Your Heroic Skills
Typical of most fighting games, Injustice 2 is packed with mechanics and concepts that aren't easy to fully understand at first. That's why we've compiled nine tips to help you understand the basics, find a fighter that works for you, and improve your chances in battle. Click ahead to get a crash course on Injustice 2.
Are there any other useful tips that we don't cover here? Let us know in the comments below.
Injustice 2, the follow-up to the well-received Injustice: Gods Among Us, is out now for PS4 and Xbox One. Its first DLC character pack was recently revealed, which includes: Starfire, Redhood, and Sub-Zero.
For more on Injustice 2, read our in-depth review, or watch our footage of high-level battles in the game's Multiverse mode. You can also check out our feature showcasing our favorite epic gear in the game.
Play Story Mode First
Like any fighting game, Injustice 2 sports mechanics and concepts that aren't easy to execute just by playing the tutorial or messing around in Practice mode. You need practical training against an active opponent. While online multiplayer and the Multiverse are perfectly viable training tools, we recommend that you play the Story mode after the tutorial, so you can better familiarize yourself with the game's fighting system, as well as experiment with its varied roster.
Familiarize Yourself With The Lingo
Injustice 2 doesn't shy away from esoteric words and phrases. It's essential to learn these terms in order to better understand the language of a fight and how to describe what occurs during any given situation. For a full breakdown, we suggest studying our Injustice 2 mechanics and terminology guide.
Know Your Combos
Combos are among the most important things to learn in Injustice 2. It utilizes basic preset combos that are easily executed by pressing combinations of the Light, Medium, and Heavy attack buttons in succession. But unlike Street Fighter, combos don't require incredibly specific timing. As long as the buttons are hit quickly enough, it'll come out. This means the main thing you need to practice is linking a special move afterwards. Not all basic combos allow you to do that, but once you find the right ones, you'll be inflicting heavy damage in no time.
There's also one more big difference between Injustice and Capcom-styled fighting games: when using jump-in attacks, there's no need to wait until you land before pressing the next button. Once the jumping attack hits, you can start inputting the rest of the combo before you even hit the ground.
Pay Attention To Your Environment
Any time you're close to an object that you can interact with, it will glow, and a small icon will pop up near your health bar, indicating it's time to smash an alligator over their head. Different characters interact with objects in different ways. For example, bigger characters usually grab the object and throw it at your opponent, while smaller, more agile characters leap off of it. With the right positioning, you can incorporate the environment into your combos.
And don't forget about stage transitions. Hitting your opponent with Back+Heavy near the correct edge of specific stages triggers a stage transition, resulting in a cutscene, and a good chunk of damage inflicted. You can also cancel a combo into a wall bounce for the same effect.
Find Your Style
With 29 characters to choose from, Injustice 2 gives you a ton of different fighting styles to choose from. But which one is right for you?
Aggressive players who like keeping the pressure on are in luck, since many of the characters are capable of doing just that. Superman and Batman are ideal, as they're two of the most balanced and powerful characters. Wonder Woman, Cheetah, Robin, and The Flash are also well-balanced fighters.
If you enjoy projectiles and controlling the space between you and your opponent, then Brainiac, Green Arrow, and Doctor Fate are great to use. If you like playing grapplers, both Bane and Swamp Thing will satisfy your needs.
For those of you who just want to confuse and fluster your opponents, Harley Quinn comes highly recommended. But if you're feeling particularly sadistic, Captain Cold is also a strong choice; his icicles present great counter attack options.
Use Clash Wisely
If you find yourself getting stuck in combos more often than you'd like, the Clash mechanic is of great help. When you're on your second health bar, holding forward and R2 while being hit prompts a small cutscene between you and your opponent. Afterwards you're able to wager some or all of your Super meter to stop their combo and heal yourself. The recipient can also gamble a portion of their meter in an attempt to deal damage.
This is where psyching out your opponent comes in. If you have more meter than your opponent, you could bet it all to ensure you win. There's also a wealth of strategies you can implement to trick your opponent. While having a lot of meter is helpful, Clash can save you after a mistake.
Learn to Juggle
Juggling is probably the most crucial part of Injustice 2's combo system. It occurs when you launch an opponent into the air and continue the combo before they land. Some moves, like Back, Forward + Heavy, will cause you to bounce your opponent off a surface and give you a better chance of juggling. But each character has numerous moves that give you a chance to juggle as well.
It's all about linking together the right chain of hits to keep a foe in the air. It takes some practice, but there's nothing more satisfying than landing that perfect combo to take off half an opponent's life.
Burn That Meter
Using Meter Burn (R2/RT) with your special moves is a great way to extend combos and pile on some extra damage to your attacks, but it can take some time to get used to. A lot of moves require you to press the Meter Burn button right after a move connects, so it can be difficult to perform at times.
But Meter Burn can also be used in a variety of other ways. If you're in the middle of a combo string, pressing Down, Forward or Down, Back and Meter Burn cancels your combo into a ground or wall bounce. It's also a great defensive tool; with enough meter, you can use it to pop yourself out of a combo or execute a full-screen roll.
The game requires a good amount of resource management, so choose when to use Meter Burn wisely, lest you be caught in a deadly combo with no way out.
Don't Forget To Open Your Loot Boxes
After spending an extended period of time fighting, make sure to open up the multitude of loot boxes you acquire in the Brother Eye Vault screen. Contained within are randomized pieces of equipment you can use to increase the statistics of the various characters in the roster.