Looking back to the past few years, NetherRealm Studios seems to be following a release pattern for their games; there is a new instalment of either Injustice or Mortal Kombat every odd year. Knowing this, it seems reasonable to expect the release of a new Injustice game sometime during 2021. Of course, there is the ongoing global health emergency and the release of a new generation of consoles to consider, but I digress. Injustice 2, along with pretty much everything Ed Boon’s studio has released in recent years, was an amazing game. However, there are 3 small changes that could be made in order to make the most out of the hopefully incoming Injustice 3.
1. Branching Story
Injustice 2 had a great story that followed the efforts of Batman and the broken up Justice League to stop the likes of Gorilla Grodd, Scarecrow, and Brainiac. Throughout the story, players were often allowed to choose which character they would play as for certain fights. Having that option was really cool. However, it was a bit underwhelming, since the player’s choice had virtually no effect on how the story played out. The only exception being the “big choice” at the end.
By increasing the importance of player choice, the in-game story mode would become much more engaging. Additionally, this would increase the game’s appeal to fans of other genres, like RPG’s. NetherRealm games already boast some of the best story modes in the entire genre. Increasing their depth will only help solidify this position, making it a great prospective change in Injustice 3.
2. The Character Roster
Set in the DC universe, Injustice has huge potential for the addition of hundreds of fun characters. Thus, it would be a shame if this opportunity were to be wasted by trying to keep some characters in. Of course, an Injustice game without “the big three” or other core heroes, like the Flash and Harley Quinn, is nearly unfathomable. However, it is reasonable to remove other, more expendable characters like Deadshot and Cheetah to make room for new members.
Moreover, the inclusion of Joker in Injustice 2 even after the events of the first game made his death feel meaningless. Seeing how the first 2 games have been swarming with batman villains, it couldn’t hurt to replace the Joker with someone new. As for which characters should be next to be featured in the game, that is up for debate. Personally, I would hope for the addition of Killer Croc, Ra’s al Ghul, and Static Shock.
3. A Loot Revamp
I loved the loot system in Injustice 2. To this day, I still occasionally hop back on and grind for cool gear for some characters. That being said, it wasn’t without its flaws. The biggest problem with the loot system in Injustice 2 was its inconsistency; the loot received was always random. Because of this, I went through several instances of mild frustration as I received gear for Gorilla Grodd after 10 consecutive matches as Scarecrow, and with no intention of ever playing as him. This applied to both post-match rewards and stuff from mother boxes. Speaking of mother boxes, these absolutely have to go. Or at the very least, they should be made character-specific. I assume that, although these are easily obtainable through normal gameplay, the loot… I mean… mother boxes were implemented to slow down player progression enough to incentivize purchases with real money. This is both addicting and annoying.
Finally, the idea of making several character moves obtainable as loot is horrible. Many players were likely never able to use many of the coolest moves in the game simply because they weren’t lucky enough to receive them from the mother boxes.