I was a bit perplexed when My Hero One’s Justice 2 was announced late last month. Sure, the fourth season of the franchise’s hit anime was set to arrive soon, but the original game only released one year ago. My first thought was that the developers behind the original game, Byking, could have easily crafted DLC or made an enhanced edition instead of crafting a sequel. To my surprise, the game was playable at New York Comic Con 2019 shortly after it was announced. Given how much of a My Hero Academia fan I am, I took the opportunity to find out what exactly this follow-up has in store.
People who’ve played the first game and fighting game fans in general may already know what to expect. My Hero One’s Justice 2 will add characters introduced in the show’s fourth season, like U.A. High School “Big Three” (Mirio Togata, Nejire Hado, and Tamaki Amajiki), Class 1-A’s Mina Ashido and Minoru Mineta, and main villain Kai Chisaki. Of course, every fighter from the first game will be included, too, and more characters will be announced before the game releases sometimes next year.
My Hero One’s Justice 2 preserves the original’s comic book art style, complete with words that appear after an opponent is pummeled by a special attack. These moves are as marvelous in the sequel as they were in the original, if not more. One can’t help but still feel like they’re playing the anime, which is definitely a great thing.
Gameplay has been approved slightly, as characters don’t float as much and fall toward the ground faster. The same simple control scheme, where one face button performs normal attacks and two others perform Quirks, is carried over, which may be a turn-off for veterans who would have preferred more sophistication. Team Super Attacks and sidekicks also make a return.
While it seems like Byking has reworked the camera, I found myself unable to see where my character was several times throughout my brief time with the game. Though it wasn’t too much of an issue for me, I can imagine that this could be a big turn-off for people who hope to play the title competitively. There’s time for Byking to revamp My Hero One’s Justice 2‘s camera further, so fans shouldn’t be too concerned for the time being.
The first My Hero One’s Justice was criticized for its limited roster and lackluster single-player campaign. It seems like Byking has learned from the feedback, as six more characters have been announced for the sequel and more are on the way. There’s no way of knowing whether or not its story component will be any good, but if it manages to follow season four’s source material closely, there’s a chance it could turn out great.
My Hero One’s Justice 2 isn’t necessary by any stretch of the imagination, but it could warrant a pick up by fans if it proves to be just as flashy and accessible as its predecessor. From what I’ve played, it seems like the gameplay and graphics have improved. Here’s hoping that other aspects – particularity the game’s narrative – follow suit.