My Hero Academia is a franchise that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. It was fresh and filled a void in the anime and manga scene for those starved of good old fashioned shounen content. In 2018, we finally got a fighting game related to the franchise however it was a bit of a mixed bag.
Fast forward a few more years and My Hero One’s Justice 2, the sequel released but is it worth checking out?
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Once again developed by BYKING, My Hero One’s Justice 2 is an improvement over its predecessor. Much of the core gameplay has remained the same however, the noticeable tweaks really shine through here. If you’ve played any of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm titles from Bandai Namco and CyberConnect 2, you’ll feel right at home with this game. Combat is very similar to those games but with the My Hero Academia flair added to it.
Each character in My Hero One’s Justice 2 has their own special ability. This is known as a Quirk and makes for some incredibly varied gameplay since there’s a large variety of characters to choose from. Just like in the first game, players will be able to pick between a “normal” mode and “manual” mode for fighting before entering a battle. “Normal” mode means you can essentially, button bash one attack button repeatedly and pull off spectacular combos with ease. “Manual” mode on the other hands means that you have far more control over what combos you can string together but the added difficulty may put you off somewhat when the “normal” mode does everything for you so well.
The same problems with the combat that were present in the first game are still present here in the sequel but this boils down to the fact that this isn’t exactly a highly technical fighting game. This ain’t BlazBlue or Street Fighter that’s for sure and the game sort of makes that clear to you with its more laid back approach to fighting.
Newcomers can easily boot the game up and play against each other and pull off extremely flashy combo attacks. Therein lies the enjoyment in My Hero One’s Justice 2. Beating up your opponent will charge your Plus Ultra Gauge and you’ll be able to perform flashy attacks with the simple press of a button. Where My Hero One’s Justice 2 improves upon its predecessor lies with the fact that battles are a lot more vertical this time around and the new arenas are lot less claustrophobic. There are some returning maps and locales but for the most part, the game is a lot more refined this time around and feels a heck of a lot smoother to play.
Players will have access to numerous modes here in My Hero One’s Justice 2. You can play through the story mode which is fairly straightforward and watered down. You’ll be treated to cutscenes with battles in between which covers the major story aspects of the anime’s 2nd and 3rd season and there’s no free roaming here. A lot more could have been done here to be honest and it’s a bit of a wasted opportunity, especially for newcomers who may not know much about the anime or manga’s finer details.
The real star of the show is the game’s Mission mode. Mission mode involves fighting against a range of enemies while traversing a board of sorts. You’ll have to consume food to replenish your energy and pick your battles strategically as well as your playable characters because things can get quite tough here.
There’s also an Arcade mode, Training mode, Network mode, Free Battle mode and a Photo mode. The photo mode is notable since it allows you to really get creative with battles and flashy effects. You can easily spend upwards of an hour here just creating the best screenshots possible showcasing a character’s special attacks.
Speaking of special attacks, the gameplay in My Hero One’s Justice 2 largely revolves around being able to use the right attack at the right moment. A game of rock, paper, scissors if you will. It’s all about timing and getting to use your Quirks at the right moment and the added speed and verticality that this title brings to the table means that battles are quite often very flashy, very frantic and very over the top. Environments also feature destructible terrain or objects and this further adds to the game’s emphasis on great visuals.
Graphically My Hero One’s Justice 2 is a beautiful game with the anime aesthetic perfectly nailed down. The game looks flat out gorgeous and runs flawlessly too despite some of the attacks really having amped up visual effects. BYKING have done a great job here getting the game to run well.
Additionally, characters can also be customized with an immense amount of cosmetic items that are unlocked. This allows players to really make their characters their own for offline and online battles. Tou can spend a lot of time mixing and matching items and outfits on offer here.
Unfortunately, trying to play the game online was not an easy affair and the playerbase seems to have already dwindled greatly since its release. It’s best to play this title against a friend or family member instead.
The soundtrack of My Hero One’s Justice 2 is also excellent with the main menu theme being a standout track by itself. Battle music is also great and thankfully, both English and Japanese voice acting is included in this title.
My Hero One’s Justice 2 is more of the same but with added quality of life improvements that make it a far better overall game than its predecessor. You can button bash your way to victory and soak up some absolutely beautiful anime visuals in the process but the real fun of the game is present in its customization, unlockables and mission mode. If there’s ever a third game in the franchise, BYKING need to just improve upon the story mode and they’ll have a game that’s a worthy rival to Bandai Namco’s Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise.
A review code for My Hero One’s Justice 2 was provided to Gameblur by the Publisher
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- Gorgeous Visuals
- Japanese Voice Acting
- Fun battles
- Online Multiplayer is basically dead...
- Arenas can feel a tad claustrophobic
- Watered down story elements
- Can get repetitive quite quickly