Cowabunga dudes! Or, for you younger Turtle fans, Booyakasha! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DLC has finally released for Injustice 2! As a TMNT fan myself, I could not wait to get my hands on these characters. And, let me tell you, Netherrealm Studios did not disappoint!
As many of you know by now, I am a huge DC Comics fan. But, I also grew up loving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I remember begging my dad to take me to see the movie releases each and every time a new one would come out. Like most of you, I watched the cartoon show, read the comics, and had mountains of TMNT toys in my room! So, with that said, this article may have some biased towards the Turtles.
Looks Good, Plays Good
Now, let’s get started to why I have enjoyed this DLC so much. Netherrealm Studios’ team did a great job of hitting a nostalgia sweet spot with the character models, the dialogue, and each Turtle’s personality. If you enjoyed the design of the original movie trilogy, then you will like how the characters look in this game. Their custom gear unlocks also stay true to the series, even adding pure white eyes under their masks like the old comics. And, it is easy to tell which Turtle is fighting when they first meet their opponent. Each speaks differently to other characters. Leonardo, for instance, is usually very honorable in his speech, while Donatello will bring up science. It is really cool to hear how they interact with the DC Universe. And, like I said, their own personalities shine in dialogue and in battle.
Gameplay feels amazing with the Turtles. Now, they each share about 80% of their move list. Meaning, if you can learn one of the characters then you will probably be able to pick up the others quickly. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t unique, though. Michelangelo is the only Turtle who uses a skateboard during his attacks. Raphael, for instance, will “get hyped” for attacks, something that the other brothers cannot do. So, every Turtle has a different character trait power and a couple of different moves. Injustice 2 has always “felt good” to me. It’s very precise, has some combos, and really flows well. And the new addition of the TMNT feels the exact same way. Netherrealm Studios nailed the amazing gameplay once again.
Finally, the nostalgia is a reason to purchase the TMNT. Their outro is a nod to the 80’s cartoon intro where Raphael tosses the pizza at the camera. Their gear is named after different characters in their universe, reminding you that there are more than just the Shredder and Krang. And, like I said earlier, their style and personalities are perfect. The respect and attention that Netherrealm Studios gave to the TMNT should be applauded. They didn’t let us Turtle fans down.
If you are wanting to buy the TMNT DLC for Injustice 2, then I say go for it. Hardcore fighting fans will like the variety of new fighters. TMNT fans will like how their favorite characters are portrayed. I am really excited to get back into the game and play some more matches with my favorite Turtles! Don’t have it yet but want to see them in action? Check out this trailer below!
What are your thoughts on the TMNT DLC? Have you had the same experience that I’ve had? If so, then let me know on Twitter, or in the comments below. I’ve started using Mixer more and would love for you to drop by my channel. Who knows, I may be streaming some Injustice 2! Or maybe you want to check out another game, like Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Check out the Review in Progress here.