Considering it's a sequel with almost the same gameplay and only a few tweaks here and there, it's not surprising to say that this game caters to all fans of My Hero Academia, especially those who enjoyed the first My Hero One's Justice. Featuring all your favorite characters, scenarios, and even voice actors, this is another exciting interactive take on one of the most popular shounen anime nowadays.
What to Expect
If you're not new to Bandai Namco's anime video games, you already know what to expect. This is a traditional anime-based fighting game in every sense, with 3D characters and a lot of colorful, lively stages to discover—and destroy. However, this also means the gameplay is pretty simple, and you don't need to be a hardcore fighting player to pull a deadly combo or trigger flashy animations.
For the most part, My Hero One's Justice 2 is a perfect game for a Boku no Hero Academia fan, giving you the chance to show the world who the real top heroes and villains are, punching and kicking your way to the top. On the other hand, there's a lot of grinding to it, but ultimately it's up to you to decide if you're OK with just a few casual matches against the CPU or another human, or you feel like farming a lot to customize your character and unlock everything.
If we were to compare it to the first game, My Hero One’s Justice 2 visuals are pretty much the same, and we’re cool with that. After all, 'if it ain't broken, don't fix it', they say. This is a game full of neat animations and beautiful 3D models, so it really makes justice—no pun intended—to the action-packed essence of the anime and manga.
Every aspect of the game is inspired by western comic books, from the fonts used to the patterns and color palettes, to the use of lettering and onomatopoeias to emphasize your combos and special attacks. With all the character animations, even the menus feel notably alive and fun to navigate!
And if the menus are fun to navigate, that's in part thanks to the exceptional voice acting, too. This is nothing new since most anime games are fully voiced by the original seiyuu cast, but at the same time, it's one of those things that would be so easy to notice if it were missing.
As for the soundtrack, My Hero One's Justice 2 has a nice set of light rock songs to hype you up, and not only when in battle. The menu song, for example, is a perfect combination of a simple-yet-catchy guitar riff and a powerful bassline, with some occasional drum fills to make it all sound great even when looped ad infinitum. When you enter a fight, the mood is very different, so you can throw punches to an epic orchestra song with a beautiful string arrangement. To be quite honest, My Hero One's Justice 2 has one of the best soundtracks in modern gaming!
Other than a few small changes, the gameplay is everything you would expect in a My Hero One's Justice Sequel. If you just want to fight against the CPU, you can jump into the Arcade mode, but unlike other similar games, you can also play with up to 3 more people in the Free Battle mode (1P vs 2P or 1P3P vs 2P4P). If you want to experience it alone, you can try the Story mode for a narrative-driven journey, or the Mission mode for a challenging adventure based on decision-making and a little bit of survival. Of course, there's also the Network mode for those who enjoy testing their skills against other players around the world, be it in ranked or unranked matches.
As mentioned earlier, the fighting mechanics are rather simple, although most experienced players can definitely go for a more complex approach, mastering the use of destructive combos; you can play solo or use 2 sidekicks to assist your main character, which also defines the use of combined Plus Ultra attacks.
Speaking about easiness, once the bar is full, you only need to use your shoulder buttons to call your sidekicks. You also have 3 hit buttons (you can combine them with the stick for more specific moves), a jump button, a block button, and a run button. As you can see, this is just like in the first One's Justice, so old players won't have a problem adapting to it.
Just by playing, you'll be unlocking different items to customize your character, this time with a lot more options than before. At the same time, the Mission mode is one of the most fun to play if you like a little bit of progression. This mode allows you to upgrade your characters' stats the more you play, but you can also earn money to scout new members to your Hero Agency. All you need to do is to defeat all the enemies/heroes wreaking havoc in the city before they destroy it, but the catch is that your life bar doesn't regenerate between fights, and you fail the mission if any part of the city is destroyed before you arrive.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
This is obviously not the best game ever, but even if there's still a lot of room for improvement, My Hero One's Justice 2 is a very enjoyable fighting experience. All in all, there are a lot of things to do and be amazed at if you're a fan of My Hero Academia. This time we even got more playable characters!
To be honest with you, My Hero One's Justice 2 may not be as complex and serious as other fighting behemoths, but it's inviting enough to keep you hooked for a few hours, especially if you're into online matches or have friends or family to play with.
You could just keep the game running in the background and still enjoy it, thanks to the amazing soundtrack.
18 new characters!
Local multiplayer is always a plus.
Character balancing is still difficult, apparently.
You can get bored pretty fast if you fancy more complex and polished mechanics.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Once you get over the hype of playing with all the new characters and trying all the new stuff, it really feels like paying full price for the very same game plus some DLC. Simply put, if you already own My Hero Academia One’s Justice and you don’t mind the new characters and features, then you don’t need to buy this upgraded version. Don’t get us wrong, we love My Hero Academia and so we recognize how appealing this game is to us fans, but at the same time, we can’t say we’ll be playing it for a long time… or at least, we won’t be seeing it with the same eyes.
Author: Rod Locksley
Hey! I'm Rod, and when I'm not watching anime or playing video games I'm probably writing about them, but I'm also a graphic and web designer, and I even published a comic book and worked like 4 years for a well-known MMORPG. Curiously, my favorite series are quite different from each other, so I'm still trying to understand what I really like in an anime...