No two fighting games are the same, despite so many of them using a set of familiar core mechanics in their genre. At its most basic level, a fighting game is about positioning, adapting your opponent and patience in a fast-paced arena. If you can master spacing in a fighting game, you can master any of them.
What if you weren’t bothered with all the minutiae of the genre then? What if you wanted a character that was easy to master and quick on his feet? If you’re playing Injustice 2, then such a character has just arrived in that scene. A character who is simply the coolest. Pun intended, no regrets and come at me bro:
Sub Zero’s defining trait in Injustice 2 isn’t a selection of icy special attacks, but rather his ease of use. He’s a fast bugger on the field, easily matching Batman with a variety of combos and moves that can have him close the distance between him and his opponent. That ice-slide attack of his? It’s going to be brilliant when you’re fighting Deadshot players who spam bullet attacks or Black Adam fans who like to ambush you with lightning strikes.
Even better, Sub-Zero has some of the easiest combos to dial up. You can triple your light attacks for a solid opener, cycle in a mix of medium and heavy blows to devastating effect and then chain them to an ice slide and a blast as you rub some salt into your opponent’s frigid wounds. Even better, is Sub Zero’s special move. Able to pop off ice clones (or is it klones?) that can be used for offensive or defensive purposes, timing these special ability triggers will easily leave your competition’s momentum staggered when done at the right time.
They also recharge fairly quickly, making Sub Zero’s special one of the more useful in the game, much like Black Adam’s lightning or Supergirl’s heat vision. The key takeaway here, is that Sub Zero plays very much like his Mortal Kombat X counterpart. Only faster, smoother and with an emphasis on closing the gap as he delivers icy haymakers of note.
I was worried that having two ice-themed characters in Injustice 2 would feel like a palette swap at best. Instead, we’ve gotten a new character who feels fresh and has the potential to cause some massive upsets in the Injustice 2 meta-game as his potential is explored further.
Last Updated: July 13, 2017