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access_time January 31, 2020 at 6:00 AM in Microsoft by David Poole

Preview | My Hero One’s Justice 2

It’s been about four months since our last preview of My Hero One’s Justice 2, but we came back for more. During a Bandai Namco preview event, we had a chance to play several more matches of the game. We didn’t have access to the campaign, so this preview will focus on some of the newer characters.

While we had a chance to play as Mirio Togata at NYCC 2019, we didn’t have a full grasp of his moves. Mirio’s permeation quirk allows him to move through solid matter. With those abilities, he can have some pretty fun combos, starting normal, then phasing into the ground and sprouting back out with a follow up. This also works with his quirk and super attacks. He’s pretty fun, but he lacks a ranged move, relying solely on his phasing ability for his approach. During this fight, I played with the remaining “Big 3” as my sidekicks, Tamaki Amajiki and Nejire Hado. While I didn’t play as them, I could tell they had interesting movesets for their quirks as well.

Mixing it up a bit, I decided to try out Twice, one of the new villains in the game. Being a fan of the character myself, he’s easily one of my favorite new additions to One’s Justice 2. His moveset is rather “quirky”, being able to create a double of his opponent during one of his super attacks. Perhaps the best thing about him is his fun combos, as he has very flashy moves that steal the show. Using his measuring tape, he’ll take measurements of his opponent mid-combo, freeze-framing every shot. Despite not being a hero, Twice is a lot of fun to play mostly due to his personality.

Finally, during one of my last matches, I took Minoru Mineta for a spin. Mineta feels a little different than other characters, almost like the “joke” character. Even with that feeling, he’s a rather unique character when he uses his “pop off” quirk. He can throw the balls his body generates at his opponent. If they accumulate enough, they’ll be temporarily stunned, allowing for a free attack opportunity. One of his combos allows him to make a sword with the balls too, which striking with it can add to the ones already on the opponent. He’s definitely one of the sillier characters, but he can be surprisingly effective.

We didn’t have a lot of time with the game unfortunately, but we did get a good look at the roster. The game has nearly double the amount of characters from the first game. This includes characters like Mina Ashido, Fat Gum, Mr. Compress, and Overhaul. Some characters are still to be revealed, so stay tuned. Overall, the game feels a lot like the first one, merely adding additional characters and updating the story. Even then, it’s still pretty fun to play, even if it’s not a deep fighting experience compared to something like Tekken 7.

Fans of My Hero Academia won’t have to wait too much longer. My Hero One’s Justice 2 will release on March 13th, 2020. The game will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Preordering will give players Nomu as a playable character as well as early unlocks for Izuku Midoriya Full Cowling 100% and Kai Chisaki Version 2. Are you looking forward to the new characters? Let us know in the comments below!

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