First Injustice 2 Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Netherrealm Studio had the first gameplay reveal for their upcoming DC Comics-based fighting game, Injustice 2, during the Pro League Season 3 Finals for Mortal Kombat X and revealed a good deal of information.  Three new characters have been confirmed for the playable roster, including Supergirl, Red Lantern Atrocitus (pictured above), and Gorilla Grodd.  They’ll be joining returning characters Superman, Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman.  Aquaman’s archnemesis Black Manta can also be spotted in the trailer, but it’s unclear if he will be playable or if he simply appears as a part of a stage-transition effect.  Speaking of which, stage-transitions have been confirmed to make a return from the first Injustice.  One new feature is the personal intros for fights taken from Mortal Kombat X.  At the start of each match, the two fighters with have short conversations unique to each other.

The trailer ends with quick glimpses of the cast with varied appearances.  This aren’t alternate costumes, but part of an RPG customization system that will be the biggest change for Injustice 2.  How exactly this customization will effect gameplay is currently unknown, but it is something worth taking concern with.  Street Fighter X Tekken featured a customization system of its own and it quickly killed the game’s community.  There were certain builds for characters that ere definitively better than others and balancing for the game was a nightmare.

However, Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS also had character customization and fared much better by taking a very reserved approach and kept customization relegated to being a bonus option rather than pushed as the way the game was meant to be played.  The downside there is that many players neglected the customization and the complex system mostly went unused.  Whether or not Injustice 2 will be able to avoid these same drawbacks remains to be seen, but fans should be cautious that this could be the title’s downfall.

Finally, there have been potential hints dropped at characters that may be joining the roster.  The Pro League tournament featured an official t-shirt for Injustice 2 that features various character logos.  Two of the logos along the right suggest that Harley Quinn and Green Lantern are returning, while the two along the bottom hint at Dr. Fate and Capt. Cold joining the cast.  Lead designer Ed Boon has also been posting various hints on his Twitter feed, including a poll featuring the afoementioned Capt. Cold, Blue Beetle, and Swamp Thing.

Blue Beetle, Swamp Thing, and Dr. Fate also featured on a poll held by Boon years ago that ultimately led to Zatanna being added to the first Injustice as a DLC character, so it would make sense if they were to appear in the sequel.  That poll also featured Static, who placed second, Red Hood (the second Robin), who placed third, and Power Girl, who may miss her chance given her similarities to the already-confirmed Supergirl.

We’ll be getting even more info on Injustice 2 very soon when it appears at E3.  What are your thoughts on how the game is shaping up so far?  How do you hope the customization will work?  Which heroes or villains do you want to see join the roster?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Top 5 Games That Will Make 2016 Sublime

A new year brings a new set of hotly anticipated games to look forward to. 2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting one with Sony and Microsoft continuing their fight for dominance as they pursuit to outdo one another. This along side Nintendo who will start to lift the lid on their latest console; The mysterious NX. All this with a heap of third-party and indie titles plus VR finally becoming a reality. So I think its fair to say its going to be one hell of a year.

Below I have brought together the five games I am most excited about for various reasons which I will go into. All you need to know is I realise there are many more games than whats on show however it’s impossible to talk about them all. The games need to at least look likely to release this year so sorry Last Guardian. Lastly its my own opinion so if you disagree that’s fine. Enjoy

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Playstation 4)

Is this the end for Nathan Drake? Everyone’s favorite treasure hunter is coming out of retirement for one last adventure and oh boy does it look good. Destined to be the largest project undertaken by the much respected Naughty Dog, The winner of 25 E3 awards is easily Sony’s biggest release of the year. Can it match its predecessors though? Most importantly how will Nathan Drake’s story end? All I know is tears will flow.

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Cuphead (Xbox One)

This is the reason I play video games. Every once in a while something brilliant is shown from absolutely nowhere. Two Canadian brothers part of Studio MDHR have come together to make a platformer in the style of a 1930’s cartoon. Straight from announcement Cuphead stood out. It’s beautiful, It’s interesting, It’s new. What this industry demands more for is freshness and that is exactly what Cuphead is. Last year proved that indies can compete with triple A games, Cuphead looks to continue this trend.  A must for any Xbox One owners.

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Telltale Games: Batman (PC/MAC)

Now that Rocksteady have completed their take on the Dark Knight, Telltale are taking over the mantle to give their own take. Recently announced but promised for this year Telltale storytelling mechanic is one that may be wearing for some yet throw Batman in the mix and people perk up. Are we going to see more time spent with Bruce Wayne and detective work becoming a key part? Unlike Rocksteady’s version of the Bat it is more likely you will have to use your brains over brawn.

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Legend of Zelda Wii U (Nintendo Wii U)

Will we finally get a real open world experience set in the majestic world of Hyrule? With Nintendo in a period of transition, there’s reason for concern that their hottest property will enter a ‘Twilight Princess’ state being released on both the Wii U and NX. Whatever the outcome the newest Zelda looks to marvel surely set to take the gaming world by storm. That is if we can trust early footage.

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No Man’s Sky (Playstation 4)

Imagine having the opportunity to explore the entirety of the universe, well that’s what studio Hello Games are promising. Understandable if currently you are a bit pessimistic,  nevertheless if this is executed right it could become one of the greatest exploration video games ever. No pressure.

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So there you have five sublime games to look forward to this year. What video games are you most looking forward to? Leave us a comment below to tell us why.

Infinite Crisis Shutting Down in August

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Infinite Crisis, the DC Comics-inspired MOBA that launched in March of this year, has already announced on its official website that it will be closing up shop.  On August 14th, the game will be completely shut down and rendered unplayable.  The servers will stay up in the meantime, but there will not be any further development on the game.  This likely means that the indevelopment character, Solomon Grundy, will never reach a playable state.  Anyone who purchased the Starter or Elite pack for the game on Steam will have their money refunded.

It’s sad to see the game die out this early, but it’s not entirely surprising.  Like MMOs, MOBAs demand a great deal of dedication from their players and a large part of the game’s value comes from having a large community to play with.  As such, there’s only so much room for games in the genre and only the most stand-out titles will last.  This isn’t the first title to be pressured out of the genre as the once promising Dawngate was shut down while still in open beta.  Are you upset to see this superhero battle arena go?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Lego Dimensions Announced

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It seems like everyone is getting in on the market of toy-video game hybrids with Warner Bros. and Traveller’s Tales having announced Lego Dimensions.  In the same vein as Skylanders and Disney Infinity, Lego Dimensions will be based around collecting compatible figures to unlock ingame characters and content.  The twist here is that all of the figures, vehicles, and even most of the scanning base are made of fully constructable and deconstructable Lego bricks.  It also won’t be restricted to specifically Lego brands like Ninjago and The Lego Movie, as various Warner Bros. franchises are getting into the mix.  So far, DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, and Back to the Future have been officially announced as a part of the game along with the previously mentioned Lego brands.  Don’t expect just any series to have appeared in Lego form to make an appearance, such as Marvel and Star Wars as they are already preoccupied with Disney Infinity, but Warner Bros. does promise that many more worlds will be introduced into the game in the future.  The safest bet is that Harry Potter will be introduced into the game before long as the films were produced by Warner Bros., but anything beyond that is anyone’s guess.

Unfortunately, it looks like those Lego figures weren’t cheap to manufacture as the Lego Dimensions sets will be more expensive than any other of its kind.  The starter set alone, which includes Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie, Batman, Gandalf, a mini-Batmobile, the scanning base, and the game itself, will cost $99.99.  That’s a steep contrast to the $74.99 launch price of Disney Infinity 2.0 and the $64.99 of Skylanders: Trap Team.  Level Packs, such as the Back to the Future pack that includes Marty McFly, two vehicles, and a campaign, will cost $29.99 each, Team Packs containing two figures and two vehicles will cost $24.99, and the Fun Packs containing just one figure and vehicle will cost $14.99.

Lego Dimensions will be released for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U.  You can check out the debut trailer (starring a very disinterested Joel McHale) here.  Are you interested in checking out this Lego-based crossover game or are you burned out by collectibles at this point?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

New Batman Arkham Knight Gameplay

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We are all looking forward to Rocksteady’s newest entry into the Arkham franchise, and we just got a look into the gameplay of Arkham Knight thanks to Sony. During the Playstation Press Conference a new trailer walked through how traversal through the air and on the ground will work in it. The flight by cape looked exactly like it did in past Arkham games, with diving building Batman’s momentum allowing him to swoop back upward. The Batmobile took the biggest spotlight in the trailer, meeting Batman in the streets and transforming into a floating tank at one point. Over all the gameplay looked smooth and cinematic, capturing what’s best about the franchise.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Gameplay Revealed

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The gameplay reveal for Batman: Arkham Knight has been making it’s rounds on the internet today, and I’ll be darned if it doesn’t look appealing. Rocksteady claims that this trailer is purely in-game graphics, and if this is the case, we’re in for quite the treat.

“Scarecrow returns to Gotham City with a scheme to unite the Rogues Gallery and destroy the Batman once and for all. As the citizens of Gotham flee and criminal gangs take control of the city, Batman evens the odds taking to the streets in the legendary Batmobile to ignite the fight that will decide the future of the city that he is sworn to protect.”

I must admit that despite how gorgeous this game looks, and the obvious improvements (Batmobile anyone?) it offers, I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed that the main villain seems to be Scarecrow.  I am a big Bats fan, but I’ve never been the biggest supporter of Scarecrow. I think there are better villains that could be used, but maybe Rocksteady can convince me otherwise.

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Batman Arkham Knight Trailer Delivers

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The latest release of a cinematic preview for the upcoming installment of the Batman game franchise shows exactly what a next generation system is capable of.

In the stirring, realistic visuals, Bruce Wayne suits up to narration read by his father. Besides having one scary look suit of bat shaped armor, the game also reveals something long left out of the Arkham series, the Batmobile.

It’s mean looking, fast and eats through parked cars, gun-fire and explosions. Scale would never allowed the necessity of such a tool in previous titles and Bat-fans have had to turn to the Lego games if they wanted behind the wheel of anything made by Waynetech.

The game is being released solely for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The graphics are refined and fluid. New and old players of the series will be impressed.

Almost more exciting is the return of Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman. Conroy is the same actor who lent his talents to the now iconic 1990’s Batman The Animated Series. For many, myself included, there is no other who more accurately captures the sound of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego.

The latest game takes the Caped Crusader out of the prisons he’d prowled before and out into the streets of Gotham. The game world will be so large that it makes better more wide-reaching transportation a necessity.