Top 10 Overlooked Characters for Injustice 2

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Injustice 2 is on the way and there is no end to the DC characters that people would love to see make the roster.  There are obvious picks like Static, Darkseid, and Black Canary, but there’s also plenty of lesser-known heroes and villains that could bring a lot to a fighting game.

This list is dedicated to the more fringe characters of the DC universe that still deserve a shot at the roster.

10. The Question

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I’m sure you know about Rorschach from Watchmen, but you may not know that he is essentially the understudy of the Question.  After DC acquired the rights to Charlton Comics, Alan Moore wanted to use their characters in Watchmen, but ended up creating his own unique cast with Rorschach taking the place of Question.  A hard-boiled, noir-inspired detective along the same lines of the Shadow and, of course, Batman, Question has also had occasional stints as a hilariously nutty conspiracy theorist.  The one major problem is that, despite looking like Slenderman in a fedora, Question doesn’t have any powers or even many gadgets and would have to rely on good ol’ fashion fisticuffs for his moveset.  Still, he would certainly be a welcomed addition to the roster regardless of what he actually brings to the table.

9. Tawky Tawny

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Remember Hobbs?  Well, imagine if he had magical powers, dressed like James Bond, and was BFF’s with Captain Marvel.  That, in a nutshell, is Tawky Tawny.  A long-time ally of the Marvel Family, Tawny has all the strength you’d expect from a bipedal tiger as well as having the ability to transform into a sabertooth form that’s even stronger and faster.  He’d be a perfect fit for a tooth-and-nail rushdown character similar to MvC Wolverine or Street Fighter‘s Necalli.

8. Platinum

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The Metal Men are probably the silveriest of Silver Age super hero teams (despite not having a member actually named Silver).  They are literally a group of sentient metals with powers and personalities based on the primary metals they’re composed of.  Having any of them in Injustice 2 would be hilarious, but I’m going to go with the first member of the Metal Men and, ironically, the only female member (at least until Copper joined), Platinum.  Her abilities to shape-shift and conduct heat and electricity have endless possibilities for an interesting and varied moveset.  And now to make some painful, metal-based pun to close out this segment… I got nothing.

7. King Shark

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He is a shark that walks like a man.  I should not need to justify this.

6. Mr. Terrific

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Mr. Terrific just seems like he was made to be a zoning character in Injustice.  The third-smartest man in the DC universe, Terrific uses his robotic T-Spheres to fire off electricity, create laser grids, project holograms, and even just slam into people.  He actually did appear in the first Injustice as a background character for the Watchtower stage, so we know Netherrealm has the character on their minds.  Here’s hoping he can make like Martian Manhunter and step into the foreground.

5. Karu-Sil

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Introducing more Lantern Corp characters is a little tricky as they all essentially have the same power set.  However, it’s the personalities of the Lanterns and what they prefer to create with their hard-light powers that ultimately sets them apart and few have as distinctive a selection for their creations than Sinestro Corps member Karu-Sil.  Orphaned at a young age and raised by wild beasts, she swore revenge against the Green Lanterns when one of their members killed her adopted family in a misunderstanding.  She tore off her own lips and sharpened her teeth to more resemble her foster family (remind you of anyone?) and uses her powers as a Sinestro Corps Lantern almost exclusively to create constructs resembling her late loved ones.  If she can’t make for a good Injustice character, I don’t know what does.

4. Vixen

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There are plenty of heroes that have the power of being a one-man zoo, but making most of them actually work could tricky.  Beast Boy is easily the most recognizable, but working in enough transformations to make him actually play like Beast Boy might be too taxing on the hardware.  Animal Man doesn’t need to shapeshift, but he does need an actual animal nearby to draw on its powers.  They could just brush over that plot-hole, but, all things considered, I’d rather have Vixen on the roster.  With the Tantu Totem, she can mimic the abilities of all the animals she knows of.  The strength of an elephant, the speed of a cheetah, the acrobatics of a spider, etc.  Maybe I am being too pedantic in my reasons for wanting her over her more famous colleagues, but she definitely deserves some consideration.

3. August General in Iron

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Originally trained as a member of an elite Chinese spec ops unit specializing in fighting space aliens (comics are great), the August General in Iron is now the field leader of Chinese super hero team Great Ten.  What appears to be a suit of armor is actually a durable exoskeleton he developed after being put through live-saving experiments.  While the Great Ten and the Justice League of America haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, August General was a major player in the New 52’s Justice League International.  A highly decorated soldier with an energy staff that can cut steel, he would be a great pick for Injustice 2.

2. Mera

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We already know that Aquaman is coming back, but having his wife on the roster would be even better.  Along with having the same super-strength of her husband, Mera also has the ability to manipulate water to her will, which can easily form a diverse and unique moveset.  Fun fact: she was also a Red Lantern at one point.  It wasn’t for a long enough time for it to factor into how she’d fight, but it would at least make for a good alternate costume.

1. Booster Gold

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Booster Gold: Protecting his past to ensure your future!  Time-traveller Michael Jon Carter had an interesting journey from the 25th century to the present day.  You might expect him to have travelled back in time to prevent the apocalypse or solve some caper that spans ages or something massive like that, but it was actually because his football career fell apart.  Booster Gold is just some joe-schmoe who grabbed a bunch of everyday devices from his own time and traveled to the golden age of the Justice League assuming that his futuristic tech alone would instantly put him on par with the like of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.  It didn’t really work that well.

Imagine if a big Sherlock Holmes fan grabbed a Mac book and an Uzi, walked through a portal in time to 1880s London, and tried to catch Jack the Ripper only for Scotland Yard to already be one step ahead the whole way.  That’s Booster Gold in a nutshell and he is hilarious.  While he’s usually treated as a poser and hanger-on by his associates, Booster Gold truly is a hero at heart and has his fair share of serious accomplishments under his belt.  Between his witty dialogue and admittedly impressive array of gadgets, he’s an easy pick for my top spot in Injustice 2.

Those are my picks, now let’s hear yours.  There’s no end to the utterly insane characters that comics come up with, so I’m sure you’ve got your fair share of underappreciated heroes and villains that would still make for great fighters.  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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.

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.