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.

Gameplay Revealed for Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack 2

All the major details have been released regarding the second DLC pack for Mortal Kombat X with a new gameplay trailer showing off the four upcoming characters.  First up is Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series of films who naturally wields his chainsaw into battle.  His chainsaw swings in wide arcs and can dig into the opponent and even manages to defy gravity for his X-ray attack.  However, his moveset isn’t built exclusively around this one weapon.  Some attacks will have him holster the saw on his back in favor of switching to old-fashioned fisticuffs.  He also carries a hammer for additional close-combat brutality.  How his three variants will differ from each other is still a complete mystery other than perhaps having certain versions focusing more or less on using the chainsaw.

Next up is Triborg who is an amalgam of the classic cyborg characters Sektor, Cyrax, and Cyber Smoke.  The three characters are used as Triborg’s variants, but the game makes it clear that Triborg himself is all three of them combined into one rather than just being a placeholder for the others.  All three appear in Triborg’s entrance animation and the two unused cyborgs will assist with one of his fatalities.  While Sektor and Cyrax appeared in the previous MK game, they’ve both picked up a few new tricks for their return in MKX.  Sektor now has a chest-based flamethrower that he can easily chain into, while Cyrax has some new buzzsaw techniques and upward-arching grenades .  Cyber Smoke is the only classic cyborg who didn’t make the roster in MK9, only appearing in his human form, and has plenty to offer with his long-awaited return.  Cyber Smoke can teleport to catch his opponent off-guard and can pull the enemy in close with several short-range cables.  Although he’s based on returning characters, Triborg is certainly a lot more than just a pile of recycled concepts.

Bo’ Rai Cho also makes a return to the MK series since his last appearance in 2006’s Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.  He is the drunken master who trained series mainstay Liu Kang and wields some of the most disgusting techniques in the series.  His most vulgar techniques include projectile vomiting and letting one rip right in his opponent’s face.  He will have one variant more focused on fighting with his staff for those looking for a more dignified take on the character.

Finally, there’s the titular xenomorph alien from the Alien film franchise.  In MKX, the alien is hybridized with the DNA of a Tarkatan demon (think Baraka) and wields the iconic arm-blades of the creatures.  While this alien is more humanoid in shape than most xenomorphs, it will use plenty of savage attacks and focus on close-range slashing.  It seems that its variants will have one focused on using the Tarkatan blades, one focused more on its spear-like tail, and even one based on the alien queen that can place face-hugger eggs on the ground and call in a second xeno for assists.

That’s not all, as anyone who didn’t receive the playable character Goro through preordering will have him included in Kombat Pack 2.  The classic stage, The Pit, will also be added to MKX complete with Blaze fighting in the background.  The Pit stage isn’t currently listed as one of the items included in Kombat Pack 2, so this may be added through a free update.  What will be included in the pack will be three new sets of skins.  This includes the Kold War Pack, including Kold War Scorpion, the Brazil Skin Pack, and the Apocalypse Pack.

Release date and pricing for Kombat Pack 2 haven’t been announced, but the first pack went for $30 and the second will likely share that price.  You can check out the gameplay trailer here, but be warned that it contains its fair share of MK gruesomeness.  Will you be picking up Kombat Pack 2?  Which upcoming combatant are you most looking forward to?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Mortal Kombat X Players Unable to Redeem Gold Scorpion Costume

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Mortal Kombat X, the highly anticipated new installment in the long-running series of bloody fighting games, has released and, unfortunately, is having its fair share of launch issues across each version.  One common problem that players have been reporting on both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of the game is an inability to redeem codes for the Gold Scorpion skin available exclusively in the Kollector’s Edition.

Apparently, several players have tried to enter their codes for the skin only to be told that their codes have already been used despite getting the codes directly from the box.  The skin is based on a figurine designed by Coarse (pictured above) and reminiscent of Batman: The Animated Series.

Given that the Kollector’s Edition costs either $150 or $180 for the version that includes the figure itself, it’s more than understandable that players would be upset about this.  Have you run into any issues with the new game?  Leave a comment below and let us know.

Mortal Kombat X Will Let Players Try Out DLC They Don’t Own

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Ed Boon, the lead designer of Mortal Kombat X, made a very exciting announcement for the game on his Twitter account today.  The game will feature a section in the Challenge Tower called Premiere Towers that will let you play as DLC characters even if you don’t own them.

You’ll still need to purchase the characters to play as them anywhere outside of these specific towers, but this will allow everyone to take these characters out for a test run.  This is phenomenal as it will allow players to try out characters and know exactly which ones are worth purchasing for themselves.

It’s one thing to read up on a characters moves, watch them on streams, and fight against them online, and it’s another to have them in your own hands and play as them.  Giving players these special challenges will let them experiment with DLC characters before purchasing them and see whether or not they’re someone they’ll enjoy playing with.

Be sure to let us know what you think of the Premiere Towers in the comments below.