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
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
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.
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
He is a shark that walks like a man. I should not need to justify this.
6. Mr. Terrific
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
This generation of consoles seems to be all about the remasters. Every week you go to your favourite gaming blog and find that yet another game has been remastered for release on the new consoles. It is the biggest trend in gaming right now and it seems like it will not slow until every last title can be scraped from the bottom of the barrel.
Not all remasters or remakes are bad. On the contrary, many are excellent and the very idea of a remaster means that potential fans get to try something they would’ve otherwise missed. Furthermore, those who really adored the game(s) can trek back into the world once more with a nice coat of paint and occasionally some new features.
All of this remake talk we see made me ponder what I’d personally love to see remade or remastered. After much thought and a ton of procrastination, this is what I came up with.
VII – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
When Wind Waker was announced to be remastered for the Wii-U, many people wondered if we’d receive Twilight Princess at a later date. Twilight Princess was an incredible Zelda experience chock full of memorable moments, locales, and dungeons to explore. If any Zelda game deserves a remaster it is Twilight Princess.
What is surprising about the game is that despite not having vibrant, cartoony cel-shaded art like Wind Waker, it still manages to hold up as an astoundingly beautiful game. Varied environments, lovely and dark characters, and a slew of bizarre enemies to duel means that you’re missing out on seeing the game at it’s maximum potential.
Come on Nintendo. Your console is starving for games, and it’d be a great way to build hype for the next true Zelda game.
VI – Jade Empire
It is very disheartening to know that many people are unaware that Bioware crafted such a beautiful and memorable experience on the original Xbox. Jade Empire had all the elements that make up a Bioware RPG. Great characters, terrific dialogue with freedom of choice, a morality system, interesting combat, an engaging and well-realised world to explore with many quests to embark on.
It would be truly wonderful to see this fantastic gem re-released and enhanced for those of you who missed out.
V – Final Fantasy XII
When Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X got remastered, all I did was scream to my friends about how one of my favourite RPGs, Final Fantasy XII, should come next.
With the north american release not receiving the Zodiac job system or the extra bosses, it would be a nice way for Square-Enix to give back to the fans that have supported the series for years. I loved the extra content in the Kingdom Hearts releases, and the new bosses in Final Fantasy X were great for someone who always wanted to give them a try.
You can do it with one of your most underrated titles Square. Please.
IV – Pikmin
With the Pikmin games being expensive and rare, it is probably no surprise that people missed them when they first came out. They were bizarre little games that many probably ignored, and that is very sad as they are uniquely engaging games that deserve to see the light of day once more.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a collection of all three Pikmin games on the Wii U, each utilizing the Gamepad like Pikmin 3 did? Maybe a nice art-book and a limited Captain Olimar Amiibo that functioned with not only the third game, but the first two as well.
There are a lot of possibilities for this series to once again come into the limelight, and I’m not against any of these ideas.
III – Operation Rainfall
The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower. What do all three of these games have in common? They’re annoyingly difficult to find, they’ve had a price hike which makes them a difficult purchase, and they’re not on the Wii U.
Each of these games alone were worth all the work the fans put into Operation Rainfall, and each game deserves some polishing and a re-release for those that inevitably missed them the first time.
With Xenoblade Chronicles X coming out soon and many fans craving traditional JRPGs. now is a great time Nintendo!
II – Persona
Persona 5 is coming. You’re excited, I’m excited, we’re all excited. What isn’t coming and what never came was Persona 4 Golden on the PS3 or PS4. Why is this Atlus? Why only the Vita?
Regardless of the answer, I will forever dream of seeing the entire Persona series on a single Blu-ray disc with a shiny metal case and some nice goodies that reference the game à la Catherine’s ‘Love Is Over’ collector’s set.
I – .Hack
If you go to Ebay or Amazon and type in ‘.Hack’ you’re likely to see a game with a funky name that is priced at approximately 150-300 dollars. This is because .Hack is an extremely rare series and each game, while varied in price, got hiked to an almost unbelievable degree.
These games gave me endless hours of pure enjoyment with their wonderful recreation of an MMO, their gorgeous soundtracks, their interesting characters, their unique and surprise-laden story.
It’s really upsetting because the only way you’ll ever play these games is if you drop that kind of money, know a person who owns them, or do something illegal to obtain them. It’s sad because although flawed, they are terrific games that should not sit on only a few shelves.
More than anything on this list, I’d love to see all seven games in the series put onto a singular disc, soundtracks included. The goodies could be anything from Chim-Chim plushies to a Statue of Haseo. Regardless of what, this would be an amazing collection for the fans that want it and the people who missed out.
Isn’t that what Remasters are about at their core?
Nothing makes a game more enthralling than a blessing of a character stealing the spotlight. A game could have mesmerizing visuals, flawless gameplay but without a the appearance of a captivating character a game will never truly get the attention it aspires to have. Over the years, developers have presented us with countless fictitious wonders which leaves us wondering, which are the greatest. Well, here I will try to narrow down that mass of heroes, heroines and villains into a top 10.
10. Spyro The Dragon – Spyro Series (Insomniac Games, Vicarious Visions, Traveller’s Tales etc.)
”Yeah, whatever. You’re not so much of a challenge, I’m sure I can do it again.” – A Hero’s Tail (2004)
Spyro has been a long-loved video game character. Over a number of series there has been significant changes to his personality, none of which causing him to be any less of a lovable character. Spyro initially adopted a more cocky and hard-headed personality, winning players over with his witty and sarcastic sense of humour. However, in the reboot that took to the screens in 2006 , Spyro being portrayed as an orphan revealed a more sensitive side to his character, all the while still possessing his fine sense of humour. All of this made this purple dragon that much more of a great character.
Spyro’s relationship with Sparx, his dragonfly companion has always been a significant factor to the series, even more so in The Legend of Spyro in which the two become brothers upon Spyro’s adoption. The witty relationship between the pair evolved into a more brotherly one in The Legend of Spyro series, making the previous banter between the pair become more like bickering between siblings. This reflects exceptionally well on Spyro, making him appear more down to earth and allowing the players with annoying siblings to at least empathise in some respect – as far as relating to purple dragons go. The Legend of Spyro series really placed considerable focus on Spyro’s relationship with other characters aside from his dragonfly buddy and in doing so, Spyro has won over audiences further by taunting their heart strings.
Spyro has been a diverse character over generations. Whether you’re enjoying his endearing sense of humour in his more retro installments or brimming with sympathy as you play The Legend of Spyro series, the simple fact remains that this 4-legged bundle of joy will never cease to put at least a smirk on the players face and that is why he slots so easily into this top 10.
9. Sly Cooper – Sly Cooper Series (Suckerpunch Productions, Sanzaru Games)
”The name’s Sly. Sly Cooper. And I’m a thief, from a whole line of thieves. In fact, thieving is the family business, and business was good.” – Thieves In Time (2013)
Sly Cooper is what can only be described as the better of two evils throughout this series of games. Technically speaking, Sly is a bad guy, a thief, stealing an array of expensive goodies to profit himself and his gang. However, within the series, his initially selfish intentions always turn to defeating competing thieves with more sinister intentions and in becoming an unlikely – and unintentional hero, Sly manages to attain the love of players and also sneak his way into this top 10.
Straight off the mark players are enlightened as to Sly’s sad past of having his also thieving parents murdered and becoming orphaned as a result. This imposes a fundamental line of sympathy which proceeds to make every crime Sly commits acceptable to the player. Further love for this character is then derived from his loyalty to his two orphaned buddies, Bentley (a brainy tortoise) and Murray (a brawny, pink hippo). The trio began their thieving fellowship at the orphanage in which they all met. From then they had considered themselves family and Sly protects them like they are so. Sly has a killer sense of humour. This usually becomes more prominent to his personality when he is trying his luck with opposing cop Carmelita fox. Despite the obivous attraction between the two, Sly gets a kick out of tormenting her and well just generally making her work-driven lifestyle difficult to say the least. It really shines light on Sly’s winsome and charming personality.
Sly Cooper is a fine example of great development. He is sly as his name states, funny, loyal and truly captivating as a lead character, so much so that we forget in some respects he is actually the bad guy.
8. Vass – Far Cry Series (Ubisoft Montreal)
”Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is?” – Far Cry 3 (2012)
This savage nutter of a villain would be out of place if not in this top 10. Vaas Montenegro dominates the tropical setting (Rook Islands) of Far Cry 3 with his pirate troops. He is a mindless lunatic who doesn’t show the slightest bit of remorse for getting blood on his hands.
Within the first few minutes of gameplay, Vaas brutally murders the brother of protagonist, Jason Brody and in doing so sets the tone for the game, quite gruesomely displaying how barbaric this pirate lord truly is. This lack of guilt or regret for such evil acts makes Vaas a genuinely frightening villain as the reality is he will stop at nothing to get what he wants and as Far Cry 3’s proceedings play out, this becomes increasingly evident. Far Cry’s 3’s setting also contributes in a way which is not immediately noticeable. The Rook Islands are unpredictable and overwhelmed with danger and it really acts as a representation of Vaas’s personality. All in all the player will learn that despite the initial beauty of the vibrant tropical island, that they shouldn’t underestimate it, nor Vaas’s villainy.
Vaas is such a well developed character on Ubisoft’s part. Players will find themselves completely hooked on his sheer nastiness and no matter how many innocent people he slaughters, or shockingly horrid offences he commands, the player will remain just as disturbed each time.
7. Dr Nefarious – Ratchet And Clank Series (Insomniac Games)
”When I’m finished killing you, I think I’ll rewind time so I can do it again, and again, and again!” – Ratchet And Clank: A Crack In Time (2009)
Dr. Nefarious is the most renowned antagonist of the Ratchet And Clank series, he is power-hungry, dastardly and well, pretty comical. Nefarious’s intentions to rid the galaxy of organic life, leaving it to all robots always fall light-years short and leave him looking like a right royal nincompoop.
Dr. Nefarious isn’t a great character because of his evil acts, he is so because he’s absolutely hilarious. On top of all the drastic failure to his poorly planned atrocities, he has nasty habit of freezing and playing particular parts from his favourite films (Holovids). On many occasions he will lock up mid-scream, laugh or sentence and recite ”Oh, Janice”. Furthermore, Nefarious’s right hand man Lawrence is a complete moron and Nefarious rarely tolerates it. The witty master-slave insults are so well written and it truly makes Dr. Nefarious a great character to watch. He is just a lovable moron and the player will almost feel sorry for him despite his evilness.
Dr. Nefarious is a terrible villain. He can’t pull off anything remotely evil but it doesn’t deprive him of of place in this top 10.
6. GLaDOS- Portal Series (Valve Corporation)
”Here we are. The Incinerator Room. Be careful not to trip over any parts of me that didn’t get completely burned when you threw them down here.” – Portal 2 (2011)
GLaDOS is a great robotic video game character with a wickedly sinister sense of humour. She is one of the reasons the Portal series is so thoroughly indulgent.
Portal is driven by what can only be described as a very dark yet humorous story line, this is relfected on GLaDOS’s personality considering she spends the series more or less torturing Chell, the protagonist. As GLaDOS tests, Chell throughout the game within the puzzling chambers it is evident that her sick sense of humour has no boundaries. Within the second installment to the series she pretends to reunite Chell with her family, finding her own misleading lie hilarious. Although funny, her menacing behavior can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. Her ability to generate such feelings with ease is what makes her such a great character. Throughout GLaDOS’s endeavors, it is apparent she is a bit of a nut job and can at times be very scary. Her evil is seemingly unconfined to any boundaries and she has no trace of humanity. Her bad ways have no limits and it is very effective in making her a character to be feared.
Artificial intelligence can be frightening in respect to it possesses most human capabilities, lacking only the key element of emotion and empathy. GLaDOS is an ample example of this and you’ll be grateful it is you being tested as opposed to testing her and her patience.
5. Ratchet – Ratchet And Clank Series (Insomniac Games)
“So, you need me to go on a dangerous mission in another galaxy?” – Ratchet And Clank 2 (2003)
This furry cutie pie without a doubt earns his way into this top 10. Since 2002, this loyal Lombax has been stealing our hearts with his courage, sass and his truly touching friendship with his metal companion, Clank. Initially Ratchet didn’t have much of a back-story, he was simply a galactic citizen eager for a little action and adventure. However, as gaming generations progressed, Insomniac Games began to provide more insight into Ratchet’s origins, mainly in The Future Ratchet And Clank installments. This made Ratchet all the more lovable as it brought his headstrong persona back down to earth and pretty much gave him feelings. He was no longer just reckless, resilient and determined to get the bad guys, he had a purpose, something to fight for.
Ratchet’s relationship with Clank is incredibly significant to what makes him such a lovable protagonist. Not only is the back and forth banter between the pair thoroughly amusing, but the two were truly developed to bounce off of one another, compliment one another and ultimately it puts Ratchet in such a heart-warming light. He is portrayed as such a loyal and protective friend and it makes him such an endearing character that is impossible not to adore. Ratchet simply grows on you.
Heroes don’t have to be overwhelmingly muscular or almost superhuman, they can win us over in any shape, size or form and Ratchet is a fine display of just that.
4. Lightning Farron – Final Fantasy Series (Square Enix)
”You became a l’Cie, so now you’re gonna marry this idiot? And you think I’m gonna buy that. Full points for originality. But, don’t forget. If you really are a l’Cie, it’s my job to deal with you.” – Final Fantasy XIII (2009)
Lightning is a very complex character and she makes the top 10 on account of it. Initially, Lightning appears to be the hardy type and due to a rough childhood and having to raise her sister by herself, she has every reason to be so. However, the beauty in Lightning isn’t just her striking appearance but the fact she is so much more than just a hard-nut and when Final Fantasy’s proceedings pick apart that tough exterior, inside hides a young girl mourning the loss of her parents, just wanting to be loved.
A key element to Lightning’s character is her relationship with her sister, Serah. Due to the death of their parents, Lightning took it upon herself to raise Serah from a young age, a burden no one would wish upon a child so young. This being the case, Lightning often forgets she is her sister and more or less mothers her. This does subsequently affect their relationship a lot of the time, for instance when Snow (another playable character within Final Fantasy) proposes to Serah who agrees, Lightning treats the situation as mother would by forbidding it and deeming it preposterous whereas a sister would be more excited and encourage the relationship between the pair. Lightning is incredibly over protective and it makes her such a lovable character not only because she’d do anything for her little sister but also because the player will grow to pity her on account of the childhood she has missed.
Lightning’s sturdy and emotionless facade deteriorates as the game progresses and the player will grow to love Lightning increasingly as her more sentimental side is revealed.
3. Elizabeth Comstock – Bioshock series (2K Games)
”Time… time rots everything; even hope.” – Bioshock Infinite (2013)
Elizabeth Comstock, one of the leading roles in Bioshock Infinite is a character that will win over players within moments of meeting her. She possesses innocence, power and the player will no doubt be incredibly sympathetic for this very confused young girl.
Elizabeth has spent the entirety of her days confined to a tower, learning only of humanity and civilisation through a means of books. When Booker (protagonist also known as the False Shepard) finally rescues Elizabeth from her solitude in order to wipe away his debt, Elizabeth is introduced to the world for real. Her shock as she’s people dancing to music she hasn’t heard before, citizens of Columbia conversing with one another and the apparent beauty of the world in which she lives, it all contributes into putting into perspective her innocence and how she truly knows so little of the world. Elizabeth is vulnerable and depends on Booker, the player will no doubt grow protective over her and love her character accordingly. In the downloadable content for Bioshock Infinite (Burial At Sea) in which the protagonists revisit the setting of the previous installments to the series, Rapture, we see a different side to Elizabeth altogether. Over the duration of the proceedings of Bioshock Infinite, Elizabeth became stronger, more aware, however, in Burial at see she has developed even further becoming driven, confident and not nearly comparable to the fragile young lady that was rescued at the near beginning of Bioshock Infinite. She is still an amazing character nonetheless and the player will still strive to love her as they did before.
Elizabeth is a wonderful addition to Bioshock Infinite. She is so strong and confident yet oblivious and vulnerable all the same. She is a thoroughly lovely character not only throughout the game itself but also throughout it’s outstanding downloadable content.
2. Joel – The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog)
”I struggled for a long time with survivin’. And you- No matter what, you keep finding something to fight for. Now, I know that’s not what you want to hear right now, but it’s…” – The Last Of Us (2013)
Joel is one of the best male protagonists to date and the player will adore his every action and hand on his every word from the start right to the end of The Last Of Us.
Joel seizes admirers from the very start of the game in which his touching relationship with his daughter Sarah will tug ever so gently at the players heart strings. As events unfold, although at the expense of a few potential tears, Joel gets further admiration in his clutches which only continues to grow as the game plays out. Joel is a great character as it is exceptionally evident throughout that Joel is a gentle giant concealing a mass of emotion with a hard exterior he has had to develop. Joel will earn sympathy as the harshness of the post-apocalyptic setting takes it’s toll on him and even more so as he has to make some tough decisions. The Last Of Us is renowned for it’s focus on the relationship between the two main protagonists, the other being teenager, Ellie. Joel initially looks after Ellie for his own benefit, however as the game continues you watch him grow to care about Ellie and is this transition of feelings is no less than wonderful to witness.
Joel is a fantastically developed character. With Ellie complimenting his every part in the game he will no doubt become every players desired companion given the occurrence of an apocalypse.
1. Lara Croft – Tomb Raider Series (Square Enix)
”A famous explorer once said, that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are.” – Tomb Raider (2013)
This top spot is stolen by archaeological wonder, Miss Croft. Over a series consisting of over 10 games our world renowned Tomb Raider has secured a crazy fan base.
Lara Croft has transformed over the series from a sassy, invulnerable treasure hunter in the earlier installments to a young archaeologist attempting to put her name out there in the series reboot of 2013. Lara Croft is such an appealing character in her first installments due to her pure badassitude. Every guy wants to be with her and every girl would love to be her. She is simply incredibly awesome. In the reboot to the series we saw an exceedingly different side to Lara. Set before her prior encounters we saw how she came to be the tomb raiding legend she is to date. From start to near finish she is vulnerable and fragile, the absolute opposite from how we’ve learned to see her. Players then have the pleasure of watching her endure what few could, sculpting her slowly but surely into the hard-headed, driven archaeologist we know her as to date. Having to endure her suffering with her allows players to become emotionally intertwined with Lara. Tomb Raider defies every prejudice against female capabilities and in being so she is almost iconic for women. The reboot has made her character that much more believable and in being so players are captivated by her that bit more.
Tomb Raider possesses everything that is great about a character, she is strong, sassy and thanks to the new reboot she is realistic. Her journeys for ancient artifacts will be ones fans will engross in for time to come.