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Injustice 2 (XOne)

gamrFeed - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 03:20

DC's mightiest and, well, less mighty heroes and villains have come to blows once more in NetherRealm Studios' latest fighting title. This sequel to 2013's Injustice: Gods Among Us boasts an impressive 29 playable fighting characters, most of which are familiar fan favourites. There are of course some less well-known characters to help round the roster out, including the likes of Atrocitus and Captain Cold, but NetherRealm aren't scraping the barrel with Crazy Quilt or Matter-Eater Lad just yet.

In terms of the campaign, things pick up where the previous game left off. In short, Superman feels that the universe's villains need to be killed in order to finally be stopped, but Batman takes a different view. This disagreement causes a huge rift between the headliner heroes and their respective groups of friends. If you're not familiar with the background to this rift then there's no need to worry - Injustice 2 does a good job of bringing you up to speed with the events from the previous game, and includes some great nods to the comics that obviously inspire the story.

As with most NetherRealm offerings, the single player campaign is quite well fleshed out and takes quite a long time to work through. The large character roster is employed to good effect to keep the gameplay fresh throughout its 12 (technically 13) chapters, and there's even some potential replayability thanks to the fact that there are two different endings and character selection options within certain chapters. The cinematics are fun and the fights are always interesting, so although the story is as cheesy and predictable as they come, it's still a great ride.

What hit me almost instantly about Injustice 2 is the sheer amount of content it includes, even in single player. The game offers something called the 'Multiverse', which is similar to the towers in Mortal Kombat titles, whereby you battle against the AI but with the gameplay or requirements to successfully win a bout being modified ever hour, day, and week. The Multiverse is also where Injustice 2's equivalent to the arcade mode is tucked away, with each character having their own unique ending, adding even more time to your potential solo adventures.

Of course for many a fighting game is all about multiplayer and Injustice 2 delivers plenty of content on this front as well. Online includes genre staples like King of the Hill, standard Play Matches, and Ranked Matches. For those who like a bit of originality and novelty there's an AI battle mode, which allows you to set a team of 3 AI against another team of 3 AI. It's quirky and unusual but can be pretty fun. It also means that when you come back to the game you'll often find that someone has tried to attack your AI team and that you've won a small reward in the form of a 'Mother Box' (Injustice's version of a loot box).

The Mother Boxes open up a world of customisation options for your fighters and the loot you acquire from them gives you all manner of things from new skins to buffs and even new attacks called Abilities. In online matches you can mutually agree to have these turned off in order to preserve the base game's balance, but I think it would have made more sense to have enabled two types of ranked matches - one with customisation fully enabled and the other with cosmetic customisation only. 

Everything in the game is geared towards getting Mother Boxes, and while it can be rewarding to be given items as a reward, it often feels a little poorly implemented in this instance. For example, you can't open them all up instantly (so do not hoard them - trust me on this), or quickly at all for that matter, and so you can end up spending a good deal of time holding down the A button unlocking stuff that you can't even equip immediately anyway.

That all comes on top of the game's RPG-like elements. You level up alongside your fighters and each one of them levels up separately as well (certain gear you acquire can help in this respect, granting you bonus XP), unlocking improved stats and allowing you to equip high-level gear.

The fighting gameplay will obviously be familiar to both those who have played any of the more recent Mortal Kombat titles or the original Injustice. NetherRealm's staples like juggling, special moves, and of course super moves (or X-Ray, if you want) are all present, as is the meter burner that allows you to perform said super move or buff up a standard combo. There are no lazy recolours of pre-existing fighters, and even those that feel quite similar, such as Green Arrow being a bit like Mortal Kombat's Kung Jin, are actually played very differently.

In short, Injustice 2 is everything a Mortal Kombat game would offer, and everything a fighting game should be, making it a must-have for both DC and fighter fans alike, even if it does feel a little bit too familiar.

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Shinji Gets in the Damn Boat with Eva Fish Grip

Anime News Network - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:45
Where did you draw the line at ridiculous Evangelion merchandise? Was it the Tomato juice commercials? The Schick campaign where Gendo shed his beard?...
Categories: General Anime

Yuri!!! on Ice Lottery Brings Plush Skater Prizes

Anime News Network - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:45
This month's Minna no Kuji ("Lottery for Everybody"), a lottery that everyone can win, is bringing the boys of Yuri! on Ice into winners' hands. Starting...
Categories: General Anime

Square Enix, Taro Yoko's SINoALICE Smartphone Game Slated for June 6

Anime News Network - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
The official Twitter account for Square Enix's SINoALICE iOS and Android smartphone game announced on Tuesday that the game is slated to launch on June...
Categories: General Anime

Kaijū Club Live-Action Series Reveals Cast, New Visual

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:00
Kanata Hongou, Ryūsei Yokohama, Masato Yano, Ryo Kato, Shogo Yamaguchi, more star in June series
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Anime Ads Ask: Can Laundry Detergent Bring Romance?

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:45
Can the fluffy feeling of cotton and an alluringly clean scent foster a budding romance? Kao's Fragrance New Beads line of laundry detergents intends to...
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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Details Leaked

gamrFeed - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:53

A crossover between Ubisoft's Rabbids and Nintendo's Mario seems to be in the works, as artwork and details for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle have been leaked


According to the leak, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be unveiled at E3, and is scheduled to release for the Nintendo Switch this August.

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Raiden V Side-Shooter Game Listed for PlayStation 4

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:45
Online retailer Amazon is listing a PlayStation 4 game titled Raiden V: Director's Cut Limited Edition from UFO Interactive. According to the Amazon page,...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 21-27

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:06
Dimension W, Momokuri anime; Delicious in Dungeon, Descending Stories, Girls' Last Tour, The Royal Tutor manga; your name. novel ship
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Guns N’ Roses boost security for Ireland concert in wake of Manchester attacks

Metal Insider - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:01
Due to last night’s horrific terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester, leaving 22 dead, Guns N’ Roses have upped their security for their scheduled concert in Ireland this weekend. The sold-out event on Saturday (27) at the Slane Castle is expected to have 83,000 fans in attendance, marking the band’s first appearance […]
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Dress Up Your Drinks With an Extra Frilly Sailor Uniform

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:45
In 2015, concerned citizens everywhere found a solution to a nagging problem: bottle perspiration. Well, technically, condensation. It's not that there...
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Linked Horizon's New Attack on Titan CD Sells 25,273 in 1st Week

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:30
Also: Attack on Titan reports lower game sales
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WWE 2K18 Due To Be Released This Fall 2017

Just Push Start - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:23
As expected, 2K has announced that a new WWE video game will be released later this year. WWE 2K18 will be out sometime this Fall 2017 on multiple platforms. The official Twitter page posted: @2K announced as part of its earnings reports that #WWE2K18 is officially confirmed to release this fall. Judging by past releases, it’s more than likely this new game should be available sometime this October or November. 2K did not announce the specific platforms that will receive the game yet. I think it’s safe to assume the game will be out for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles. Usually a PC version is not out until a few months later. It remains to be seen if 2K will still support the aging PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles with this version. We also don’t know if a Switch version is being released yet too. Anyway, WWE 2K18 could have the biggest roster to date. This is thanks to the real-life WWE roster exploding over the last couple of years. Hopefully this game allows us to play as the likes of Kurt Angle and The Hardy Boyz.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington appears to have changed his tune on violence

Metal Insider - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:03
The last we heard from Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, he was pretty angry. In fact, he faced the possibility of losing O.G. Linkin Park fans forever after taking offense that some Hybrid Theory fans didn’t like the new direction of the band’s latest album, One More Light. He actually threatened physical violence towards anyone claiming the album was […]
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Seven Seas Licenses Fauna and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms Manga

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:28
Fantasy manga follows dragon archaeologist, human girl
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Byzantine’s “New Ways to Bear Witness” video was new way to give frontman a concussion

Metal Insider - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:13
Have you heard the new Byzantine track, “New Ways to Bear Wtiness,”  yet? Hopefully you have, because it rips! They’ve made a video for it, and it’s probably a painful memory for singer/guitarist Chris “OJ” Ojeda, mainly because the shoot left him with a concussion! Drummer Matt Wolfe, who was in the band until recently […]
Categories: Music

Enslaved finished recording new album, aiming for autumn release

Metal Insider - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:15
Roughly two weeks ago, Enslaved revealed they finished their last recording session for album number 14. Today, they shared an update from the studio that they completed the recording process. The forthcoming album’s title remains unknown, however, they plan for an autumn release via Nuclear Blast. Jens Bogren will be quite busy with this one. […]
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June Games with Gold Announced

gamrFeed - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:46

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live Games with Gold for June 2017. Two Xbox Ones game and two Xbox 360 games will be free to download next month, and all of the Xbox 360 games are playable on Xbox One.

The Games with Gold for June are:

  • SpeedRunners ($14.99) - Available for the whole month on Xbox One
  • Phantom Dust Multiplayer DLC Pack ($14.99)Available for the whole month on Xbox One
  •  Watch Dogs ($29.99) - From June 16 to July 15 on Xbox One
  • Assassin’s Creed III ($19.99) - From June 1 to June 15 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
  •  Dragon Age: Origins ($14.99) - From June 16 to June 30 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One

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Goku Takes on Broly God in Universal Studios Japan Attraction Ad

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:45
Osaka's Universal Studios Japan theme park is prepping for an exciting summer filled with Shonen Jump characters and attractions. Jōtaro and Dio, the cast...
Categories: General Anime

Sakura Wars Co-Writer Unveils PS Vita Game

Anime News Network - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:40
Red Entertainment's "Our World is Ending" game previewed
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