Injustice 2 follows on from the Injustice Gods Among us story. This time seeing team Batman vs Team Superman call a break to take on a deadlier approaching foe, Brainiac. Injustice 2 brings a slew of new characters to the fold. The thrilling story continues were better graphics and battle styles. But does it have enough to keep you coming back?
What surprises you at first is that for a fighting game the Injustice series has done pretty well in terms of delivering an A class comic book story that is actually an interesting narrative that keeps you glued to the screen. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised when I checked the time and noticed that I had lost track of time because of how engaged in the story I was. Injustice 2 and NetherRealm once again deliver a beautiful and engaging fighting game, one that could see people like myself who aren’t usually into fighting games, suddenly finding themselves thinking twice thanks to a compelling story, which you don’t often see in fighting games.
Story aside Injustice 2 is an excellent fighting game brought to us once again from NetherRealm Studios, who are the team behind Mortal Kombat. Combat is fast and fun and depending on your expertise level when it comes to fighters, each character now also tailors to how players handle a fight. I found myself a fan of using both Green Arrow and Flash as I felt their combos were easier to perform. Green Lantern on the other hand came off as a bit more of a challenge for me. Combos are the key to winning here, which is especially so at the online front of the game. On several occasions, I would find myself in a match where I was way over my head, but more on the multiplayer section later. Matches are filled with other environmental objects to help you take down your opponent. You can also destroy the environment sending your opponent through walls or other objects which then takes you to a sub part of that arena to fight in. A lot of what was present in Gods Among Us has been kept around in terms of world destruction and set up.
Injustice 2 handles a lot like its predecessor in terms of gameplay mechanics. You still have your special ability of sorts that sees each character perform some sort of chain of attacks in a cutscene. These are performed after filling your super meter, which can also be drained when performing other combos. I have to say that I wish there was more than just the one cutscene/special ability per character. Grows old seeing the same thing repeatedly. Especially when you can perform a special ability twice in a match, it would be good just to see more variety is all.
Thankfully though when it comes to variety Injustice 2’s character customization section is fantastic. From special suit accessories to the colour of the suit, you can make your favourite character to play your very own for the multiplayer section. Injustice 2 now includes a microtransaction system for anyone who may be interested in paying real life money to collect character specific items quicker than grinding for them. Players can buy source crystals with their own money to purchase certain other items to change the look of your favourite fighters. These are of course optionable. You don’t need to spend money. These are just for the players that want get them sooner than later.
This is where the game really opens up. I do advise completing the single player story first however as it helps you get a feel for each character and helps level them up and by completing each chapter you are rewarded mother boxes. Mother boxes contain items of clothing or appearances for each character. There are several types of mother boxes and each contains a certain level of rarity for special stat carrying clothes and weapons. They also have levels so don’t go thinking you can use an epic bow on Green Arrow when you’ve just started playing online. There’s some work to be done first. It pays to work hard as each new article of clothing or accessory that you unlock from a mother box can help increase a certain stat for your character. These stats help you when you go against other players of the same level. You are also able to customize your card with different art works., much like Call of Duty for example. You also display your win/loss record so try not to perform poorly or your friends may see how good or bad you really are.
Graphics and Sound
Injustice 2 is a gorgeous game and the character designs are more stunning than its predecessor, including the world designs and clever use of arena objects that can be used as weapons. A lot of love has been put into the attention to detail here and it shows in every scene during the story and other offline and online fights. Injustice 2 has also some impressive voice actors. The great Kevin Conroy is back to voice as Batman which is always a treat to hear, as well as several DC voice actor veterans. While not getting into the story but as someone who reads the Injustice comics as well it was awesome to see it play out on screen and once again as it was beautifully presented.
Injustice 2 is a fantastic sequel to a much-loved universe. Another fantastic story is told while exceptional gameplay accompanies it. Injustice 2 is a gorgeous sequel that delivers on all fronts. While the story felt a little short to me and some of the ultimate attacks feel like they still could use some variation, I enjoyed my time here. Injustice 2 comes in a year chock full of Fighting games coming out left and right and I can say without a doubt that Injustice 2 deserves a spot on any comic fan or fighting fans gaming shelf.
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Calling all diehard Batman fans
Lionel’s DC Comics™ Batman™ Phantom LionChief™ Train Set offers a unique way for fans to showcase their superhero affection. Fans can forget the Batmobile and stay five steps ahead of their foes with this dark and brooding BATMAN Phantom Set! The ready-to-run train set includes 3 cars (a powered Phantom engine, non-powered dome car and non-powered dome end car); as well as track, a wall pack power supply and LionChief™ remote for the Phantom engine. The engine even features a RailSounds RC™ sound system with special Phantom background sounds, horn, bell and user-activated announcements, including “That’s Commissioner Gordon Calling,” “Next Stop Gotham City” and more!
The train set is available at select Lionel dealers nationwide for a MSRP of $399.99.
By Steven Biscotti
Diamond Select Toys is at it again with their DC animated collectibles line. This time it isn’t for The Dark Knight though. This time it’s for none other than the grandfather of all super heroes – The Man of Steel himself, Superman!
Diamond Select Toys excited fans and collectors when they revealed their plans for Warner Bros. popular DC animated series like “Batman” and “Justice League” during Toy Fair 2015. The one line noticeably absent, just like DC Collectibles, was products from “Superman: The Animated Series.” It was something that I took notice of immediately as I’m not only a fan of The Last Son of Krypton but also a big fan of “Superman: The Animated Series.” When it was finally revealed that we’d be getting collectibles based off of Bruce Timm’s successful follow up to “Batman: The Animated Series”, I was very happy.
So far Diamond Select Toys (DST) have released four statues and busts based off of “Superman: The Animated Series.” We have two Femme Fatales vinyl statues of Supergirl, one resin bust of her, and now one of her cousin, Kal-El. Superman is undoubtedly the hero most collectors and fans have been waiting for since the release of Batman last summer 2015. Let me tell you, he was well worth the wait.
Diamond Select Toys’ Superman resin bust stands at 6″ tall and has some weight to him. Just like the Supergirl resin bust statue that released in March, both kryptonians are featured a top a base bringing to mind the art deco of the animated series – a futuristic city building in Metropolis. Featuring a sculpt by Varner Studios, the Superman resin bust captures the charm of the animated series and perfectly captures the identifiable art design of Bruce Timm’s Superman. If you liked the animated series, this resin bust is a must have and if you just like Superman, the bust is quite simply so Superman-ish, that you’ll find it difficult to pass him up at your local comic shop next time you’re there.
The Superman Resin Bust by Diamond Select Toys is available now and retails for $59.99
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Batman Rescues Gotham—And Your Change!
(BALTIMORE, MD) – (March 9, 2015)- Batman is here to save more than just his hometown with a March PREVIEWS exclusive, Batman bust banks! PREVIEWS and Monogram Products, Ltd. partner together to bring fans an easy way to keep their money safe with the blue and black editions of this larger than life Batman bank.
Made of Vinyl, this impressive depiction of Batman from The Dark Knight Returns, stands at 6” tall and 9” wide. Through detailed precision, this exclusive sculpt of Batman would make an incredible collectible for any fan to showcase!
The two different colored banks are available to order at comic book shops for a retail price of $19.99 using their individual item code from the March PREVIEWS Catalog.
Dark Knight Returns Batman PX Bust Bank Blue Version: MAR162641Dark Knight Returns Batman PX Bust Bank Black Version: MAR162642
Fans are encouraged to pre-order their own Batman bank at their local comic book shop from the March PREVIEWS catalog to ensure they get it when it is released in May. Find a comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.
Twitter Pitch: #SUPERGIRL cast: Laura Vandervoort @Vandiekins22 recurs as @DCComics character Indigo, Jeff Branson as Master Jailerhttp://bit.ly/1PnZv9t
BURBANK, Calif. (January 11, 2016) — Things are about to get even more interesting in National City, with the DC Comics characters Indigo and Master Jailer set to debut on the super hero thriller Supergirl(Mondays 8/7c CBS), which was recently named Favorite New TV Drama at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.
Laura Vandervoort, who played Kara/Supergirl on the long-running hit drama series Smallville, has been tapped for the recurring role of Indigo, described by producers as a living, strong-willed supercomputer that was sentenced to Fort Rozz after turning against the people of Krypton. Now on Earth, Indigo will let nothing stand in her way.
Jeff Branson (The Young and the Restless) has been cast in the recurring role of Master Jailer. As the forceful and unrelenting jail guard on Fort Rozz, Master Jailer showed no mercy. Now on Earth, he is hellbent on catching all of the Fort Rozz escapees and brutally bringing them to justice.
The announcement was made today during Warner Bros. Television’s Supergirl session at the Television Critics Association Winter 2016 Press Tour on the Warner Bros. Studios lot.
Supergirl is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS. Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, with David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter are executive producers of the series, based on characters appearing in the DC Comics, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.
Announcing DC Entertainment’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Anthology Series!
It’s four powerhouse tales in one colossal comic, as some of comics’ most legendary talents launch new tales of Firestorm, Metamorpho, Metal Men and Sugar and Spike—that’s right, Sugar and Spike!
This new anthology series will reunite several characters from DC Comics’ rich history with the writers that made them fan favorites: Gerry Conway returns to Firestorm, Len Wein will handle the writing chores on Metal Men, Aaron Lopresti will pen Metamorpho, while the always interesting Keith Giffen puts his own unique spin on one of DC’s more offbeat titles, Sugar & Spike.
FIRESTORM, written by Gerry Conway with art by Eduardo Pansica and Rob Hunter:
Firestorm is back! To save Jason Rausch, Firestorm will need to retrieve Danton Black’s stolen research from Professor Stein’s lab. But if Jason can’t fuse with Ronnie by the Firestorm Protocol…who can?
METAL MEN, written by Len Wein with art by Yildiray Cinar and Trevor Scott:
Doctor Will Magnus’ Metal Men may be the next step in robotics technology, but when the mysterious cyber-terrorist known only as Nameless comes after them, they may have met their match!
METAMORPHO, written by Aaron Lopresti with art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Banning:
Metamorpho—a prisoner of millionaire industrialist Simon Stagg! Now, the only person who can save him is Stagg’s beautiful daughter, Sapphire!? But can they defeat Stagg’s prehistoric bodyguard, Java?
SUGAR & SPIKE, written by Keith Giffen with art by Bilquis Evely:
The last time we saw Sugar and Spike, they were still in diapers! Now, they’re grown up, and they’ve become private investigators who specialize in cleaning up embarrassing problems for the DCU’s greatest heroes. Sugar & Spike’s first assignment: retrieve a cache of Batman’s retired costumes that have been stolen by Killer Moth!
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW #1, with cover artwork by Aaron Lopresti (see attached image) will be on sale March 9th, 2016 with 80 pages at $7.99 US.
(BALTIMORE, MD) – (November 18, 2015) – Have Harley Quinn help carry your money and cards in a stylish DC Bombshells Mighty Wristlet from Dynomighty, Inc.! The wristlet is available to pre-order from the November PREVIEWS catalog and will arrive in comic shops in late January 2016.
The Mighty Wristlet features Ant Lucia’s iconic DC Bombshells Harley Quinn art and a red and gray playing card motif. The wristlet has one large zip pocket with a smaller inner zip pocket to hold cash or coins and four other pockets for credits cards, receipts or business cards, and a wrist strap for easy carrying. The wristlet is made of slim but durable Tyvek, a series of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns to provide strength and will resist water and tears, and is expandable to suit your storage needs.
Fans can also find PREVIEWS exclusive DC Bombshell Mighty Wallets in their local comic shops featuring Batgirl, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Hawkgirl, Katana, Mera, Star Girl, and Zatanna.
The Harley Quinn DC Bombshells Wristlet can be pre-ordered from comic book specialty shops for $30.99 using item code NOV152146. Find a comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com to order yours today!