Making a good sequel is a lot harder than it may seem; you need to add new things to please old fans (and potential new customers) but you can’t change too much because you then risk to lose part of your original fan base. I think that Injustice 2 finds the perfect balance between building on the good things of the original and adding new stuff.
I’ll briefly touch upon the story of Injustice 2 just to give you guys an idea what it’s all about but I don’t want to spoil any of it. Injustice 2 takes place after the events of the first one; Superman is in jail and the regime has been shut down. But when a new powerful enemy (Brianiac) appears and the former enemies need to team up to save the world. That’s the basic rundown of the story. It isn’t as great as the first one but it still has some awesome/unexpected moments that make it worthwhile. The dialogue, for the most part, is really solid and it emerges you into the story.
When you’re done with the story mode you can enter the Multiverse; a bunch of challenges based around the idea of having different earths. These Multiverse challenges give you motherboxes (more on that later) and are just a ton of fun to play. Some of the challenges are pretty original; fighting in super speed and low gravity for example really change the way the game plays. Certain Multiverse events can only be played with one character (the Wonder Woman one is the best example; you can only play as Wonder Woman but you’ll unlock some exclusive Wonder Woman gear) but most of them are playable with the character of your choosing! The Multiverse updates daily with new challenges which makes you coming back for more.
The combat has been fine tuned but if you’ve played the first game then you’ll know exactly what you’re going to get. There are 3 basic moves; a light, medium and heavy attack that you can combine to create combo’s. Then there are the ‘meter burn’ moves; moves specific to each character that do a considerable amount of damage and last but certainly not least are the supermoves; when your meter is full you can unleash a super move that does a ton of damage to your opponent. Some might think that this is too overpowered but I think that it is perfectly balanced because of the ‘clash’ system. When a clash happens you need to decide how much of your ‘meter burn’ you want to bet; if you win you’ll do damage/regenerate health, if you lose your opponent gets the advantage. It’s basically a gamble but one that can be used to your advantage. For instance you can let your opponent use all of their meter burn to get some of their health back but then you can proceed to do your supermove because you didn’t bet any of your meter burn. The system just works and it makes some of the battles really intense. The environmental interactions are still there but now, unlike the first game, most of them can be blocked which add to balance of the game. Lastly you can still punch opponents through the map which then puts you in a new part of the stage which is just a cool thing to do.
New characters will be added with DLC.
A fighting game needs a lot of characters and Injustice 2 has a pretty impressive character roster. Some of the names from the first one make a comeback but there are also a ton of new ones. My personal favorites (from the new additions) are Black Canary, Blue Beetle and Supergirl. They also added a ‘gear’ system which lets you customize each character to your liking. New gear not only changes the way your character looks but it also changes their stats; some items add health whilst others boost strength. Gear can be dropped after a match but mostly you’ll get it from opening motherboxes. You can buy these boxes with in game money that you earn from playing but you’ll also earn a lot of motherboxes by playing The Multiverse or just by completing challenges.
Conclusion: Injustice 2 took everything that made the first game good and made it even better! The graphics have improved immensely and the gameplay has been tweaked to help with the balance. The multiverse is a great concept and it gives the player a reason to comeback. Injustice 2 is the best fighting game I’ve played in a long time and I can’t recommend it enough!
Note: I didn’t talk about the online features because I don’t play fighting games online.
First thoughts: THIS LOOKS AMAZING (but so do most of the DC trailers so I’m going to slow down my own hype train). The action looks to be very solid and there’s some humor in it to lighten up the mood. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!
My thoughts: This trailer was the weakest of the three (in my opinion) but it still did a pretty good job to hype me up for the movie. I really hope that Wonder Woman turns out to be a good (or even decent) movie so that DC can build on that for their future films. All the trailers so far gave me the feeling that this movie could be good but trailers can be deceiving so who knows. I’ll be doing a full review when the movie hits the theaters.
My thoughts: I’m HYPED ! I loved the first Injustice game and this looks to be more of the same; GIVE IT TO ME. I’m still waiting to pre-order it (you get Darkseid DLC if you pre-order it now) until they announce the special edition (there better be one!) ; I missed out on the special edition of the first game and I won’t make the same mistake twice!
First thoughts: This looks like a really fun movie. Some of the sequences in the trailer are just amazing (the dive especially) and the fighting scenes/the scenery look stunning. I’m just curious how the story and the characters will hold up. The DCEU has never had a problem with great looking films but it does have a problem with telling a good and interesting story. This film might turn that around though. I’ll do a full review of the film in June. What do you think about the trailer? Let me know in the comments!
In the last ‘weekly pick-ups’ I talked about how much I love collector’s editions and I thought to myself; why not make a top 5 of my favorite collector’s editions off all time? I did some research and made a top 5. Let me know what you think about my top 5 in the comments!
What’s in the box?
- 6 inch Big Daddy figure
- Making of DVD and Soundtrack
- The game in a steelcase
The original Bioshock is one of my favorite fps games of all time. The setting, the story; it’s just great. The collector’s edition of this game was equally great because of the superb Big Daddy statue. People are asking crazy money for this now on eBay/Amazon so if you own this; great investment!
What’s in the box?
- 30 cm figurine of Batman and The Joker
- Assassins dossier pack
- 3 pieces of DLC
I’m a huge Batman fan but I didn’t buy this on release even though I thought that the figure looked incredible. The price was just a bit too high on release so I waited for it to come down a bit and it took quite some time for the price to drop. I bought this last year for the PS3 for €50 (new) which is an amazing deal! The US version had a different collector’s edition which had a blu-ray and a different figure but I’m still very happy with mine.
Injustice Gods Among Us
What’s in the box?
- 23 cm figure of Wonder Woman fighting Batman
- An Injustice comic book
- 3 DLC Skins
The DC trend continues with Injustice; a great fighting game that came out in 2013. The collector’s edition has a really nice looking statue of Wonder Woman fighting Batman. I still kick myself in the head for this one because I could have owned this for €40 but I passed up on it because, at the time, I didn’t own a PS3. We all make mistakes sometimes.
Assassin’s Creed III
What’s in the box?
- A 24-cm figurine of Connor
- George Washington’s notebook revealing all the truth & secrets about the Assassins and the Templar’s during the American Revolution
- A steelbook case featuring art by award-winning comic artist Alex Ross
- Exclusive lithograph
- Single-Player Mission: Lost Mayan Ruins (DLC)
- Single-Player Mission: Ghost of War (DLC)
- Sawtooth Sword (DLC)
- Obwandiyag’s War Club (DLC)
- The Sharpshooter Multiplayer Package: Including 1 new Animi Avatar, The Sharpshooter, 1 Relic, 1 Emblem, 1 special Picture and the Title of “The Jester” (DLC)
Ubisoft is known for their great collector’s edition (and for buggy games on release) and this one is my favorite. The figurine looks great and you get a whole lot of extras with it! I pre-ordered this one for the Xbox 360 but then my Xbox broke and I sold it off to a friend. What a shame.
Call of Duty: Black ops 3
What’s in the box?
- Juggernog Mini-Fridge
- Perk-A-Cola Coaster Set With Custom Tin
- Season Pass
- Limited Edition Specialist Concept Art Cards
- The Giant Zombies Bonus Map
- Collectible Steelbook™
- In-Game Bonus Content: Weaponized 115
- In-Game Bonus Content: Cyborg
- Official Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Soundtrack
- In-Game Bonus Content: Black Ops 3 Bonus Pack
This my favorite collector’s edition of all time! The fridge is just super cool and the fact that you get the season pass with it is a great bonus. It was pretty expensive on release (and even more expensive now) but I don’t give up the hope that I’ll find one for a decent price in the wild!
First thoughts: I’m super excited for both films! I always thought that Gal Gadot was going to be a great Wonder Woman and the trailer (and Batman vs Superman) shows that I was right. About the Justice League: I really want to see how they handle all the different members of the Justice League. My biggest concern is that they don’t give all the characters enough screentime/story development. Both of the trailers however are looking very good and they did (for me at least) what a good trailer should do; make you want to see the movie. What do you guys think about these trailers? Let me know in the comments!