Quick hits- Injustice demo, new Arkham game announced

Next week, on April 16, NetherRealm and WB Games are bringing us their newest fighter, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Made by the same folks behind the Mortal Kombat franchise, this fighter features characters from the DC universe. It sports a pretty hefty line-up, including, of course, the iconic characters of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, as well as heroes like Aquaman, The Flash, and Green Arrow. Some notable villains also grace the line-up, including The Joker, Deathstroke, and Doomsday. 15 stages will be available to serve as backgrounds at launch, including such locations as Wayne Manor, The Watchtower, and Metropolis. Developers are promising a robust story mode as well, much like the last Mortal Kombat game, which had one of the best single player campaigns in the history of the franchise. The demo is available now on consoles for you to try. It does a nice job showcasing a couple of the environments and how you can interact with them, but you have only three choices of character to try out (Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor). Out of these three Batman fares best, and plays very much like Skorpion from MK. Wonder Woman is a bit more stiff, though her lasso provides a nice ranged attack. Lex Luthor is the tank of the group with powerful close range attacks. The character models look pretty good, though Wonder Woman’s face seems a bit off. It’s fun to play, and if the story mode is as good as touted, this could be the fighter of the year. Hopefully we’ll get a review up after the game’s release next week.

Speaking of DC characters, it was announced this morning by Warner Bros. that the next game in the Arkham franchise will be hitting consoles in October. Called Batman: Arkham Origins, the game serves as a prequel and takes us back to Bruce Wayne’s early days as a crime-fighter in Gotham. According to Game Informer, the plot will pit Batman against eight assassins, including Deathstroke, who have been sent to Gotham by Black Mask. The game will also deal with how Bruce tries to deal with the GCPD, including a young Captain James Gordon, and will give you side missions that involve solving crimes and aiding the police. Unlike the first two games in the series, Rocksteady is not heading this one up, instead turning over the reins to new developer WB Montreal. They are building upon Rocksteady’s solid foundation, however, and plan on keeping the same style of gameplay and graphics. They’re also adding quick travel via the airborne Batwing, which could prove a nice addition, since the map is being said to be twice as large as Arkham City. It sounds promising, and hopefully WB Montreal will measure up and make a game worthy of the franchise begun by Rocksteady. We’ll find out come October 25, when the game comes to the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. Look for more info as the game gets closer to launch.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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