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Injustice 2: And with TMNT that makes 38

 

In a bitter sweet moment, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have finally dropped into Injustice 2 capping off what was a pretty exciting run of speculation. No one saw the TMNT coming and as weird as their presence is in a dystopian future with a sad-brains Superman, it’s really fucking awesome to see them at work.

We’ve made no secret around here we like Netherrealm Studios’s Injustice 2. Like a lot. In fact, I have a lot of love for the semi-local product for quite a long time, fondly having played little league across what was once the old Midway office while schooling bitches in Mortal Kombat. Because of course we’re diligent people here at High Kick and were following each DLC’s release (with a small lapse, yes), we couldn’t let this momentous occasion pass by.

The TMNT crew is a bit more complicated to work than most other characters, since your weapon of choice dedicates which turtle you play and half the team operates on their own set of rules. Melee fighters like Raphael and Michelangelo don’t have certain charging-forward moves that Leonardo and Donatello have, but they do have access to new combo inputs the others don’t.

Their use of the character ability is also impacted by which turtle you use: Donatello has access to specialized landmines, Michelangelo utilizes his skateboard to coast and launch it, Raphael uses a taunt move first to build up his character power (that you must input) but will grant him an auto-combo depending on how many taunts performed (limit of 5 stored), and Leonardo utilizes all the other three individually depending on button press (for example, character power button + a direction chooses which turtle will show, while just pressing the character button will spawn Donatello).

I can easily see the TMNT team wrecking havoc on unsuspecting newbs given how each turtle has their own little flavor to them that both makes them familiar but different enough. Because showing is always better than telling, I’ll let the video do the rest of the talking. Cowabunga dude! Come on don’t cringe on me, I had to say it once. AT LEAST ONCE.

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Injustice 2 keeps it moving with Fighter Pack 2: Black Manta, Raiden & Hellboy

While we’re still busying enjoying the new ranged fighter Starfire, Netherrealm dropped details on the upcoming fighter pack 2 which will include Black Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy. Netherrealm put together a sexy video of the new combatants for your pleasure.

Hellboy is probably the greatest surprise of the bunch, while Raiden and Black Manta long having been guessed to be part of the roster. Black Manta will be the first of the new pack to be released. The release date has yet to be dropped but you can see Black Manta’s promo video below. If you’ve been lagging, I’ve also included a vid of Starfire’s abilities below that.

The UFC 214 Hype Station

Fight fans have fair reason to be excited for UFC 214. It’s a fairly stacked card featuring a rematch that’s starting to age like a fine wine. Cormier vs Jones is a year overdue, and only time will tell if Cormier can avenge his brutal loss to Jones. Before that we have two additional title defenses , the welterweight belt title bout between champion Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia; and Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger fighting for the vacant featherweight belt. Barring any injuries (jinx?) between now and the moment they’re supposed to get into the cage, 214 should be pretty lit.

Main Cards 10PM/7PM ETPT

1.) Jimi Manuwa vs Volkon Oezdemir (Light Heavyweight)

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Source: Getty Images/Zuffa LLC/Josh Hedges

A showcase of LHW talent, Manuwa is currently riding a two-fight win streak. Oezdemir is a relative UFC newcomer with two UFC bouts under his belt (both wins, the last a KO). Manuwa looks fairly good however his two UFC losses were to true top tier talents, Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. Both knocked him out and earned performance of the night from him which is a dubious distinction to have. A fight that really can go either way. It will either add another notch to Manuwa’s belt or this will serve as a showcase of Oezdemir’s porfolio.

2.) Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerone (Welterweight)

Source: Getty Images/UFC

Another showcase but of the welterweight division. Both veteran fighters (Lawler being former welt. champion), this promises to be a damn solid fight. Cerrone is looking to rebound from his KO loss to Jorge Masvidal and Lawler is looking to rebound from losing the Welterweight belt to Tyron Woodly at UFC 201.

3.) Cris Cyborg vs Tonya Evinger (Featherweight Title)

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Source: Getty Images/Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Germaine de Randamie vacated the title refusing to defend the belt to Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Justino, one of the most feared women’s fighters through the years and synonymous with allegation after allegation of steroid use throughout her career. She’s ended careers (Gina Carano anyone?), owned Strikeforce gold, and now is looking to own UFC gold for the first time in her career. Standing in her way is relative UFC newcomer Tonya Evinger, who does have Invicta gold to her name. In theory, this should be Cyborg’s moment. Again, in theory.

4.) Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia (Welterweight Title)

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The co-main event sees Woodley defending the title to established veteran Demain Maia. Maia is a dangerous man in his own right as a very skilled BJJ world champion. He’s gone against the best throughout his long career and this may finally be his time to claim the belt for the first time. Woodley, however, is no slouch and is well known for his tremendous speed, power and explosiveness. It’s also hard to ignore the age difference between the two men. Maia may rely on his cunning and experience, but Woodley may prove too powerful for him.

5.) Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight Title)

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Source: Getty Images/Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The long awaited rematch to what was a fairly one-sided fight which saw Jones’ hand raised in victory. The result did little to cool the beef between them. That was to be settled at UFC 197, though Cormier pulled from the fight due to injury. The fight was then rescheduled for UFC 200, though that too was cancelled because Jones lost his fucking mind. Promptly after the famous incident where he struck a pregnant woman’s car while in possession of cocaine, Jones was suspended. Free to fight again, many fans are hoping Jones can pick up where he left off: terrorizing the light heavyweight division again.

Barring God knows what, the fight is finally going to go down.

Prelims

FXX 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Ricardo Lamas vs Jason Knight (145 lb)
  • Aljamin Sterling vs Renan Barao (140 lb)
  • Renato Moicano vs Brian Ortega (145 lb)
  • Andre Fill vs Calvin Kattar (145 lb)

UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

  • Kailin Curron vs Alexandra Albu (115 lb)
  • Eric Shelton vs Jarred Brooks (125 lb)
  • Joshua Burkman vs Drew Dober (155 lb)

 

It’s all going down Saturday July 29th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Sub-Zero finally joins Injustice 2

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Injustice 2, an incredibly fantastic fighting game from Chicago-based Netherrealm Studios, has been steady dropping DLC characters. The last character was the Red Hood, and we are finally greeted with Mortal Kombat‘s Sub-Zero.

While you can’t outright buy just him yet, he’s playable now for the folks who purchased the Ultimate Edition and he can be test driven in Multiverse right now.

 

Summer Fun 2015 Pt.2

The dog days of summer have lingered for a while now leaving the city feeling muggy as shit. This is the type of humidity that feels as if you’re swimming through air, your underwear drowning. Then again it’s also nice to see the sun since I’ll miss it come late September. (American) Football season is upon us meaning another year of intense TV watching, panic filled smartphone glancing, and the unyielding and personally crushing disappointment that is fantasy football. However there are still a few weeks till regular season begins and I’ve got time on my hands with some days off from work. In that time the new Dragon Ball Z movie came and went recently, feel free to peruse my not-quite a review here. And since the film put me in a Dragon Ball mood, I figured it was a good time to dig back into a game I’ve saved since February.

Game 2: Dragon Ball Xenoverse (PC, PS3/4, X360/ONE)

Lots of Kamehameha Waves

Released: February 24, 2015

So what is it? The most recent installment in a long line of hyper-mediocre Dragon Ball Z games. Like Dynasty Warriors, it’s fan base will believe anything to keep their addiction going. How does one even reach hyper-mediocrity? It’s an interesting phenomenon but one that happens to franchises that drown in its own sea of shameless cash-ins. Many of the DBZ games have either been bizarre amalgamations of lesser fighters (the Budokai series stands as brighter gems of the bunch) or weird RPG projects. This game falls into the later category.  Dimps went in a different direction with Battle of Z which mixed simple beat-em up combat with a hefty coat of flashy graphics. While Metacritic doesn’t have many kind things to say about it, it still filled a void in mimicking the frenetic action of the anime. Xenoverse carries Battle of Z’s simplicity and puts expands it to an online world. Better yet, one experienced through the eyes of your own custom character.

What if I don’t watch Dragonball Z? Then you will most definitely not give a flying fuck about this.

Even Batman plays

So why the hell should I play this? Truthfully this is a package intended only for the DBZ faithful. The type who have subjected themselves to too much psychological abuse by knowingly paying for shitty games. In a way it’s akin to developing stockholm syndrome. “If I buy enough of these, at least one of them has to be amazing, right? Maybe then they’ll finally let me go?” Some sad shit, truly. I’m here to argue Dragon Ball Xenoverse is the best to date in a franchise which seldom does anything different. It’s also like proudly proclaiming your the tallest midget, if that makes sense.

So let’s pretend your an ardent DBZ fan. You may be asking why you should even bother with this? I’m with you on that you shouldn’t pay full price ($59.99) for this one. However Xenoverse has managed to find a compromise between providing the non-stop flashy beams with signature attacks of the show while keeping combat simple and quick. The roster is fairly big with 50 characters, some alternate versions of the same character, so you can set up your own dream mash-ups very easily.

Moreover the biggest appeal to Xenoverse is the idea you can create your own fighter for the first time in franchise history. Xenoverse’s story weaves in and out Z’s story lines and tasks your custom fighter with protecting the official timeline at the behest of Trunks and the Supreme Kai of Time. In ture DBZ movie history, the story is lame but there’s entertainment in finally seeing something different in a DBZ game for once. Besides, the true point of Xenoverse is to provide a platform for everyone to show off their own Gokus. In a game where five unique races are now available (Saiyans, Earthlings, Buus, Frieza Race and Namekian) each with their own unique buffs and hundreds of fancy, colorful moves to perform every soul is inevitably drawn to making some kind of bootleg Goku. Yes, you can go Super Saiyan. No, you can’t go Super Saiyan 3 or 4.

Playing  the game’s various quests online is where this all works and survives by. Offline missions are extremely tedious and some are downright annoying without at least another person’s help. Especially early in the game when you are still developing your new fighter and want to level up on the quick. Each time you level up you allocate points to either boosting the energy bar, health, stamina bar and general speed. These points are also buffed by certain race bonuses, like the Saiyan’s general boosts to everything but mostly physical attack, or the Namekians’ ability to regenerate health independently.

Mandatory Goku Look-Alike

At higher levels the game because a series of bit-sized fights rarely going on longer than seven minutes with either crushing victory or hilariously embarrassing failures. Every mission is limited to 15 minutes and early experiences will likely see time-outs. High level missions become massive seizures in the making. The lock-on targeting is mandatory at all times since it’s very easy to lose track of the action without it. Online fights between players are also somewhat broken thanks to the abuse of Female Earthling types: characters too small and hard to hit with most normal attacks, but also benefit from a constant supply of refilling energy which fuels the fuck you beams. However when playing with more open minded players, it’s fun to settle fantasy fights with strangers in a really dumb flying brawler. Who would win in a fight: Broly or Yamcha? The possibilities are truly endless!

Sadly the world isn’t influenced at all by these crazy energy beams being thrown around. When firing off a 100X Kamehameha Wave at a building, you’d expect it to stop existing instead of leaving a quarter sized dent in the building which vanishes after three seconds. This is something no Dragon Ball Z game has managed to capture yet: a sense of scale and destruction all these heavyweights cause when they fight. I hope maybe Dimps (or anyone else) is given time, money, sleep, food or whatever is required to make this happen should Xenoverse get a sequel. We want to see the world shake when Beerus is throwing giant spheres of energy into the ground.

With all that said, it’s not a great game. It’s a decent game for the single-minded. It’s not even one I can recommend to people who don’t own Dragon Ball figures somewhere in their house. If, though, you’ve already sullied yourself playing past games, Xenoverse is the closest the franchise has come to replicating the frenetic fights of the anime. Fans looking for deeper experiences might as well keep playing Budokai 3 or drawing shitty fan-fiction. As much negativity I’ve pumped into this article, Xenoverse still puts a dumb-ass grin on my face to spam Kamehameha beams at people after coming back home drunk.

Concentrated ANgeR

Mandatory Score: 6/10