SPOILER: DEATH BATTLE Review – STOP! Hammer Time For Bison!

WARNING: This episode of Death Battle has yet to be released on YouTube or screwattack.com. This episode was showed at the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention and streamed live from the Screw Attack website. If you do not want to be spoiled the results of the fight DO NOT read on.

iFqTUSg

Evening Death Battle fans. I’m the “Thunder God” Tom Robinson here with a review of the latest Death Battle in the Death Battle series. Shao Kahn vs M. Bison!

This episode of Death Battle was a great one to watch if you watched it live from Screw Attack’s stream. However it is coming this Friday on Screw Attack permanently so those of you that haven’t seen it yet will do eventually.

Shao Kahn and M. Bison delivered bit hit after big hit with Kahn getting the advantage over the Shadowloo Dictator and even overpowering M. Bison tremendous psychic abilities. But then M. Bison unleashed his Final M. Bison form, utilizing his Psycho Power to its fulliest. But you could tell even that wasn’t going to be enough to dethrone the Emperor Of Outworld. The Final M. Bison power couldn’t even overpower Akuma let alone Shao Kahn. That’s not suggesting that Akuma is less stronger than Shao Kahn or anything, it just goes to show how Bison’s “Final M. Bison” power is a little exaggerated. Shao Kahn has 10,000 years of fighting experience. He’s fought demons, sorcerers, monsters and even gods. Bison’s power would have been nothing new to him. And even in “Final M. Bison” form, there’s little chance Bison would have survived a hit from Bison like that. And there was no reason to say Shao Kahn couldn’t digest Bison’s soul either considering he’s devoured billions of souls in the past. Bison stood little chance against Shao Kahn.

Winner: Shao Kahn
But a defeat like that M. Bison is not going to stop him from taking over the world! Because his reasons for taking over the world are simple… to keep the world’s government from depleting the planet’s resources. Which means he is the one they call… CAPTAIN PLANET!

MASTER BISON!
HE’S OUR HERO!

GONNA TAKE POLLUTION DOWN TO ZERO!

 

DEATH BATTLE Predictions – Shao Kahn vs M. Bison!

death-battle

Hey fighting game fans, I am the “Raging Demon” Tom Robinson with a blog post about the upcoming Death Battle which is set to be released in June. And it’s a battle of two of the deadliest fighting game bosses of all time. Shadowloo Dictator from Street Fighter M. Bison, and the Emperor Of Outworld from Mortal Kombat Shao Kahn. I’ve been looking forward to seeing these two in the Death Battle arena for some time. However, I’m not exactly sure it’s much of a contest. As much as I love M. Bison, there’s no way he could possible overpower the incredibly powerful sorcerer Shao Kahn.

5392806300_cb90c24c57_z

M. Bison is easily one of the most powerful fighters in the Street Fighter universe, no question. He can defeat the likes of Guile and Chun-Li with ease and has even easily beaten Ryu and Ken 2 on 1 before. He utilizes a power called the Psycho Power, and has the abillities of telekinesis and flight. He’s capable of duking out with the powerful of Street Fighter characters, including former Death Battle winner Akuma. But how is going to fare against an opponent like Shao Kahn?

Shao Kahn is one of the most powerful fighters in the Mortal Kombat universe, and that’s should tell you a lot about him when he’s fighting demons, sorcerers, monsters and even GODS.  M. Bison is a cunning tactician, but not as cunning as Shao Kahn. Kahn is capable sorcerer himself and has great mastery over magic. Also, he’s got great endurance. At Mortal Kombat 2, he took a punch through his stomach by Liu Kang and walked away only mortally wounded. M. Bison is probably faster than Shao Kahn, but it’d take more than speed to take down the powerful Shao Kahn.  M. Bison struggles to even conquer earth, where as Shao Kahn has conquered REALMS. Just think, Shao Kahn was the last man standing at the end of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon amongst a battle field of… demons, sorcerers, monsters and YES… GODS! He defeated The Thunder God Raiden!

And this is all before bringing into account Shao Kahn’s deadliest weapon… his hammer! How the hell is M. Bison going to survive a hit from Shao Kahn’s hammer? One hit from that and all the Psycho Power in the world would not save the Shadowloo dictator. It’d be game over!

Winner: Shao Kahn

2136596-shao_kahn_hd_mortal_kombat_9_by_kostasishere_d3cdtns

Anyway, we’re going to have to wait and see what the outcome of this showdown will be but in the mean time we can only speculate. But it’ll be a quality fight no doubt about it. I’m Tom Robinson. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @TomRobinso1994 and spread the word of the Armbar Express!

Injustice: Gods Among Us Review – The Mightiest Heroes Of The DC Universe Duke It Out In Netherealm Studios’ Latest Creation

HAWKGIRL AND THE FLASH: Two of 24 characters duking it out for supremacy in Injustice

HAWKGIRL AND THE FLASH: Two of 24 characters duking it out for supremacy in Injustice

 

Injustice: Gods Among Us is the newest creation by the mad scientists behind the Mortal Kombat series, and is one of few fighting games around to include superheroes in the roster. Built on the foundations laid for the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat, the game puts superhero up against superhero as the DC Universe’s finest are brought together to do battle. But is the game an injustice to fighting games everywhere or has it come to save the day?

Superman establishes a new world order following the destruction of Metropolis and the death of pregnant wife Lois Lane at the hands of The Joker. And to kick off the regime, Superman murders the Joker right in front of the villain’s long-time nemesis Batman. Refusing to stand for Superman’s newly-found brutality, Batman begins an insurgency to battle Superman’s regime and enlists the help of a Justice League from an alternative reality to stop Superman’s reign of terror for good.

NetherRealm Studios have done a great job with the writing of the story. They’ve found a great way to get these superheroes clashing with one another and the cinematics used in the story-mode look stunning. However, with the structure of the story in story mode it’s easy to get lost, especially when alternate realities are involved.

The voice-acting in general is pretty good. A lot of the voice-actors played as the characters before in previous DC popular culture. Kevin Conroy is once again featured as Batman, a role he’s constantly played in the old DC animated television shows and the extremely popular Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games.

There is a wide-variety of characters from the incredibly popular Superman and Batman to the unfamiliar heroes like Hawkgirl and Raven, given the players a lot of heroes and villains to choose from, as well as characters to be released as downloadable content like Batgirl and the bounty hunter Lobo.

NetherRealm also brought in a great deal of interactivity between their free iOS release of the game and the console version, giving players a chance to unlock costumes for the console version by playing on the iOS version and vice versa.

With this feature, the amount of alternate costumes for each character is insane. With the costumes available in game, downloadable content to be released in the future and the costumes unlocked in the iOS version, you get a lot of costumes to choose from for each character. For example, Batman himself has 7 costumes, and that’s without counting the soon-to-be-released downloadable content.

Unsurprisingly, the game does feature a lot of aspects of Mortal Kombat in its gameplay. But that’s not really a bad thing, as the Mortal Kombat style of gameplay really suits the superheroes of the DC universe.

To make this game as distinctive from every other fighter game, a lot of environmental interactivity has been put in the game, giving the players a chance to use the objects surrounding and move into different territories of the stage during fights with amazingly put together cut scenes. While a lot of these cut scenes may seem over the top, it makes the game a lot more fun and unpredictable, and makes this game more than your average 2D fighting game.

Also, there’s the S.T.A.R.S. labs challenge mode which provides something gamers a break from the fighting. Featuring a grand total of 240 missions, it gives players more of a reason to keep playing and provides them a chance to explore the DC universe even further, with a number of non-playable characters like Two-Face and Trigon being featured in the missions.

Overall, I think this is a very fun game to play. NetherRealm Studios have paid a great homage to the DC Universe, and has made incredibly use of the DC licence to provide amazing detail comic books fans everywhere will adore. And even if you’re not a comic book fan, you’ll still have a great time playing this game. Whether you’re bringing friends over to play or if you’re playing online, Injustice is a game that will give everyone playing a great time.

Injustice: Gods Among Us – The Game I’m Most Looking Forward To In 2013

SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: Is it me, or do these two scrap an awful lot?

SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: Is it me, or do these two scrap an awful lot?

What is up, guys. Tom Robinson here. Before I get started, I’ve been getting a considerable views on my blog this week, and I am very thankful of those who have checked out what my blog has to offer. On Tuesday, I successfully achieved 100 blog views in 1 single day, which is an incredible accomplishment for me, and guys, thank you for bumping up the views. But today, I’m doing something a little different. This ain’t a WWE or UFC blog post today. It’s not even related to sports. We’re taking a little venture into the world of gaming, and the world of comic books. As I will discuss Netherealm Studio’s newest creation…

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US!

The Mad Scientists behind Mortal Kombat have struck again, with another fighting game dedicated to the DC superhero realm. Injustice: Gods Among Us puts the mightiest of superheroes and supervillians against each other in the battle for supremacy in the DC universe.

Story

The Joker makes his way to Metropolis and sets off a bomb which kills millions of people. Even Superman’s PREGNANT WIFE Lois Lane! The Man Of Steel gets ultra-pissed and interrupts Batman’s interrogation of The Joker, and takes it upon himself to punch a whole through Joker’s heart, and kill him… right in front of The Joker’s arch-nemesis, The Batman. Superman then imposes a though new world order to take extreme measures to those that cause harm. Of course, not everyone is liking this new regime. One particular being THE GOD-DAMN Batman! Batman gets a resistance force together to try and take down Superman’s regime as a Super-human Civil War commences.

It’s a clever way to give the superheroes of the DC universe  an excuse to fight each other, and having Superman kill Joker IN FRONT of Batman is an incredibly powerful but epic touch (this happens in the comic book mini-series and hopefully will be shown in the game). But this storyline is so similar to Marvel’s “Civil War” storyline arc in the comic-books. Either the writer’s were being lazy or simply COULD NOT find any other way to get the likes of Batman scrapping with the likes of Superman. It’s hard to pit hero vs hero, even in the comic book. It’d take a lot for The Flash to take a swing at Green Lantern, unless there was a legitimate explaination. What I do like is the decision to have Harley Quinn join the resistance, as Batman asking for the villain’s help is incredibly rare considering how Batman has difficulties to trust his fellow heroes, let alone villains. So Netherealm Studios have done pretty good in the story department, and it’ll be interesting to see what goes down when the game releases.

Gameplay

As expected, Injustice builds on the foundations laid out by Mortal Kombat, and of course, similarities are noticeable. Some of the characters in the characters in the game do utilize a few moves from characters from the Mortal Kombat universe, and a few of the characters borrow moves from their past experiences from Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, the crossover released in 2008 before Midway Games were bought by Warner Bros. But other than that, the guys who were in MK vs DC fight totally different in Injustice, with just about all of them having new stances, and new ways to punish people. Bringing interactivity in with the environment around them (like cars) is a pretty cool idea, as it pushes it away from the standard fighter, by having things like Superman throwing cars, and Batman exploding things by firing projectiles. It also makes the game a hell of a lot more fun. Also, the transitions from different parts of the stage do look really cool. Seeing Solomon Grundy punch The Flash through dozens of buildings in Metropolis looks really impressive. However, some of the these transitions do make some of the characters look ridiculously over-powered. I mean, in this clip below about 55 seconds in, The Joker’s punch to Lex Luthor is somehow SO effective it is able to send him hurling through a building. And somehow he survived a satellite laser beam strike called in by Luthor. Video Games – Gives The Laws Of Physics A Middle Finger!

The Roster

So far, 19 characters have been announced, with fairly good balance of heroes and villains. We have the usual suspects, like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Other Justice League usuals like Green Lantern and Aquaman join the fray, and some lesser-known heroes like Shazam (or Captain Marvel if you choose not to abide by Copyright laws),  Cyborg and Nightwing. They even included Green Arrow and Hawkgirl – two superheroes whose inclusions make me so happy, as they are two really cool characters. Hawkgirl, especially, is a really cool addition, as she has rarely had any attention in DC popular media, with the exception of the Justice League and JLU TV series’. There are plenty of villains to get your hands on with a lot of well-known villains like Sinestro, Bane, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke and Catwoman. Solomon Grundy is also a interesting addition and it’ll be interesting to see how he fits into the Injustice storyline. But then again, he shows a lot of similarities with Bane, as they are both muscle-heads and it’s hard to get two powerhouses to differentiate in move styles. Of course, there’s Lex Luthor in his battle suit and The Joker, who’s not voiced by Mark Hamill, which has enraged the Batman internet community. However, this Joker is actually not that bad of a choice, and The Joker is a hard part to play considering how your work will always be judged against the work of Mark Hamill. The design work, on the whole, is generally well done. A lot of the characters, especially Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl, have been given pretty cool costumes.However, there are some exclusions from the game which I’m rather disappointed with. The Red Hood and Martian Manhunter in particular are two characters who would work brilliantly in this game.

DLC

Pre-Order DLC Bonuses include the “Red Son Pack” at GAME, a pack influenced by the “Red Son” arc, and includes new costumes for Superman, Wonder Woman and Solomon Grundy along with 20 new missions (which look suspiciously similar to the Mortal Kombat mini games from the 2011 release). It’s a rather intriguing pack, and the missions do look very interesting. America’s Best Buy are offering a costume based of the “Blackest Night” storyline, and also a bunch of cool zombie costumes, which are OK in my book. I mean, who doesn’t love zombies? And finally, Wal-Mart are offering 3 costumes based off Arkham City, one for Batman, Joker and Catwoman, which is the pack that stands out for me, as Arkham City is probably one of my favourite games of all time. And it makes sense, since Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in Arkham City, is the voice Batman in Injustice. Now, you guys in the US are spoiled for choice (I can’t say the same for us Brits though), so it’s a good variety of options to go with. However, I expect all these to be available to everyone in time, and I doubt that they’ll leave the DLC at just that. And it’s a shame not one of the packs have a bonus character as a pre-order bonus, and I do hope a lot of DLC characters are on the horizon.

Graphics/Presentation

The Graphics look incredible. They really pulled out all the stops to make this game as jaw-droppingly beautiful as possible, with the stage transitions looking stunning, and scenes like Superman flying someone into space, and slamming them back down to earth are sensational. But then again, it’s hard to expect anything less, since Netherealm are a part of Warner Brothers. However, I’m struggling to see how this game is not going to get lag with all this crazy ass action going on. I do hope Netherealm have worked on their online problems from Mortal Kombat,

As fighting game enthusiast, this is a game I’m very much highly-anticipating. This looks and plays well, and is a lot more different then your average fighter, with a decent storyline. As a comic book fan, this is game which I think will be really cool, considering the great-variety of characters involved, and the elements of the DC universe being brought into video-game-form. So on paper, this is a match made in heaven, and on April 19th (the release date for Europe), the creators of Mortal Kombat get another chance to show that superheroes and fighting games, two of my greatest loves, can co-exist.