Injustice: Gods Among Us Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Injustice: Gods Among Us RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network ELEAGUE: Legitimizing Esports Through Creative Storytelling and Emerging Technology https://www.gameskinny.com/c13z4/eleague-legitimizing-esports-through-creative-storytelling-and-emerging-technology https://www.gameskinny.com/c13z4/eleague-legitimizing-esports-through-creative-storytelling-and-emerging-technology Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:07:40 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Log in to any sports broadcasting network, and there's a strong chance you'll run into a well-polished documentary or feature on a player's life, technique, or claim to fame. To anyone who cares about sports, the games we watch aren't really about the sports themselves but more about the personalities lacing up to take the field or court. We tune in because we want to see those players succeed or fail, and we want to see how they'll do it. 

The end, as they say, isn't as compelling as the journey. 

It's not surprising, then, that story and competition are uniquely linked. From the earliest days of sport, story fashioned from the splendor of victory and the disappointment of defeat has compelled us to watch, perhaps even more than the innate fun of the sports themselves. It's true in analog sports, and it's true in digital sports as well. 

In many ways, esports is the natural progression of competition. Just as analog sports have evolved from their primal roots, so have they evolved from traditional stick and ball sports -- such as baseball, football, and basketball -- to something if not more advanced, more closely tied to the digital age. Of course, traditional sports still entrance and enrapture us, but it's time to come to grips with a simple fact: sports are evolving, and both fans and broadcasters have to evolve with it.  

One of the companies leading the charge into that brave "new" world of broadcast esports is a name that's become synonymous with sports itself: Turner Broadcasting. Well-known for its coverage of the NBA, the MLB, the PGA, NCAA basketball, and more, Turner was one of the major broadcasting companies to quickly realize that esports wasn't just a fad but instead a legitimate cultural zeitgeist. Because of their foresight, their esports network, ELEAGUE, is one of the fastest growing and most renowned esports-centric networks currently showcasing games and tournaments. 

Speaking with Matt Mosteller, Vice President of Content for Turner Sports, who also oversees production for ELEAGUE, the idea of crafting compelling narratives lies at the center of each ELEAGUE production. As a fan-first esports brand, ELEAGUE seeks to bring esports stories to fans in interesting and creative ways -- some they may have never seen before. 

[Esports is] a great digital property, and there are a ton of young fans that are consuming this content and are ferocious when following these sports. For us, being able to create content and bring in a younger audience is always something that's key. It just made sense. 

At Turner, we're always looking for what's next; what are the new, big sporting events and phenomena? We want to be a part of those and help tell stories around those. We pride ourselves in doing premiere events. We looked at esports -- and being able to jump in and help grow some of those games and create some more premiere events -- [as something we were very interested in]. 

One of the ways Turner looks to help grow established esports such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter V, and Tekken 7 is through leveraging its experience in traditional broadcast storytelling. Creating hype around these games in ways both hardcore and casual fans may not have experienced before is an important wrinkle in the company's strategy. 

In many ways, I've seen it work on the "uninitiated" in person. Injecting broadcasts with player profiles, educational segments, and creative features such as this gem featuring ELEAGUE's 2018 Street Fighter V Invitational Champion, Tokido, serve a dual purpose in engaging the hardcore viewer and humanizing the competition for the casual viewer.   



Setting out after that goal, it's the creative work Turner employs outside the game that often sets its broadcasts apart from other esports coverage and analysis. It's crazy polished. It's engaging. It's compelling. The ELEAGUE team uses storytelling to give fans better insight into the every-day lives of these players, showcasing the monumental investment these players put into their training. What's more, it highlights the fact that esports players are just as passionate and skilled as players in the NBA, NFL, and MLB. 

Mosteller says that one of the best ways to ensure all of those boxes get ticked is by giving viewers what they really want, which is access to the players. That one thing is the connective tissue by which the entire organism seems to work.  

The game's the game. There's only so much we can do within the game itself. [But the question is], "What can we do around the game to create this buzz and get people excited and draw in more of an audience?". One of the great things fans love is access. They want to be these players and they want to see them away from the controller ...

One of the things we looked at was, "How can we bring fans closer to the action?", giving them the chance to know these guys. So we've dived into some of the documentary style [content], like the road to the international, the road to the Boston Major this past year for our ELEAGUE Counter-Strike major, and it really gave fans a chance to get to know these teams and see that other side of them, and create that connection and bond that will hopefully bring people back to watching live gameplay. 

That's a tall task when it comes to Joe Public. It's a safe bet that your average sports viewer isn't all that keyed in to esports -- or doesn't hold the niche in very high regard due to general views on gaming. Although studies show that some 250 million people follow esports competitions around the world, that's across all esports properties and tournaments, not a specific event.

In 2017, IEM Katowice brought in 46 million viewers, making it the largest esports event in history. However, that pales to the 2017 Super Bowl, which alone brought in 111 million viewers. This shows that broadcasters have the attention of hardcore gamers, but getting the attention of an ordinary audience requires a bit more finesse. 

In response, broadcasters like Turner have become more flexible.

That adaptability has helped ELEAGUE grow its brand and engage esports fans on both digital streaming channels such as Twitch and BR/Live, as well as TBS. It's been aided by leveraging proprietary and third-party technology. Used in conjunction with more traditional storytelling elements -- features, player profiles, and more -- tools such as eye-tracking technology and Game Command tell story in an engaging, yet more analytical way.  

Without eye-tracking technology, you wouldn't know that many Street Fighter V, CS:GO, and Tekken 7 players move their eyes just as fast, and in some cases even faster, than athletes in almost all traditional stick and ball sports.

That storyline in and of itself not only gives casual fans direct analogues by which to understand esports and overcome some of their initial hurdles, but it also gives hardcore fans the validation they've sought since players started gathering around cabinets in their local arcades decades ago. 

From another angle, ELEAGUE's Game Command gives viewers unprecedented access to professional esports play, specifically CS:GO. In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, viewers streaming matches are able to see not only the main feed (which is similar to a typical sports broadcast on cable), but they are also able to see multiple angles of action, similar to a multi-feed that's sometimes provided during traditional sports broadcasts.

But that's not all. There's a unique wrinkle that takes the game to an entirely new level. With Game Command, viewers can watch specific players throughout the match, easily switching between players and viewpoints at their own discretion. It gives viewers unprecedented access and control to the games they love; and in cases of the uninitiated, gives viewers a new way to learn about the game they're watching. 

Mosteller says that's the whole point: to bring viewers and audiences as close to the game as they possibly can. Just like traditional sports, it's important to build a conversation around esports that grows it from a niche market into something bigger and more accepted. 

We always try to push ourselves on the technology side. And the gaming space is a great place to do that. Whether it was the eye-tracking technology or the augmented reality we've done around Street Fighter or the Injustice League, where we brought these great characters these fanbases know and love to life in the studio and during the broadcast. Those are just some things we can do to spice up our coverage and get the fans excited. 

I think if we're going to continue to grow the esports space, that's something that's big for us: bringing in that more casual audience, especially on TBS where people aren't as used to watching esports on that platform. 

If any mainstream broadcasting company can make esports widely popular, Turner is one of the very few that can do it. What makes Turner Broadcasting unique is that it has a wide array of ancillary properties from which it can pull from to further build hype around the scene. It has specific brands that already overlap with the gaming space, such as Cartoon Network, that further facilitate the push to greater esports ubiquity. 

It's that mixture of styles (a firm understanding of traditional media alongside a genuine excitement and interest in emerging technologies) that's helped ELEAGUE become so popular so quickly. Often, there's not a lot of context around esports matches. By crafting traditional and analytical stories around them, Turner looks to help both hardcore fans and casuals better understand what they're watching. By proxy, that understanding will hopefully transform into wider acceptance of esports as an "actual" branch of sports.  

Much like NFL films has done for the league's 32 teams and thousands of players, Turner uses technology and creative storytelling to craft compelling, engaging, and informative content that breaks down barriers.

It's telling stories where it at first doesn't seem stories could or should exist. By humanizing gaming and crafting stories around each of the scenes it represents, Turner is using ELEAGUE to firmly make the argument that competitive gaming isn't just for the initiated.

Just like traditional sports, it's for everyone. 

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To see first hand the way ELEAGUE tells stories around esports tournaments, make sure to tune in to the CS:GO Premier 2018, which starts this Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. EDT on Twitch, BR/Live, and Game Command

The group action will go through Wednesday, July 25. After the dust has settled, four teams (two from each group) will face off in single-elimination playoffs held Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, for their share of the million-dollar prize pool. 

As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on ELEAGUE as it develops.  

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Injustice 2 Roster List with Stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats Tue, 23 May 2017 15:38:52 -0400 Tobbpitt

The Injustice 2 roster is expansive, currently with 29 unique playable characters and seven Premier Skins to choose from. Want to out-gadget your opponents with Batman or whip your opponents into shape with Swamp Thing? You can certainly do that, plus a lot more.

Out of the current roster, 13 are from the Injustice: Gods Among Us and 16 are completely new to the series. This huge roster helps Injustice 2 feel completely fresh, and the Premier Skins definitely help change things up.

The roster list below is sorted alphabetically along with each character's stats. Characters that were present in the first game have an asterisk (*) next to their names.

Three characters have already been announced for Fighter Pack 1 DLC. These are Starfire, Red Hood, and Sub-Zero. Their stats will be added once they are released, but for now, they are listed here with no stats.

Aquaman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Atrocitus

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Bane*

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Batman*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Black Adam*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Black Canary

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Blue Beetle

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Braniac

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Captain Cold

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Catwoman*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Cheetah

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1100

Cyborg*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Darkseid (Pre-order or DLC only)

STR: 1250
ABL: 1000
DEF: 800
HP: 1100

Deadshot

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Dr. Fate

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

The Flash*

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Firestorm

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Gorilla Grodd

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Green Arrow*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Green Lantern*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Harley Quinn*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Joker*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Poison Ivy

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Red Hood (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Robin

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Scarecrow

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Starfire (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Sub-Zero (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Supergirl

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Superman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Swamp Thing

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Wonder Woman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Premiere skin characters

Injustice 2 has a Premiere Skin system that allows you to completely change the look and sound of one character to another cahracter entirely while keeping the original character's move list and gameplay.

Here are the current Premiere Skin characters and how you get them.

Jay Garrick

Replaces The Flash.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Grid

Replaces Cyborg.

Can be obtained by linking with the Injustice 2 mobile game or spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Reverse-Flash

Replaces The Flash.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Power Girl

Replaces Supergirl.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or Fighter Pack 1, or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

John Stewart

Replaces Green Lantern.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Vixen

Replaces Cheetah.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Mr. Freeze

Replaces Captain Cold.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

 

More characters will be added past Fighter Pack 1, so keep a look out for what NetherRealm Studios has in store for Fighter Pack 2 later this year.

If yo need help getting started in Injustice 2 or need some tips and strategies to take your game to the next level, check out these guides: 

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5 Netflix Originals That Would Make Epic Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ab5gi/5-netflix-originals-that-would-make-epic-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ab5gi/5-netflix-originals-that-would-make-epic-video-games Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jerline Justo

Since its inception, the Netflix Originals line of television shows and movies has consistently provided fans around the world with quality entertainment at the click of a button. More and more, enthusiasts from every medium, whether it be comics or video games, clamor for their favorite stories and characters to be included in Netflix's growing catalog of premium content. 

But many fans rarely wonder which Netflix series would make a great video game. 

Of course, we do see TV series become video games, like Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series and The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Seriesbut not a lot of Netflix shows turn into video games.

Well, what about these five Netflix originals? They could be the next big transmedia hit.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

jessica jones, netflix

In the games industry, players do see a lot of superhero titles, like Injustice: Gods Among Us and The Amazing Spider-Man. But with this anti-hero, the game could take on a completely different meaning.

This Netflix series explores Jessica Jones at the end of her superhero career, where she works as a private investigator. The show offers the rugged side of New York and a darker crime element that would work very well in a game. Game developers could also involve other Marvel heroes like Luke Cage or Daredevil to round out the playing experience. They could even include other Marvel villains, specifically Kilgrave.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Voltron: Legendary Defender, Voltron

Space, robot lions, and aliens -- these elements alone can make an awesome video game.

This Netflix Original is a reboot of the Japanese-American TV show Voltron: Defender of the Universe. And in this version of the story, five space pilots from Earth defend the universe from the Galra empire with five robotic lions. When these five lions come together, they make Voltron.

Game developers would have fun with this, especially if the players can control one of the lions. The show provides a lot of action and humor to entertain fans in a gaming setting.

Stranger Things

Stronger Things

I have two words for this popular Netflix Original -- horror game! Stranger Things involves a town called Hawkins, Indiana, where unnatural occurrences happen during the 1980s.

The season starts out with the police looking for a young boy, Will Byers, who has mysteriously disappeared. Later, they find a young girl, who later is called Eleven, Spoiler alert: She appears out of nowhere and has crazy powers. In a video game setting, players can try to find Will or fight alongside Eleven as she battles the creatures from the Upside Down. This story provides a complex plot line that can definitely fit for a narrative horror game.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

This Netflix (streaming) Original mixes The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected in today's setting, and each episode explores different scenarios through dark satire. Even though this show does not have a central plot, the concept can definitely work as a game where the player's choices become essential, like Until Dawn.

Developers can even create a central plot line around this concept to keep the thrill and drama in the game since it is so open-ended. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this Netflix Original.

Narcos

Narcos

This show tells the story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous South American drug lord. Through this show, viewers experience how this man interacts with various people, like the DEA agents and drug lords. In a video game setting, the players can definitely be in either sides where they can be helping Pablo or stopping him with DEA agent, Steven Murphy. Narcos definitely has the plot and action that holds a compelling video game for player to feel interactive with.

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All in all, it depends on how the game developers take each show. But with these interesting characters, story lines, and concepts, these five Netflix Originals have the potential to make epic video games!

Do you agree with our list or missed another show? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Wildly Underrated Superheroes Who Deserve Their Own Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ba7hz/5-wildly-underrated-superheroes-who-deserve-their-own-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ba7hz/5-wildly-underrated-superheroes-who-deserve-their-own-video-games Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Jerline Justo

From Superman to Captain America, we see these superheroes in movies or video games. Take Injustice: Gods Among Us as an example. The storyline originated from the comics, which took place before the events of the game. Although the creators decided to leave the series incomplete, the story continues through Injustice games, leading to its sequel, Injustice 2.

Besides Injustice series, other superheroes, like Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Catwoman, are known in the gaming industry because they have their own games. And as good as that sounds, what about the other heroes? I am not talking about heroes, like Deadpool, Captain America, and Batman -- not even Daredevil and Manhunter.

I’m am talking about these five heroes with the most unusual powers, who are deserving to have their own video game.

Squirrel Girl

Squirrel Girl

If you ever want to become Rocky, the flying squirrel, Squirrel Girl is your hero. This Marvel character has a large furry tail and buck teeth and a body of a young girl, but don’t let her weird appearance fool you. She can as much as any squirrel hero would do -- carrying heavy objects, jumping from tree to tree easily, knowing the squirrel language. With abilities like that, her video game would entertaining to fans. I mean, who doesn’t want to talk to squirrels?

Manikin

Manikin

And no, this hero does not have the power to stay still, like a mannequin. Instead, Manikin can shapeshift into three beings that represent human evolution, and each one contains its own special ability. Proto is a gloop body with an acidic substance while Ape-Man is a caveman who has great strength. As for Highbrow, he represents the future humanity with high intelligence and the power to teleport. As random as his powers can be, a game about this character would be a treat for fans!

Bouncing Boy

Bouncing Boy

His powers explains for itself -- he can inflate into a round ball and bounce. You may have probably seen this hero around in animated shows, Justice League Unlimited and Legion of Substitute Heroes, but imagine him with his own video game. He can literally be the ball of the pinball game for a mobile or console game. No matter how to take this hero in a video game setting, it will a just be as fun as his powers.

The Dazzler

The Dazzler

Disco is pretty much over, but with this superhero, disco never dies. Marvel and Casablanca records created the Dazzler in 1980, and as she sings, she shines brighter, like a disco ball. As blinding as that sounds, she could have one of those music games where the player could tap or sing to the right rhythm. All it takes is a song to flash her enemies, and bedazzle them to their despair.

Matter Eater Lad

Matter Eater Lad

You could think of this hero as the Kirby of DC comics but without any power gaining special abilities. He can eat anything. He can create tunnels under ground, escape a prison cell, and eat bombs to stop them from going off. Developers could do a lot with this hero, especially with that kind of ability. Gamers could be eating their way to save day while feeling entertained by this hero.

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And there you have it! These five heroes aren’t exact how we would picture a hero, but with powers like that, they have the potential to make the most bizarre and silly video games.

Which underrated hero deserves his or her own video game? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Obscure Villains Who Should Be in Injustice 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/8bjef/5-obscure-villains-who-should-be-in-injustice-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/8bjef/5-obscure-villains-who-should-be-in-injustice-2 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:50:02 -0500 Unclepulky

For both long-time fans of DC comics and fans of Injustice: Gods Among Us, there's a large laundry list of heroes players would like to see in Injustice 2. However, what's a great hero without a dastardly villain?

The DC universe is filled with a plethora of excellent baddies. The problem is that most of the well-known DC villains are either already in Injustice, or simply wouldn't work in a fighting game for a multitude of reasons. Despite this, I was able to come with a list of five obscure villains who'd both add diversity to the game, while also being a blast to play.

The Dead King 

The majority of my favorite DC characters are ones that the average comic book reader or gamer has never heard of. (A cookie for anyone whose ever heard of Gates.) I'm not a complete hipster, though, and among my favorite heroes there is one mainstream character: The king of the seas -- Aquaman.

Being a founding member of the Justice League and a major player in the Injustice games, it's surprising to me that none of his villains have been made playable. In early trailers for Injustice 2, we saw Black Manta, Aquaman's primary nemesis. However, it was later confirmed that he wasn't playable.

The next logical choice would probably be Aquaman's brother, Ocean Master. However, if not Black Manta, I think the best choice to represent Arthur's rogues gallery would be that world's strongest villain, The Dead King

The Dead King, AKA Atlan, is very much a tragic villain. Hundreds of years prior to his first appearance in the comics, he was the king of Atlantis. All he wanted was to live a happy life and to unite many of the Earth's races.

Things did not go well for Atlan, as his brother, Orin, usurped the his power. And just to make things worse for Atlan, Orin also murdered Atlan's wife and kids. In his rage, Atlan did what any rational thinking person would do: He hit Atlantis with his scepter...and sank it.

In addition to having unfathomable strength, Atlan is also a cryokinetic. So, if included as a playable fighter in Injustice 2, he could serve as a slow and powerful fighter, much like Doomsday in the first game -- but with the added bonus of having ice-based attacks.

For his ultimate attack, I think NetherRealm should take inspiration from his greatest feet: Sinking Atlantis. He could take out his scepter, strike the stage, and send his opponent plummeting into nothingness.

In the comics, Atlan met his end being melted in an underwater volcano by Aquaman. In the Injustice universe, though? He might just fare better.

Goth

                            

While I have different reasons for wanting to see each of these characters in Injustice 2, Goth is a character I want to see again in ANY medium because he's just really interesting.

A demon from the world of Dis, Goth lives the day-to-day life of a horror movie star, claiming to those he meets that he never takes his make-up off. Intrigued by the concepts of mortality, chaos, and death, Goth's plans involve bringing all of his fans to Hell.

Goth isn't actually evil though. He's motivated fully by his love for his fans. Yes, he genuinely believes that his fans will live better lives if they live in the Hell dimension of Dis instead of Earth.

What's more, he has a wide variety of powers he could utilize in Injustice 2. He has the standard super strength and flight you'd expect from a demon, but his capabilities are far beyond those. He has sharpened claws, he can generate fire, and, most interestingly, he's a hypnotist. 

I'm not too sure how hypnotism could be implemented in a fighting game, but I'm sure the good folks over at NetherRealm could come up with something.

 Superboy-Prime 

                                        "I'll kill you! I'll kill you to DEATH!"

The main antagonist of Injustice: Gods Among Us was a Superman who'd turned evil. While Superboy-Prime is similar in concept, he's much more terrifying. 

Haling form Earth-Prime, DC's version of "The Real World", a young Clark Kent was the only superhero on this Earth. He had all the powers of the Superman from the main DC Earth, and, inspired by all of the square jawed heroes in his comic books, he became Superboy.

Then, in the 1985 event, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth-Prime was destroyed by a wave of anti-matter. This left him without a home. So, at the end of the story, Superboy, and several other characters, went to go live in a Heaven dimension where they'd live happily ever after...

                                       And then Infinite Crisis happened...

As it turned out, in between the events of the two Crises, Superboy-Prime had been watching the main DC Earth alongside the reader. And he was very displeased by the fact that his heroes were no longer perfect. No, they had flaws and struggles. They didn't always do the right thing, and they didn't always win.

For Superboy-Prime, this was unacceptable.

And, among all the heroes who didn't live up to his standards, none was more reprehensible than the current Superboy, Connor Kent. Superboy-Prime went to Kansas to confront him, and in response, was met by the Teen Titans.

As you can see from the above image, things did not go well for them.

You see, since Superboy-Prime existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths, he has the powers of a Pre-Crisis Superman. And Pre-Crisis Superman could juggle planets with his pinkie finger.

He ripped off Risk's arm, he punched off Pantha's head, and he proceeded to go on to slaughter dozens of other heroes.

And the whole time he maintained the attitude of a spoiled child. He blamed everyone else for making him "like them", and became determined to do whatever it takes to bring back his Earth where everything was "better", and become the new Superman.

For his moveset, Superboy-Prime could be very similar to Superman. However, he would be far more vicious, and much less refined. He could be much more about brute force, instead of finesse, like the more technical Superman.

For his ultimate attack, he could re-live his most famous moment: The time he punched reality. His punch would be directed toward the player, and, in addition to inflicting massive damage, he could possibly also cause changes to the stage.

To be honest, if put into the game, I would never play as Superboy-Prime. But I would have a great time beating him up.

 Onomatopoeia

There isn't a lot I can say about Onomatopoeia because we don't know a lot about the Green Arrow and Batman villain. He's an incredibly skilled assassin, and his main gimmick is that he only speaks in sound effects. 

It may not sound like much, but he's actually a really cool character. His playstyle could be based around gun kata, and frankly, I just hope that an appearance in Injustice 2 would lead to Onomatopoeia's return to the comics.

Captain Tortollini

                                 

Despite all appearances, Wally Tortollini is possibly the greatest villain in the history of fiction.

Originally just a tabloid reporter looking for a break, Wally would hit the big time after winning a poker game against a bunch of D-list super villains. As his winnings, he received a plethora of their technology. 

Whereas any other person who probably either sell this technology or hand it over to the police, Wally decided to use it to achieve his life long dream of becoming a super villain.

And, to prove himself, he took on the Justice League.

No, I'm not talking about Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. You see, Wally was a villain in the 90's. So, at the time, the Justice League was made up of members like Booster Gold, Fire, and Guy Gardner.

While I do love these guys, they weren't exactly the most competent bunch. So, it's probably a good thing that Wally didn't even get the chance to take them on.

No, he was taken down by the same super villains whose technology he stole -- after the cops went after them because they were blamed for the crimes Wally was committing.

The tragedy of Wally Tortollini is Shakespearean in nature. He could have lived his life as a good man, had his desire to be a villain not gotten the best of him. He may have only ever been a villain in one comic, but he changed the industry forever.

If that weren't enough to make you love Captain Tortollini, his technology would be very fun to play around with in Injustice 2.

Wally packs a vast arsenal, with a power stone that grants him incredible strength. In addition, he has a special helmet that both fires star bolts and mentally controls people. Like Goth, the idea of using hypnosis in a fighting game could be very interesting.

Captain Tortollini also has bullet shooting wristbands, a crowbar, a tuning-fork gun, and even a jackhammer. If you don't think that a great move set could be made out of these weapons, I don't know what to tell you.

Which of these villains would you most want to play as? What other obscure villains would you like to see in Injustice 2? Let us know in the comments!

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Injustice 2: 10 Obscure Characters Who Should Be Playable https://www.gameskinny.com/lcu45/injustice-2-10-obscure-characters-who-should-be-playable https://www.gameskinny.com/lcu45/injustice-2-10-obscure-characters-who-should-be-playable Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:00:02 -0500 Unclepulky

Since the announcement of Injustice 2, people have been making lists of DC characters they'd most like to see playable in the game. Some of the most common characters on these lists are: Red Hood, Beast Boy, Firestorm, Starfire, and Captain Cold.

What do all of these characters have in common? Well, they're all well known by mainstream audiences. True, the average person on the street may not have heard of them, but anyone who follows comic book related material knows all about them.

As a life long comic book nerd, I'm tired of seeing nothing but popular characters dominate these lists. That's why, here, we'll be looking at the Top Ten Obscure Characters Who Should Be Playable in Injustice 2.

10. Danny the Street

Starting off, we have perhaps the most obscure character on this list.

In case the name and image didn't tip you off, Danny is literally a living street. A long-time member of the Doom Patrol, Danny's personality is fantastic. He's friendly, hyper flamboyant, and although it's very hard to make him angry, when he does get mad, his wrath is massive.

Now at this point, you're probably wondering, "Unclepulky, you handsome, comic book genius, how could a street be playable in a fighting game?"

Well, Danny has the ability to teleport, along the power to transfer his consciousness to a brick, an island, and an alley. Also, at one point, he was able to become the Earth itself.

The way I see it, Danny could be playable in a mode similar to the one in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 where you play as Galactus. You'd control the environment on a random stage, and attempt to beat an AI controlled fighter. It might be difficult to implement, but I think it could work great.

9. Elongated Man (Ralph Dibney)

Batman can eat his heart out, because the world's true greatest detective is Ralph Dibney: The Elongated Man.

A long-time member of the Justice League, and a founder of Justice League Europe, Ralph got the power of super elasticity after drinking extract of gingo fruit. He is skilled in combat due to all his experience, his expertise is solving mysteries, usually alongside his wife, Sue.

Having a character who stretches in a fighting game isn't difficult. In fact, since characters in Injustice are already more brutal than their comic counterparts, we could very easily have Ralph fighting like Monkey D. Luffy from early One Piece fighting games.

While Plastic Man would be most people's pick for a stretchy fighter, I'd go with the Elongated Man any day.

8. Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)

Yes, the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle is already confirmed to be in the game. However, there have been three Blue Beetle's over the course of the character's history. And while this spot could easily go to the archeologist with inconsistent powers, Dan Garret, I'm going with my personal favorite Blue Beetle, the genius goofball, Ted Kord.

A technical genius and a founding member of Justice League International, Ted is known in the hero community for being the class clown among them, and for "potentially" being smarter than Batman. Why did I put "potentially" in quotes? Because even though that's what the characters say, I believe without a doubt that he's smarter than Batman.

With an acrobatic fighting style, and gizmos like a sonic gun, his fighting style could be very Spiderman like, while still having its own spin. And, of course, I can't think of a better ultimate move than for Ted to call in his best friend Booster Gold to help deliver the final blow.

7. Starman (Jack Knight)

Like Blue Beetle, several people have held the mantle of Starman. However, none did the name more justice than Jack Knight.

The second son of the original Starman, Ted Knight, and a member of the Justice Society of America, Jack became a hero after his older brother, who was the Starman before him, was killed in action.

While some proficient in martial arts, that's not where Jack's true power lies. Wielding the Cosmic Rod, Jack can fly, shoot and absorb energy.

With this combination of abilities, Jack could potentially play similar to Lucario from Super Smash Bros. The lower his health bar gets, the more powerful his melee attacks and energy blasts would get. And, speaking of Super Smash Bros., Jack's ultimate attack could resemble Mega Man's final smash, and he could call in all the other Starmen to deliver a massive blast.

6. Fire and Ice (Beatriz da Costa and Tora Olafsdotter)

That's right! These characters are almost always seen together, so it seems fitting for them to share an entry.

Originally members of the Global Guardians, Fire and Ice later joined the Justice League International. These two are best friends, and while the love of Ice's life is and always will be Guy Gardner, there's also strong romantic subtext in their relationship. This could provide some fun interactions between the two.

While Beatriz is an extroverted former model, Tora is an introverted ice goddess. These natures are reflected by their powers, which, as you'd expect, are the ability to generate fire and the ability to generate ice respectively.

I shouldn't even have to explain what the movesets of these characters could be. Any developer worth his salt should be able to come up with fire and ice based characters.

5. Mera

Everyone knows who Aquaman is. Whether or not they know him for being one of the greatest heroes in all of comics, even better than Batman, or for being the butt of jokes is a different story, but he's not who I'm talking about here.

Aquaman's wife, Mera of Xebel, is arguably even more of awesome than her husband.

Short tempered and serious minded, Mera is almost as strong as her husband, and through her ability to control water, is even more powerful. Naturally, she can do things like summon waves and create hard-water objects, the ability that makes just a wee bit overpowered is her ability to dehydrate people just by looking at them.

I can see her ultimate now: Filled with rage, she raises her arm, and we slowly see all of the fluid in her enemy get drained away until they're nothing but dust.

4. Catman (Thomas Blake)

Originally nothing but a minor Batman villain, as a member of the Secret Six, Thomas Blake has become a much more rich and nuanced character than Bruce Wayne could ever hope to be.

The world's greatest tracker, Catman is an absolutely brutal fighter, deadly in hand to hand combat, and thanks to his claws, very few of his fights end without blood flying.

When he gets angry, he goes completely feral. This could be integrated into his play style in that when he drops down to half of his health, he could start fighting on all fours. His attacks would get stronger, but he'd lose the ability to block.

Also, Deadshot is in the game. And in the comics, those two have a hilarious relationship/rivalry, which could lead to a plethora of funny interactions.

3. Ragdoll (Peter Merkel Jr.)

Two Secret Six members in a row? Works for me!

Ragdoll, AKA Peter Merkel Jr., is one of DC's least child friendly characters of all time. Lets count the ways: His dad was a sociopathic cult leader, he had an incestuous relationship with his criminally insane sister, his genitalia has been surgically removed, and any attempt to fight him will more than likely result in one or more of your limbs being removed.

Truly demented, Ragdoll had all of his joints removed and replaced with fully-rotating, self-lubricating, prosthetics. As a result, his flexibility in unmatched by anyone's.

Ragdoll could potentially be a top-tier fighter, with a heavy focus on combos. He could jump all over and around his opponent, pulling off some absolutely brutal maneuvers.

2. Orphan (Cassandra Cain)

MY FAVORITE SUPERHERO OF ALL TIME!!!

I love this girl. And I have no qualms about saying that she's one of my all time favorite fictional characters, and is the character most worthy of taking on the mantle of Batman.

And even though Barbara Gordon is unfortunately most likely going to be in the game as Batgirl, Cassandra has held more positions than just Batgirl, including her current alias, Orphan.

Caring, determined, friendly, Cassandra has both one of the most compelling backstories in comics, having been raised by the assassin David Cain to be the ultimate warrior, but never speaking to her.

Because of this, Cass learned to speak in the language of violence, able to understand people just by how they moved, and able to predict people's moves before they made them.

Despite her father's intentions for her to become a killer, Cassandra has a hatred for murder, and, save for when she's written poorly, would always rather die than take a life herself.

Cassandra Cain is the greatest martial artist in the DC Universe, and as such, her play style would be all about hand-to-hand combat. Like Ragdoll, she'd be all about the combos.

1. The Legion of Superheroes (Any of Them)

Injustice is meant to be the definitive DC fighting game. And frankly, it just wouldn't seem right if no members of one of DC's oldest teams made it into Injustice 2. 

The Legion, made up of teenagers from the 30th Century, has had over 100 members throughout its almost 60 year history. So, as a rapid fire list, here are my Top Ten Legionaries I Want in Injustice 2. 

10. Andromeda: A xenophobic terrorist with all the powers of Superman, she went on to redeem herself, becoming a space nun.

9. Umbra: With a bitchy attitude and the ability to control and manipulate darkness, the guardian of Talok VIII would make a great addition to the roster.

8. Leviathan: Head strong and rash, this boy with the ability to grow giant sized is one of the Legion's longest serving members, and also had one of the most tragic deaths during their 90's incarnation.

7. Chameleon: A Durlan spiritual leader with the power to shapeshift into literally anything, the possibilities for this character's move set are endless.

6. Bouncing Boy: One of DC's silliest characters, Chuck Taine beats his foes by bouncing on them. And what more is there to life than that? Well, love, I suppose. And in the first incarnation of the Legion, he went on to marry...

5. Triad: You thought playing as two characters at once as the Ice Climbers in Smash Bros was fun? With Luornu, you'd have to tackle playing as three girls at once.

4. Livewire: My favorite founding member of the Legion, Garth Ranzz can generate electricity, and if any Legionnaire gets included, it'll most likely be him.

3. Gates: An insectoid alien with firm Communist beliefs, Gates can... wait, I don't even need to say what his power is. That premise alone should be enough to sell you on his greatness!

2. Ferro: A boy with the power to turn himself into iron, Andrew Nolan, depending on which incarnation of the team you look at, is either one of the universe's greatest heroes, willingly sacrificing himself just a few issues after his introduction... or he's an adorable little cinnamon roll who you just want to hug.

And number one is:

1. Karate Kid: While Cassandra Cain may be the best martial artist in the 21st Century, in the future that title belongs to Val Armorr.

The Legion were my introduction to comics, and so, above all else, I hope that one of them gets into Injustice 2.

Which Characters Do You Want in Injustice 2? Do You Like Any of My Picks? Let Me Know in the Comments!

Aside: if you're wondering why I keep taking shots at Batman, the answer is simple: I'm petty and I hate him.

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Injustice (Mobile) - Rebirth Raven Challenge Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/jecq9/injustice-mobile-rebirth-raven-challenge-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/jecq9/injustice-mobile-rebirth-raven-challenge-mode Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Azarath... Metrion...ZINTHOS!

Christmas is here and players of Injustice: Gods Among Us get to unwrap a new Challenge Mode gift.

Rebirth Raven is a potent addition with a powerful new passive ability, Demonic Pact. As Raven tags in, she power-drains her opponent (if they have more power built-up that she does).

And when she's teamed with the other Rebirth characters (like Wally West and Jessica Cruz), she will get triple energy per critical hit.  

Daddy's Little Girl

For each set of battles you win, you get a piece of Rebirth Raven's wardrobe (Blades, Cloak, Belt, Hood, Feather). If you complete all five challenges, then Raven joins your Injustice coven (Collection).

There are 63 battles ahead of you, so here's this pirate Amazon's tips:

  • Challenge 1: Bronze Characters Only -- Many Bronze characters, like Green Lantern, Deathstroke, Nightwing or Flash, have great 2nd attacks.
  • Challenge 2:  Black Adam Must Be On Your Team -- Adam's base ability to turn enemy attacks back on themselves when he tags in makes him great in the second slot. And his first attack, Electric Burst, can be very effective.
  • Challenge 3: Bronze or Silver Characters Only -- Many Bronze characters at high levels can compete with Silvers thought I love Silver Bane and Doomsday for the 2nd Level Attacks.
  • Challenge 4: Harley Quinn Must Be On Your Team -- The psycho girlfriend is a good support character at all levels, including the new Suicide Squad version. All versions have solid 1st level attacks, though I'm never been a fan of her Bag of Tricks 2nd Attack.
  • Challenge 5:  Lex Luthor Be On Your Team -- Lex is primarily a power drainer with decent 2nd level attacks. Put him up front or bring him to rob the AI of their big attacks. Fortunately, there are Bronze, Silver and Gold versions of him out there. 
A Little Something for Your Superhero Stocking

Remember, you don't need to complete all the challenges to win something. There are still goodies to be had by just trying your best.

  • 24 Fights Won -- Free Bronze Booster Pack (worth 8,000 credits)
  • 36 Fights Won -- +15,000 Power Credits
  • 48 Fights Won -- Free Silver Booster Pack (worth 35,000 credits)

NOTE: This Challenge Mode ends Jan. 5th.

Titans GO!

For those who aren't fans of what Cartoon Network has done with the Teen Titans, Benjamin Percy and Jonboy Meyers used The Rebirth series to take the Titans in a whole new direction.

Now being led by Damien Wayne's Robin, the old members are getting some makeovers. Like this new version of Raven.

But, she's still the daughter of a demon (Trigon) and still dealing with keeping her emotion in check so she can control her immense magical powers.

This incarnation of Rachel Roth will be a welcome addition to the Rebirth series of Injustice characters. 

As always, Injustice: Gods Among Us is FREE-TO-PLAY. Download your copy from iTunes and Google Play.

What would you like to see added to Injustice in 2017? Are you excited for the new Injustice 2 console game coming out next year?

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Injustice (Mobile) - Breakthrough Mode and Jessica Cruz Challenge https://www.gameskinny.com/75n05/injustice-mobile-breakthrough-mode-and-jessica-cruz-challenge https://www.gameskinny.com/75n05/injustice-mobile-breakthrough-mode-and-jessica-cruz-challenge Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:18:21 -0500 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Injustice: Gods Among Us premiered as a mobile app in 2013 and it's still going strong, even while fighting game fans of the console version wait for the release of Injustice 2.

However, it has been some time since a major update, back when Survival Mode and Augmentations were introduced. After three years of super hero combat, many players have maxed out a lot of their characters and may be hitting the wall. Well, it's time to break through that wall!

Breakthrough is a special challenge where players can win a chance to promote a character beyond the Elite VII and Level 50 maximums. You just have to beat Ares. You know, the God of War!

Tear Down This Wall!

To begin, select the Breakthrough option at the top of the screen.

This will bring up the Team Selection menu. The Breakthrough Challenges cycle, so it could be a Bronze Breakthrough, a Silver or a Gold.

Select ONLY characters that are maxed out (Level 50 AND Elite VII). At least one of them must not have already been promoted.

You'll face three battles vs. AI teams chosen to take you down. The final battle is a Boss Battle against Ares. Beware! This Boss Version of Ares has an INSTANT KO ability - RAGE.

There's one chance to protect yourself, when you see Ares power it up. Time your block, but you have to nail it exactly. But, it's not impossible.

If victorious in battle, you can then select one character on the team to be promoted to a new higher level. Characters max out at Elite 10. Good luck.

Rebirth Jessica Cruz Challenge!

Power Ring

A crime victim who was once forced to wear the villainous Ring of Volthoom, Jessica Cruz would later free herself of its control and become a Green Lantern. Now, you have a chance to add her to your Injustice: Gods Among Us roster.

This new Green Lantern is based on Jessica Cruz from the Rebirth storyline. She has a new ability (Lantern's Might), which gives an added 2nd Level attack for each Lantern character on her team (Hal Jordan, John Stewart and even Green Lantern Sinestro). 

Unlike the Turbine Smash 1st level attack wielded by Hal Jordan and John Stewart, Jessica has a new, but similar Battering Ram strike, with her unique second attack power being Getting The Hang of This, a series of Lantern ring-powered blows and strikes.

Beware My Power!

Complete all five challenges to add Rebirth Jessica Cruz to your roster, and then you can later attempt the more challenging Expert version, or maybe try for Nightmare level.

For each set of battles you win, you get a part of Jessica's Green Lantern gear (Emblem, Gloves, Ring, Boots, and Eye Patch). Once you have won all five challenges, a Gold Level Jessica Cruz is added to your collection.

And, you don't have to complete all of the battles to win prizes:

  • 24 Fights Won - Free Bronze Booster Pack (worth 8,000 credits)
  • 36 Fights Won - +15,000 Power Credits
  • 48 Fights Won - Free Silver Booster Pack (worth 35,000 credits)

This Challenge Mode runs until Thursday, December 22nd.

Eye Patch on the Prize

Here's some of our tips for conquering all 63 battles needed to win.

  • Challenge 1: Bronze Characters Only - We're big fans of an energy drainer like Luthor or Nightwing to deflect and build power, then Green Lantern for his Rocket Barrage or Deathstroke for Full Auto.

  • Challenge 2:  Flash Must Be On Your Team - Injustice has a number of Flash characters you can choose from, like Bronze Prime, New 52, Elseworld, Metahuman, Reverse and new Wally West. All Flash characters have the Lightning Kick first attack, and the only real downside is most second attacks for Flash characters tend to be easier to block.

  • Challenge 3: Bronze or Silver Characters Only - Similar to Challenge 1. Use Nightwing or Luthor to drain and use silver Bane's great 2nd attack.

  • Challenge 4:  Sinestro Must Be On Your Team - All of four versions of Sinestro have Death From Above, which is a strong first attack. Also, they all receive a passive bonus when an opponent tags out, so you could bring him in against a weakened enemy who will retreat.

  • Challenge 5: Superman Must Be On Your Team - The only real downside here is that since ALL Superman characters are Gold, you either have to buy one or find one in Gold packs. His Flying Punch first attack is always a good solid strike.
Rebirth

In 1994, DC Comics made the decision to remove Hal Jordan as the primary Green Lantern character. They replaced him with Kyle Rayner.

The Rebirth story resurrected Hal Jordan after he had become the villain Parallax.  He again assumed his place as Earth's Green Lantern.

Hal named Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz new protectors of Earth, so the Rebirth version of her has been added to the roster. The Injustice update 2.13 also added a Rebirth version of The Flash (Wally West) and Raven.

Are there other Green Lantern characters you would love to see in Injustice like Guy Gardener or Kilowog? 

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The Best Superhero Games You Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/d1php/the-best-superhero-games-you-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/d1php/the-best-superhero-games-you-should-play Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 EdWade

With so many superhero movies out at the moment and a ton still yet to come in 2017, superheroes are well and truly in! Marvel started off the whole trend, with the initial release of Iron Man. For fans of the comics it was set to be a dream come true, as whole host of heroes were set to make their big screen debuts. DC then decided to take things into their own hands and went on to do a ‘Marvel’ of their own. The two companies now have a whole host of films already set to come out in the next few years.

With comic book franchises coming out left, right and centre, games have also been flowing out. So, which ones have been the best, from past experience turning a movie into a game is never easy.

Lego Marvel Superheroes

The Lego games have already proved that just about everything is better in brick! They started off with Star Wars Lego, but things certainly reached a new level with the Marvel games. Given a free world to roam in, with a whole host of characters, make it a relaxing fun game. With so many different characters available, the game works in a very similar way to the movies, making every one of them feel important.

For those hoping for a serious intense game, don’t go any further, but for those hoping for some simple fun, with some great puns, this is the game for you. There is simply nothing more satisfying than smashing things up with Thor’s Hammer!

Injustice God’s Among Us

Ever thought what would happen if the biggest heroes and villains of the DC Universe would fight each other? Although Superman Vs Batman has pretty much answered those questions for us, here is the perfect chance for you to test things out for yourself. The story in Injustice God’s Among Us revolves around an alternate timeline in where Superman actually decided to murder the Joker, bringing in an age in which heroes are almost tyrannical, with the power having gone to their head.

Injustice God’s Among Us is a fantastic fighting game, one which is definitely for the fans. It has so many heavy and satisfying attacks, as well as a wealth of unlockable alternate costumes, which will only whet the appetite of DC supporters.

Batman Arkham Knight

Batman is arguably DC’s biggest and best superhero, so a top quality game was only going to add to his legacy. Arkham Knight is the pinnacle of the Arkham series and is exactly the sort of Batman game that fans want. It’s dark, gritty and violent, everything which the caped crusader is about!

Batman’s skills are well honed and the fighting is well co-ordinated with lots of good combos, in order to complete satisfying moves. It’s great to be able to get some of the other characters involved, with the opportunity for Batgirl or Robin to join you. It’s a great way to round off Batman’s best ever game -- even with the PC issues.

X-Men Origins Wolverine

Much like Arkham Knight is a perfect Batman game, this is undoubtedly a perfect Wolverine game. It feels like it’s made for the hardcore fans and not for the general comic book follower. Full of gore and anger, it’s a game that is all about Wolverine.

Given a rating of an 18, it doesn’t hold back, allowing you to fully unleash the Wolverine. With a great range of kill moves, it fits into how the movies have worked. With so many Marvel films being made for family consumption, it’s refreshing to get a game which genuinely doesn’t hold back.

Spider-Man Web Of Shadows

There have been tons of good Spiderman games, arguably the most famous comic book character of all time. The web slinging, crime fighting youngster has been a huge hit on the big screen and has been just as successful in the gaming world.

Web Of Shadows has to be the best though. It’s got the best graphics and gameplay, and is a fantastic all round package.

The game has lot’s of great Spidey features, with a fantastic real life looking Manhattan. Brilliant combat moves, with some really great Spiderman powers. It also finally properly pits you against the hero’s ultimate enemy, Venom.

 

There have been a whole host of great superhero games, not all of them even DC or Marvel! But based on purity for the fans, surely these have to be the best? Providing fans with characterizations, and storylines which stay true to the characters in the comic books.

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UPDATE - Injustice (Mobile) - Blackest Night Batman Challenge Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/uwiva/update-injustice-mobile-blackest-night-batman-challenge-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/uwiva/update-injustice-mobile-blackest-night-batman-challenge-mode Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:28:59 -0500 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Holy Second Helping, Batman!

To go along with all the leftover turkey, reheated stuffing and uneaten sweet potatoes this holiday weekend, NetherRealm Studios has brought back a special Injustice: Gods Among Us Challenge Mode! 

The Blackest Knight returns! Following their Halloween Blackest Night Hawkgirl event, Injustice brings back the resurrected walking corpse of Batman from the Blackest Night story arc.

Challenge of the Undead

NetherRealms scoops up a familiar five-course serving of superhero fisticuffs!

For each set of battles you win, you get a part of Black Lantern Batman's gear (Cowl, Utility Belt, Black Lantern Ring, Gauntlet, Batarang)If you win all five challenges, then the Gold Level Blackest Night Batman is added to your collection.

Here's some leftover Thanksgiving tips for fighting the rehashed 63 battles needed to win your Blackest Night Batman.

  • Challenge 1: Bronze Characters Only - An energy drainer like Luthor or Nightwing first can deflect and help your tanks build power, like Green Lantern with Rocket Barrage or Deathstroke for Full Auto.
  • Challenge 2:  Catwoman Must Be On Your Team - Selina Kyle's primary attack is the damage over time Cat Claws. Silver Catwoman's 2nd Attack - Cat Scratch is quite potent. Of course, if you happen to have Batman Returns Catwoman, so much the better.
  • Challenge 3: Bronze or Silver Characters Only - Like Challenge 1, use a power drainer like Nightwing or Luthor, and silver Cyborg's Power Fist is a powerful 2nd attack.
  • Challenge 4: Nightwing Must Be On Your Team - With three Nightwing characters, nearly everyone has one. All three have Ground Sparks to drain opponents and give teammates time to build up power.
  • Challenge 5:  Joker Must Be On Your Team - All original Jokers have Bang!, which is a strong first attack. Their second attacks are all Damage Over Time. Team him with a tank like Bane or Doomsday and a Harley Quinn, if you have one.
Didn't Clean Your Plate?

Remember, you don't need to complete all the challenges to win something. There's still goodies to be had by just trying your best.

  • 24 Fights Won - Free Bronze Booster Pack (worth 8,000 credits)
  • 36 Fights Won - +15,000 Power Credits
  • 48 Fights Won - Free Silver Booster Pack (worth 35,000 credits)

You have until Dec. 8th to re-heat this classic dish.

Bring Back Your Dead! Bring Back Your Dead!

The Blackest Night series of DC comics created a story arc of the Black Lanterns, who were resurrecting dead superheroes and villains into a growing army that threatened to engulf the universe.

In both the mobile and console editions of Injustice: Gods Among Us, there have been several Blackest Night versions of popular DC heroes and villains.

Want a real Black Friday deal?

Injustice is always FREE-TO-PLAY from iTunes and Google Play.

Who's your favorite Blackest Night Character? Hawkgirl? Doomsday?

Which Injustice character would you like to see added to the Black Lantern Corps?

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Injustice (Mobile) - Blackest Night Hawkgirl Challenge https://www.gameskinny.com/lu8dn/injustice-mobile-blackest-night-hawkgirl-challenge https://www.gameskinny.com/lu8dn/injustice-mobile-blackest-night-hawkgirl-challenge Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:26:30 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

The Dead Shall Rise

All Hallow's Eve is now upon us as is Mexico's Day of the Dead. What a perfect time for another new member of the sinister Black Lantern Corps to emerge from the darkness.

This special version of Hawkgirl has a new ability (Necrotic Lifeforce) which gives her health back if ANYONE in the battle is knocked out. And it can even resurrect any of her Blackest Night team members if they were already down.

An ability like that makes her a perfect tag-team partner for any of the other Black Lantern Corp. members.

A new second attack power Nth Blackness, a series of Necron-powered blows and mace smashes, has also been added.

This Challenge Mode runs until Friday, November 11th.

Taste the Mace!

Complete all five challenges to add Hawkgirl to your roster, and you can attempt a more challenging Expert version, then go for Nightmare level.

For each set of battles you win, you get a part of Shayera's gear (Mace, Boots, Buckle, Ring, and Helmet). Once you have won all five challenges, a Gold Level Hawkgirl is added to your collection.

But, you don't have to complete all of the battles to win a prize:

  • 24 Fights Won - Free Bronze Booster Pack (worth 8,000 credits)
  • 36 Fights Won - +15,000 Power Credits
  • 48 Fights Won - Free Silver Booster Pack (worth 35,000 credits)
The Best Laid Plans

Here's some tips for conquering the 63 battles needed to win your Blackest Night Hawkgirl.

  • Challenge 1: Bronze Characters Only - Use an energy drainer like Luthor or Nightwing up front to deflect and build power, then Green Lantern for his Rocket Barrage or Deathstroke for Full Auto.
  • Challenge 2:  Batman Must Be On Your Team - The only downside here is that ALL Batman characters are Gold. So, if you don't have him yet, you're going to have to cough up some heavy credits. Their basic first attack Explosive Batrang isn't that powerful but can stun for a better follow-up. The Insurgency Batman's Lunge Kick is quite potent.
  • Challenge 3: Bronze or Silver Characters Only - This is similar to Challenge 1. Use Nightwing or Luthor to drain, and silver Bane has a great 2nd attack.
  • Challenge 4:  Joker Must Be On Your Team - All of the original Jokers have Bang!, which is a strong first attack. Their second attacks are all Damage Over Time. Team him with a tank like Bane or Doomsday and a Harley Quinn, if you have one.
  • Challenge 5: NIghtwing Must Be On Your Team - The plus side is that there three Nightwing characters and nearly everyone has one. All three have Ground Sparks to drain opponents and give his teammates time to build up their own attacks.
The Darkness Grows

With the release of Blackest Night Hawkgirl, the ranks of the Black Lanterns becomes even more powerful.

Blackest Night Martian Manhunter power drains. Blackest Night Doomsday and Blackest Night Batman's strength and damage grow as their opponents weaken.

Combining any of them with Blackest Night Hawkgirl will make a very dangerous team, since her basic ability can REVIVE other Blackest Night characters.

The console versions of Injustice: Gods Among Us released two Blackest Night Skin Packs. So far, the Blackest Night versions of The Flash, Aquaman, and Superman have NOT appeared on the mobile version. Yet.

Which Injustice character would you love to see a Blackest Night version of? Are there other special versions of your favorite DC characters that NetherRealms should add to Injustice?

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Injustice (Mobile) - Justice League Wonder Woman Challenge Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/f0a98/injustice-mobile-justice-league-wonder-woman-challenge-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/f0a98/injustice-mobile-justice-league-wonder-woman-challenge-mode Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:41:22 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Just In Time for Justice

To coincide with Wonder Woman's 75th Anniversary and the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us v2.12, a classic version of Wonder Woman is re-released for a one-week Challenge Mode.

This version of the Amazon Princess has a new basic ability. Justice League Fury means anytime Diana unleashes her special attacks, her fellow League members get a power boost. The bigger the attack, the more power they get.

A short Challenge Mode is often a filler for a bigger event or new character and in this case, get ready for Blackest Night Hawkgirl! She will be very coming soon; likely released as a Halloween special Challenge.

Or, impatient players can buy an Early Access Pack now.

But to get your hands on this special Justice League version of Wonder Woman, time is short. You only have until Thursday, October 27th to join the battle and claim your victory.

Strap On Your Armor

Earning Diana means overcoming of a series of five challenges. Complete them all, and you can attempt a more challenging Expert version, then go for Nightmare level.

For each set of battles you win, you get a part of Wonder Woman's gear (Lasso, Shield, Tiara, Armored Skirt, and Sword). Once you have won all five challenges, a Gold Level Wonder Woman is added to your collection.

But, you don't have to complete all of the battles to win a prize:

  • 24 Fights Won - Free Bronze Booster Pack (worth 8,000 credits)
  • 36 Fights Won - +15,000 Power Credits
  • 48 Fights Won - Free Silver Booster Pack (worth 35,000 credits)
The Best Laid Plans

Before going into battle, an Amazon plots her strategy. Here's some tactics for conquering your foes.

  • Challenge 1: Bronze Characters Only - Use an energy drainer front to deflect and build power, then Green Lantern for his Rocket Barrage.
  • Challenge 2:  Deathstroke Must Be On Your Team - Silver Deathstroke has one of my favorite 1st level attacks: Point Blank. And of course if you have Red Son Deathstroke... bring it.
  • Challenge 3: Bronze or Silver Characters Only - This is similar to Challenge 1. Use Nightwing or Luthor to drain, and silver Bane has a great 2nd attack.
  • Challenge 4:  Doomsday Must Be On Your Team - Gold Level Doomsday is one of the single most powerful characters in Injustice. But, you may have to settle for Silver's Super Nova attack.
  • Challenge 5: Lobo Must Be On Your Team - The real downside of this is that Lobo is a Gold Level character. So if you don't already own him, you'll have to cough up the 182,000 credits.
Create Your Own Amazon Army

To celebrate Diana Prince's 75th Anniversary as a DC Comics character, Injustice is offering a special Wonder Woman Booster Pack.

For 750,000 credits you get all the Wonder Woman support cards, Sword and Shield gear and:

  • Silver Wonder Woman
  • Regime Wonder Woman
  • Wonder Woman 600
  • Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman

Which version of the Amazon Princess is your favorite? Do you have a go-to combo when using Wonder Woman in Injustice?

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Injustice (Mobile) - Blackest Night Martian Manhunter Challenge https://www.gameskinny.com/e09aa/injustice-mobile-blackest-night-martian-manhunter-challenge https://www.gameskinny.com/e09aa/injustice-mobile-blackest-night-martian-manhunter-challenge Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:23:14 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

It seems like a spooky tradition for the mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us to offer a Challenge Mode featuring a Blackest Night version of a popular character -- starting with a Blackest Night Batman in 2013. 

...The Dead Shall Rise

In 2009, DC released a mini-series featuring Green Lantern, the Green Lantern Corp. and the Justice League focusing on a corps of Black Lanterns.

They were resurrecting fallen members of the Green Lantern Corp and later members of the Justice League into a powerful force that could have potentially destroyed the universe.

This version of Blackest Night Martian Manhunter first appeared in the series when Flash and Hal Jordan went to check on the grave of Bruce Wayne.

A.K.A. J'onn J'onzz

This special version of Martian Manhunter first appeared in a Halloween time challenge last year. Unlike the Prime version of Martian Manhunter, this Blackest Night variation has a basic ability called Shifter, which cycles through several offensive buffs.

He also has a different 2nd level attack, Soul Survivor, which is a series of shape-shifting strikes. J'onn also has a strong starting health and a decent power rating. 

Shifting Into Shape

Earning Martian Manhunter means overcoming of a series of five challenges. Complete them all, and you can attempt a more challenging Expert version, then go for Nightmare level. You only have until Thursday, October 20th!

For each set of battles you win, you get a part of J'onn's gear (Boots, Medallion, Ring, Emblem and Cape). Once you have won all five challenges, a Gold Level Martian Manhunter is added to your collection.

But, you don't have to complete all of the battles to win a prize:

  • 24 Fights Won - Free Bronze Booster Pack (worth 8,000 credits)
  • 36 Fights Won - +15,000 Power Credits
  • 48 Fights Won - Free Silver Booster Pack (worth 35,000 credits)
The Next Phase

The following are a few tips on what you're in for, but feel free to try your own tactics:

  • Challenge 1: Bronze Characters Only - Use Nightwing or Luthor up front to deflect and drain and bronze Deathstroke for his special attacks.
  • Challenge 2:  Cyborg Must Be On Your Team - The bronze and silver Cyborgs have weak 1st attacks, but silver Cyborg's Power Fist is WHOMP.
  • Challenge 3: Bronze or Silver Characters Only - This is similar to Challenge 1. Use Nightwing or Luthor to drain, and silver Bane has a great 2nd attack.
  • Challenge 4: Sinestro Must Be On Your Team - All of the Sinestros' 'Death from Above' attacks are pretty strong. If you have him, Gold Green Lantern Sinestro's 2nd attack is quite potent.
  • Challenge 5: Lex Luthor Must Be On Your Team - With Lex being a power-drainer, it's best to back him up with a heavy hitter. Or, keep silver Lex in reserve to power up his bigger attacks.
Time Is Short

Unlike most Challenge Modes, which last about 3 weeks, this special holiday challenge ends on Thursday, Oct. 20th. So don't wait too long, or this ghastly version of Martian Manhunter will phase out until next Halloween.

Any special tips you can give fellow Injustice players on how to beat the Challenge Mode? Let us know!

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New Suicide Squad update for Injustice: Gods Among Us out now https://www.gameskinny.com/s6l4n/new-suicide-squad-update-for-injustice-gods-among-us-out-now https://www.gameskinny.com/s6l4n/new-suicide-squad-update-for-injustice-gods-among-us-out-now Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:39:56 -0400 Amy Turnbull

Popular mobile game Injustice: Gods Among Us has released a new Suicide Squad-themed update, now available to download, to celebrate the release of the Warner Bros. movie on August 5th.

The free-to-play collectible card game was initially released back in 2013, and has seen a number of updates since then, along with numerous upgrades available for purchase in-game.

This most recent update includes Suicide Squad versions of Harley Quinn, new character addition Deadshot, and two versions of The Joker (Suicide Squad Joker, and Suicide Squad Joker Unhinged). Developer Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have revealed that the update also promises “new Challenges, new MP Seasons, epic gear and companion cards”.

Fans of the game will be pleased to know that there will also be an in-game event on August 5th 2016 to tie-in to the Suicide Squad movie release, with a limited time only offer of a Daily Gold Booster pack for the heavily discounted price of just 100 Power Credits.

Injustice: Gods Among Us is available for download on the iOS App Store, and Google Play for Android users.

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Heroes Assemble -- Injustice 2 CONFIRMED! https://www.gameskinny.com/4fuk8/heroes-assemble-injustice-2-confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/4fuk8/heroes-assemble-injustice-2-confirmed Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:12:45 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

With E3 just around the corner, more and more games have been getting revealed. Rumors of a sequel to the DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us have been building up after GameStop received posters with the game's alleged logo on it. To put an end to the rumors, Warner Brothers officially announced Injustice 2 with this trailer.

The original Injustice came out in 2013 and was based in an alternate universe where the Joker tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane. Following that, Superman creates a new world order and Batman creates a team to stop him. 

Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk.

In addition to the heroes that were introduced in the original Injustice, several new characters will be added -- including Gorilla Grodd and Atrocitus. 

If you have the Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile game, you can unlock Injustice 2 skins for Superman and Aquaman through in-game challenge modes.

The game is set to release in 2017 for Xbox One and Playstation 4. Hopefully we will see more of Injustice 2 at E3 next week. 

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Injustice 2 Leaked Ahead of E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/ecrjl/injustice-2-leaked-ahead-of-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/ecrjl/injustice-2-leaked-ahead-of-e3 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:39:03 -0400 Daniel Lopez

Seems next to impossible to keep a secret in the gaming industry lately. The sequel to NetherRealm Studio's fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us has been outed and is expected to be revealed in a few weeks during E3.

Thanks to a "helpful tipster", a snapshot for what is assumed to be a promotional poster was sent to Polygon. In addition to the poster, Polygon also reported that letters sent to Gamestop managers were shared with the news outlet. The letter explained that the limited edition posters were to be given to customers who pre-order Injustice 2, while supplies last.

Following the report, NetherRealm Studio's director and founder Ed Boon essentially confirmed the rumor with this less-than-cryptic tweet.

Despite the lack of an official announcement, it looks like fans of the Injustice series can start popping the champagne bottles ahead of E3.

Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game by Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios that pits heroes and villains from the DC Universe against one another.

Video game leaks are apparently trending lately, seeing as how Dead Rising 4 and Destiny's "Rise of Iron"  both had their secrets unveiled recently ahead of schedule.

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Samsung Releases Injustice Batman-Themed Phone To Celebrate...Something? https://www.gameskinny.com/m5u6f/samsung-releases-injustice-batman-themed-phone-to-celebratesomething https://www.gameskinny.com/m5u6f/samsung-releases-injustice-batman-themed-phone-to-celebratesomething Wed, 01 Jun 2016 06:33:52 -0400 Justin White

In case you didn't play the Mortal Kombat-style DC Universe fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us when it came out three years ago, Samsung has got you covered with a brand new Galaxy S7 which bares the Dark Knight's insignia, has a few Waynetech style apps, and comes with both the Gear VR headset and the Android OS version of Injustice.

Samsung is introducing its Batman-emblazoned Galazy S7 to China, Russia, America, Korea, and few other limited markets in June, just months after Batman Versus Superman: Dawn Of Justice put a really dour damper on Whatever The Next DC Film Was Going To Be: We're Sorry About Zack Snyder, and some three years after the Android version of Injustice was originally released. The timing really could not be stranger. That said the phone really does look gorgeous and bat-tastic. 

See for yourself: 

And here's an official video of its unboxing:

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Celebrate Batman Day with DC and your local stores https://www.gameskinny.com/tkl9a/celebrate-batman-day-with-dc-and-your-local-stores https://www.gameskinny.com/tkl9a/celebrate-batman-day-with-dc-and-your-local-stores Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:34:41 -0400 Andrea Koenig

Batman fans can head on over to their local stores or online this Saturday, September 26, dubbed "Batman Day," to get a variety of discounted and exclusive Batman games and products.

Below will be how to celebrate Batman Day in a few major stores, but if you'd like to find out what else is available in your area, like exclusive talent signings, you can find your local Batman Day Celebration right here.

The DC Website

DC is offering a huge deal on comics: Get over 1000 different Batman comics for .99 cents each from stores like Amazon, Google Play, the NOOK Store, and the iTunes store from now until September 28.

Fans can also enter one or all of the Batman Day Sweepstakes for a chance at winning special baby items, children's items, or adult figures and memorabilia in three different giveaways. For September 26 only.

The Batman Day Giveaway for Grown-Ups includes Batman: Arkham Knight figures and comics as well as the Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Injustice: Gods Among Us video games.

GameStop

Here are some highlights of what you can get your hands on at GameStop:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight for XBox One and PS4 - $59.99
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Cowl Replica - $399.99
  • POP! Vinyl figures of Batman: Arkham Knight characters - $10.99
  • Character statues from the Batman: Arkham series - $124.99
  • Jim Lee Batman BlueLine Edition Action Figure: SDCC Edition - $39.99
  • Batman: Arkham City 4 Pack figure set - $59.99

There are also special GameStop Exclusive items:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Prop Replica of the Batarang - $29.99
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Tshirts - $9.99
  • Batman Arkham Knight Collector's Edition Strategy Guide - $36.99
  • Batman Arkham Knight Normal Strategy Guide - $24.99
  • Xbox One Lunar White Controller - $64.99

Batman fans will also get access to other apparel, toys, figures, and memorabilia. All of this is only available for these prices September 26.

PlayStation Store

The PlayStation Store plans on offering up to 60% discounts on its Batman games, such as the Batman: Arkham series and the LEGO Batman series.

Get yourself Batman: Arkham Knight for $74.99 and the Season Pass for $29.99 as part of the PlayStation "Deals of the Week" until September 30.

For the complete list of discounted Batman games, check out the Batman Day participating games list here.

Remember to check here to see DC's list of businesses participating in Batman Day. You can also check in at your local game shop, bookstore, or comic books store to see if they will be participating in any way.

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Queens of Blades: Top 10 sword-swinging divas https://www.gameskinny.com/00ti1/queens-of-blades-top-10-sword-swinging-divas https://www.gameskinny.com/00ti1/queens-of-blades-top-10-sword-swinging-divas Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:30:02 -0400 David Fisher

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This brings us to the end of our top 10 list of sword-swinging divas. I have got to admit... unlike the Girls with Guns list I did last week, this list was actually quite difficult to come up with. It's great that there's a decent selection of swordswomen, but the problem is that not many of them are well known or playable.

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I guess this is where I leave it to you, readers! What other sword-maidens can you come up with? Where would you put them on this list? Do you disagree with my placements? Leave your opinions and ideas in the comments section below!

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#1: Nariko - Heavenly Sword

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When people think of swordsmen with a god complex, over-the-top fighting, and twin chained blades they often think of God of War's Kratos. When angry feminist extremists ask me why there isn't a female "God of War", my answer used to be the most obvious: "Athena's Revenge" doesn't exactly fit the character. However, ever since 2007 I've been able to avoid getting slapped across the face by pointing at this beauty here.

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Nariko is the oppressed heroine of Heavenly Sword, a character who has literally spent her entire life being belittled by her clan on the grounds that ever since her birth she "should not have been." Everyone believed Nariko to be a curse, a portent of doom, and she eventually accepted this as truth. However, this would not stop Nariko from becoming the savior of her people by wielding the Heavenly Sword, fully aware of the fact that it would consume her soul as a result.

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Aside from essentially being a copycat in terms of gameplay to Kratos from God of War, Nariko is one of the strongest female protagonists in the history of gaming. Why? Because she literally takes the place of the male hero without any modifications for the sake of gender roles. When she says that a deity "would be reborn, in the body of a mortal man" she is quite literally quoting the archetype of a Kratos-like hero. As such, she is the embodiment of the female power fantasy.

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Nariko - to date - is the only female character who does this without a love interest, without losing a loved one, nothing. She doesn't even have the tired cliché of a woman using her cunning or agility over brute strength. She slaughters her enemies with brute force alone, and does this because it is her duty as the hero. Nothing will stand in her way of saving her people. Plain and simple.

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Since Nariko is such a stellar representation of what a warrior lady should be like, she earns the spot of #1 on this list.

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#2 Bastila - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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If Darth Revan is the most powerful Jedi in the history of the Star Wars universe, then Bastila Shan is the most powerful female Jedi. Why? Because she was the one who took Revan down during the Jedi Civil War.

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Bastila Shan is by definition one of the most force talented Jedi in the Star Wars franchise. Able to use the power of Battle Meditation, Bastila is capable of micro-managing entire armies while simultaneously demoralizing their enemy. On top of that, Bastila is a skilled Jedi Sentinel, capable of adeptly wielding force powers while combining them with various lightsaber techniques.

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While fighting alongside her commander - and later lover - Revan, she is an unstoppable force. To this day, she is considered one of the greatest Jedi of the Old Republic. Her legacy has continued on for generations, survived by Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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Considering the fact that she is arguably the second most powerful Jedi in the Star Wars universe, Bastila Shan earns the place of #2 on our list of female warriors.

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#3: Sonya - Heroes of the Storm/Diablo III

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While the Barbarian's official name in Diablo III can range from 5up4h_S14y3r to Barbie thanks to the name-your-own-hero system, her canonical name is found in Heroes of the Storm as Sonya.

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Sonya is a simple barbarian. She sees demon, she hits it until it is dead. Sonya's dream date consists of hunting demons, collecting legendary items - usually only to smelt them at the armory later, and killing the Lord of Terror, Diablo. Her other interests include: smashing boxes, destroying tombstones, and defiling sacred temples... or maybe that's just my play-through.

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In any case, Sonya definitely gets my seal of approval for being a stand-up kind of gal. With a huge list of abilities used to smash, decapitate, and otherwise mangle demon hordes, I can't imagine a better candidate for the 3rd on this list.

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#4: Rayne - Bloodrayne

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7 years before we got the sexy power-trip video game that was Bayonetta, we had Rayne of Bloodrayne origin.

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With Rayne, what you see is what you get. Besides her obvious sex-appeal design, Rayne is a confident, sarcastic, intelligent, and somewhat deadpan character. A dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) brought up as an assassin, Rayne's number one talent is killing absolutely everyone in the most brutal way possible. This means tearing people in two, spinning them around on her blades and cutting them up into pieces, or simply taking a bite into her prey and drinking their blood. She is not your professional assassin type though, for constantly flirting or taunting her opponents is basically second nature to her.

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As a result of her dhampir blood, Rayne has a number of vampiric abilities such as feeding on her enemies, enthralling opponents, super-high reflexes, and a number of strength enhancements.

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With this repertoire of skill and power, Rayne earns a spot at #4 on this list.

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#5: Momohime - Muramasa: The Demon Blade

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Momohime is the female protagonist option for Muramasa: The Demon Blade. According to the instruction manual, Momohime is a "princess of Narukami who has been possessed by a demon", the demon in question being Jinkuro. A talented warrior, Momohime's abilities are only enhanced after she is possessed by the spirit of Jinkuro - a fallen demon warrior who seeks to reclaim his demon blade.

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Over the course of her journey, Momohime slays countless hordes of Japanese mythological creatures and warriors using the Oboro Style of fighting. With a demon blade of her own, she is a nearly unstoppable powerhouse of destruction. However, she does lose some points due to the fact that her personality - outside of her fusion with Jinkuro - basically boils down to protecting her betrothed, and others she loves.

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As such, Momohime gets the 5th spot on this list.

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#6: Hildegard von Krone - Soul Calibur IV

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Hildegard stands as one of the most respectable characters on this list. Unlike the greater portion of female characters in the Soul Calibur series, Hilde is not sexualized in the least, choosing to wear gratuitous amounts of armor instead. Not only that, but Hilde uses a unique fighting style in the game that blends together quick swordplay and a spear. Hilde is also one of the few newcomers to the Soul Calibur series that has fought both the Soul Calibur veterans, and the newcomers since Soul Calibur IV was the last game to feature many of the original cast members.

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Oh, and she's technically fought Ezio Auditore, Yoda, Darth Vader, and Starkiller too... so I guess there's that.

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This set of accomplishments places Hildegard von Krone at #6 on this list.

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#7: Impa - Hyrule Warriors

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While Princess Zelda displays her skills with a sword in Hyrule Warriors as well, it's Impa who best represents women in a battlefield setting. Cool, collected, and able to effortlessly wield a sword almost twice her size, Impa is the toughest of the tough. In Hyrule Warriors, Impa is constantly on the vanguard against Ganon's forces. Whether it be the fire-breathing King Dodongo, The Imprisoned, or even Ganon himself, Impa is ready to take them down.

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Since Impa usually takes the back seat in Legend of Zelda games, I'm glad to see what Team Ninja did to her character in Hyrule Warriors. This iteration of the classic Legend of Zelda character gets the spot of #7 thanks to her over-the-top delivery of enemy horde desolation.

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#8: Ciri - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, the Lion Cub of Cintra (ain't that a mouthful?) is the secondary protagonist of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and is a talented sword-fighter, much like her adopted father, Geralt. She tends to prefer a faster-paced style of combat, dashing between enemies before striking them with her two-handed sword, making her a lethal foe to face. However, her abilities are somewhat limited as she only has the ability to quickly teleport around.

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I could go on to rant about her backstory, but it is so convoluted that I probably wouldn't be able to do it justice. You can, however, check it out on this wiki or, you know, play the game yourself.

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Considering her limited skills, and her somewhat basic concept design, Ciri gets the spot of #8 on this list.

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#9: Lyndis - Fire Emblem 7

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If I had to choose a swordwoman to best represent the females in Fire Emblem, I would have to choose none other than Lyndis. While Lucina is the fan favorite nowadays, Lyndis is much better, and for a number of reasons at that.

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Let's talk about her character first. Lyn is a 15 year old young woman from the plains of Sacae. While living there, Lyn has fought off numerous bandit attacks after her mother and father were slain. It was not until a wandering tactician came about that she eventually learned that she is the granddaughter of the Marquess of Caelin (basically the king). In her time traveling across the war-torn landscapes of the Fire Emblem world, Lyn has fought numerous assassins, archers, knights, and even a dragon! That's quite the rep for someone who's younger than her fandom rival, Lucina.

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Then there's the matter of plain old statistics. While Lucina has a slightly higher luck and resistance rating at level 10, Lady Lyndis pretty much doubles or at least surpasses all of Lucina's other stats at the same level. These differences only get further separated once the two become great lords at which point Lyndis actually triples Lucina's resistance while everything else gets doubled. When equipped with the Mani Katti, Lyn's critical hit ratio would rise so high that she would basically make minced meat out of Lucina before she even had the chance to blink.

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Besides, who could possibly turn down a girl with this awesome critical hit animation?

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All of this lands Lyndis at #9 on the list.

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#10: Wonder Woman - Injustice: Gods Among Us

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In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Wonder Woman is both the bad guy, and the good guy. Depends on which world, I guess. What is constant, however, is that she kicks butt. Hard.

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Wielding a sword and a shield, Diana is able to take on just about every other superhero in the game. In fact, she is such a great warrior that she is the only one the alternate world Superman could possibly imagine replacing his long-time love interest Lois Lane with. Considering her abilities are almost identical to the Man of Steel's, who can blame him?

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Considering the fact that Wonder Woman is a superhero (meaning she's just about invincible thanks to plot armor) there might be some questioning as to why she doesn't rank higher on this list. There are two simple reasons: the first is that she's not technically a video game character, and second is that she is better known for fighting with her fists. Want to argue against me on that? Go ahead. But this Amazon is only getting the position of #10 on this list.

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Honorable Mention: Sarah Kerrigan - Starcraft

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Okay, so technically Sarah Kerrigan doesn't use blades in game. In fact, she rarely uses them at all. But we do know two things about Kerrigan: when Narud takes on her form to fight her, he uses a Psi-Blade, and when she is the Queen of Blades she uses her exceedingly sharp claws to cut through the tough armor of enemy tanks. While these don't necessarily count as "swords" or "blades" per se, Kerrigan gets an honorable mention on the grounds that if Wolverine can get on a list with sword masters, then so can she!

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Besides, what kind of list about the "Queens of Blades" would this be if the Queen of Blades herself wasn't on it? Huh?

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(Tough crowd...)

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Last week I did a top 10 list of gun-totting women in video games, but after a bit of research I found an even less represented group of females: sword maidens! Just about every top-10 list about masters of the blade in video games has a slew of beefed up males. Few of them - if any - have women! Seriously guys, women with swords are awesome too, right?

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So today I'm going to fix that void, and fill it up with this top 10 list of sword-buckling heroines! To fit the criteria of this list, the character must rely on some form of bladed weapon during combat (excluding daggers), and be able to take on at least one enemy twice their size or multiple enemies at once.

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With our criteria set, let's take a look at the Top 10 Video Game sword-swinging divas!

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The 11 Best Batman Games of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/v3u62/the-11-best-batman-games-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/v3u62/the-11-best-batman-games-of-all-time Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:30:01 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So there you have it, the best Batman games of all-time.....according to us. There are a slew of Batman games out there, but not so many that were really great titles. Yet we managed to rack up 11 of the finest Bat outings.

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History has given us some respectable movie tie-ins, games that merely featuring the Detective, and even LEGO Batman, but it's undeniable that Rocksteady is the king of Batman games. Arkham Asylum changed not only our perceptions of what a Batman game could be, but what a superhero game could be. And for that, we salute you, Rocksteady!

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What were your favorite Batman games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

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(PS3, Xbox 360, Windows)
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And last but so very, very far from least, we have the literal game-changer, Arkham Asylum. This was Batman's triumphant return to video games, and his best ever fair in the medium.

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Before Asylum, we had gotten LEGO Batman and Batman Begins, two really good games. But neither was the huge, standalone Batman title that the character deserved. In stepped Rocksteady.

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Due to the lukewarm reception of many previous Batman games, few were excited about Asylum. Most of us were at least keeping expectations in check. So when the game released in 2009, it blew everyone away. It's easy to forget how monumental this game was, because every Batman game before it had been good at best, and awful at worst. But this wasn't just an exceptional Batman game, it was just a brilliant game full stop.

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So while Arkham City, and presumably Arkham Knight, improved upon the formula and rank higher in some lists, Arkham Asylum was the one that changed everything, gave Batman the game he had always deserved, and started something pretty special.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us

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(PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows)
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And in our penultimate chapter we have a fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, the madmen that brought you Mortal Kombat. Much like DC Universe Online, this technically isn't a standalone Batman game, but he's heavily featured in it and is awesome - what more do you need?!

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Injustice: Gods Among Us is an awesome fighting game that pits DC superheroes against one another in a Flashpoint-style story that features Big Blue as the bad guy! As always, Batman is a badass and a heck of a lot of fun to play. Whether you're thwacking Bane with Batarangs, hitting Raven with the Batmobile, or just kicking Joker in the face, it's always a blast to play as Bats.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

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(3DS, PS Vita, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows)
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Here we have another ugly duckling from the Arkham franchise, which isn't all that ugly. Blackgate was a 3DS/PS Vita game that released alongside of Arkham Origins and put Batman in a Metroid-Vania perspective. Sounds awesome, and it almost was.

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Blackgate had all the makings of a really amazing 2.5D Batman game, but its frustrating level design and repetitiveness made it fall just short of glory. That being said, the game was still a ton of fun, had awesome comic book cut-scenes and condensed the Arkham series combat into 2.5D really nicely.

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You can also get this game on PS3 and Xbox 360, but it looks and plays best on the PS Vita. Sadly, mediocre reviews and sales denied us a sequel that was already in the works!

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Batman Forever

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(SNES, Sega Genesis)
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About the only good thing to come from Joel Schumacher's Batman movie was the game. OK, I'm being facetious - the movie is definitely watchable and charming in its own bizarre right, but this game was pretty great.

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Released on the SNES and Sega Genesis, Batman Forever was a side-scrolling beat 'em up that allowed you to play as Batman or Robin as you ploughed through levels of ridiculous enemies. A product of its time indeed.

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Batman: Arkham City

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(PS3, Xbox 360, Windows)
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And here we have the crown jewel of the Batman games. Arkham City followed up the much-beloved Arkham Asylum and expanded upon it in almost every way.

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Taking Batman from the confined setting of the iconic Asylum and dumping him in the middle of a city-turned-prison, Arkham City upped the stakes for The Dark Knight and pushed him to his limits in what is one of the best Batman vs. Joker stories ever told. Definitely one of the best games of its generation and the defining Batman game to date.

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Batman: Vengeance

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(PS2, GameCube, Xbox, Windows)
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Based in the world of The Batman Animated Series, Batman: Vengeance takes place between that show and its successor, The New Batman Adventures. The game benefited from a cartoony art style and the show's iconic voice actors (who went on to voice the Arkham series).

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The gameplay was a little wonky, although as long as you still feel like Batman it gets a pass. But the story and cut-scenes are what made this a very memorable experience. To this day I can recall Joker swinging on a wrecking ball, trying to destroy Gotham Bridge, and taunting me. But I got him.

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DC Universe Online

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(PS3, PS4, Windows)
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AS I LIVE AND BREATHE! Here we have the very successful MMORPG with the best intro cut-scene of anything ever. Period.

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With over 18 millions players, DC Universe Online is the most successful free-to-play game to ever hit a PlayStation system, and rightfully so - the game is big, wacky and (most importantly) fun. Create your character, make him look like Batman but run like The Flash, fight gorillas in the streets, etc. DC Universe Online is a great Batman game that continues to expand with DLC.

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Batman: Arkham Origins

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(PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
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Ahh, here we have the ugly duckling. Every family has one. Yes, Arkham Origins is the red-headed stepchild of the Arkham series but it is often judged far too harshly.

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Following up two of the best games of a console generation was never going to be an easy feat, especially considering it had to be prequel, but Warner Bros. Games Montreal did a fine job. I mean, let's face it, we're spoiled now when it comes to Batman games, but had this game come out when Arkham Asylum did, we would have melted over its greatness.

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Arkham Origins isn't without its issues, but it is a freakin' fantastic Batman game with a huge open world, great boss fights and fun story. I believe IGN described it best in their review when they said:

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"Batman games are like pizza: even when they’re not very good, they’re still pretty good."

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Batman Begins

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(PS2, GameCube, Xbox)
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Batman Begins, a forgotten tie-in to the Christopher Nolan films, completely redefined Batman to mainstream audiences. The game, however, was not that well-received, for reasons that still baffle me.

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Batman Begins was a great tie-in to the movie, featuring awesome combat, great stealth mechanics, Tumbler levels, and an incredibly cool fear system. This game introduced many cool features that make it a wonderful Batman game that was sadly overlooked.

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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

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(PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, Mac, Windows)
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Rarely, if ever, has Batman ever looked as cute as he does in the LEGO games. But don't let the cuteness deceive you, the LEGO Batman series is a great one that any Bat-fan should play.

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Chock-full of references to the Bat Universe and hilarious characters that remain true to their legacies and charming plots, all of the LEGO Batman games are great. That being said, I chose the second game in the series because it built upon the original in great ways and opened up the world, whereas the third was more of a Justice League game, and not as good anyway.

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Batman: The Video Game

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(NES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy)
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What better way to start the list than with one of the oldest Batman games! Batman: The Video Game was based on the mega-successful Tim Burton movie released in the same year. The game was loosely based on the movie and featured quite a few more obscure villains - KGBeast, Heat Wave, Shakedown, Firebug and Killer Moth.

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The game received positive reviews and still holds a respectful 78% on GameRankings. The most impressive feature of the game was the ability to wall-jump, a move only previously seen in Ninja Gaiden

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This list was going to be "The 10:47 Best Batman games", but that isn't exactly a catchy title. Few would probably get the reference, anyway. But if you do get it, hurrah!

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Batman is kinda popular these days. Though he's been on our radar for decades, he really became a mainstream figure when Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins came out and changed the awful taste left in everyone's mouths by Batman Forever. Fast forward 10 years and The Dark Knight is more popular than ever.

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With the release of Rocksteady's final installment in the Arkham trilogy, Arkham Knight, not to mention a pretty big movie coming out next year, the Caped Crusader's popularity isn't fading anytime soon. So we thought: what better time to count down the best Batman games of all time? (Just a forewarning however, Arkham Knight is not in the list due to its very recent release.)

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