Yesterday, something new was revealed unto us common gaming folk. Something strange to comprehend and frightening. Something that sent the Internet blogosphere tumbling into the abyss as women wailed and men gnashed their teeth.
Batgirl was released onto Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Oh. And that Xbox One reveal. But I was too busy playing vidya gaems to invest any energy into that hooplah.
So Batgirl. She's way better than Lobo by a country mile. She's pure rushdown distilled for Injustice. That means she is built to get in an just push buttons and zoning be damned. Easily her best choice is the smoke bomb, which teleports her to her enemy's position to hang them up and throw'em away.But the meter burn version leaves them hanging for a free combo. Easily the best thing against lasers Superman or Sinestro rocks. But it's super unsafe, so you're only going to start combos with it when you know they want to throw shit at you.
For a rushdown character, a lot of her normals are actually slow. Plus, being a close relation to Batman means her normals have some dinky range. Luckily, she can afford to press some buttons because nearly all her strings are safe, plus her rush punch (Redemption) is +1 on block, leading to some mixup possibilities. She has great high/low mixup ala Flash, so she can go low with b1 or high with b2 and start combos from there. Plus, she does have one good fast punisher string: f2 starts in 7 frames, which is just shy of most 6 frame jabs.
It's not all super good times though for Batgirl. I mean, ignoring the fact that they've already discovered an infinite for her. Her damage is justifiably low. For the number of reps and hits she can dole out, she has trouble getting over 30% damage, the magical number for good damage in Injustice. But like I said, her high/low mixup and good footspeed means you have a good chance at staying in and paying up damage in small but frequent chunks.
As for some parting words on the whole Xbox One debacle: a lot can change in between a really crappy reveal event and the moment the damn thing actually releases. As for me, I've never bought a system day one. A console is a huge financial purchase. I didn't own a 360 until 3 years after its initial launch. If I'm getting anything, it'll be a few years after the proving period. Besides, I can still play games now on my 360. Really, I was too busy playing vidya gaems to talk about terribad stupid vidya gaems. I pretty much fit into the 99% the Xbox One is catering too. It has a disc slot, so I know a game is going in there. That's good enough for me to not-hate it. Is it going to transform into a Decepticon and shoot a ray that irradiates the sperm from right under my ball sack?
No? Cool. Anti-consumer? Probably. But I'm the 99%, so does it play games?
It could be up for debate from snarkier comments but srslyguise. It's called an Xbox.
2.5 weeks until Animal Crossing!
By the way, as long as it's relevant from the Nintendo LP issue, one of the first and only let's play I've ever done and completed was on Catherine. Check out my playlist on it.
Another thing. You're probably reading this the day after Wednesday because I'm working grad nights at Disney's California Adventure. All you need to know is that most shifts for that are 11pm to 5am average, I drink tons of energy drinks or coffee, and it cements my hatred for teenagers even more.
Some things don't belong in this world and yet they are conjured time and again by humans that wish to pay them tribute. A video game, book, comic or TV show becomes popular and later becomes adapted to another medium entirely or, worse, a mobile phone spin-off.
Sometimes you get Telltale's The Walking Dead and other times you get Super Mario Bros.: The Movie -- one a great tribute to the comics and TV shows and the other had its soul stolen and made a '90s movie executive's slave.
And here comes another classic game series with hopes of becoming a Netflix hit as I brace myself and hope it doesn't turn out to be a miserable pile of secrets.
Castlevania is a beloved series and with Konami it's sort of a surprise they'd do anything with it at all after running out the people that made their games good and running the franchise into the ground soon after. Yet here we are with an anime series debuting this week and I'm kind of excited for it.
History should leave me a bit more cynical, sure. I remember the Street Fighter live-action movie, the Zelda cartoon and much more, but Mortal Kombat was perfect in its camp and The Witcher games are pretty faithful to their source material. We even have games being adapted into other kinds of games by different developers. Borderlands is now a looter-shooter and a point-and-click adeventure and that works really well, actually.
So for this month's "Bloggers wanted," we want you head over to the community blogs and tell us about your favorite adaptations of games to other mediums or even your favorite adaptation of another medium to games. Use "The Adaptation: [Your game/title here]" in the title and place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags.
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