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.
Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.
Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.
Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratosâ€™ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"
This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.
To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.
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