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Hellboy, Raiden, and Black Manta Join the Injustice 2 Roster

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Yes, you read the title correctly. NetherRealm Studios announced that Black Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy are coming to Injustice 2. Things are about to get interesting.

Much like the announcement trailer that introduced Starfire, Sub-Zero, and Red Hood, this new trailer primarily exists to hype up the inclusion of Raiden, Black Manta, and Hellboy. However, instead of just staring each other down, these characters interact with one another, albeit by Black Manta launching shoulder-mounted rockets at Raiden (I’m already liking this version of Black Manta) and Hellboy catching one of the rockets in his iconic Right Hand of Doom. And then Hellboy uses the rocket’s exhaust to light his cigarette like the absolute badass he is. Now that’s how you introduce a character.

While this trailer doesn’t provide much information on the characters’ combat styles, aside from Black Manta’s shoulder-mounted rocket launchers and Raiden’s teleportation ability, it provides a good look at Hellboy, who appears very different from his fellow combatants. While every other Injustice 2 character is rendered in a realistic fashion that occasionally borders the uncanny valley — especially Superman and Braniac — Hellboy is extremely stylized and looks as if he jumped off the pages of one of his graphic novel. However, Ron Perlman isn’t voicing Hellboy in Injustice 2. Don’t get me wrong, though; the new voice actor captures Hellboy’s personality extremely well, but whenever I read the Hellboy graphic novels, I hear Perlman’s voice coming out of Hellboy’s mouth. I’m not upset or anything, I just would have preferred Perlman, that’s all

Now, some of you might wonder why Hellboy is even in Injustice 2, as he belongs to Dark Horse Comics and not DC. Well, I think we can chalk this up to NetherRealm Studios’ love of guest characters. The company’s previous game, Mortal Kombat X, includes guest appearances by Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, The Predator and The Alien. Furthermore, both Injustice 2 and the original Injustice game revolve around the existence of alternative universes, so the inclusion of comic book characters from non-DC universes such as Hellboy actually makes sense when you think about it.

I look forward to the announcement trailer for the final three Injustice 2 DLC characters, especially since we now know DC and Mortal Kombat characters aren’t the only possibilities. While it might be a bit of a stretch to hope for a Marvel character, I personally would like to see Image Comic’s The Savage Dragon or 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd. If not, well, there are plenty of Vertigo Comics characters to choose from, such as John Constantine and Dream of the Endless.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3 has received an impressive haul of 5 BAFTA Awards, with the prestigious title of Best Game among them

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Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to solidify its position as a standout title, garnering five prestigious BAFTA awards, including the highly coveted Best Game accolade. In addition to the top accolade of the evening, the RPG created by the talented team at Larian Studios also emerged victorious in the categories of narrative, music, players’ choice, and performer in a supporting role.

Several games for the PS5 and PS4 received BAFTA awards. Alan Wake 2 won for Audio Achievement, Cyberpunk 2077 was recognized as an Evolving Game, Viewfinder was named the Best British Game, and Nadji Jeter received the Performer in a Leading Role award for his portrayal of Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Standing on the stage that night, Swen Vincke, the founder of Larian Studios, expressed his disbelief: “It’s truly incredible to be here.” The effort and dedication poured into creating Baldur’s Gate 3 is truly commendable. It’s truly remarkable, and I extend my gratitude to Bafta and everyone involved.

Here are the winners of the BAFTA awards for 2024:

  • Debut game: Venba
  • Audio achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • Multiplayer: Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • Evolving game: Cyberpunk 2077
  • Game design: Dave the Diver
  • British game: Viewfinder
  • Artistic achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • New intellectual property — Viewfinder
  • Narrative: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Performer in a supporting role: Andrew Wincott, Raphael in Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Family — Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • EE Players’ Choice — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Animation — Hi-Fi Rush
  • Music — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Game Beyond Entertainment — Tchia
  • Technical achievement: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Performer in a leading role — Nadji Jeter, Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Best game: Baldur’s Gate 3

 

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V Rising embraces its theme by introducing a Legacy of Castlevania crossover DLC

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V Rising, a vampiric RPG, made its debut on PC in 2022 and is set to grace the PS5 in 2024. The game clearly showcased a strong influence from Castlevania. Now, Stunlock Studios is fully embracing the opportunity, officially teaming up with Konami for a captivating DLC with a gothic twist.

Featured in The Triple-i Initiative’s recent digital indie showcase, Legacy of Castlevania offers players the opportunity to immerse themselves in the timeless visuals of hair, cloth, and character design from one of the most beloved vampire franchises in gaming history. The pack is set to be released in May, and it’s possible that we’ll gain further insights into the PS5 port at that time. In the upcoming game, players will have the chance to encounter the renowned vampire hunter Simon Belmont, who will serve as a formidable adversary. Additionally, fans will be delighted to know that they can dress up as the enigmatic Vampire Prince, Alucard, with a special cosplay set.

There will be three distinct shapeshifting variants for players to fully embrace the darkness. Among the options available are the Wolf Form Variant, Soul of the Wolf; the Human Form Variant, Glamour of Maria Renard; and the Toad Form Variant, Guise of The Flea Man. In addition, you’ll have access to luxurious furniture and decorations to adorn your sanctuary, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a gothic masterpiece.

Did V Rising catch your attention? What are your thoughts on the Legacy of Castlevania collaboration? We eagerly await your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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