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It’s been a while since a new character was made playable in Injustice 2, but now here we are with the release of Sub-Zero. Announced last month before the kinks had been worked out on Red Hood’s playability, Sub-Zero has been widely anticipated by fans ever since. Sub-Zero launches today for those who bought the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Deluxe Edition, Ultimate Pack, or (for Xbox users only) the Fighter Pack #1. Fans who didn’t buy these versions can buy him as a stand-alone purchase starting a week from today on July 18th on the Xbox and PlayStation Stores.

Sub-Zero, originally a Mortal Kombat character, was added to Injustice 2 due to the two games sharing a developer in NetherRealm Studios. As such, he is a hybrid of the two franchises much the same as Scorpion was in the first Injustice. His gameplay is a tad slower and his moves are similar to other Injustice 2 characters to better fit its gameplay. The bloody and gruesome nature of his attacks from the very M-rated Mortal Kombat series have also been significantly toned down for this T-rated adaptation. However, there are still some nods to his previous title, Mortal Kombat X, in the way he plays such as his grab and his ice clone.

He also has an original design created by Jim Lee, a Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. His design now has him sporting a cape, which is very much in line with his appearance in a superhero fighting game. That mixed with the hood makes his design very similar to the Damian Wayne Robin’s in this game. He is also voiced by actor Steve Blum, who coincidentally voices Injustice’s rendition of the Green Lantern, Hal Jordan as well. Being a fully-voiced new addition to the game roster, he also has original dialogue recorded for the intro cut-scenes of every fight. He especially has some amusing banter with Captain Cold and Mister Freeze.

With Sub-Zero now firmly cementing his place in Injustice 2’s roster, it will be interesting to see how he ranks amongst the other characters that gamers have been playing for two months now. From here, we don’t 100% know what the next confirmed addition to the game will be. That being said, the only other character confirmed to be DLC so far is Starfire, meaning she’s probably next. Until then, fans will be getting to know this new Sub-Zero quite well.

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Skull and Bones Launch Causes Surge in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Gamers

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It’s intriguing to note that the launch of the long-awaited piracy simulator Skull and Bones has led to a notable increase in players returning to Ubisoft’s previous game, the pirate-themed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

PCGamesN gathered data from SteamDB and observed that on February 15, 2024, the day before Skull and Bones launched, approximately 971 players were simultaneously playing Black Flag. By the 16th, the figure had nearly doubled, hitting 1,662. By the 17th, the number had increased to 2600, and by the 18th, it reached 3,226. After a week of continuous gameplay, a new peak was achieved on the 26th, with 3,594 players online simultaneously. With the game’s peak hitting 16K a decade ago, it’s a fascinating illustration of how success can benefit everyone involved, pun intended.

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One can’t help but sympathize with developer Ubisoft Singapore in this situation. We thoroughly appreciated Skull and Bones after overcoming the initial comparison to Black Flag, which was a point of contention in our review. Ubisoft’s latest release faces a major challenge due to players’ existing expectations and a lack of clear direction for several years.

As an Epic Store exclusive, it’s challenging to gauge the performance of Skull and Bones, especially since console numbers have not been disclosed. Insider Gaming cites sources within the company who claim that 850,000 people have downloaded the game, with the eight-hour free trial that Ubisoft is offering contributing to this figure. It’s worth noting that the developers described the game as top-tier quality and were adamant about pricing it at $70.
Are you feeling inspired to revisit Black Flag after trying out Skull and Bones? What are your thoughts on Skull and Bones if you’ve had the opportunity to try it out? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Shibuya Action RPG REYNATIS Coming to PS5 first, with a later release on PS4 in the West later this year

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FuRyu’s Shibuya-based action RPG REYNATIS has sparked significant interest since its announcement for the PS5 and PS4 in Japan last week, with many eagerly awaiting news of a Western release. After the release of the full-length trailer this week, NIS America has stepped in as the publisher for North America and Europe.

While a specific release date hasn’t been announced yet, the company has confirmed that the game will include Japanese audio and English text upon its arrival in this region, along with a PC version being added. Fans will have to wait a little longer for the localized version of the upcoming adventure, which will feature several well-known Square Enix veterans.

“In search of liberation through power, the wizard Marin embarks on a journey to Shibuya, encountering Sari, a member of the MEA, a group committed to regulating wizards,” the description hints. Hide your magical abilities to blend in with the crowd and freely roam the city, engaging in various activities or missions. Alternatively, unleash your powerful skills to access hidden areas and confront any obstacles that cross your path.

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When Shadow of the Erdtree releases, I might stop fighting Malenia in Elden Ring Legend and focus on soloing her

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It’s astonishing that two years have passed since a standout Elden Ring player emerged victorious, solidifying their claim to the Elden Lord throne by engaging in repetitive ritual battles. The character known as Let Me Solo Her valiantly defeated the game’s toughest boss on behalf of players, earning legendary status in the gaming community.

Currently, LMSH is engaged in a battle against Malenia but is eagerly anticipating Shadow of the Erdtree as a potential opportunity to end the conflict. After the DLC was announced, IGN interviewed a player with extensive experience in Elden Ring, boasting over 1,200 hours of gameplay. They claim to have defeated Malenia thousands of times and even completed the game using a unique mod.

LMSH is eagerly anticipating Shadow of the Erdtree, expressing confidence in director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s ability to deliver another outstanding masterpiece for players to enjoy. The terrifying Messmer, who Miyazaki confirmed to be a significant character in the DLC and on par with other potent figures in the game, is the new enemy in LMSH, as depicted above. Could this be a new adversary for LMSH?

The upcoming DLC for Elden Ring, Shadow of the Erdtree, is highly anticipated and is set to release on June 21st for PS5 and PS4. Do you think LMSH will be able to progress? Or do you think they are destined to dance with Malenia forever? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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