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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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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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