Does Deadshot actually need a nerf in Injustice 2? The pros and cons of balance updates

So Injustice 2 has yet to be out for a full week but there is already a debate going around concerning a very specific character: Deadshot.

Does this character need to be nerfed? Is it too early to even be considering this question?

There are strong arguments for both sides honestly.

On one hand, it's an extremely polarizing playstyle that is essentially only fun for one player. While the strategy of "spamming" (not true zoning) is easily beatable, it's not always within the capabilities of the more casual audience to do so - which makes up most of the game's playerbase, like it or not.

Still, the game has only been out for an extremely short period of time. If there is a solution to Deadshot, not enough time has actually been given for players to explore the meta.

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Injustice 2 roundup: Tricks for Atrocitus, set ups for Captain Cold, the most terrifying combos we could come up with for Scarecrow and more

Today's Injustice 2 round up has something for most everyone whether you're looking to see some cool combos from the likes of Robin, Grodd or Captain Cold, learn some clever strategies and tricks for Atrocitus, or even learn how to approach the game in general.

Our own Steven "DreamKing" Chavez has even come up with his own combo video for Scarecrow, exploring the most devastating (though perhaps not optimal) sequences he's been able to find.

Take this brutal beat down, for instance:


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There's plenty to get through, and you'll find it all right after the jump below.

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Think Deadshot's gameplay is overwhelming in Injustice 2? Take a look at Old Sagat in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo

There's been a lot of complaining about Deadshot in the hopes of potentially getting NRS to nerf the character in an upcoming patch, but some people have been adamantly against the idea.

We've already seen a player at Toryuken throw his controller at the conclusion of an Injustice 2 match against Deadshot. What if I told you that Deadshot is actually not the most frustrating zoning character to have ever existed in a fighting game?

During a time in which there were no patches, there was a game released called Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. In it, players could choose the new versions of characters, or the old versions of character at the price of having no super available.

Old Sagat is a character that is still infamous today in being an extremely powerful zoning character. His Tiger Uppercut's extremely high damage does an extremely good job of deterring people from ever jumping.

This match also occurred at Toryuken, but there was no complaining:


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Source: TorontoTopTiers stream.

Toryuken 6 results feat. Justin Wong, Filipino Champ, K-Brad, Flash, Shine

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Toryuken 6.

Toryuken 6 is happening this weekend in Toronto, Canada. This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players in attendance include FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, RB|Snake Eyez, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Flash, Chi-Rithy, Snafoo, Happy Medicine, and others.

Injustice 2 will also be played at this event, marking one of the first major tournaments in North America for the game.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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Injustice 2: Accessibility done right; a look at NetherRealm's latest through the eyes of a casual fighting game player

When it comes to fighting games, the term "accessibility" is often hastily synonymized with "dumbing down." While that's certainly a pitfall of trying to make a series more appealing to persons outside a game's hardcore fan base, it doesn't have to be a negative term.

Injustice 2 is still in its infantile stages, but already we're hearing a lot more good than bad about the latest from NetherRealm Studios. GameSpot's Mike Mahardy, a player who doesn't classify himself at all as a hardcore fighting gamer, was skeptical of the new Injustice at first, but soon found it to be refreshingly different than other fighters.

In the latest episode of Reboot, Mahardy details why he feels Injustice 2 succeeds where other fighting games often fail: appealing to the casual crowd.

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Here are the voice actors for Injustice 2; Richard Epcar did work for the Joker and Akuma in Street Fighter 5

A user by the name of Mitsuownes has uploaded a video that details the voice actors for all the playable characters in Injustice 2 so far. We get a good image of the voice actor or actress in addition to a sample of their work in Injustice 2.

The voice actor for the Joker is particularly interesting as it is Richard Epcar voicing him. Richard Epcar is also the voice actor for Akuma in Street Fighter 5.

Akuma and the Joker are certainly very polarizing characters to one another. It speaks pretty well to Richard Epcar's performance in nailing both of them the way that he did.

Note that Darkseid and character premiere skins are also included in this list. It's not surprising that the premiere skins for characters are voiced by different actors/actress.

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Deadshot's zoning playstyle causing frustration at Toryuken - and yes, a controller was thrown

So we all know how frustrating a lot of people have been finding Deadshot with the release of the new Injustice 2 game. It's OK to be a little salty at times, but sometimes it gets taken a little too far...

Now, while there was only one Deadshot player in the top 8 of Toryuken, Deadshot's presence was certainly felt regardless. In fact, one of the matches involving Deadshot caused the opponent to bounce his controller pretty hard on the ground at the conclusion of the match.

I'm sure this comes as no surprise to anybody, but there was certainly no handshake from the player who threw the controller. The winner did get a handshake, however...


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Luckily, nobody was actually hit by it. That would've been a pretty bad situation for the player who threw the controller in the first place.

Source: TorontoTopTiers and TorontoTopTiers2.

PS4 controller image source: Jason Pwns Gaming. Deadshot image source: DC Comics.

First gameplay image of Red Hood revealed for Injustice 2

So we're well aware of the first three characters of the Fighter Pack 1 are Red Hood, Star Fire, and Sub-Zero. It's looking like Red Hood will be the first character we'll be able to play of these three.

On the official Injustice Facebook page, an image of Red Hood was posted, in actual gameplay.

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Not surprisingly, we see Red Hood, also known as Jason Todd, wielding his signature pistols. A completely different fighting style compared to his mentor, Batman.

He seems to have launched the opponent upwards and is shooting them while lying on the ground. It's looking like his gameplay will be fairly different from Deadshot's.

Source: Injustice official Facebook page.

Having trouble fighting Deadshot in Injustice 2? Here are a few tips to thwart his frustrating zoning style

Best character in the game or knee-jerk, faux top tier? Either way, Deadshot and his zoning maze is giving a lot of players grief in these inaugural Injustice 2 days.

Online matches have been riddled with Deadshot players riddling their opponents with bullet holes as they spam the expert gunslinger's Wrist Shot projectile attack, and perhaps pepper in a few other special moves for good measure.

While this is surely a frustratingly strong tactic, we're hesitant to accept that it's truly as powerful as initial reactions would make it out to be. Keeping in mind spammy tech often rules the first few days of virtually every new fighting game, there's a strong probability the community will figure out efficient counters sooner rather than later.

Shujinkydink has already come forth with a video that goes over the basics for approaching Deadshot and thwarting players who rely solely on nearly mindless zoning to get wins.

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Injustice 2 combo video roundup: Cheetah, Black Canary, Scarecrow, and Batman

Injustice 2 has now been out for a few days now. At this point, we're all scrambling to find the best combos and tech for our favorite superheroes and villains.

We've had a number of combo video submissions that we wanted to share. These showcase some pretty high damaging and practical combo setups.

A good combo video can give everyone ideas of what combos to do in what situations or even develop their own ideas for new combos.

After the jump, you'll find combo videos for Cheetah, Black Canary, Scarecrow, and Batman from three different users. In particular, I found this Cheetah combo to be pretty impressive:


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Super damage can be reduced in Injustice 2 by hitting buttons during the animation

Well, this is interesting.

Apparently, if you hit buttons during the animation of your opponent's super, you can reduce the damage you take. Originally shared by JT on Twitter, we decided to test this out ourselves to see how it works.

In order to take less damage, you'll have to hit a button in conjunction with the super animation's strikes -- we used the X button. I found most success double tapping the button whenever my opponent made contact with my character.

To determine whether or not you're doing this correctly, keep an eye on your life bar as a small shield icon will pop up every time a chunk of damage is taken away.

Our tests covered training mode and tournament mode, and both generated the same results. If you take advantage of each reduced-damage hit, you can usually shave off between 10 and 20 points. While this isn't huge damage, it could be the deciding factor in any match, so it's good to keep in mind.

After the jump you'll find two of our test examples: raw super and reduced damage.

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FLoE gets 25 seconds-worth of training with Deadshot, then proceeds to win a ranked match... here's his latest Floechart tutorial

The early consensus on Deadshot's zoning capabilities in Injustice 2 seems to be that they are incredibly strong and difficult to beat. A recent collection of online matches featuring FOX|Sonic Fox completely shutting down opponents with the assassin set the tone for the community's current perception of the character.

Naturally, this outlook on Deadshot has enticed fLoE to create a Floechart video for the Injustice 2 gun-wielder. You probably remember fLoE's Urien tutorial that shows how st. HP -- and only st. HP -- can be extremely effective in battle.

The same idea applies for this video, as fLoE shows how easy it can be to win with Deadshot. He jumps into training mode for 25 seconds to learn the special moves, then dives head first into a ranked match... and wins.

You can check out a quick clip of it below.


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There's quite a lot of language NSFW here, so be careful hitting play. For some quality laughs, be sure to check out the video after the jump.

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Injustice 2 review

NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. have returned with the second installment in their exhilarating fighting game series that brings DC Comics' strongest heroes and villains together for the ultimate battle. Injustice 2 is here, and it comes jam-packed with all of the eye lasers, batarangs, and Swamp Things you could ever want.

With 29 familiar faces ripped straight from the pages of their comic books, a multitude of modes, and the brand new gear system that allows players to earn and equip items that improve their favorite fighters, there's a quite a lot for fans to dive into right out of the box.

The first thing you'll notice about Injustice 2 is just how amazing it looks. Character models and back drops are highly detailed, and the numerous environmental effects really make the game a treat to watch in action.

Coupled with the powerful sound and musical score, Injustice 2's presentation is something to behold.

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Juggles that go on for days, incorporation of background interactables and an insane 46-hitter; Desk's new combo video makes Flash look incredibly fun

Execution set aside as its own marvel, Desk's vision is in and of itself, amazing. The fact that he can even come up with the idea for some of the sequences he performs deserves applause all on its own.

Today's specimen is Flash as he appears in the brand new Injustice 2, and Desk's juggles, loops, use of background intractables and 40+ hit combos have our jaws on the floor. Extra points for featuring an F-Zero theme.

He even gets knocked down mid combo in the example here, but picks it up like it's no big deal. Click Dark Helmet to see it:


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You'll a full three minutes of stylized combos in the video below.

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Injustice 2 roundup: All story mode cut scenes, high-damage Robin set up, Flash combos, and more

Today we have some great Injustice 2 content to share with you.

Included in this roundup you'll find a couple of combo videos featuring Batman and Flash that will help you begin learning how to play each character. Additionally there's a quick, but effective, Robin reset that leads to big damage if the opponent guesses wrong.

We have also included compilations showing all of the game's story mode cut scenes, as well as each character's arcade mode ending. If you're looking to avoid spoilers, you might not want to click on either.

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