Injustice 2's netcode is extremely promising right out of the gate

Injustice 2 has been in the hands of the public for a couple of days now, and players everywhere have had the opportunity to jump online and try their luck against others across the world.

Due to the history of how NetherRealm Studios' games have performed online in the past, their new DC Comics brawler has quite a bit to prove right out of the gate. So, how does the netcode stack up in Injustice 2?

After nearly 140 ranked matches, I can say that Injustice 2's online experience is a real contender in the modern fighting game world.

Here's what I've found during my time with Injustice 2.

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We've caught two Easter Egg references in the Injustice 2 story so far...

We have to widely agree with the positive reviews Injustice 2 has been getting for it's amazing single player modes.

As we've been playing through the story ourselves, we've noticed at least two noteworthy Easter Eggs that we wanted to share with you. Don't worry, we won't spoil things without making you click, and even then the references aren't really spoilers to the story.

To see the first, click the image below and pay attention to the code Catwoman shouts out to the computer:

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Injustice 2 receiving top marks for visuals and single player content, but loot system can be a bit frustrating

Injustice 2 has made it to consoles and seems to be being received in a very popular light.

We've made the rounds and read the reviews from the likes of IGN, GameSpot, Kotaku and Eurogamer, all of whom are exceptionally enthusiastic about the game. Reviewers can't seem to get enough of Injustice 2's visuals and story mode (a facet of fighting games NetherRealm Studios has set the bar for in recent years).

The only real issue that seems to continually come up is in the game's gear system. The system itself is fun to use and a welcomed component, but the randomized divvying of loot seems to be a little annoying for some.

If you're on the fence about nabbing NRS' latest fighter, check out the reviews below to see if they can't persuade you in one direction or the other.

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And so it begins... SonicFox is already bodying and frustrating opponents online with Deadshot's excellent zoning in Injustice 2

Memories of Deathstroke come rushing back...

As many know, Injustice 2 is now officially in the hands of the public. Naturally, one of the best NRS-game players in the world is already putting in work.

FOX|SonicFox has a number of characters in his back pocket, and today we get to see his Deadshot in action. XusesGB put together a compilation of matches from last night that feature numerous opponents being completely dismantled by the projectile-heavy character.

Now, it's only day one of Injustice 2. It shouldn't be long before we start seeing counters for this type of play, and there are characters on the roster who have tools to deal with it.

This video just shows how strong characters like this can be right out of the gate, especially in the hands of the champ. Here's a quick clip to get you started.

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Updated: Injustice 2 health ratings, here is the updated list for the full launch roster

Updated: The original health ratings listed reflected the base numbers for level 1 characters. We have since updated the list to reflect the tournament standard numbers. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Earlier: Injustice 2 is officially out and in the hands of the public (on the east coast, mostly). Because of this, we were able to get the full set of health ratings for every character on the launch roster.

We have been keeping an eye on each character's rating over the course of the game's development. Looking over the numbers tonight, it looks as though there have been decreases in health for nearly everyone.

For example, in the build of the game used for recent Watchtower streams, Darkseid had 1,400 health. In the launch build, however, he has been dropped down to 1,100.

From what we can see, characters have seen a reduction of between 100 - 300 health points.

You can check out the full set of health ratings below.

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13,000 lines of dialogue and over 6,000 intro interactions in Injustice 2 - here's a look at the intros for the first three premier skins

Today's Injustice 2 Watchtower stream delved deeper into the game's story mode and dialogue between the characters.

Cinematic Director Dominic Cianciolo joined in on the fun in order to shed some light on how the game's story was created and the approaches used throughout. When talking about the in-game dialogue, Cianciolo divulged the incredible number of lines included.

"There are 13,000 individual lines of dialogue in-game, and because of the way we have the system developed to re-purpose that in some ways, we have 6,000+ intros in the game," Cianciolo explained.

He goes on to reveal the amount of clash interactions included, and says that there are still more bits of unique dialogue to be added as DLC characters are released.

You can check out the clip below.

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Injustice 2 special Watchtower live stream, check out more on the game's story mode here

The NetherRealm Studios team is back with another Injustice 2 Watchtower stream. With the full game set for release tomorrow, we can expect to see some great stuff during the broadcast.

According to social media, today's stream will show us more of the game's story mode.

The video feed is set to kick off at 1 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. CDT.

You'll find the stream after the jump.

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Check out Injustice 2's new launch trailer; also check out the hilarious Darkseid 'tag-out' trailer

Injustice 2 will be releasing tomorrow. To commemorate this, NRS has released an official launch trailer for the game.

During the trailer, we get little glimpses at the story as well as a number of the gear costumes. It certainly does its job of getting people hyped for the game.

Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out the hilarious Darkseid "tag-out" trailer from GameStop that showcases Darkseid as being that one character that nobody really wants to fight.

Hit the jump below to check out both trailers.

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Let's recap the four most impactful events that happened in the story of Injustice in preparation for the sequel

Injustice 2 will be releasing this upcoming Tuesday. One of the most anticipated things about the game is the story mode.

The trailers certainly give good impressions on the quality of the story. I think it's important for us to review what happened in the original Injustice game in preparation for the sequel's story.

We won't go over every single detail of the story so instead will focus on the most impactful events that occurred that will carry over to the next game's story.

I imagine this should be obvious, but just in case: major spoilers ahead.

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Flash's character select intro is hilarious and shows the amount of detail NRS has put into character personalities in Injustice 2

So as things stand, I do still think that Flash has the flashiest super animation that I've ever seen in any fighting game. He also apparently has the flashiest character select intro too...

Normally when two characters are selected, one character will hit the other then the other will retaliate. After that, cue the slow motion for added coolness.

In the case of Flash, he is the fastest man alive so it's kind of hard to slow him down. This really shows the amount of detail that NRS has put into their character and traits.

Take a look at what happens when Flash strikes the other character second:

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After the jump, you can see the video in which this GIF came from which showcases some gameplay for Flash as well as one of his costumes (thanks to the gear system).

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SonicFox demonstrates the damage and pressure opportunities for Scarecrow and Captain Cold in Injustice 2

As we all probably know by now, there are many copies of Injustice 2 already out in the wild despite it not being officially released until this coming Tuesday. Not surprisingly, FOX|SonicFox has a copy to himself.

Being the natural lab monster that he is, he is already creating strong tech and exploring character options. In particular, Scarecrow and Captain Cold are looking very powerful.

Here's a combo from Scarecrow that deals 681 points of damage, which is over half for most characters.

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Hit the jump below to check out some tech for Captain Cold.

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Mr. Freeze, Jay Garrick Flash, Power Girl and more - new Injustice 2 premiere skin images surface

It looks as though release copies of Injustice 2 are starting to circulate, likely by way of some retailers breaking street date.

Twitter user Bruno del Villar‏ shared some screenshots of six different premium skins found in the game's gear customization section. We see Vixen (Cheetah), Mr. Freeze (Captain Cold), Jay Garrick (Flash), Reverse Flash, John Stewart (Green Lantern), and Power Girl (Super Girl).

Of these alternate skins, three have been previously shown while the others are new to us. You can check them out below.

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Injustice 2 is set for official release on May 16th.

Sent in by Salarian, Sean_Saibot, ParabolaBeam, and Vinny Aguiar.

A master of space control, incredible normals... plus an auto correcting dive kick? Brainiac looks like a smart choice in Injustice 2

The most recent WatchTower stream from NetherRealm Studios showed off Injustice 2's big baddie: Brainiac. We've got the low down on the character's strengths, weaknesses and overall play style.

Brainiac appears to be a powerhouse character that you do not want to play footsies with too much. He is all about controlling the horizontal and vertical space with far-reaching normals and amazing anti airs.

It's going to usually be up to Brainiac to set the initial pace of a round, but players who are patient and nimble enough to dupe Brain into a misstep will eventually find the opening they need. His moves are strong and far reaching, but slow and have a good amount of recovery.

Brainiac will dominate any players who try to rush in too quickly, or attempt to force their own style and pace without any tact. We kick things off with Brainiac's Super, in which a few of his minions lock his foe down while his ship blasts them with a massive beam:

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Exploding presents, unblockable crowbars, and more - The Joker is back and better than ever in Injustice 2

The NetherRealm Studios crew showed off three more Injustice 2 characters during today's Watchtower broadcast. Today, we have the rundown on The Joker.

For the most part, The Joker has remained intact from Gods Among Us. However, this time around his tools for zoning and advancing have been improved making him quite scary in battle.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's take a look at The Joker's all new super move.

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The Joker, Brainiac, Black Adam, and more to be showcased during today's Injustice 2 Watchtower stream, catch it live now

Updated: The stream is now live.

Earlier: The NetherRealm Studios crew is back with another Injustice 2 Watchtower live stream.

During today's broadcast, we can expect to see character breakdowns for The Joker, Black Adam, and Brainiac. The official Injustice Twitter account also makes mention of "more," so there might be a bit more content showcased.

The stream is set to kick off at 1 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. CDT / 4 p.m. EDT.

You can catch the video feed after the jump.

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