Injustice 2 is REALLY addicting; minor changes from Gods Among Us make major impacts to the meta of the upcoming title

So by this point, I've had the opportunity to play the beta for Injustice 2: Gods Among Us fairly extensively. Now while I by no means consider myself anywhere near the level of the professional players, I'd like to think I have a pretty good understanding of where the meta could head in the future beyond the beta.

I've seen a lot of complaints from a variety of people, who I believe most likely have not had the opportunity to actually try the beta yet, that Injustice 2 is far too similar to the first Injustice game. While this isn't entirely untrue, I do not think it paints the entire picture.

While the changes to Injustice 2's main mechanics from the original Injustice game are quite minor, these minor changes will have large impacts on the direction of Injustice 2's meta game. Injustice 2 is a different game from Injustice, albeit with many similarities.

I do realize that many people are a bit bitter that they haven't been given the chance to try the beta out for themselves yet, but I do highly recommend looking at the game with an open mind. This game is extremely addicting, far more so than Injustice 1 to me personally.

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New character for Injustice 2 to be revealed on February 7th

It has been pointed out that at the bottom of the Injustice website that a new character will be revealed on February 7, 2017. In other words, this next Tuesday we will have another character reveal.

It seems like Netherrealm has really stepped up in terms of revealing information for Injustice 2. Are we going to get a new character every week?

We only recently got a Black Canary reveal trailer.

Any predictions on what character it will be? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Injustice website. Sent in by: JTCircus

Didn't get an Injustice 2 beta code? Ed Boon will be giving some away on Twitter this weekend

If you still haven't been sent an Injustice 2 beta code, there is hope for you yet.

Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios Ed Boon is planning on giving away a handful of codes this weekend on Twitter. He has codes for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so if you're still waiting to get your hands on the beta and you're on either system, be sure to watch his Twitter feed closely.

Boon posted a few tweets earlier about the giveaway.

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We don't know how you'll be able to win the codes, but be sure to keep an eye out for more info from Mr. Boon.

Source: Ed Boon. Sent in by Sean_Saibot.

How fast can a life bar disappear? Everything from 0.5 to 8 seconds depending on the game - LiangHuBBB compilation shows some truly terrifying moments

We've all had those rounds where just every single thing goes wrong - we block the crossup the wrong way, we guess wrong on wakeup, we make an execution error at the worst point in time... Well, imagine all of this happening in the very same round, and you pretty much have this video.

One of LiangHuBBB's latest, it shows just how fast you can be defeated in a variety of games. Some of these situations at the end are glitched, though which ones are specified in the video description, but the vast majority of them are regular situations from regular matches.

Check out a snippet from a Street Fighter 4 match featuring Gen and Seth below.

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Continue below to check out the full video.

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Balance changes noted to be in the Injustice 2 beta update - Supergirl nerfs and a slight buff for Atrocitus

So as many of us know, there's been an update to the Injustice 2 beta. The most notable change is obviously the inclusion of Blue Beetle to the playable roster.

Beyond that though, there are apparently balance changes that are present with this update. So far, only changes with Supergirl and Atrocitus have been noted.

These changes were discovered by RedRaptor, a top MKX player.

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What do some of these changes actually mean though? Hit the jump below for a quick explanation.

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Black Canary revealed for Injustice 2 - featuring game play within trailer

Black Canary has just been revealed via IGN's YouTube channel. After the jump, you'll be able to see Black Canary's trailer featuring some of her game play.

As expected, she hosts attacks that feature her screaming like a loud siren at her opponents in order to inflict damage upon them. Interestingly enough, she appears to have a lot of grapples.

It appears as though her Super attack can be triggered while in the air. Whether she is only able to trigger it in the air or is capable of using it while on the ground is currently unknown.

During the first Injustice game, we only saw a picture of Black Canary that Green Arrow (from the other universe/reality) was admiring. Injustice 2 will let us play as Black Canary.

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Check out her game play footage after the jump.

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Injustice 2 beta receives update, adds Blue Beetle as playable; wave 3 codes to be sent out soon

An update for the Injustice 2 beta is currently available for download.

With a file size of 2.75GB, the update adds Blue Beetle as a playable character. He does not replace any of the four initial beta characters, so you can still play as Atrocitus, Superman, Batman, and Supergirl.

Additionally, all players' saves have been wiped clean, giving everyone an opportunity to earn new gear and set new loadouts.

Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios Ed Boon said on Twitter that wave 3 of the beta codes will be going out soon, so be sure to check your inbox later today to see if you received one.

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SonicFox would like to see nerfs for all four of Injustice 2's beta characters

The first version of the Injustice 2 beta has been out for a good solid week now. Plenty of time for players like FOX|SonicFox to determine what's balanced and what... isn't.

SonicFox has taken to Twitter to detail nerfs he would like to see for every one of the four characters available in the Injustice 2 beta.

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Hit the jump below where I'll explain what these suggestions actually mean.

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Ed Boon hinting at a beta update coming soon? Letter rearrangement of Boon's 'words' seems to indicate as much

Ed Boon is, once again, up to his classic hinting over Twitter. He posted three words that don't appear to make any sense.

The letters of the words have to be rearranged to make any sense.

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"Teab Paduet Noso !!"

Rearrange the letters, and you can get "Beta Update Soon !!"

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New character profiles for Injustice 2 - Robin, Bane, Poison Ivy, and Brainiac

New character profiles for the recently announced Robin, Brainiac, Poison Ivy, and Bane have now been added to the official Injustice website.

We saw these characters in the most recent story trailer. As of right now though, we only have game play footage of Robin.

Bane is the only returning fighting among these characters, and yet he looks completely different than he did from his appearance in the first Injustice game.

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Sorry, Space Ghost and Granny Goodness fans... both characters disconfirmed for Injustice 2

Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon, joined in on the Injustice 2 Watchtower stream to answer questions about the upcoming game. He touched on several different subjects, and had particularly interesting things to say about its DLC.

“One of the most exciting things about this sequel... there are some really interesting and really unique characters that are deeper in the roster that we're now able to do. Little more obscure, but just as interesting and just as cool,“ Boon said on stream.

He cites Atrocitus as one of the lesser-known characters that made it onto the main roster. But though some more obscure fighters will be present in Injustice 2, it seems the choices won't be too far out there.

Boon goes on to deconfirm Space Ghost and Granny Goodness as DLC. Sorry, Space Ghost and Granny Goodness fans.

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When's Mahvel? Here are the upcoming 2017 fighting games our readers are most excited for

Updated: And the results are in! To see how our readers voted, be sure to hit the jump.

Earlier: We've got quite a few fighting games set to be released in 2017 from a variety of developers - and surely even more to be announced throughout the year, such as SNK's currently secret projects.

Even beyond the fighting games not yet released, there's a lot more content coming up for games like Street Fighter 5 and Killer Instinct, so it's a good time to be a fighting game enthusiast.

But, of the games set to be officially released next year, which one are you looking forward to the most? I thought we'd need an official poll to decide something of this magnitude, so you can find it down below.

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New Injustice 2 character reveal coming this Thursday

Injustice 2 fans have been getting time in with the online beta test, familiarizing themselves with four of the 12 currently announced characters. This Thursday, it looks like we'll be meeting another new playable fighter.

On the official Injustice 2 website's homepage, an image telling when the next character reveal is taking place sits in plain sight. Fans should gear up (no pun intended) for this Thursday, February 2nd.

You can check out the image below.

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Think Supergirl is too strong in Injustice 2? This video detailing her exploitable weaknesses may (or may not) change your mind

So the Injustice 2 beta has been out for a few days now, as we are currently in the second wave of the beta. One character in particular has been on a lot of people's minds based on playing her, playing against her, or just watching her gameplay through streams.

This character is Supergirl. The general outcry is that this character needs to be nerfed or "normalized" as many believe her to be too strong, despite the limited amount of time the community has had to explore her strengths and weaknesses with a very limited roster.

Something I called early on was that Supergirl would be frustrating for a lot of online players when a character breakdown was first revealed for Supergirl.

ANBU_SonGoku of the ANBU Fight Club has released a video detailing some of Supergirl's weaknesses that some players may have overlooked. One of the weaknesses explored for Supergirl are the apparent gaps found in her combo strings.

After the jump, you'll be able to find a video this video detailing the subject of Supergirl.

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It's freakin' gorgeous, but very much like the first Injustice - Maximilian's Injustice 2 beta impressions; talks netcode, gameplay and more

NetherRealm Studios went live with the Injustice 2 beta on Tuesday, and a select group of players lucky enough to receive codes have been able to play the upcoming title at limited capacity.

Maximilian was able to get his hands on the beta, and has released an impressions video to share with us his experiences thus far. Keep in mind this is one of the earliest playable versions of the game, and only four characters are currently available.

It seems developers have made it a priority to highlights Injustice 2's biggest new feature, custom gear, as you'll get a ton of it as you play through the beta. Returning characters Superman and Batman feel very similar to their Injustice 1 iterations, and their combos are "virtually identical" according to Max.

Max also comments on the game's netcode, which you'll hear about along with plenty more in the video below.

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