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The Injustice 2 Prequel Comic Launches April 11, And It's Gonna Be Great

One of the best evil Superman stories ever told continues on April 11, when DC Comics reunites writer Tom Taylor and lead artist Bruno Redondo to explore what happened between Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2. Advertisement Normally a prequel comic book wouldn’t be big news, but the three-year run of DC’s original Injustice comic was just so good. Writer Taylor and later Brian Buccellato were given their own DC Universe to play in, one where Superman, driven mad by the murder of Lois Lane and his unborn child, punches a hole through The Joker. Superman decides the best way to protect humanity is by forming his own tyrannical regime, Batman leads the more sensible heroes (and villains) against them. The first Injustice game takes place five years after the Lois Lane incident in this alternate universe, allowing the comic book to fill in the gap. Injustice 2 takes place five years after Superman’s fall in the first game, so we’ve got a lot of ground to cover in the comics, and some amazing talent to cover it. Advertisement Redondo is lead artist READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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How To Get Ariana Grande in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Because You Can Do That Now

As promised earlier this month, singer Ariana Grande is now a playable character in Final Fantasy mobile game Brave Exvius. Here’s how to add the bunny-eared performer to your pixel party. Advertisement First off, you have to have a copy of the free-to-play game installed on your iOS or Android device. Just search the store for “Final Fantasy” and look for the distinctive new game icon. Once you have the game installed, you’ll have to play to the point where you unlock the Dimensional Vortex, a special area where players and their parties of Final Fantasy characters can participate in special event battles for fabulous prizes. Look for the Dangerous Woman Tour event. It’s pretty easy to spot. Advertisement Playing through the lowest tier battle for the event is all you need to do to add Dangerous Ariana to your group. The stage features a pulsing heart motif, and Grande’s “Touch It” plays during battle in place of the normal music. Maybe turn your sound down first, or wear some headphones. Once READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Battleborn's Big Winter Update Might Get A Couple Dozen More People Playing

Battleborn’s massive winter update drops today, bringing massive changes to Gearbox’s game, including full access to the game’s 25 launch characters, new training modes, and enhanced UI and 4K support for PS4 Pro. All that, plus the game’s third story DLC and fifth free character. Advertisement Before we get to the big changes, let’s meet Beatrix, the fifth and final free DLC character for Battleborn. She’s the one in the picture at the top of the article. She’s a medical professional. Isn’t she sweet? No. No she is not. Advertisement Beatrix will be available for unlock today for season pass holders, with non-holders able to pick her up via hero key or in-game currency next week. Also dropping today, free for season pass holders, is the third of five promised premium story DLC missions, Oscar Mike Versus The Battle School. It looks lovely. But the big news today is the rest of the Winter Update, which changes the way various aspects of Battleborn work. For expample, once the update is released later today, players will no longer have to work READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Meitu Transforms Video Game Heroes Into Beautiful Waifus

Meitu, the free Chinese photo app filling your Facebook and Twitter feeds with big-eyed, rosy-cheeked alien creatures, isn’t just for actual human beings. Witness the horrifically cute things it does to your favorite video game characters. Advertisement While I’ve been actively trying to avoid the avalanche of uncanny hand-painted selfies being dumped onto the internet in droves over the past week, my wife has been digging through our old photos, determined to Meitu-ify every one. Last night she posted this, modified from an old photo taken during one of my foolishly beardless moments: Yeah, yeah, get the Billy Corgan references out of your system. And so I downloaded Meitu from Google Play, seeking revenge. After spending an hour unsuccessfully attempting to get the app to recognize our cat as a human being, I turned to video game characters, as one does. Advertisement First came Nathan Drake, star of the Uncharted series. For this image I applied the Angelic filter. Not the most appropriate choice, but look at those eyes. My next victim is already one of the prettiest video game characters going, even with all the scars. Fairy Tale seemed a good match for The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia. Now…

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Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS Flight Pack Review: PC Aviation Essentials

Nothing makes a flight or space sim really sing like a hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) setup. Thrustmaster’s $200 T.1600M FCS Flight Pack combines joystick, throttle and rudder pedals in one lovely entry-level package. Advertisement Between the rise of virtual reality and an expanding audience of people with incredibly good taste in game genres, space sims and flight sims are experiencing a renaissance. Games like Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen are getting people flying, and from there it’s a short hop to more realistic stuff like Digital Combat Simulator World. But first the new players need to trade their game pads for something a bit more appropriate. They need joysticks with triggers and hat switches. They need a throttle. They don’t necessarily need rudder pedals, but if you’re going in you might as well go all-in. That’s what the Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS Flight Pack is all about. What It Is The T.16000M FCS Flight pack is a complete HOTAS setup for PC, comprised of three parts. At the heart of the package is a slight retooling of Thrustmaster’s popular T.16000M flight stick, one of the more READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fire Emblem: Heroes Is A Collectible Character Strategy Game For iOS And Android

Arriving on Google Play on February 2 and later on iOS, Fire Emblem: Heroes is a mobile turn-based tactics role-playing game in which players gather an army of iconic characters from across series history. Advertisement It sounds like any number of collectible hero mobile RPGs. Players use orbs won in combat or purchased via in-app transaction to attempt to summon their favorite Fire Emblem characters into their army. Battles are the same grid-based tactical fare we’re used to seeing from Fire Emblem, only a bit more vertical. Many familiar features of the franchise are at play here, including the attribute wheel (sword beats axe beats lance beats sword). One feature that isn’t present is permadeath—characters return to your army when defeated in battle. Check out the Nintendo Direct, embedded below, for more information on Fire Emblem: Heroes, starting around the 10:17 mark. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Atlus Brings Two Utawarerumono Games West In 2017

Uta-wa-re-ru-mono. The name of the adult tactical role-playing visual novel series is a bit tricky to pronounce, but I’m sure we’ll have it down by the time Atlus is done releasing Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth for North American and European PS4 and Vita this year. Advertisement Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth are the follow-ups to the original Utawarerumono, a combination strategy/visual novel game that took Japan by storm back in 2002. The game spawned manga and anime adaptations, which did manage to make it to the West, so fans of Japanese cartoons and reading from the back of the book to the front might already be familiar with the fantasy world, filled with people with animal ears and tails and political machinations. The first follow-up, Mask of Deception, is due out in North America and Europe this spring for PlayStation 4 and Vita (all physical releases save Euro Vita). It tells the story of an amnesiac (of course) adventurer named Haku, who wakes up in a strange, hostile world. He’s rescued by Kuon, a girl with animal ears and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Bubsy Is The Perfect Addition To Streets Of Rage 2

If any video game character has the right to be angry, it’s oft-maligned platformer hero Bubsy. Thanks to the power of ROM hacking, the bobcat mascot finally has an appropriate outlet for his righteous rage. Advertisement Before his first game, Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, came out for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis in 1993, Accolade’s bobcat hero was heralded as the next Sonic the Hedgehog or Super Mario. The game got above average reviews, but a series of fumbled sequels tarnished what little goodwill the first game had garnered. The final Bubsy game, Bubsy 3D for the PlayStation, is one of the worst games of all time. ROM hacker Metal 64 takes the mishandled mascot and puts him in a much better game (via Tiny Cartridge), Sega’s Streets of Rage 2 for the Genesis. If only this had happened for real, Bubsy might have lived on. Check out Metal64’s page at ROMHacking.net for more clever character injections for Streets of Rage 2, including The Flash, Max from Sam & Max and The Tick. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Brainiac Makes Everything Worse In Injustice 2

As if having DC Comics’ most powerful heroes at each other’s throats wasn’t bad enough, now alien android mastermind Brainiac wants a piece of the action in the story trailer for Injustice 2. Advertisement Following the events of Netherrealm’s first Injustice game, Batman and friends struggle to repair the damage done to society by the grief-crazed Superman’s reign of terror, while those who allied with the Man of Steel struggle to maintain the horrible status quo. The planet is in turmoil, which gives interstellar terror Brianiac just the opening he needs. They even let him narrate the story trailer. This is going to be so bad. Injustice 2 arrives on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 16. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Titanfall Mobile Game Dies Before It Truly Lived 

Remember the mobile collectible card game Titanfall spin-off we told you about back in September? Well, forget it. It’s dead. Titanfall: Frontline is cancelled, it’s closed beta shutting down next week. Why? Seems like it just didn’t have that Titanfall zest. Advertisement Or at least that’s what it sounds like what is being said in the message on the Frontline Facebook page. Somehow Nexon and developer Particle City were having trouble communicating the action-packed feel of Titanfall in a mobile card strategy joint. It happens. It is our goal to create the best Titanfall mobile games that showcase the fast-paced action, mobility and, of course, the power of Titans in this iconic series. We’ve learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn’t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall. While it’s never easy to cancel a game, we’re excited to take some of the concepts we saw resonate with players and build off of them in future Titanfall mobile games. Titanfall: Frontline’s closed beta will be winding down in the next READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Who's Excited About The Return Of Bomberman?

A new Zelda at launch is nice, but I’m much more excited about the idea of going online with my Nintendo Switch and blowing the hell out of seven other players on a grid-based playfield. It’s so good to see you again, Bomberman.  Advertisement Launching with the Nintendo Switch on March 3, Super Bomberman R is the first console version of Konami’s superfun multiplayer bomb battler since 2010’s Bomberman Live: Battlefest for Xbox Live Arcade. In Super Bomberman R’s Battle Mode, up to eight players compete in online or local multiplayer, dropping bombs, gathering power-ups and trying to trap their opponents in bad places. The feeling between being trapped and the explosions going off is one of the most unique forms of dread in gaming history. If it were just the battle mode, that would be fine. But Super Bomberman R also features a 50-stage co-op Story Mode for one or two players. The official announcement promises an “enriched” story voiced by prominent voice actors, which sounds just lovely. According to today’s Treehouse Live presentation of the game, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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DC Collectibles' Latest Puts Gotham City PD's Plight In Perspective

Along with new Batman and Zatana statues and a pair of Teen Titan-ic plushes, DC Collectibles coolest upcoming release is the Batman Animated GCPD Rogues Gallery five-pack, which demonstrates how screwed Gotham’s police force would be without Batman. Ignore the turtle. Advertisement The figures are outstanding, as is the norm with DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series stuff, but the packaging really drives the point home. We’ve got four jail cells containing (somehow) Bane, Killer Croc, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, and off to the side in a little police kiosk is Renee Montoya, utterly doomed. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES GCPD ROGUES GALLERY ACTION FIGURE 5-PACK Packaging concept is shown, but artwork is not final.Description: A lone cop—Renee Montoya—is surrounded by some of Gotham City’s greatest evildoers in this amazing new action figure 5-pack inspired by Batman: The Animated Series that comes in deluxe packaging with battery-powered lights! Each figure in this set comes with its own character-specific accessories and extra hands. 1:13/6 inch scale MSRP: $175 The $175 package features comes complete with character-specific accessories and plenty of extra hands, and the packaging features battery-powered lights, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Mighty No. 9 Is Better When You're Watching Someone Else Play

Mighty No. 9 was less Mega Man revival and more colorful train wreck, but in the skillful hands of speedrunner GreenZSaber, playing the game during the Awesome Games Done Quick charity marathon Wednesday evening, it’s a much more entertaining train wreck. Advertisement While my attempt to play through Keiji Inafune’s Kickstarted embarrassment took hours on normal difficulty, GreenZSaber manages to blow through it in 46 minutes and 58 seconds, quipping about how sad the game is all the while. Not only that, but he’s playing on Maniac difficulty, meaning he dies if he suffers a single hit. The run starts around the 15 minute mark in the YouTube video below, with GreezZSaber first making sure no one in the audience is confused and thinking they were still playing the previous game on the schedule, Mega Man X. Jump to the mark and strap in to see just how stupid Mighty No. 9 can be in the right hands. Note that they skip the four-hour credit sequence at the end for the sake of everyone’s sanity. In case you want the full experience of a list of names that runs READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!