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Darkseid Tournament Footage | Injustice 2

Darkseid is my main currently in Injustice 2. The videos in this article show footage from two of my most recent tournaments. I am still working on leveling up my Darkseid and feel he is almost complete. I still need to work on the Aquaman match up as well as Superman. There are some other match ups I would also like to explore more. Enjoy the Darkseid footage and leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

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Red Hood Combos, Set Ups and Multiverse (Day 1)

Red Hood is a pretty cool character and was newly released for Injustice 2. Below you will find a day 1 combo and set up videos. Much more is still to be explored with Red Hood and I look forward to diving into the character’s build.

Let me know what you think about Red Hood in the comment section below! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more breakdowns, tutorial videos and gameplays.

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Injustice 2 Multiverse Review (With Gameplay!!)

The Injustice 2 Multiverse has been an epic experience over the past few weeks. As a competitive player I normally find single player modes extremely boring and monotonous. This is not the case with Injustice 2.

Guild Bosses

Injustice 2 does a fantastic job of keeping the entertainment value high while also challenging you as a player. I have had a really fun time leveling up my characters and defeating the Guild and Multiverse Bosses.

My first encounter with the multiverse was with a 50,000 health Flash Guild boss. This was one challenging experience. Check out the video below as I go through some struggles and some successes on my quest to beat this Injustice 2 Guild Boss.

Epic Right!?!

 

Multiverse Towers

Next I decided to simply run a modified tower in the multiverse using a character I am pretty unfamiliar with. For this multiverse experience I chose Robin. Robin works great from range and a multitude of juggles and strikes using his trusty blade.

 

Mother Box Openings

One of the coolest things about conquering The Multiverse is the amount of unlockables one can earn. Check out my match against a fully geared up Green Lantern and then watch me tear through 60 mother boxes!

 

Multiverse Boss Challenges

The most recent fight I had consisted of my level 1 Joker vs a level 20 Batman. This really pushed me to the limit! In the video I not only show the match but I also go over my short, but integral lab session to learn the Joker. This video is packed with great tips and insight on how to lab as well as one action packed sequence of matches against that super powered up level 20 Batman.

I have been extremely pleased with my single player experience in Injustice 2. The game has been super fun and challenging. I look forward to future Multiverse challenges and bosses in the future.

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Injustice 2 Kick Off Tournament

The Injustice 2 Kick Off Tournament that I threw on 5/19 was a great success. Many characters were represented and the play was extremely high for only being out for a few days.

The entire Injustice 2 Tournament playlist is down below. Be sure to check out all the matches as they are quite awesome!

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Reaction Videos: Injustice 2 Joker Gameplay and Marvel vs Capcom Infinite

The Joker was finally released for Injustice 2, and well.. he looks.. different. Netherrealm has ditched the cartoon looking Joker and gone with a more realistic and younger version of the character. The changes to Joker had gotten mixed reviews among fans. Here is my initial reaction and thoughts on the changes.

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite has just released a new trailer for their (what seems to be) elaborate story mode. This video shows off the likes of Chris Redfield, Megaman, Chun Li, Sigma, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America and more!

For more videos like this be sure to subscribe to my channel on YouTube. I update on my channel much more frequently than posts on this blog, so subscribe there for the most up to date information!

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Mortal Kombat X Final Showdown Tournament 3/31/17

Below is the entire playlist for the Mortal Kombat X Final Showdown Tournament that I hosted on my Twitch channel.  Not only did I give away $50 in prizes but I also gave away the Mortal Kombat Encyclopedia Prototype!

The event was awesome and so were the matches. Thanks to everyone who participated and watched!  I plan on doing more events in the future and a big tournament once Injustice 2 drops.  Be sure to follow on Twitch and subscribe on YouTube to stay up to date on future events.

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Retron 1 NES Clone by Hyperkin | Review

The Retron 1 was the original Hyperkin clone console for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  I came across this system when searching for an inexpensive console for my nephews.  I have heard about the Retron and have experience playing my friend’s Retron 5, but I was very curious how the Retron 1 stacks up.  At around $20 I figured I would give this NES clone a shot.

 

System and Controller Design

The design of the Retron 1 is nice.  I purchased the black and gray model and I will say it is pretty sleek.  It is very small in size and is super light.  Way lighter than an original NES.

The controllers that come with the system are light but function very well. I have used my fair share of bad D Pads and I was pleasantly surprised by the functionality of these controllers.  They are not as good as the NES originals, but they function well and do not inhibit gameplay.

The console is compatible with the original NES controllers and connects to your television using composite cables.  Everything that you need to hook the system up to your TV comes with the system.  There is no need to purchase your own composites.

 

 

Game and Hardware Compatibility

I played many original NES games on the console. Zelda, Zelda 2, Metroid, Contra, and all of the Ninja Turtle games work on this device.  This system does run into the typical compatibility issues other clone devices have with running games with expansion chips in them.  Castlevania 3 was the most notable of these games that I had an issue with.  There are about 20 titles that will not run on this system and you can check out the list below.

  • Bandit Kings of Ancient China
  • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
  • Cheetahmen II
  • Challenge of the Dragon
  • Crystal Mines
  • Dirty Harry
  • Gauntlet
  • Gemfire
  • Jordan vs Bird: One on One
  • Laser Invasion
  • L’Empereur
  • Mad Max
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition II
  • Paperboy
  • Pipe Dream
  • Rad Racer II
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms II
  • The Krion Conquest
  • Uncharted Waters
  • WWF King of the Ring
  • WWF WrestleMania Challenge

It is said that other games, depending on the installed chip on that particular copy, may also have issues running.  These variable games include: Dragon Warrior and Super Mario 2.  My copy of Super Mario 2 did work, but some may not.

The NES Zapper is compatible with this system.  You can slay some ducks or shoot some skeet in Duck Hunt.. or just get laughed at by that pesky dog.  Just keep in mind that you have to have a CRT TV in order to utilize this technology.  A standard LED TV will not work with the Zapper.

Speaking of CRT TVs and LED Tvs, I did successfully hook the Retron 1 up to both types of televisions and it works great on both.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics are exactly as I remember.  The games look and feel great.

The sound however, is pretty damn bad.  The games sound almost exactly the same as the originals, but something is off. The music tones are slightly skewed and the sound effects do not match their past incarnations.  The sound chip installed on the console kinda sucks.  For a nostalgic player like myself who has years of experience with the NES, this put a pretty big damper on the system. Fortunately I was purchasing the system for my nephews who are 6 and 4 years old, so they would have no clue about these subtle but devastating differences in sound.  For them it worked just fine.

Conclusion

Overall I was pleased with the Retron 1 by Hyperkin.  For around $20 the system is a decent purchase.  It functions well, comes with two usable controllers and plays almost every single game I own. The only major issue is the sound.  This alone would cause me to spend the extra money to purchase a NES, but if you are purchasing this system for a younger person without the past retro gaming experience the sound will not be an issue.

The final result of the purchase is what matters… and here it is…

And yes I set them up with one of the hardest NES games, Ninja Gaiden…. failure leads to success. Don’t judge me lol.

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Sonya Covert Ops Guide | Mortal Kombat X

 

Sonya Covert Ops is a mix up based character in Mortal Kombat X.  She works best in close kombat and forces her opponents to have quick defensive reactions.  In this article we will discuss some of the things Sonya Covert Ops does well and some of the things she struggles with.

Struggles

Sonya struggles mostly against zoning characters.  Quan Chi, Shinnok, Tremor, HQT Predator and Grandmaster Sub-Zero are her worst match ups in the game. When playing these characters you need to use your projectiles wisely and close down space carefully.  You will find yourself constantly trying to work your way in and your opponent constantly trying to keep you out.  This can be an up hill battle at times.

Using an ex Arch Kick can also help you close down space on an opponent. You can time it properly to absorb the projectile and punish the opponent. Keep in mind this works best when your opponent is close to the corner because on hit the opponent will roll pretty far away from you. The corner will force them to stay close.

She also has a difficult time keeping the pressure on mid screen as both her overhead and low starters have slow start ups. It forces you to cut damage short in order to get a proper mix on wake up.

Sonya Covert Ops Combo Starters and Enders

B14 (Overhead)

B33 (Low)

213 (High)

11(High) **Fastest Start up

All of these starters can be canceled into Military Stance (DB2).

On hit in the mid screen you should use the overhead cartwheel, 21,21U+4.  You can also end the combo in a hard knock down using 124. Ending with 2134 can also keep your opponent close but will allow them to tech roll away from you because it is not a hard knockdown.

In the corner end combos with 12,12,12,124 for a hard knock down. You can also end combos with 12,12,2134 for a splat that allows you to dash in and jump back and land a J1.

Military Stance

You have four options in Military Stance: Low, Overhead, Throw, Cancel.

Canceling will keep you safe and is recommended when on block.

The low can be juggled in the corner.

The throw can be neutral ducked or back dashed and punished, but it is unblockable.

The overhead cartwheel launches the opponent for combo and can sometimes break slower armor moves as it hits twice.

Wake Up

Leg Slam has two hits of meter and Arch Kick has one.  Both are highs and can be neutral ducked and punished.  They are also unsafe on block. Be careful when waking up with Sonya Covert Ops.

Neutral

Her best tool is her F2. It covers a lot of ground, can be canceled into military stance and can lead to another hit with B1.

D3 is a low, 6 frame poke.  One of the best in the game.

D4 creates a lot of stun on hit.

Use your energy rings to zone and space out opponents.

Anti Air

Sonya’s D2 is one of the best in the game. It does a great job punishing jumping opponents.

On cross up situations (when the opponent jumps over you) a S1 is a great choice and you can combo the opponent from this position.

I hope this guide has helped you out. If you want to learn more about Covert Ops Sonya, be sue to check out some of my YouTube channel and watch some of my match footage… or just comment below with questions and I will help you out. Thanks and continue to game strong!