Thursday, June 19, 2014
Infinite Crisis Supergirl
News came out earlier this week that Supergirl was joining another multiplayer online video game. Thanks to all the folks who passed on the info! As this seems somewhat 'buzzworthy', I thought I'd cover it sooner rather than later.
Supergirl was revealed as the next 'champion' in the Infinite Crisis game. Now the days of me playing video games regularly is unfortunately behind me. But pals with more free time tell me this is a fun game to play as a DC fan. Here is the link to the actual game: https://www.infinitecrisis.com/en
There is a YouTube video showcasing the character, elements of design, and showing her powers. It is worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPi2heRO8Z8#t=329
Now one thing I will say is the actual character (as seen above) is really beautiful. She looks great. And when you see her flying in during her origin video (more detailed graphics) she is bright and smiling. I mean look at her up there! That's fantastic!
Unfortunately, the new reality of Supergirl is the 'new 52' model. The designer describes her main motivation as being angry. He says part of her character is that she has a very visceral response her landing punches against her opponents.
She does have a nice if interesting array of powers.
Since this is the New 52, she has a sort of sun burst power called Solar Furnace. But this is more like a Hulk power than a beam. With each successive punch she lands she glows brighter, gaining power. So basically the more violent she is, the more powerful she becomes. It is Hulk-like.
She also has an attack called 'World Breaker' which the designer states is when Supergirl 'punches through people'! Nothing says DCnU like being dismembered or impaled!
One of her end moves is called 'Comet'. I wonder if the game designers knew about the Comet character when they added this. It is pretty much a tackling attack similar to a spear in football.
I do like that she has a 'Determination' ability where she can focus and gain bonuses.
Look, I understand this is a fighting game. Of course there is little place in a game like this for brightness and optimism. But it still bothers me that the new normal is an angry Supergirl glowing with rage and punching through people.
The YouTube video does show game play which makes me think the game is a lot of fun, especially when it comes to crafting a team. But some of it sounds odd. You can equip characters with gear to help optimize their abilities. They recommend that Supergirl should wield Joe Chill's gun. That's just wrong.
Still, I think DC is still looking to cash in on both Supergirl's more historic optimistic outlook and the bad girl they want to shove down our throats.
Look at this image from the game. That is a smiling Supergirl, looking up at the stars, arms folded in a confident way. That is more classic Supergirl!
Does that look like an enraged character looking to punch through people, seething with her own rage?
So which Supergirl is it?
Anyways, would love to hear from anyone who plays the game.