Have you ever wondered how size-changing powers would be implemented in a one-on-one fighting game? NetherRealm Studios’ next DLC fighter to drop, Atom, was teased a little while back in a (perhaps appropriately) too-small video. But now we have a longer, better look at the incredible shrinking hero, and how he’ll impact the increasingly crowded field of heroes (including two from other comics publishers besides DC!), villains, and other Kombatants in Injustice 2.
Check out the Injustice 2 video featuring the Atom, and our impressions below:
A lovely visual detail is that what we believe is Atom’s low block just shows him at about half-size, whereas most characters are actually ducking.
He seems to have a few moves that can freeze an opponent in place, although we can’t yet know which of these are standard moves and which might be bonus abilities (which are not allowed in ranked gameplay). He has a ray gun that at least in one instance he fires from an air-born position — a useful tool that is standard with a few characters (Harley Quinn and Red Hood, for instance), but are equipped abilities for others (Hellboy is one). At least in one move, he appears to alter his mass for a sort of ground pound, knocking Bane off his feet.
The most amusing part of this is his throw, where (check out the 1:15 mark), wherein Atom shrinks and flies into his opponent’s ear, only exiting when the opponent does the ol’ “I’ve got water in my ear” maneuver.
Perhaps most intriguing, and most in need of explanation, are the sequences where Atom goes super tiny and whirls around his opponent, making multiple attacks. Is this just a visual effect of a long combo string? We’re guessing it has something to do with Atom’s character trait — the unique power each character has — but can’t be sure at this point.
This is not the same Atom, Ray Palmer, who appears on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow — rather, it’s his protege Ryan Choi, who picked up the mantle for Palmer in the comics once before for an extended period, and in the grim world of Injustice seems to have done so again. As we noted in his micro-teaser a while back, they’ve given Choi something of an Aussie accent, probably owing to his being a Chinese national and possibly learning his English from the relative geographic proximity and economic ties of those two counties. We find it charming. Hey, if we can’t have Captain Boomerang . . . you can hear The Atom speak in the video capture of his intro and in his clash sequence.
As the stock description of Atom says: “Armed with his quantum bio-belt and a prodigal knowledge of physics, players can utilize all of scientist Ryan Choi’s subatomic powers to deliver justice against Superman’s regime.”
The Atom arrives Dec. 12 as the first character from “Fighter Pack 3” — Enchantress and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are expected to follow at about once-a-month intervals.
Images: NetherRealm Studios