It Takes Thirty-Two, Baby: Infinite Crisis Adding Supergirl

By Alice O'Connor on June 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

A shame she's not wearing her Superskirt.

How many guns should an FPS have? What’s the correct number of levels for a platformer? How long should a game take to complete? How many playable characters does an RPG need? How about a MOBA? Debate rages between boffins up and down the land, but Turbine have an answer for that last question when it comes to Infinite Crisis. 32 characters is the point where their DC Comics punch-up will allow interesting team picks and compositions, they’ve said. Infinite Crisis will hit that supposed magic number next month with the addition of Supergirl.

“I think you need to hit specific thresholds to make choices interesting at the team selection screen and 32 is basically is enough for you have each in each role, for a pro gamer, and the build of your team is an interesting process,” digital communications manager Leo Tan said.

And don’t mind that talk of “pro gamers”–in the same way that so many people under 35 like to think, with training, they could be Batman, many Doters believe they could go pro if only they didn’t have so many responsibilities and distractions. That’s why we take it all so very seriously.

32 still seems awfully low, but it’s not the final number, and I am used to the sprawling horrors of Dota 2. I wonder what number they’ll end up with. The dizzying array of characters is part of what makes Dote ‘em ups so hostile to new players, and it can’t help that Infinite Crisis has multiple variants of characters from across the multiverse. Even with only 31 characters, it already has three Batmen, three Supermen, three Green Lanterns, two Jokers, three Wonder Women, and so on–more confusing than wholly different characters, I’d imagine.

As for Supergirl, she’s a scrappy hero with abilities focused around punching faces real hard. Her ultimate, Comet, sees her flying-tackling someone and bashing into anyone behind them. Turbine say she’s a very angry character but who wouldn’t be, finding yourself on an alien planet knowing only your supernerd of a cousin? She’ll arrive in a patch on July 2.

Infinite Crisis is in open beta testing. Hey gang, have you been playing? How is it?

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30 Comments »

  1. Premium User Badge Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    I’m intrigued by Supergirl’s thick sugary glaze.

    • Premium User Badge distantlurker says:

      Maybe it’s marmalline

      • Varakkys says:

        Plastic Girl.
        And not just her clobber, by the look of that model.

        • Jalan says:

          Her look seems to be based off of the (late, great) Michael Turner’s design for the character. Turner’s art of the female form tended to slide toward the salacious aspects while keeping the glamour intact (hard as it is to believe) and it suits 2D far better than 3D by the look of things, unfortunately.

    • Rao Dao Zao says:

      She looks like a pretty sweet character to me.

  2. Premium User Badge TeraTelnet says:

    The first thing I thought of upon reading that her special move was ‘Comet’ was that it might feature Comet the Super-Horse, her sometime pet-who-was-a-transmuted-centaur-and-in-love-with-her. We mourn the passing of the Silver Age.

  3. GROM says:

    no outrage on why she is wearing a bathingsuit? this is RPS goddamned!

    • Orija says:

      Check your outrage privilege.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Compared to other video game females and especially comic book females, she’s quite covered up, I would say. The only skin showing are her legs, but then that suit is pretty tight and shows off her body contour. Still, no cleavage or boob window, which is good.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Maybe not too many people will come with me on this one, but I was thinking a strapon would set the look off nicely

        • Geebs says:

          What the hell is up with her costume’s integrated super-merkin anyway? Unless it has Velcro per your suggestion.

      • iainl says:

        Quite covered up, but the shader effect is making her look rather, how shall I put it, wipe-clean?

  4. Pich says:

    I could do without the maxi-pad nu52 costume.

    • Steven Hutton says:

      Yeah, it, like all the New 52 costumes is pretty hideous. I love Jim Lee but he’s not a great designer.

      • Premium User Badge wyrm4701 says:

        That’s something of an understatement. Pretty much the entirety of the nu52 costumes evoke the ugliest trends of the 90s, except maybe for Supergirl. Hers is awful in a way that looks like Jim Lee tried to copy a much better design over at Project: Rooftop.

    • TechnicalBen says:

      Thanks. I cannot unsee what I quick browse failed to even notice…

  5. Premium User Badge Thirith says:

    I like how the costume colour-codes her pubic area, since otherwise you’d miss it.

  6. Steven Hutton says:

    I haven’t checked out Infinite Crisis yet. Answer me this RPS-ites: Can you purchase or grind for gameplay relevant content? Other than characters, naturally.

    • Premium User Badge RedViv says:

      It’s the LoL model. The actual gameplay-relevant stuff you have to earn through playing, but you can buy boosters to get there quicker. Purchased with points you purchase with money, that sort of silliness.

      • Polifemo says:

        Ive always found that model quite strange. I mean yes players get to learn about things as they earn them and you segreggate extremely new and ignorant players from new players that have experience and knowlege but to be honest the positive aspect for the player seems pretty mild for such a large content block. Not to mention the whole model is clearly more in favor of the company than in favor of the consumer.
        I much prefer Dota’s “thow you into the water with all the tools available to you” aproach. No matter what you do a normal MOBA is gonna be overwhelming for people that havent played the genre anyway. Might as well give them all the features from the get-go.

        • jon_hill987 says:

          Actually, I believe Dota does insist on new players doing 20 matches in limited hero mode these days, where everyone picks out of a pool of the 20 most boring heroes.

          • Polifemo says:

            You are correct I think.
            But what you get there is still the full Dota experience only with not as many heroes (im actually glad they picked those heroes since they are all newb-friendly and teach you several broad aspects of the game like dots invisibility and silences). And its only 20 games as oposed to having to reach certain level to unlock gameplay features (in dota ranked matchmaking is level restricted but that makes sense) like LoL does with blink and the like.

  7. Philomelle says:

    I already knew that Infinite Crisis is a bit shameless in its borrowing of LoL, but straight up copying the entire kit of a League of Legends champion and then latching it onto Supergirl goes from shameless and into embarrassing.

    Seriously, they simply rearranged the ability hotkeys and replaced an automatically triggered health shield with a manually activated armor buff. It’s otherwise the exact. Same. Kit. Even the particles look similar.

  8. altum videtur says:

    The answer to the number of FPS guns is apparently 1, according to Dead Space.
    PLASMA CUTTER IS LOVE PLASMA CUTTER IS LIFE

  9. Geewhizbatman says:

    So—ya the hero and games and talk about stuff…but did anyone else feel awkward watching that interviewer? I couldn’t tell if he was just -really- into his job, or games, or the interviewee or a super kinky mix. All of which are groovy but that was some full-frontal teeth and head bob action and honestly it ruffled my petticoat a little.

  10. Lemming says:

    Wait no Comet the Super Horse?

    Comet the Super-Horse – Pre-Crisis Supergirl’s horse is a centaur accidentally cursed by Circe into being trapped in the form of a horse. In post-Crisis continuity, Comet is a superhero who is a romantic interest of Linda Danvers.

    It sounds like satire.

    • TechnicalBen says:

      “Comics are Weeeiiird”

      That’s not even close to half the weird and disgusting things that happen in most comics. :/

      • Baines says:

        Particularly DC Comics.

        From stuff like the 1977 classic where Superman fondly reminisces about the time that he had sex with a girl who had been brainwashed into his perfect girlfriend, to the 2010 classic where a grieving Arsenal ties up the mother of his dead daughter, tries and fails to have sex with her, does heroin, and then attacks some random people in an alley while hallucinating that a dead cat is his daughter.

        Should I note that the Arsenal story won a PRISM Award for “recognizing the accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness”?

        • dethtoll says:

          Oh, and the mother is a stone-cold sociopath and supervillain. Roy’s life has never really been easy or normal — int he New 52 Killer Croc of all people actually ends up being his AA sponsor.

    • dethtoll says:

      The horse thing definitely stems from the 1960s when comics were weird because that was the only thing you could DO under intense censorship. Hence things like superpets.