Infiniter Than Before: Infinite Crisis

I have to admit that it had passed me by entirely that there was a DC Universe MOBA going on. But there is! It’s being made by Turbine and is called Infinite Crisis, and there’s a whole beta application thing going on over here. Seems like things are pretty quiet on this front, though, since the only reason I realised it existed at all was the appearance of two new videos on my video-detector, one showing Gaslight Batman, and one showing the lovely Doomsday. Sure looks MOBA-y.


  1. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    If you want a picture of the future, imagine an army of creeps stamping on a human face forever.

  2. lowprices says:

    I thought we had officially rescinded MOBA in favour of Lane Pusher?

    • DeVadder says:

      The term MOBA is established for the genre. It allways surprises me how it everytime gets discussed when mentioned. Noone points out what a stupid name JRPG is when it is mentioned or how plattformer often have no plattform and sidescrollers may scroll top-down. But with MOBA? Everytime.

      • RaveTurned says:

        MOBA is an established term within the group of people who play MOBAs. To gamers outside of it, “multiplayer online battle area” describes 95% of all online gaming ever.

        • Sian says:

          The same goes for a number of genre titles, like MMO (especially when people drop the RPG) or Shooter (especially when people drop the first-person).

        • DeVadder says:

          A term beeing established means that anyone talking about the topic knows what the term means. And that is certainly true with MOBA. And ‘Lane Pusher’ would be only a slight bit more descriptive of all the many conventions and expectations people have about the genre, so it would not really help anyone who has no idea of the genre at all.
          So if an article says ‘A new MOBA whatever…’ then those people who have never heard of MOBAs would have to look it up, just as they would if the article had said lane pusher and those who have ever heard of the genre know well what the article is about.
          That is basically what ‘established term’ means and it does not matter wether you play/like the genre or not.
          It just is used consistently basically everywhere the genre is discussed. And thus, sorry, but the genre now is called MOBA, as stupid as the name may be.

        • Malibu Stacey says:

          MOBA is an established term within the group of people who play MOBAs.

          This just in, “the group of people who play MOBAs” is not only the people who play League of Legends.
          Riot coined that term, it’s as bad a description today as it was the day someone came up with it.
          Lane Pushing Game is a simple reflective of the gameplay but until it comes into wider use, they’re Dota clones (or ‘Dota-likes’) same way every FPS was a “Doom clone” until the term “First Person Shooter” entered the wider lexicon & Open World Sandbox games were referred to as “GTA Clones”.

          • BockoPower says:

            DotA is actually an AoS clone- the first map of this kind released for StarCraft. I don’t know if Riot are the first who classify such games as MOBA but I remember back in the days every dota-like map on WC3 used to be called AoS style.

          • iainl says:

            Maybe that’s so (I wouldn’t know), BP, but then there were FPS games like Wolfenstein prior to Doom as well, so I’ve no issue with DOTA clones.

    • RedViv says:

      Laney Pushy Thingies, actually.

      • Revolving Ocelot says:

        Nah, you’re thinking of that big wibbly wobbly swirly thing that’s headed straight towards us.

    • Terragot says:

      I thought the aggreed upon term was ‘Aeon of Strig Styled Fortress Assault Game Going On Two Sides’.

      • lowprices says:

        Clever. It’s the constant display of that sort of sparkling, refined wit that turns people off playing these types of games.

    • Berzee says:

      I still enjoy LOMA (Lords Management).

    • Eschatos says:

      No! The perfect title for the genre is “Tower Offense.”

  3. DeVadder says:

    It is like WoW all over again! One would imagine that someone learned how you do not beat an established and succesfull game by exactly copying its mechanics with another IP.
    But nope. Everywhere there are MOBAS in developement using the same control scheme, number of abbilities, character classes, everything.
    SMITE at least offers a different control, beeing third person and already established as third biggest MOBA around, so i guess there is a place for that, but how many traditional MOBAS can the market sustain?
    (You just knew i had to mention SMITE again, me beeing a fanboy and everything, link to if you want to play with us ^^)

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      SMITE at least offers a different control, beeing third person

      Indeed, it’s almost as if Monday Night Combat & Super Monday Night Combat never existed.

      • AraxisHT says:

        Yet they did, and they’re significantly better games than Smite.

        • Malibu Stacey says:

          I haven’t played SMITE yet (why does it have to shout?) so I can’t compare but I wasn’t overly impressed by MNC or SMNC.

    • Sic says:

      I have to agree.

      Smite can actually be quite fun (although it’s miles away from the perfection of DOTA2 in terms of balance).

      This might actually have a chance to be somewhat popular, simply because it’s DC. All the other DOTA clones, though, they’ll go the way of the dodo.

  4. abandonhope says:

    Infinite Crisis: The Proliferation of MOBAs.

    • neonordnance says:

      Seriously. Between Heroes of Newerth, LoL, and DOTA2, this “genre” has already been done to death, and let’s face it– it wasn’t even that great to begin with.

      Try something new, people.

  5. RedViv says:

    Good. Red Rain Batman is in. Good. Hmmyes.

  6. lowprices says:

    While the DC license does make this tempting, I’m always hesitant to play Lane Pushers. The gameplay itself seems interesting, but the communities for all of them tend to come off as an endless shower of bastards. What are the odds that the Infinite Crisis community will be any different?

    • Gurrah says:

      This is true to a certain extent, but there are groups out there, and I’m speaking purely from my experience with Dota2, that act and play mature and civilised as in any other game. Although having accrued a certain amount of skill over the last year playing Dota2 I can understand that tempers do run hot at times because nobody likes having an hour of quality gametime wasted, which is of course no excuse for the sheer viciousness a large chuck of the playerbase feel the need to display whenever it tickles their fancy.

      That being said, go find a group to play with, socialise and you’ll certainly have fun with the game if the theme interests you.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Infinite Crisis will have a built-in fanbase in the form of Turbine adherents, who tend to be pretty friendly in my own personal experience. On the other hand, this is a MOBA we’re talking about, and MOBAs seem to have a built-in asshole base. It could go either way.

  7. JackShandy says:

    Is that Pudge with a joker skin in the Gaslight Batman video?

    • RedViv says:

      Grinning Man closer to Mundo. Mundo deny all connection to pudgy thing.

  8. zaik says:

    neat, they’ve managed to combine both shoehorned comic book character fighting games and being called a fucking stupid n***** bitch every 5 minutes into one gigantic ball of failure.

    i’m glad it happened because the fail will be so dense that it will develop it’s own gravity and pull failure out of other things nearby into it.

  9. int says:

    Do Batman’s goggles do something?

  10. Quickpull says:

    These DC universe games always confuse me. Why would anyone want to play in a universe with only one compelling hero? Sorry to DC fans, but if it weren’t for batman, no one would play this.

    I’m sure there really are some other interesting things under the DC umbrella, but all the big names are bland and boring characters.

    • AraxisHT says:

      Good thing DC has a few hundred compelling heroes and stories to go with them (Not like Marvel, who has one character with a hundred different faces and no good stories from the last few decades). The only people who feel that DC doesn’t have many interesting characters haven’t actually read any of DC’s solo titles (and probably haven’t seen any of Young Justice either) and don’t know what they’re talking about. The only big-name DC heroes that could even possibly be seen as bland are Superman and Batman, and that’s only if you get a bad writer.

      I feel like the presense of Batman is actually a detriment to the game. Having 3 (or more) Batmen inevitably leads to many lesser-loved compelling characters that deserve more attention being overshadowed. Characters like The Question, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Zatanna, Aquaman, Static, Swamp Thing, Martian Manhunter, Nelson Jent, Elastic Man, Nightwing, Red Hood, Animal Man, John Stewart, Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, Barry Allen, Wally West, Supergirl, Huntress, Steel, Hawkman, Deadman, etc.

      • SkittleDiddler says:

        The only interesting character DC ever had was Gaiman’s Sandman. And possibly John Constantine. The compulsive retcon habit DC has renders the rest of their characters pretty uncompelling (noncompelling? not compelling? dafuq?).

  11. SkittleDiddler says:

    The only interesting character DC ever had was Gaiman’s Sandman. And possibly John Constantine. The compulsive retcon habit DC has renders the rest of their characters pretty uncompelling (noncompelling? not compelling? dafuq?).

    Godammit, RPS. your goofy commenting system moved one of my responses to the bottom of the board. Again.