Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
DC heroes and villains unite for 'Injustice: Gods Among Us'
Posted Monday, October 29, 2012, at 2:51 AM
Photo credit: NetherRealm Studios
TOKYO — Christmas is only a couple of months away, but as you think hard on want you want this year give consideration to next year's wish list, video game junkies. NetherRealm Studios, best known for the Mortal Kombat franchise, is preparing to launch an all new fighting game based on the heroes and villains of the D.C. Comics Universe.
"Injustice: Gods Among Us" will have an intense and richly-developed story mode, conceived by writers of NetherRealm and D.C. Comics, while also featuring a one-on-one versus fighting mode. And unlike the D.C. Universe Online game released in 2011 you DO NOT need an online subscription. This game is good to go out of the box and without the cumbersome internet-only style of D.C. Universe.
While attending the Tokyo Game Show 2012, Senior Producer for NetherRealm Adam Urbano talked with Jonathan Toyad about the impending video game and its superstar roster of immediately playable characters. "More than 20, we haven't said 24 yet," said Urbano on the amount of playable characters. "But the roster itself was picked based on characters we know people are going to love and want to see and expect like Batman. If we didn't have Batman, we'd get beaten up."
"And it's got characters that are less known," Urbano continued. "Because that gives us the chance to sort of make those characters just as popular as Batman, and we love that challenge. So those are sort of the key considerations and then we had certain characters we had to have for our huge storyline."
NetherRealm Creative Director Ed Boon showed off the game at this year's Comic-Con, and there were 24 player plates visible on the versus screen. However, most of plates were empty to keep the identities of the characters a secret. Currently, half of the roster has been revealed. Check out the heroes and villains that have been confirmed so far below.
The fighting locations are going to be a big draw for the game, as each arena has multiple locations and interactive elements. Players will be able to reveal more fighting areas in a particular level by smashing through walls, throwing opponents through buildings and hurling enemies down elevator shafts.
Boon described the characters as either "power" or "gadget" players. The power characters will have the ability to lift cars off the streets and smash their enemies over the head, while gadget players might use a vehicle more conventionally and simply run over their opponents. The Batcave and Fortress of Solitude are two stages that have been confirmed by Boon.
"Injustice: Gods Among Us" will be available in April 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.