Ever since the original Mortal Kombat hit arcades back in the '90s, special finishing moves have come to define NetherRealm Studios' games. For many, Fatalities were the reason to play the early Mortal Kombat games — and even after more than two decades, these hyper-gory finales are one of the series' biggest selling points.
Of course, when it comes to NetherRealm's licensed games, things aren't nearly as violent. In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Fatalities were toned down, and the game didn't feel quite right as a result. Yes, it wouldn't have made sense for Batman to rip someone's spine out, but the game's finishing moves just felt weak.
It wasn't until Injustice: Gods Among Us that NetherRealm would find the perfect blend of brutal violence and non-lethal attacks. The story putting everyone on even terms with heroes like Superman certainly helped — and let's be honest, the Super moves were just fun to watch.
With Injustice 2 making its debut at E3 2016, fans knew that the ridiculous, over-the-top finishing moves would be in the game — the question is, could NetherRealm make them even better than those in the original?
Thankfully, the answer is a definite "yes."
While the full roster of playable heroes has yet to be revealed, the above video showcases all of the different Super moves from the characters demoed at E3: Superman, Batman, Supergirl, Atrocious, Gorilla Grodd and Aquaman.
Superman's finishing move is ... well, it's a little disappointing. With a character as ridiculously powerful as Kal-El, finding something that works is tough, but it just doesn't have the same ridiculous scale of the finishing move from the original Injustice.
On the other hand, Gorilla Grodd's finisher perfectly fits his character. He's a mountain of muscle with psychic powers — using both to pound a character into the ground just makes sense. The same thing goes for Atrocious — between the giant Red Light construct and the fiery vomit, it looks like NetherRealm has nailed his character.
The original Injustice somehow made Aquaman cool — and somehow, NetherRealm has done it again. Batman's finisher is equally impressive, especially with that sneaky little homage to Batman '89:
Then, there's Supergirl ... and one could argue that she has the best finishing move out of everyone. Pulling someone into orbit around the sun, then throwing them back to Earth before pummeling them with meteors? It's the best kind of ridiculous — hopefully, the rest of the cast can get something that's equally epic.
If there's any downside to the finishing move showcase, it's that the game won't be out for several more months: Injustice 2 is scheduled for launch in early 2017.
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