For Injustice 2, gamers have been asking for more villains from other DC heroes' rogue galleries that aren't associated with Batman. Well, NetherRealm Studios have obliged, revealing Cheetah -- a prime nemesis of Wonder Woman -- as one of the characters joining the roster.
The trailer was posted up over on the official Injustice YouTube channel, featuring close to two minutes worth of Injustice 2 gameplay centered around the feisty feline taking on her arch rival, Wonder Woman. She basically destroys Diana in her clip, giving gamers a nice, well-rounded look at her move set.
First of all, her look is quite unique. They obviously slapped her on some form of clothing so she isn't just a naked animal-like creature like most of her comic book iterations. However, the clothing they decided to go with is tribal, with obvious African safari inspiration. It matches her design quite nicely.
She's sporting teeth of various animals she's conquered, strung up around a rope that criss-crosses around her upper chest and midriff. Leg straps and a leather-skinned loin cloth round off the bare essentials of her costume.
This specific design for Cheetah drew a lot of criticisms from those in the comment section on the YouTube page: Some people said they hated her face, others said they hated her outfit, others said they hated her hair. However, a few people reminded the audience that not only are there different skins in Injustice 2 for the heroes and villains, but there are also different gear pieces as well, so Cheetah can likely don many of her different incarnations that she's used throughout her long and illustrious career as a Wonder Woman villain in the DC comics.
The interesting thing about it is that Cheetah has had many strange, disturbing, cheesy and fun designs throughout her comic run. The character has been portrayed as more of a horror villain at one point and a seductress at another.
NetherRealm decided to go with a more standardized look for the character in Injustice 2. One thing most people agreed on is that it's a much better design than the comic book rendition where she's just cosplaying in a cheetah outfit.
As far as her moves are concerned, she has a lot of obvious scratch and kick combo attacks. What's more impressive with Cheetah is that a lot of her moves are really air-juggle oriented. So if you're good at maintaining air-control and knowing how to do pick-up combos using NetherRealm's combo system in Injustice 2, you could easily master Cheetah and keep opponents off their feet throughout the entire round.
In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and throw this out there: I think Cheetah could be one of the surprise top-tier characters in the eSports scene for Injustice 2.
We get to see how she can utilize counter air-grabs to prevent opponents from dive-kicking their way out of a tight bind, as well as using technicals to air-lift and then ground opponents all in one set. Cheetah is obviously designed for elite players.
You'll be able to play as Cheetah and the rest of the DC Universe characters starting May 16th on PS4 and Xbox One.