Superheroes aren't scared of a little thing like online competitive matches, so why should you be? Any Injustice: Gods Among Us character can be bested, however fearsome - all it takes is time and practice. Here are a few tips to get you started down the path to glory.
1. Choose your fighter
Experiment with a wide range of characters before deciding on your main. Identifying which play style works for you and choosing a character complementary to that is crucial to online success. Are you a gadget user, a power user or a heavy hitter? Much as it might pain you, if your favourite DC character doesn't suit the way you naturally play, it may be time for a rethink.
2. It's all in the location
Each stage features several interactive objects which, once activated, deal a substantial amount of damage to opponents. Always be mindful of your surroundings - if your attacks are pushing an enemy towards an object they can use against you, you might want to reposition. And if they do get close, back off - environmental attacks can be avoided, but not blocked.
3. Block, block and block again
Speaking of blocking, Mortal Kombat veterans should be aware that blocking in Injustice handles differently. Instead of a dedicated block button, you need to hold back and down for medium and low blocks respectively. Learn to use blocking regularly, but at the same time, don't allow yourself to be bullied into a corner.
4. Juggling isn't just for clowns
Learn to juggle your challenger once you've bounced or launched them into the air. As they're completely vulnerable, this is the perfect time to get as many hits in as possible, and well-timed strikes can keep them up for longer. The best players can drastically whittle down an opponent's health bar before they've even touched the ground again.
5. Get to know the real you
Get to know your character's unique trait, as each hero or villain has a move that's all theirs. Some are offensive, some are defensive, and some require correct timing to activate. With offensive traits, try not to think of them as a stand alone move, but something that'll open opponents up to immediate follow-up attacks.
6. Memorise your move list
If you want to be the best, you're going to have to put time into studying your move list. It takes practice, but if you know your moves by heart then you how to deal with your rival no matter where they are in the arena. The next stage of this is to practise stringing appropriate moves together. Create your own combos and then extend them even further.
7. Be unpredictable
There's a reason why button bashers and total novices tend to win, even against seasoned pros. They're unpredictable, and without discernable tactics more experienced players have no idea how to counter them. I'm not saying button bash, but mix things up - never let an opponent have you figured out.