Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (www.greenlanternvideogame.com) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. Right before Green Lantern hit theaters, Double Helix Games released the obligatory video game tie-in to the movie with Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. And as I’ve said many times before (and will continue to say), movie based video games aren’t the best games out there. Rise of the Manhunters isn’t a great game that you’ll be clamoring to play, but it’s exactly what gamers should expect out of this sort of game.

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters(www.greenlanternvideogame.com) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. Right before Green Lantern hit theaters, Double Helix Games released the obligatory video game tie-in to the movie with Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. And as I’ve said many times before (and will continue to say), movie based video games aren’t the best games out there. Rise of the Manhunters isn’t a great game that you’ll be clamoring to play, but it’s exactly what gamers should expect out of this sort of game.




Presentation:
Rise of the Manhunters drops you into the action very quickly, with very little time to get acquainted with the characters. I believe the events of the game take place immediately after the events of the movie, and the game feels like it’s assuming you’ve seen the film because so little about the characters or plot is explained before you start hacking into bad guys. The plot is simple: the robotic Manhunters that protected the universe before the Green Lantern Corps existed have returned so they can destroy the Corps. Your job is to take them out. It’s as simple as to be expected from a movie game, but it fits perfectly.

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Graphics:
A surprising amount of work has been put into the visual details of the game. While it certainly isn’t stunning by any measure, Rise of the Manhunters has above average graphics for a game of its nature. The many different hard light constructs look great, and the detail put into the them is surprising considering that they disappear almost as soon as they’re created. A unique feature that I thought was pretty cool was the 3D glasses that came with the game. Changing an option in the menu allows the game to be played in 3D. Unfortunately, the 3D isn’t very noticeable and doesn’t really contribute a lot to the quality of the game, I recommend playing without 3D because the glasses just get in the way most of the time.

Sounds:
The musical score is pretty bland but echoes the same heroic fanfares that you’ll hear during the film. Don’t expect to be blown away by the music. The dialog was pretty standard, and at times Reynolds’ lines don’t even sound like they planned for the other player to be present. And it was lacking the comedic dialog that made Ryan Reynolds such a great Green Lantern for the film. If the designers had cashed in on Reynolds’ humor it would have made this game twice as enjoyable.

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Gameplay:
The game consists of two relatively simple gameplay types: hack ‘n slash fighting and aerial rail combat. The majority of gameplay consists of the former with only a few levels consisting of the latter. You can create green light constructs like a giant hammer, a minigun, and even a jet to eliminate your enemies, but you have a limited amount of green energy to power your constructs. Defeating enemies not only helps to fill your green energy, but it gives you points that you can spend on upgrading abilities and unlocking new constructs. The flying rail shooter is extremely easy and is like a simplified version of classic Starfox. While these sections can seem a bit chaotic at first, mashing the attack button and moving around a lot will often be enough to get through them. A great feature is that a friend can join in at any time to help you out in combat (2nd player is Hal’s mentor Sinestro). And while co-op doesn’t radically change gameplay, it’s nice to have the option to join and quit casually. Double Helix’s finished product is expectedly simple, but unexpectedly enjoyable.

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Conclusion:
With a relatively short gameplay time and with very little replay value Rise of the Manhunters isn’t exactly the best bang for your buck on the market. But kids who loved the movie are going to want to play this game. It’s a simple game while still being interesting enough that any age group can enjoy it, but don’t expect to be blown away.

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