In case you have been sleeping under a rock with no television access, and haven’t seen the 43 trillion “Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters” movie promos or mentions of the tie-in video games hitting the street on all gaming platforms June 7, we’re gonna break it down for you proper. And just as a sneak peek, even if you don’t usually play Superhero or Comic Book video games, this one is a keeper. Okay, on to the details.
You assume the role of Hal Jordan, one of the Universe’s many Green Lanterns enlisted with the responsibility of protecting your world from the Manhunters and any other bad guys you encounter. And if you recognize the voice, that’s because it’s the voice of Ryan Reynolds, who plays the Green Lantern in the movie of the same name. To get you caught up, we’ll give you a quick primer.
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The Guardians of the Universe are a very old, very extraterrestrial race of physically small, but massively powerful blue “people” that founded the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police squad. They also created the Manhunters androids, but their flawed programming led to their banishment, and they are back with revenge on their computer chip minds.
Hal Jordan’s buddy Sinestro is available if you like some co-op android beat-down fun, and happily, the game does not take the same path as the movie. There are places for you to go and things for you to accomplish that you can’t learn by going to the movies.
And the main power Green Lanterns are given is the ability to harness light in one of many powerful attacks, and also to fly. The game play is impressively visualized in the Xbox version, which is the one we saw. Interaction between Hal and Sinestro is well done, and the story line, while it seems simple, grows on you, and the game was surprisingly addictive. Available on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and offering 12 constructs, there are endless hours of game play, and the Movie tie-in Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video games delivers in spades.