While many gamers will look to Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters to give them additional back-story and action after seeing the feature film, fans of the comic book series will pick up the game for the constructs. The main mode of combat for the Green Lantern Corps, constructs are the various “creations” that come as a result of the connection between the ring and its wearer.
Though many of the constructs in Rise of the Manhunters have been seen in the game’s trailers, a better look at a few of the more enticing ones have been revealed via a set of screenshots. Sure, in the film’s trailer Hal Jordan is restricted by his limited imagination, but in the game he is available to think a little bigger.
Like another popular character from the DC Universe, Green Lantern will have a fighter jet at his disposable, but, unlike Wonder Woman, he is more concerned with tossing the vehicle at foes. Highlighted in the game’s most recent trailer, this fighter jet ability and a few others, demonstrate the true capabilities of a Green Lantern’s ring.
Also on display in the screenshots is the game’s co-op feature, which allows one player to control Jordan while the other controls Sinestro. While we don’t know if Sinestro’s more alien upbringing will inform his constructs as of yet, it looks like the two will most likely draw from the same ability pool.
Unfortunately, though the idea of a Green Lantern game, with the ability to create a wide variety of items out of one’s imagination, sounds interesting on the surface, Rise of the Manhunters’ gameplay execution feels a bit lacking. The outdated graphics, which are even more highlighted in these screenshots, won’t help to convince gamers that this is a tie-in worth playing.
Sure, the storyline of this game is different from the movie’s, but that can only take you so far. There is a really exciting idea that could be had from the Green Lantern property; it’s just that Rise of the Manhunters doesn’t seem to be it.
What do you think of these screenshots for Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters? What type of constructs would you like to see in the game?
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters releases June 7, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, and DS.