While Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were able to sway opinion back to the positive side for the big budger summer blockbuster, Green Lantern, the same cannot be said about its movie tie-in games. The first Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters cinematic trailer looked rather dated and unexciting, compared to the caliber of games debuting in 2011, let alone Batman: Arkham City.
Double Helix Games has reportedly been at work on the title since 2009 but it was only recently when we got a good look at Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters screenshots. Unfortunately, they weren't impressive either, unlike the latest Green Lantern movie footage which looks awesome. Perhaps this new Green Lantern game trailer will change our perception?
This Rise of the Manhunters video showcases actual gameplay from the PS3/Xbox 360 version of the game. You'll get to see how the Green Lantern ring creates constructs used in your standard melee combat as well as some of the neat objects/weapons you can create with the ring's powers.
Ryan Reynolds does provide the voice of Hal Jordan in the game:
You can easily see why this game, much like the Thor and Captain America tie-in games, are not following the direct story of the film. The film doesn't contain a series of standard low-level bad guys for you to battle out, so the Manhunters become the opposing force for the video game instead.
It's hard to get really excited about this game from a gamer's perspective outside of its co-op feature. The graphics are dated, and with its arcade-like feel, it comes off as a standard actioner with a Green Lantern skin, much like almost every movie tie-in. If you're a die-hard Green Lantern fan waiting to enter an interactive experience as a member of the Corps, then this game might be for you. Otherwise, it's tough to get excited enough to fork out the full retail cost of the game vs. any of the triple-A titles coming out this year.
Are we being too harsh or does this actually look like another game bringing a bad name to movie tie-ins?
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters debuts on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS and 3DS on June 7, 2011.