18 August 2011

Fishy's Game Reviews - Green Lantern




Or to give it its full title
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters

This is a long time coming, was really looking forward to this game and been playing it over the last few weeks

Info
Certificate – 12 or T for Teen
Demo available? - No
Version reviewed - Xbox 360
Install size on 360 – 3.4GB
Players – 2 with offline co-op. Player 2 doesn’t get achievements
Downloadable content – A free downloadable costume is available on the PS3 for the player to look like the comic version of Hal Jordan. This was taken away on 360 due to legal issues

The plot

The Manhunters are an android race, originally created by the Guardians of the Universe to serve as the first interstellar police force. The Manhunters became more obsessed with administering punishment than serving justice, forcing the Guardians to dissolve their ranks.

The few Manhunters that survived fled into exile and the Guardians founded a new elite police force called the Green Lantern Corps and armed its members with specially crafted power rings.

Now the Manhunters are back and out for revenge, readying their forces for a war against the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps. Faced with destruction, the Corps is looking to gifted but cocky test pilot Hal Jordan as the newest recruit, to protect peace and preserve justice

The Graphics
They’re okay, nothing really that special

Fans of the comic will get a kick out of seeing the planets Oa, Zamaron and Biot

It’s also in 3d, either using anaglyph (purple/yellow) glasses or with a real 3d tv. I tried it with the former. It doesn’t really add that much to the experience except for the flying levels

The normal Anaglyph ones don’t come with the game. I had to grab the free ones in the Batman: Arkham Asylum game of the year edition

The combat constructs look like they should

Gameplay

It’s one of those standard mash buttons combat games, some of the bosses and bigger characters require finishing moves which require a quicktime event to take place, this is when the game takes over and you have to push certain buttons to trigger certain things

There are 3 levels where you get to fly through space, and these are pretty awesome. If you’ve played Starfox before you’ll love these

There are a few puzzle elements in some levels but nothing too taxing

It has some RPG elements to it as well where you upgrade your character to become stronger, get better energy constructs and make your “ring surge” time last longer

Best Weapon/Vehicle/Power-Up?

The Green Lantern Ring…….duh

Out of all the constructs my favourite was the rocket punch, where Hal dons a rocket pack on his back and hits the enemies with giant gauntlets. It was pretty fun to see and useful to boot, especially against the flying enemies and lesser ground troops

Final Thoughts
It’s highly repetitive and there isn’t much variation to the enemy types and gameplay, plus some bits can get pretty frustrating even on the lower difficulty levels

It's also pretty short. I think I completed it within about 8 hours

If you’re an achievement whore you’ll be interested to know I got 630/1000 on the first playthrough and will most likely get the rest the next time through

It is great seeing the other planets and other aspects of Green Lantern that weren’t shown in the film which brings me on to one of the major factors about buying this, which is that I can only really recommend it to fans of the comics

My advice?
Rent it, borrow it from a friend who has it or buy it when it comes down in price

And I still want that Goddamn Batman / Green Lantern game crossover!!!

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