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Have no Fear!
on 13 June 2011
If you`re a Green Lantern fan, you should play this game.
Because of the rep movie games have, and the fact that not much was shown of the game nor were there any reviews that I saw before I played it, I was worried that GL would follow the trend and not be very good. However I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is a very fun experience, and something all Green Lantern fans should play.
It was very cool to be playing a game and hear all these references to GL lore mentioned, such as yellow Fear energy, violet Love energy, and you can even find hidden blue meteorites that contain Hope energy that raise your health meter. Not to mention visiting Zamaron, home of the Star Sapphires and Biot, home of the Manhunters. The gameplay is very solid too. Dare I say that it reminded me of God of War in some ways? You have a light fast attack, and a heavy attack that can be used together to form combos, and theres also a grab move which can be used to throw enemies or spin them around and then slam them into the ground. An evade move is mapped to the right analogue stick also, with a dash-attack move on R1, and a shield on L1. Then you have your special construct moves which use up your ring energy meter. These are unlocked as you progress through the game and can be mapped to any of the face buttons while holding either L2 or R2, giving you a max of 8 special construct moves that can be used. There are other constructs too, so its up to you to decide which ones you want mapped to the buttons. The constructs include a giant hammer, a baseball bat that can knock enemy projectiles back, a jet plane and a mech suit! All very cool and fun to use. Beyond the regular levels there are also a couple flight levels that place you in an on-rails shooter environment and require to shoot at enemies as they appear, with the occasional boss. These are fast and fluid and the environments are very nice.
You also gain experience points as you go and can level up. Each time you level up you gain some new upgrades that can be purchased using the experience that you`ve collected. Upgrades include increasing the damage of your constructs and extended the length of time you can use Ring Surge, which is a sort of overload mode that you can trigger when a meter is full. The graphics are very nice too. Whilst not on par with some of the AAA titles that can be seen today, its still a nice looking game. The lighting in particular is good, and the environments also give a distinct look to each planet.
The reviewer below says it took him 6 hours to complete the game, but then it would if you are playing on Easy. I played on Normal and while I agree that the game isn`t very long, on this setting at least the game does provide some challenge in certain fights. More than once I came to a boss or group of enemies that I would have to retry a couple times before I beat them, and there was a definite sense of accomplishment when this occurs. There are even a couple of puzzles that require you to actually stop and think about how to solve them, but nothing that will have you throwing your controller out the window in frustration. There are also hidden green meteorites that extend your ring energy when you find 3 of them, with a trophy for finding all of them and also the blue meteorites. For me this is a good reason to want to go back and play again to find them all, but even without them I would still play again just because it was fun to play. Also, I`m not sure about Xbox 360 users, but for PS3 gamers, you can download a free game pack off of PSN that gives you access to an extra costume that more closely resembles Hals costume from the comics.
All in all I found Green Lantern to be a very solid and enjoyable experience, and as a GL fan I got a real kick out of it. If you`re a Green Lantern fan, have no Fear!