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Xbox 360 Game Review

Green Lantern
Rise of the Manhunters


Format: Xbox 360
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
RRP: £34.99
5 051892 025140
Age Restrictions: 12+
Available 10 June 2011

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is inspired by the feature film, which brings the enduringly popular DC Comics super hero to the big screen for the first time and which stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role as Hal Jordan, the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps. In the video game players can use over a dozen constructs and take flight across the deepest parts of the Universe to restore intergalactic order by wielding the ultimate weapon: the Green Lantern power ring...

Ah, another console game based on a movie... And we know what that means don't we? Yup, an almost guaranteed stinker or bland offering that will end up in a bargain bin near you within six months. Unsurprisingly Rise of the Manhunters offers nothing new or interesting in an over crowded market of similar games. Yes, there's the customisation of powers and skills, but at its heart this is a button mashing offering where you are up against wave after wave of identical foes. Introduce a new enemy every couple of rounds and chuck in a boss at the end of some levels and you have... well, something that you've seen a million times before.

For those that enjoy this old school genre of games then Rise of the Manhunters should provide you with a few days of fun and mayhem. But even then, this is probably a title you'd be better off renting for the weekend.

The game developers have injected a bit of humour (Green Lantern starts to moan at the fact he has to destroy so many identical looking towers) and a little customisation (you can upgrade your skills and moves) but this is still a pretty weak offering.


Darren Rea

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