Nowadays, every time there is a major comic-book based movie, there is a video game to go along with it. Most of them aren't very good at all. Therefore, I wasn't expecting much from GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE MANHUNTERS. I thought the game would be a silly replay of the movie with no additional story value, difficult gameplay, and terrible graphics. I was surprised to discover this is not the case.
The game is a tie-in, but not a video game adaptation of the movie. The main storyline (campaign) takes place either right after the GREEN LANTERN movie. The body of Abin Sur is returned to Oa for a proper burial but just afterwards the planet is attacked by Manhunters, a race of androids created by the Guardians as their first police force. However, the Manhunters became more interested in punishing creatures instead of serving them, so their ranks were dissolved. Someone has now united the Manhunters in a master plan to destroy the Green Lantern Corp, the Guardians, and Oa. Disobeying orders from the Guardians, Hal Jordan sets out to find out exactly what is going on. He's joined on his quest by Kilowog and Sinestro.
The game looks gorgeous and even comes with some 3D glasses that if you have a hi-def set up allows for some 3D effects. I also liked that Ryan Reynolds is the voice of Hal Jordan in the game. The game has just the right balance between simplicity and difficulty; it's not too difficult for beginning gamers to play and defeat, yet not so easy that an experienced gamer will hate it. There are moments when you think you know what you need to do to defeat a boss, but discover that though you had the right idea, you were slightly mistaken.
What I liked most about GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE MANHUNTERS was the two-player drop in/out mode. Very few X-box 360 games are made so that a person can play through an entire campaign with or without another person. I enjoy campaigns, but sometimes it's more fun to defeat a game working with someone else. This game allows for that as well as giving one the option of having a partner drop out without adversely affecting what you've already accomplished. More games should include an option like this.
Overall, I really enjoyed GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE MANHUNTERS. It was fun and challenging and allowed for my brother and I to defeat a game working together.