The order in which superhero games have been released on the current crop of consoles reads like the hierarchy of whoâ€™s who in the world of mutants and super-humans. Games based on Superman, Spider-man, Batman, Iron Man, Hulk and the X-Men have already been ousted and weâ€™re now onto the B-listers it would seem with Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America games upon us. Wannabe caped crusaders shouldnâ€™t worry – there are plenty of B-list superheroes to get through until we get to the dregs like Aquaman, Captain Britain, Popeye and Johnny Fartpants.
The Green Lantern must be a comic book writerâ€™s dream character to write for – anything Hal Jordan can think of he can manifest from a magic ring. As you fight your way through legions of robotic rivals the Green Lantern lets loose a barrage of swords, giant fists, maces, hammers and buzz saws in a seamless fashion. Eight different constructs (read: weapons) can also be unlocked as you level up, each serving a slightly different purpose. The baseball bat can send projectiles back to whereon they came while mines can be dropped and also thrown to destroy walls and such. This goes a long way to stopping the game being a simple button basher – during most battles you need to change weapons two or three times according to what enemies youâ€™re facing.
This ties in with the fact that the Green Lanternâ€™s greatest achievement is that it doesnâ€™t treat the player like an idiot. The puzzles are a lot more sophisticated than the usual block-pushing variety that tends to appear in movie licenses and the bosses are tough to beat but never unfairly so.
Although the storyline is far from complex itâ€™s nicely paced and voice acting impresses. Unlike most movie tie-ins thereâ€™s no sign that the game has been rushed out either – it feels polished and is surprisingly accomplished, especially during the rather epic God of War-style boss battles and QTE events.
Flight sections – which make up three of the ten levels on offer – take inspiration from Panzer Dragoon with the ability to lock onto foes and release a bombardment of missiles. These levels are short but entertaining and are easily a graphical highlight with detailed scenery whizzing past at a frantic rate. The rest of the game looks good too, although because the camera is pulled back quite far Hal does look a bit on the diminutive side. I suppose though this does fit in with the fact that heâ€™s just a regular human in a fancy green suit.
Developers Double Helix clearly have a lot of love for the source material – theyâ€™ve produced a product thatâ€™s consistently good, occasionally even great, and is a clear cut above most movie tie-ins. How good? Good enough to make us think that the Green Lantern is a pretty decent superhero after all. And thatâ€™s with taking in consideration that his enemies are known as the manhunters.