Hal Jordan isn't the most imaginative fellow. Given a ring that allows him to construct any object he desires, the Green Lantern settles on baseball bats and hammers to dole out bruises. Though they are effective, these typical weapons don't even begin to scratch the surface of his enormous potential. Sadly, that's a theme that carries through the entirety of this space-faring quest. Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters offers predictable beat-'em-up action that rarely pushes beyond what you would expect from the genre. It's disappointing that a creative spark doesn't illuminate this movie tie-in, but there's no denying the primitive joy that comes from beating down robots with your mighty fists. Solid mechanics set the stage for your superpowered fisticuffs, and a cache of unlockable weapons serve as decent motivation to keep you punching along. There's little in Green Lantern that you haven't seen before, but that won't stop you from enjoying the Emerald Knight's latest adventure.
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Manhunters are robotic beings with an easy-to-guess purpose. They are proficient at hunting down men, but thankfully, not particularly adept at killing. Thousands of these intergalactic machines descend on poor Hal, and you have to do your duty as a Green Lantern to save the universe from imminent peril. Nods toward the expansive backstory should invest comic book fans in the bouts of robot genocide, but the uninitiated might wonder who the characters are and how they relate to one another. When Kilowag refers to Hal as a poozer, it's unclear if it's meant as an insult or compliment, but it doesn't really matter. All you need to know is that robots are the root of all evil. The most noteworthy aspect of the presentation comes from the option to play in an extra dimension. Rise of the Manhunters takes advantage of both 3D televisions and those delightful tinted glasses (two come packed in with the game), which give the game the illusion of depth as you walk into the screen.
The action is plucked from the annals of classic brawlers from years past. Linear levels corral you down a predetermined path, and you unleash soul-crushing combos by alternating between weak and strong attacks. Enemies move in predictable patterns, offering just enough resistance to mitigate the feeling that you're beating down hapless weaklings without ever mounting a formidable threat. If the tides should turn against you, the use of block, dodge, and dash maneuvers provide adequate options to get you out of harm's way so you can resume your offensive assault. It's a tired formula that's made more interesting by the assortment of weapons you unlock during the course of the journey. For starters, swords and hammers make up your standard attacks, and it's more fun wielding these energetic weapons than just punching like a normal dude. From there, you gain access to everything from maces to spiked mines, and it's worth plowing through waves of enemies just to see what you'll unlock next. Rise of the Manhunters never gets as ridiculous as you might hope, but there's no denying the silly fun that comes from throwing a jet craft at a group of meanies.