Is this time right for a GREEN ARROW video game?
With the popularity of the CW series arrow, archers in pop culture, and the latest Tomb Raider game getting rave reviews, it may be time for the Emerald Archer to get his own game.
"Attention, DC Comics and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment: Steal everything applicable from Tomb Raider if you want to make a kick-ass Green Arrow game."
—Evan Narcisse, Kotaku.com
Next week the new Tomb Raider reboot drops courtesy of developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square-Enix. Though the game is still a week out, the reviews are currently circulating online with much praise being given to the game (the title holds Metacritic scores of 86 and 88 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions respectively).
The latest chapter in the long running franchise takes the star of the series, Lara Croft, and turns her into a more human character, trapped on a deserted island surrounded by dangers at every turn, and has to rely on her wits and scavenged tools to survive. A situation, not unlike the one Oliver queen faced in his origin, no?
Should the latest Tomb Raider resonate with audiences and sell well, it may be time for Warner to take a serious look at making a solo Green Arrow game. Awareness of the character is at an all time high with the popularity of the CW series Arrow, which is already being picked up for a second season. The character will also enjoy a slot amongst the roster of the upcoming fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Not only is Green Arrow as a property experiencing higher popularity, but archery in pop culture as well. As stated above there is CW's Arrow...
Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series
The character of Hawkeye as seen in the film the Avengers...
...and the pages of the popular (and quite excellent) comic series from Marvel
For the game itself, it could be structured similar to the Arrow television series, mixed with elements of Rocksteady's Arkham games. Flashback sequences to Oliver's time on the island can be integrated as new techniques that would be introduced to the player throughout the game. For example, a section where you need to make a trick shot could then be put in a training sequence that shows Oliver doing that for the first time. Similar to the Arkham games, Green Arrow's arsenal of trick arrows could be used much like Batman's gadgets for both traversal and combat alike.
With the popularity of super heroes and archery in pop culture, combined with the public's new interest in Green Arrow, WB should take much interest in the success of Square-Enix's new Tomb Raider game. They could very well have some of the leg work done for them in bringing Green Arrow to the interactive space.
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