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.

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By Blair Farrell - 2/25/2013
"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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Blarcade - 2/25/2013, 2:17 PM
I agree, Superman is long overdue for a good game, well, outside of the iOS game. The problem with Superman from what I've learned watching the Let's Play Video from Proton Jon on youtube, is that WB is very, very protective of the license and what Superman can, and cannot do.

It's also easier to make games based on street level heroes, because dealing with God level heroes with Superman's power base are a huge challenge. EA had a good idea that was poorly implemented in the Superman Returns game where the power meter was for Metropolis as opposed to the character.
AshleyWilliams - 2/25/2013, 3:32 PM
I agree with this. Superman and Green Arrow both deserve good games.
DrDoom - 2/25/2013, 4:21 PM
Green Arrow sucks

Where's my good Superman and Wonder Woman games at
BatsFan - 2/25/2013, 5:00 PM
They should use the Super Max script for a Green Arrow game.
ravennpilot - 2/25/2013, 5:34 PM
A Green Arrow Game could be fun. I would want a Superman game that has Superman Chasing a bad guy into deep space. Make him fly away from a yellow sun and watch him become weaker as the game progresses. It would turn gaming on its head and allow for some character growth with him.

First level earth fight beats up 100 robots in 2 min.s Last 10 min.s he is racing to stop a bad guy from destroying a world but he has about as much strength as an average man of his size.
superotherside - 2/25/2013, 5:54 PM
Actually I like this idea. I'd probably play that.
gmoney0505 - 2/25/2013, 7:03 PM
Green Arrow could work quite well as a third person Mirror Edge style game. He needs to free run and get across the places he needs to just like Mirror Edge. Added in he has his trick bows in hand and come up with unique situations he could use them. The game can also take advantage of the playstation move just like the bow and arrow is used in Sports Champions. That can be an option cause that was really fun to play in that game.
Tainted87 - 2/25/2013, 7:03 PM
@Blair Farrell
The bow and arrow is just a theme - what would it be, a third person/first person shooter/fighter? Not saying it wouldn't work, but I don't think the archery-proficient pop-culture protagonists of the past year are really going to bolster the appeal.

I'd argue that it would be a bad time to do a Green Arrow game, not because it couldn't be amazing - because I know I'd sure love to play it - but BECAUSE of Arrow. Arrow is, regardless of it's CW cast and unintentionally cheesy direction - it is pretty much set in a real world. What little fantasy is in there is really just the same artistic licensing you'd see in any crime drama or action flick.

The game would either go it's own direction, go a LITTLE bit more towards the larger-than-life characters where appropriate, or be severely limited by the lack of any superpowers on the show.

If it went in it's own direction, that'd be great - for the game. Unfortunately it would have the adverse affect of driving MORE people against the show (is it really a hit? I know I think it's kind of stupid, but what does Nielsen say?) because compared to the game, the show would be wanting. Sort of like Arkham City vs the Nolan series - but multiplied.

If it tried to maneuver between the comics and the show, we'd get something like the Hulk video game that came out with the first movie - which was part stealth, part smash. It took characters from the comics and made them into villains who are all gamma-related, and owe their powers to the technology/research that made Bruce into Hulk. Basically, it will get lost trying to figure out what it's supposed to be.

If it played out like the show, we'd get something boring and extremely self-contained. It'd be like an extended episode.

So if we're caring about the show, I say wait till it's run its course for at least two seasons.

@AcidicHeart
Flash, Green Arrow.... just curious, who else sucks? ;)

@ravenpilot
Superman flying away from our sun isn't going to make him get weaker. His body has already absorbed the radiation, and unless you're talking YEARS - it just wouldn't happen.
ravennpilot - 2/25/2013, 7:39 PM
@Tainted87,

Well it offers a way to make a Superman game challenging while not cheapening out by making it a race or point collection system.

On a second note, why doesn't DC create a game universe if they cant get a movie one going. It is sure to sell a lot. Imagine a DC game done Mass Effect style or a continuation of the Arkham games with the rest of the JL crew? Picture that battlefield online. With co-op teams vs wave after wave of bad guys in a horde mode.
Or an open battlefield where dc villains and heroes duke it out, and not in some point and click sort of way. Maybe have a bank heist as Villains.
calin88 - 2/26/2013, 2:16 AM
I actually made 2 articles for both Green Arrow and Superman games a while back:
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fan_fic/news/?a=65531
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/video_games/news/?a=65140
ravennpilot - 2/26/2013, 3:47 AM
The DC universe looked like a very stiff playing mmorpg. Give me something that plays like the last couple Batman games or Mass Effect 3 (the game play for mass effect 3 was very action focused). Create a story that could be played out over a couple games. Include a mutiplayer that was very focused on co-op. And play as the actual Justice League Characters.
BatsFan - 2/26/2013, 7:26 AM
I think Green Arrow could be the first superhero based game that can be in first person (Gotham City imposter don't count). 3 different idea could work really well.

1. Green Arrow Year One, set on the Island Oliver learn how to use a bow then discover heroine smuggler in-slaving the local population. Kinda of a Far Cry 3 vibe.

2.Like gmoney0505 said, a game set free in Star City with a Mirror Edge style.

3. Super Max : http://www.comicbookmovie.com/green_arrow/news/?a=73983
TheReddestHood - 2/26/2013, 1:58 PM
I think they should have a Green Arrow game where he has to return to the island or it should be based off of super max.

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