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Is the Emerald Archer worthy of his own game?

 Could Ollie carry his own game?

This summer is going to see some iconic heroes make their way to the big screen for the first time and with that comes corresponding video games. Thor, Captain America, and Green Lantern will star in their own movies and video games, but unfortunately when a game is based off a movie that was based off a comic book, by the time it reaches video game form it becomes watered down in quality. So we’re going to try to beat them to the punch and give our ideas for some heroes that could have a video game made about them.

Today, I’m going to highlight the Emerald Archer and see how we can bring Green Arrow into the video game world.

My inspiration for this was the Justice League Heroes action RPG from the last generation of consoles. Although not playable from the start, Green Arrow was your first unlockable character and simply dominated my gameplay from that point onward. At first, I was thinking that we could make this a first-person shooter similar to the Turok games for the N64, but realized that would limit a lot of what we could do with Green Arrow in terms of acrobatics and melee combat and so this game would have to be done from the third-person perspective in a sandbox similar to Spider-Man 2, but take combat elements from Batman: Arkham Asylum. == TEASER ==

Set in the urban landscape of Star City, you would have a basic compliment of abilities to start the game, but would of course unlock new arrows and learn new abilities as the game goes on. You’d start with some basic punch and kick combos and an unlimited amount of regular arrows and grappling hook arrows for offense and to get around, but could unlock electric, glue, exploding, and knockout gas arrows as the game progresses as well as combo extending maneuvers and even Ollie’s sword.

 Green Arrow is less hesitant to kill nowadays.

Now the interesting part of this game would be to help get across Ollie’s new anti-hero willingness to put down his enemies for good. So I would institute two bars into the game besides your standard health bar. The first bar would be a focus bar that fills up as Ollie defeats enemies and when activated would allow Ollie to do some bullet time arrow shots and pick off enemies with his archer’s precision. Being a hero still, most of the time Ollie will only be allowed to use incapacitating shots in this mode (shots to the limbs) or pin foes against walls with some extra precise shots (bonus xp awarded for those to spend on upgrades). 

Green Arrow has an infamous temper though and so he’ll also have a rage bar that fills up as he defeats enemies or takes damage. When this is activated, the Emerald Archer may see red and could let a couple arrows slip…right into a thug’s throat. It wouldn’t be the first time Green Arrow has killed someone, but it could set up some really sweet effects combining the focus bar with the rage bar.

There would be your basic gameplay elements, but what about the story? The game will be broken down into five acts, with a boss battle set up at the end of each one. Green Arrow is known for trying to keep the streets of Star City clean and it looks like drugs and guns are becoming abundant again so it’ll be up to the Emerald Archer to figure out just who is making a move and to try to clean it up again.

 Brick took five arrows to the face and kept coming. I think he's worthy of a final boss fight.

Taking a lot of influence from more recent storylines, the final boss and mastermind of the gun and drug running will be crime lord Brick (Act 5). Along the way, you’ll have to take down Brick’s hired help in Constantine Drakon (Act 1) and Deathstroke (Act 4). In between, crazed stalker Cupid (Act 2) and classic Green Arrow nemesis Merlyn (Act 3) will cause trouble for the Emerald Archer.

 Merlyn has to be featured as a boss in a Green Arrow game. 

And to help make the boss battles worth it, you’ll earn special attributes and weapons while each one will have special twists to them. For example, against Drakon, you can’t use your arrows because Drakon will simply catch them all and throw them back at you. Thus, you’ll have to use your fists and feet and at the end you’ll learn a new combo. Or Deathstroke’s battle can end in a swordfight that has you unlock Ollie’s sword.

On top of all this, the game will feature a local co-op mode that allows you to take over as Roy HarperSpeedy or Black Canary and lend a hand, but this will primarily be a single player oriented game. 

So what do you guys think? If done properly, could you see yourselves getting behind a Green Arrow video game? Would you try something else in regards to the bow and arrow dynamics? Let us know below!

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Posted by Top Flight Security

Considering how much I love playing City of Heroes, I am down with this. As a matter of fact, I think I may create a new character. See ya!

Posted by Mr. Dead Pool

If it's made by Rocksteady then this couldn't go wrong!!

Posted by TheMess1428

Should be interesting. Remove the unlimited amount of arrows because realistically, you'd end up running out and that's when things really get interesting, and you could go around collecting used arrows from the walls and floor while trying not to get killed or whatever. And then add some World of Warcraft style gameplay if you're gonna keep it in 3rd person view where the aiming can go in several different view aspects. Otherwise make it switch views in different situations.

Posted by AKAWiccan

I guess a Green Arrow Game would be cool.

Posted by Bestostero

If you can play Roy and Dinah, I'm in lol

Posted by longbowhunter

I dont even play video games and I'm on board with this idea.
Posted by buft

no one ever gets archery right in action games, take Avatar for example.

Posted by CrimsonAvenger

I was going to make a blog post about this one of these days but now I can't. Anyways I would love to see a Green arrow game but have more stealth elements to it like Arkham Asylum. Your idea is awesome though.

Posted by Jake Fury

I liked the archery type shooter they used for the LOTR games.

Posted by joshmightbe

I'd rather see a Hawkeye game honestly

Posted by Soldier zero

As much as I would love to see a good archery based shooter, which is very different from a gun based game, I fear that neither Ollie, nor his counterpart Hawkeye have enough following outside the comicdom for such a game to work... a pity.

Posted by Caligula

I think the Boys would totally sell as a game. plus it could even have multiplayer modes with supers vs the boys.

Posted by greenlucario

If it were done well, and the archery was more accurate it would be cool.

Posted by Last_Guardian

Green Arrow game would be awesome...especially if we get a Black Canary appearance...

Posted by Mr. Dead Pool
@Soldier zero: Hawkeye might not have the fan following but with Ollie being a main character on Smallville people know who he is, so it wouldn't be like throwing a completely unknown character out into the mainstream.
Posted by Doctor!!!!!

With his own game....... no.
a Justice League game........ OH YEAH!!!
Posted by KingLoki

I would LOVE a Green Arrow game.
Also, a Daredevil/Elektra game needs to happen :)

Edited by cattlebattle

Wii archery, ---I'm Down, Star City would be liberated in a day
Posted by ReverseNegative
@KingLoki said:
" I would LOVE a Green Arrow game.  Also, a Daredevil/Elektra game needs to happen :) "
A Daredevil game would be EPIC. 
They WERE making one, but it got cancelled. 
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

If there was a Green Arrow game with great controls and great graphics I think it would be my favorite favorite video game.

Posted by HaHaManHV

I would love to see one but I don't think it's going to happen. What you suggested would be great, but I feel like many would find it too risky.

Posted by jazzblade

The main focus would be to get the run and gun mechanic of the arrows to work with an efficient movement system...if that can be worked out this game can be awesome

Posted by mickoreo_LZ

It would be a great game but we all know it'll probably never happen. I think they should make another Justice League game on the heels of DCU Online, if it ever comes out...

Posted by DKing_CiCADA
@ReverseNegative: omg that looks awesome
Posted by craigbo180

Green Arrow is not a popular enough character to have his own game.

Posted by Marshal Victory

Green Arrow vid game.. no.... Hawkeye vid game... well thats a archer of a difrent color now isnt it!
Posted by GraveSp

That would be awesome I would love to play as Green Arrow, or Connor.   One thing I do have to point out is that Green Arrows willingness to kill is not new.  Grell explored that a lot.  

Posted by JonesDeini

I'm all for it, but they'd really have to nail the archery down.

Posted by WindArrow

Yes, yes, and yes. Not that I'm completely biased because he is my favorite hero or anything...>.>

Posted by Dark Cell

Characters that should have games (That dont allready have current games thus excluding Batman - Spiderman - Superman - Darkness etc)
Captain America - getting a movie tie in one...but...its a movie game so its prob not goanna be to good. 
Daredevil - lotsa Prince of Persia themed acrobatics and kung Fu action....Hell yeah! 
Deadpool - Funny - Ninja - swords n Guns. Need I say more?  
iron Man...A good non movie one would be nice (Green lantern and Superman games..they would all be similar)
A new Punisher game ftw!....plzzz  
am I missing anything?.....Other than a Marvel vs Dc game?

Posted by Jacquenette_Harper

If it has good graphics and as good as a layout and bonuses as you've laid out, then I definitely would love to play it... in fact now I would really like a Green Arrow video game... right now. 

Posted by Fantasgasmic

simply, "No."

Posted by tbpinkfloyd

I'd play if it brought a new gameplay mechanic to it and felt unique a la Arkham Asylum.

Posted by NightFang

Damn it, now I want a Green Arrow game!

Posted by TDK_1997

I would love a Green Arrow game

Posted by Eyz

I'd love to see Ollie get his own game..but these days there's only super-mainstream titles. Big AAA games. There isn't place for originality anymore (that is, if it isn't from a super popular developer or franchise).
Since Green Arrow's not that popular - yes even besides his recurring role in Smallville.
But back in "the day", it surprises me there hasn't been one on the 16-bits systems. There's a Silver Surfer, Aquaman, Ex Mutants and even a couple of Punisher games. (long before the Tom Jane movie)

Posted by Billy Batson
sounds good
Posted by NXH

Could be a cool idea. But I highly doubt it. No one knows who Green Arrow is. Game developers arent prepared to make those kind of risks. Especially now as there is a recession going on. =(

Posted by CaptainGenisVell

A first person shooter would be do able, 'Mirror's edge' for instance, where you could run along roof tops, grappling both your surroundings and enemies, so it seems quite easy to put Green Arrow into that format.

Posted by StarKiller809

I really liked being Green Arrow on the Justic LEague Heroes game. I think it would be cool to see a video game of him. It could kind of 3rd person. Over the shoulder view where you can aim your arrows and change the type of arrows you shoot. You could also kick and punch. It would be a great game to see, but I can't figure out who would be a rally good villian. I think he would need a great villian to make this game happen. But even then I'm not sure they would take a chase of Green Arrow.
Posted by Loki9876

I had a sort of similar idea but then with hawkeye

Posted by Justink
@Mr. Dead Pool said:
"If it's made by Rocksteady then this couldn't go wrong!! "

totally agree!!
Posted by kennybaese

The extra two meters I think are a bit contrived, but other than that, it could be pretty cool. 
Just lose the Rage meter and make the Focus meter something that just regenerates over time instead of having to take down a certain number of enemies to be able to activate it. Then you still have to use it carefully, but it still makes some kind of sense from a character standpoint. 
And instead of the Rage meter implement a Bioware style morality scale. Then you can choose between lethal or nonlethal ways to dispatch enemies and whether or not you're killing people defines how the people around the city, especially the criminal element, reacts to you in the game world (if you are nonlethal, fewer enemies are sent against you because they know you don't kill, if you play lethally, more enemies are sent against you because you are willing to kill them. This would of course mean that the nonlethal combat would need to be a bit harder to pull off to keep everything balanced). 
And I like the co-op idea. 

Posted by Kid_A

If this game was developed over an acceptable amount of time and really kicked ass.... then it wouldnt matter how many fans Green Arrow had, the game would sell well based on the gameplay, action and story. Stick to the canon history and villains to keep the actual Green Arrow fans happy and the rest would be glorious Superhero game history.

Posted by drphilter

If it could be done in the vein of Batman Arkham Asylum and what I am seeing from Super Soldier, then I think it would be epic.  
Ollie is my all time favorite and I have often thought about how he would translate into video game and I think a character whose only weapon is a bow and perhaps different kinds of arrows would be pretty epic myself. It'd be different, fresh and awesome as long as it was done by someone with respect for the character.
Posted by xRonanx

I would be all up for this, very cool ideas here.

Posted by Trodorne
@ReverseNegative said:

" @KingLoki said:

" I would LOVE a Green Arrow game.  Also, a Daredevil/Elektra game needs to happen :) "

A Daredevil game would be EPIC. 
They WERE making one, but it got cancelled. 
That makes me angry they would cancel.....GRRR ARG! a game like that could have the potential like arkham asylum but with hells kitchen.
Posted by SuperXAsh

I'd do something like along the lines of Spider-man Shattered Dimensions mixed with Arkham Asylum, except with an emphasis on archery. 
And in line with his current place in the DCU I'd bring in a "moral choice" option that allows Ollie to either allow a villain to be arrested or kill them. His friends and loved ones would react accordingly, and there would actually be consequences and positives for each option. A villain who gets spared may come back and cause more problems, or something along those lines. The ending will be changed as well depending on your actions. Though I'd probably add a twist that the civilian populace would cheer you on as you take out all the villains and be snarky and annoyed when you just let them get arrested for the umpteenth time. :P
So I guess it'd be more along the lines of Web of Shadows than Shattered Dimensions XD

Posted by daarkanjel

add the whole team, Connor, Mia, Roy, and Dinah, and this would be excellent.  maybe have a couple levels locked to the supporting cast, say a martial arts level with lady shiva or silver monkey as the boss, connor and dinah would rock a level like that.

Posted by CaptainCockblock

I'm not a gamer, but I've played Arkham Asylum and Half Life 2 (that's kinda it) and I can say that a Green Arrow game needs to be made. Like you said, it would have to be sandbox style so you can choose which side of GA's personality you want to go with, killer or not. But still, I would definitely play this game.

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