Game Time: 'Red Faction: Armageddon' and 'Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters'


Red Faction: Armageddon X360, PS3, PC/$49.99-$59.99/June 7

A lot has happened on Mars since the original "Red Faction" was released back in 2001, from evil empires attempting to reign over the planet's colonists to the rebellion that defeated them. Now 10 years later, we find ourselves on the Red Planet once more, but this time a more mysterious evil is at work. As Darius Mason attempts to salvage a life in Bastion, an underground city built by the colonists, he unwittingly opens a long-forgotten shaft that contains the most destructive force the planet has ever known. It is your job to guide our would-be hero as you join the side of the rebellion and fight to retake your home.

Unlike most first-person shooters, which have you flinging bullet after bullet at waves of bad guys, "Red Faction: Armageddon" takes a different approach. Pure destruction is on the menu as you disintegrate, blow up and implode everything in your path. You'll have an arsenal that contains everything from a mere sledgehammer, which is capable of rupturing a support beam or a monster's fragile frame, to the more complex Singularity Cannon, which creates a small black hole on top of your target.

Media Link: "Black Hawk Down" airs Tuesday, June 7, on FX.

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters X360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, DS/$29.99-$59.99/June 7

"Green Lantern" is headed to the silver screen this summer, and with its release comes the inevitable movie tie-in. Once in the game, you will guide the Emerald Knight as he soars across the universe protecting mankind and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps from a race of androids called the Manhunters. Your only weapon is a tiny ring on your finger capable of creating anything your mind can think of, from fists to firearms.

"Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters" extends the story of the movie as you engage in a third-person adventure that will eventually have the DC Comics hero saving the day. In order to reach victory, you will need to master your powers and control the ring. Once you do this, you will be able to unleash vicious combos and destructive maneuvers that range from awe-inspiring to just plain bizarre.

It may not be a perfect work of art or have the years of development that most blockbusters have, but when push comes to shove, "Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters" gives fans a fun ride with one of their favorite comic characters.

Media Link: An "X-Men" movie marathon airs Sunday, June 5, on FX.

Copyright © 2018, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World