Green Arrow hasn’t yet received a video game of his own, something that I personally believe could very well happen in the future, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been avoiding the video game space, having appeared in several games dating back to 1995. The first game that ever featured the Emerald Archer, as well as being a first for DC’s Justice League in a video game, was Justice League: Task Force from Sunsoft and Acclaim for both the SNES and Sega Genesis.
Task Force was a game that tried to capitalize on the 2-D fighting game craze started by Capcom with Street Fighter II, though it skipped the arcade scene and headed straight to consoles. Green Arrow was one of the games combatants with his special attack arsenal consisting of a variety of trick arrows, showing that developer Blizzard, those of Warcraft fame, did their homework in translating the character to the fighting arena.
After Task Force, Green Arrow would stay away from the video game arena for over a decade, returning as a playable character in the action-RPG Justice League Heroes in three versions (PS2/P, Xbox Original) and a summonable power-up character in the both the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS SKU’s.
Since the start of this decade, Green Arrow has been making continuous supporting role character appearances in DC video games on an annual basis. He continued on as an assist character for the console version of 2010’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold by WayForward on the Wii, however the DS version that went by the same name was a different story. In that version, each chapter featured a partner character for each of its levels that could be swapped out with a simple tap on the touch screen, and Green Arrow happened to be one of them. Of all the characters, Green Arrow was easily one of the most fun to play with, using his arrows not only as projectiles he could fire in a multitude of directions, but as platforms to traverse levels as well.
Not a year later, the character made yet another appearance in the first ever DC themed MMO alongside heavy hitters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman among many, many others. When the sequel to Lego Batman, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, allowed other characters from the Justice League to join in on the fun in 2012, Green Arrow was among the many characters that could be unlocked and played with either in the game’s open world or when replaying missions in freeplay mode.
The roster of the DC universe returned to the fighting arena in 2013’s smash hit else-world fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, from Mortal Kombat developer Netherrealm Studios. When played normally, Green Arrow was voiced by Firefly alum Alan Tudyk, but a special costume allowed him to appear in his outfit as it was featured on season one of “Arrow,” complete with additional voice work from series star Stephen Amell.
While we have yet to receive any word about a Green Arrow solo video game, he’s still set to be featured in the free-to-play PC MOBA Infinite Crsis, currently in open beta, as well as the third installment of the Lego Batman series, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, later this year, once again voiced by “Arrow” star Stephen Amell. Though he hasn’t appeared in one of the Batman: Arkham games, a container in 2013’s Batman: Arkham Origins featured the Queen Industries logo, so perhaps the team responsible for that game has something in store for Ollie in the future…
A VISUAL HISTORY OF GREEN ARROW IN VIDEO GAMES
JUSTICE LEAGUE: TASK FORCE (1995)