Green Arrow hasn’t ever had a game to call his own, but with the popularity of The CW’s “Arrow” it wasn’t going to be long before someone capitalized on the character in the interactive space. Luckily for us, it just so happened that the people who would give the Emerald Archer his biggest push in video games to date is the fine folks at TT Games via the Season Pass content for last fall’s Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. While it’s only a very small part of a much larger game, this content should not be missed, especially for fans of the “Arrow” TV show and is another shining example of why the Lego Batman 3’s Season Pass is well worth the money.
Like the three levels that came before it at launch, the “Arrow” DLC opens with a narration by none other than series star Stephen Amell as he tells the player about his time on the island and his training with Slade Wilson, who loves taking his top off and slapping him in the face. The addition of Amell as the voice of the character is what really makes this level worth playing as you can tell by the jokes written for the character as well as Amell’s delivery that he’s really having a blast poking fun at the tropes of the show that he stars in. My favourite gag occurs at the beginning when the actor addresses the audience by saying for those about to call the continuity police, he likes to imagine himself in his “Arrow” costume in flashbacks and another notable one in the form of an illustration of the Lego version of the character on the salmon ladder.
There’s not really much to talk about from a gameplay stand-point really as this is a Lego game through-and-through: punch objects to get studs, beat-up some bad guys and solve some puzzles with constructed Lego pieces. In the non-freeplay mode you get two characters, Ollie and Slade, with Green Arrow playing a lot like Hawkeye in Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Slade has the ability to dig up objects and hilariously hide in a bush. Should you chose to play in freeplay, and why wouldn’t you, you can also play as some other characters from the show including Diggle, Felicity, The Canary and Arsenal among others, all of which can be playing in the main game’s freeplay mode as well.
The only real complaint I can say about the “Arrow” DLC is that it’s far too short, exactly like the three other add-on stages, but it just really makes me wish that this was somehow incorporated more into the main game instead of being a tiny after the fact add-on. Upon finishing Lego Batman 3 I was surprised that the only time Green Arrow showed up in the overall plot was in a during the credits joke given that they went the extra mile to book Amell and promoted him as the voice of the character. Overall DC’s character list doesn’t have the name recognition in the public as Marvel’s roster and to leave a character out of a heavily themed DC game like Lego Batman 3 seemed like a wasted opportunity. Perhaps this will change when TT Games moves “beyond” the Lego Batman franchise into a hopeful Lego DC Super Heroes, something that I would love to see personally.
At only a few dollars to purchase or completely free if you’ve already purchased the Season Pass, there’s no reason to not play through this short but sweet mini-Lego adventure. Not only do you get more content to play around with, but a few more characters to the already huge roster along with a few new trophies. The best overall part of the package though is the inclusion of Stephen Amell’s voice over work that will keep a grin on your face the duration of the time you’ll have your controller in your hand. I can only hope that the powers that be at WB Games see Amell’s potential as the voice of Green Arrow and get a game for him in development ASAP.