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Hands-On Preview: “Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters”

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The thing you may not get from the trailers for inbound summer blockbuster Green Lantern is how big the mythos surrounding the DC Comics’ character is. Hal Jordan’s publishing history stretches back the 1960s and the Ryan Reynolds vehicle taps into more recent storylines about the willpower-wielding space cop. In case you’re not up on this particular superhero, fighter pilot Hal Jordan becomes a Green Lantern–one of thousands of ring-wearing cosmic policemen–after the alien responsible for Earth’s sector crashes near his test site. The ring Jordan inherits lets him channel his willpower into energy constructs and force blasts, which he uses to battle threats on Earth and in outer space.

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Developed by Double Helix, the game tethered to “Green Lantern” veers away from the plot of the movie and uses another piece of GL lore as the basis for its action. The Manhunters in the title were the first attempt at a galactic peace-keeping force by the enigmatic Guardians of the Universe. Problem with that is the all-robot army concluded they needed to destroy all organic life to eradicate evil. Efficient, that. In the game, the Manhunters mount an invasion of Oa, the planet which serves as the Green Lantern Corps home base. The “Green Lantern” game supports co-operative play, meaning you and a friend can tear through it at the same time.

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“Rise of the Manhunters” plays as a hybrid between third-person brawler and on-rails shooter. Your flying only happens in specific levels where you dodge oncoming asteroids and Manhunter attacks while blasting away at enemy ships. You can select multiple targets while in this mode and release the button to unleash streams of energy that will obliterate enemies onscreen. The ground combat shows off some familiar uses of the power ring’s energy, as you could summon constructs of oversized pincers, machine guns and fists. I especially had fun with the giant green baseball bat I could whack at enemies with. As you level up, your Green Lantern can unlock new constructs to wield in battle.

Based on the breezy, robot-smashing fun I had with it, “Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters” might even be the class of the tie-in games attached to superhero movies this summer. Fans of the comics and the upcoming movie will get their chance to go green when the game hits on June 7th.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…