"The First Avenger"
With every big superhero movie it is inevitable that we receive a game based on the franchise. Captain America is a character that has made his appearance in video games before, but now we get the joy of seeing a game based on the Chris Evans / Joe Johnston version of Captain America.
Captain America: Super Soldier’s plot is not the direct origin story that is present in the film, but rather an all-new tale. This is the first good step this game takes, helping break the mold of it being another franchise game. Of course, the story doesn’t go too far on addressing or adding much to Marvel cannon (thank God), but it is solid enough for the type of game Captain America: Super Solider is.
- Cap and his shield make beautiful chin music together -
If you expect a basic beat ‘em up with a Captain America avatar, then you’ve pretty much got this game nailed. However, there are a few things that make Captain America: Super Soldier shine. The battle system is basic action, though extreme emphasis is put on both the superior athletic abilities of Cap (as he plows through enemy forces) and the use of his shield (in which you can deflect attacks, hurl through the air, and use to climb walls among other things). Long-time Captain America fans may not be exactly pleased that Captain America: Super Soldier goes just a little bit further than an average third-person platforming beat ‘em up (however, not by much), but they will find some fun in playing the Star-Spangled Avenger and knocking baddies around with his shield. Gamers who are looking for a good beat ‘em up will find gameplay that is only slightly above average in this genre. Captain America: Super Soldier can sometimes be fun and sometimes get old, but it's never terrible.
There are a few treats to keep the game from getting too bland, however (even if that’s the only reason they are interjected). Minor (mostly uninspired) puzzles, searching for items, a couple of seemingly (but not quite-so) open maps… yep, it’s all there. Overall, the experience in Captain America: Super Soldier is quite linear, with a few mediocre boss battles of some of the least exciting villains from Captain America canon. You’ll notice eventually the game seemed as if there was a spark of something good that was never executed upon, and then you’ll just slowly realize that the developers were attempting to copy better games and barely cared in attempting to do so correctly.
- There is fun to be found, but nothing that elevates this game beyond movie tie-in -
The graphics and animation, design, and set pieces in Captain America: Super Soldier don’t stand out comparatively to what this generation of consoles has to offer, thus emphasizing the fact that this is just another ground-out title that can be fun after a couple of beers (or half a dozen). It's obvious the developers were pressed to push out the game to arrive on time, utilizing whatever source material and studio doggy bones they were tossed. Huge Captain America fans might as well just go back and play the classic Avengers arcade game. However fans of the new movie may enjoy a Redbox or Gamefly playthrough.
GameDynamo's Score for Captain America: Super Soldier (PS3)
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