Captain America: Super Soldier Preview

We step into the boots of this super soldier at a recent Sega event to find out what it's like to be Captain America.

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Knowing that the Captain America: The First Avenger movie is right around the corner, you're probably thinking that the game is another movie tie-in that takes advantage of the comic book superhero. Well, the game is technically timed to be released with the movie, but the developers (on all platforms) were given the license and freedom to come up with their own game. While none of the stories are based on the movie, the setting is similar and Chris Evans (face and voice) is in it.

At Sega's press event, I was able to get some hands-on time with three versions of the game: PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. The 3DS version is coming and the HD versions will also be in 3D. They are all quite different from one another, but I'll have to admit, Captain America makes one great video game character. This super soldier is basically a human in peak condition, so it's not going to be as over the top as hurling lightning bolts or swinging from rooftops. If you like punching and kicking people in a variety of ways, as well as hurling a giant shield into things, then you'll like Captain America.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version is set in Baron Zemo's elaborate castle in Bavaria. The Hydra have taken over and are turning it into a base, and as the ever-so-patriotic Cap, you must dive in with your shield to find out more while sabotaging all the weapon setups and equipment you can find. While you comb your way through the corridors and seemingly endless number of rooms, you'll pick up dossiers, fight enemy officers, and leave behind a trail of destruction. Our demo took us through the castle grounds, giving us a good idea of the type of combat to expect. It's a third-person action game, but it's not a button masher. You'll have to carefully dispose of your enemies one by one, either with your shield or with your smooth acrobatic moves. Captain America can easily block anything with his shield, even while he's punching. He can use people as a meat shield and fire off their weapons, leap gracefully over their heads to grab them from behind, and much more. Most of your strategy is going to involve careful timing, from blocking to platforming. You'll see Cap's true acrobatic ability during jumping sequences, which are performed for you. The only thing you have to concern yourself with is the timing, so if you time your button presses perfectly, you'll move through the area faster. Below you can watch the demo to see what I mean.

The Wii version of the game takes an interesting approach. The style has more of a Saturday morning cartoon look, the tone is lighthearted, and the action is much more accessible. The HD versions have difficulty settings for older players, whereas the Wii version is aimed at younger players who just want to get into Cap's shoes and punch their way through. Between punching and shield tossing, there are puzzles to solve, as well as parts of the environment to interact with, to help you get where you need to go. Platforming in this version isn't time based, but there are indicators to tell you where to press A and where to jump. You can't fall off, and while some of you may think this is going to be too easy, it was nice to just jump onto various objects without looking around with the camera to figure out where to go next. The less time I spend running around lost means I get more time to punch guards, and I frankly prefer the latter. See below for a demo of the Wii game.

And finally, I made it to the DS version. This one is a 2D side-scrolling brawler with exploration that is similar to Shadow Complex but without too much backtracking. Here, the combat is much more fast paced and fluid than in its console counterparts. You can jump, run up walls, and virtually go anywhere and hit anything with your shield. Enemies still need to be taken down on a one-on-one basis, but you're faster than they are so it's fun to do. Some guards take a bit more effort to take down, but if you are quick, it shouldn't be too hard to dance around them. The game is fully voice acted with the same talent from the console versions. All the versions have a focus meter that fills when you attack or block, but in this version, once you're fully charged, you enter a super serum mode that gives you an entirely new move set. Collectibles are hidden throughout, and there are GIs to save, which will unlock more costumes for you to wear, like the costume in the movie or Isaiah Bradley's outfit.

Each version has something different to offer, and I enjoyed my time with all of them. I look forward to seeing how the final product turns out when the games are released in July.

Discussion

64 comments
nurjra
nurjra

getting it tomorrow, can't wait!!!!!!!!!!

b0sse
b0sse

@BenjaBenjamin: This is not a movie tie-in.

metaltorn
metaltorn

@desfrat its more like ps2 graphics just sayn... im pissed at my xbox right now at least i have a ps3 for now

El_Zo1212o
El_Zo1212o

You people trip me out- you're talking about choppy animations and other minute details months before the game's release- around the time they address these things for the final polishing phase. And yes, by the way- I love how you judge this game based on Iron Man 1+2 when they are obviously very different characters and their games don't resemble each other in the slightest degree.

desfrat
desfrat

Wooooooooow the wii game has actually got ps1 graphics!!!!.... bleh Thanks god I have a 360

SpideyUK
SpideyUK

even watching this demo, you can already note the flaws, the way in which Cap threw his shield and got it back looked really sloppy and choppy, but I'm still gonna get this game, as a hardcore Marvel fan and fan of superhero games I will be checking this game out

ViktorMax31
ViktorMax31

It's just a wanna be Batman Arkham City.

metaltorn
metaltorn

I hate how Captain America catches his shield after he throws it. It looks so choppy

CloudStrife97
CloudStrife97

@pilot_riaz Oh I know Sega used to make good games, in fact I loved my Sega Genesis over my Super Nintendo and I still say the Dreamcast was better than the N64 and Playstation 1 but something happened when they went out of consoles, either they lost all creativity or are only given crappy contracts and budgets.

pilot_riaz
pilot_riaz

@DeadManRollin - Spiderman Shattered Dimensions was good, i am enjoying it.

pilot_riaz
pilot_riaz

@CloudStrife97 - Sega made Golden Axe and some other good beat em up games. It's a pity Iron Man sucked, Saw was not that brilliant. What's happened to Sega as they use to make good games in the past. New staff hey not as talented anymore.

alfff
alfff

It really doesnt look that terrible. Obviously your movie tie in platformer adventure-type game. So I guess if you're into that. I'd play it, not sure if I'd buy it.

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

gamespot always makes these movie tie ins sound exciting during the preview phase. Remember Spiderman 3? All the hype, the launch center and stuff got shattered when we finally got our hands on a half baked repetitive game. The only half decent movie tie in game was x-men origins, and that, too, had its fare share of flaws.

harshadnaik
harshadnaik

combination of arkham asylum and POP

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

I am surprisingly impressed with the 360 cap. america demo.

Imperator2007
Imperator2007

I dream of an ideal world where games tied directly to the release of a movie are good.

Chaotic760
Chaotic760

He doesn't look strong but the game looks good on the xbox and the wii not good

axeman87
axeman87

That doesnt look bad at all.... for a movie tie-in. That shield sure is bad ***. I love the way it sounds when it smashes into a face.

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

I come to this preview and watch the Wii video if I want a good laugh. I literally burst out laughing at the start of the video each time. Just at the way he runs. And what kind of army has maybe two enemies with guns the rest of them just try to punch your shield. They should just ship the game out now, save the 2 weeks of it being full price and put it right into the bargain bin.

johnclear
johnclear

who is this captain america?

SesameSeeds
SesameSeeds

this is good but no one can bear the greatness of arkham asylum in the history of superhero game

metaltorn
metaltorn

everyone knows this is gonna suck@$$. i mean look at ironman.

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

Wow the wii version looks horrific.

kaliban
kaliban

y' know, for a movie game this is looking pretty sharp! I'm seriously convinced that I'm getting this launch or there abouts.

knucklar
knucklar

Hey look, another video game based off a movie. And it looks overly complicated and offers no real new, innovative parts to the platform. I'll wait for it to drop to $20 in a few months.

levidad
levidad

I usually don't like Sega games, but this may actually become a pick... not sure, though, as they always manage to screw super-hero and movie tie-in games.

drew36chambers
drew36chambers

every game is the same these days. why give me a 'tactical sense', aren't I supposed to figure that out for myself? There are very few good games made nowadays and this one isn't one of them.

Jughed
Jughed

Like so many of these type of games, it looks a little spastic. Turn to the right and BLAM you've turned to the right! I know you have super hero speed and everything but it doesn't make for a very good looking/playing game.

CloudStrife97
CloudStrife97

@pilot_riaz Sega did...they also are making Captain America, if you look under the game title on the top left side it tells you that.

lujanr32
lujanr32

game based off movie = SUCKS! look at the Spiderman games, and thats just a start! look at Batman AA= based off actual comic book that game was amazing!

cerino2005
cerino2005

This looks like fun! Can't wait for it to come out.

pilot_riaz
pilot_riaz

@CloudStrife97 - i thought Sega made Iron Man

CloudStrife97
CloudStrife97

This looks horrible, are you people insane?! This is a game based off a movie, they ALWAYS suck! But these are the same people that made Iron Man, and that game was greeeeaaat right?

XxSwiftyxX
XxSwiftyxX

It looks good! Always love refreshing super hero game but I don't like the way he runs it looks like he has clap.

PixelBully
PixelBully

omg a movie to gamethat actually might pull it off, wow.

noahmorrow07
noahmorrow07

seriously this doesnt look that bad :O...............who doesnt want another superhero game like aa

poststillmatic
poststillmatic

Based on Sega's track record this game will probably mediocre, just like Iron Man 1and 2. Not impressed with anything here. The last paragraph by the author about him enjoying his time with each version etc. is PR crap. He knows this game will be just as wack as every other sup par, waste of money Sega super hero game before it. Sega superhero games are garbage, the proof is in the pudding.

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

The Wii version. "The enemies are actually smart enough to fight you one at a time" Yep. Thats sure smart.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

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pitonudo
pitonudo

I feel insulted everytime someone tries to copy an effective idea and deliberately, put it in it's game- Really, this is Arkham Asylum with Captain America instead of Batman. And no dude, nobody's gonna enjoy your stupid game.

babyboy9680
babyboy9680

shows no emotion or awareness at all when he moves or walks, they could at least make him seem like he knows hes in a war or fight or even making an effort of turning his neck indicating that he knows an enemy is behind him or near by....lol crazy ...

Kaeban
Kaeban

I trust Sega, so, no complain here...

daviwinn
daviwinn

The movement looks clunky in the video. It's not very fluid at all. Probably means the game has some control issues.

edgarp
edgarp

this looks like a crappy knock off of arkham asylum lol. nice try sega but this will fail just like iron man and hulk games u made. cuz sega has lost their creativity since sonic the hedgehog lol. plus capt.america has no gadgets or special abilities so this game will be boring. unlike arkham city

Dualmask
Dualmask

Of course they had to "dumb it down" for the silly little Wii owners. *facepalm* Oh well. This is why I own both a Wii and a PS3. Just in case.

koolrok
koolrok

and you see when he knocks them down he does it like in arkham asylum