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A great game that Sega would do well to revisit
on 25 February 2012
Like other Reviewers I was expecting disappointment from 'Captain America Super Solder.' I bought it because several sites had said it was better than you might expect. Actually, I traded in 'Thor God of Chunder' or whatever it was called (absolutely terrible, terrible game). I always finish games, but I left Thor midway through Jotunheim even though he was a favourite of my comicbook reading childhood. This game is so much better that it's hard to describe the difference.
Captain America Super Soldier (or 'CASS' as we'll call it here)has become one of my favourite games ever though. Big statement, so let me explain why I play this game more often than Force Unleashed or even (gasp) Arkham City (although I obviously think that is great).
GAMEPLAY 4/5 (Yep, you better believe it!)
CASS clearly takes its gameplay cues from the Rocksteady Arkham series. There's no stealth so forget about that. You'll repeatedly find yourself either in a melee bout with several 'Grunts' (ordinary soldier types ranging from shooters to pugilists to troopers with body armour) and mid-level bosses (who wear heavy armour and either carry pneumatic pistons or flamethrowers), or presents you with a fairly light puzzle objective (I say light, I'm full on rubbish with puzzles and have zero patience and I never had to call in my Wife once to get through). There's the occasional boss character (but not as many as you might think). I love the combat. It has obvious roots in Arkham Batman, but it works as pure Captain America and rewards you with several moves you might expect to see in a Cap comic book (LOTS of shield-clanging blows; kicks off the wall; rolls and flips into hooks and crosses; the critical punch cutscene is perfect). I also love the 'tap-on-shoulder-right-cross' move. The shield moves are truly great. I have never seen it done better. Ever. It surpasses all my child-like wonder expectations. Don't miss the one line in the manual that tells you how to hit multiple targets with the shield. That's made replay happen for me.
The cons are that the game can be fully completed within a couple of days by an average game player (sorry, I'm only average). If you're not a Captain America fan (or if you're a hardcore gamer seeking a challenge), I can see that it might be light for you. Would really have benefited from add-on packs or more diverse villain encounters.
Unlike Reviewers before me (i.e. those who were on time!) I actually think the developers have got the Captain's character and storyline spot on. It doesn't reveal what the Movie plot is and it doesn't feel like a cheap cash-in on the movie with no (like the hideous Iron Man -glug, glug, rinse, spit- games from SEGA).
GRAPHICS AND SOUND: (a solid) 4/5
The graphics are really good. The Captain model is better than anything I've seen Sega turnout ever. The rest don't look like the silly putty rejects who turned up in Thor (cough-loser-cough)or Iron Man I & II (gargle, spit) either. The environment is nice work too. It's not as free-roaming open space or destructible as Arkham I or II as noted above and I could ask for more, but it is good work. Voice acting is excellent from Evans and Attwell. The rest are good quality, except for the brilliant Baron Zemo. He is truly great.
Better than you'd think. I'm on my second play through right now and still loving the fight scenes. Definitely repays trying new angles on the fights. Cap excels at acrobatic combat. But you won't find hidden rooms or extras. It is a plus though, that enemies keep respawning, so you can keep clearing out the areas.
BOTTOM LINE 4/5
If you like comic book superheroes, get this game.