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Want to bootstomp some bad guys in the head? Step up and put on the shield.
on June 7, 2013
I had heard some decent to good reviews for this film-to-game translation and so eventually got around to trying it. I am an easy fan of Captain A but I wondered how a cherished comic book superhero icon would translate from the silver screen to a video game as so many have fared poorly in doing so?
In this almost kitchsy entry that remains true to the spirit of Captain America's origin, to the film tie-in, and to a feeling of a comic book superhero "Captain America: Super Soldier" fares quite well on the Wii. First off is the graphics on this platform, something that nobody expects to be stellar. Here the Captain is portrayed in bright colors with a strong but slim build from the waist down and an overly developed upper body that lends itself more to a feeling of comic caricature than reality; the developers weren't trying to make this game feel like you were walking through a movie set. The objectives of each of the (9 or 10? I can't remember which) levels are essentially the same: collect stars to unlock abilities, collect some special artifacts in order to unlock game bonuses, and complete the main missions of destroying Hydra weapons and confronting and beating Hydra troops and bosses. Nothing more and nothing less, all wrapped within a compact story narrative that doesn't try to follow the film but could fit within one of it's middle narrative acts. Note: the game does make use of Chris Evans' voice in a limited capacity.
The main baddies that you'll be battling are Madame Hydra (also commonly known as "The Viper" in the Marvel Universe), Baron von Strucker, and a massive Arnim Zola creation. You will come into contact with the Red Skull but the game, as it is a movie tie-in, actually smartly and wisely doesn't make him the main villain or allow you to defeat him. None of this is too challenging and after you complete the game you can increase your difficulty level if you want to replay it. Cap's acrobatic animations and in-game fighting styles and movies really didn't get old. His spinning "helicopter" kicks, his boot stomps, his superman punches...there was a wide variety of fun beat-'em-up moves and they were nicely animated so that you could enjoy them even amidst the button-masing and Wii thrusts. (The game is rated "T" and would probably stir up particularly young boys to act out the moves so it may not be a good one for the tots; I wouldn't let my four-year-old watch it which bummed him out.)
I had a lot of fun with this game. I wouldn't be surprised if I got around to replaying it again in the future. I'd give it an overall solid 4 stars.