Captain America will be hitting theatres Friday, and with its release come a video game based off the movie. Set within the Captain America universe, you play as a Chris Evans inspired Captain America in your battle against the evil forces of the Red Skull.
But, does Captain America surpass the plethora of bad movie games out there or does it just settle into the pile?
For the most part, Captain America is a pretty solid game in many aspects. The most notable is the combat. The combat is quick and simple. It has you pressing one button to attack, another to dodge and so on. It is a simple controller set up, but affective. The combat is best compared to Batman: Arkham Asylum. It is quick and very satisfying. You can dodge, attack and counter in many ways, and makes for a really fun experience, but this is about all that really stands out in the game.
The graphics in the game are okay. They do not stand out in any way, but are not absolutely ugly. The character design is pretty bland. The Chris Evans look-a-like Captain America is okay and so are a few of his comrades, but the enemies are extremely bland and boring. You face the same guys over and over, and they do not even have faces, but are rather just wearing masks.
The game does offer some decently fun boss battles to begin with, but once you figure out how to fight them, it does not present much of a challenge. You will quickly learn that you dodge attacks, deflect bullets and use your power hit. It is fun to begin with, but as the game goes on, it becomes a little tiresome.
The dialogue and voice acting also becomes repetitive as the game goes on. Chris Evans does the voice of Captain America, which is good since he is playing him in the movie, but it just seems really bland, like he is not even trying. The same goes for the other voice actors in the game. It feels like they are not even trying to deliver the lines correctly, but are rather just going through the motions of speaking each line off a piece of paper.
While I was playing this game though, I felt like the developers really tried to create a different experience from what you find in most movie games today. They gave the game this open world feel where you can travel to any part of the map (which is a compound that you have infiltrated to find out what is going on) by using a sewer system. This is great and all, but the game does not offer much to make you want to go back to the different parts of the map, other than a few collectables that are easy to find while going through the game on your first try.
There are a few different collectables such as ceramic eggs, schematics and video reels, along with other things. When you find these collectibles along with different folders, you get points that will allow you to upgrade your character. The upgrades are not that drastic, but they do add a little more variety to the game.
The only thing that keeps this game from feeling repetitive is the fact that it is only a few hours long. I beat it in 5 hours and found almost all of the hidden collectables. There is not much to come back to in this game either (other than finding the last few collectables, or getting your last few trophies). The game does have a challenge mode that you unlock by finding collectables, but they are not that hard to beat, and are really only fun to play a couple of times.
Overall, Captain America is a pretty average game that has some decent combat mechanics. I was a little saddened by the fact that all the platforming was pretty much a quick time event that you could not fail at. This game does not reach the standards of other games out there, but for a movie game, it is not that bad. It is just a little above average game that gives you a few hours of fun. If you really love Captain America, or the movie, you might want to check out this game, it is a real blast throwing the shield and taking out enemies. For people who are not that interested in Captain America, I would give this game a rent because it will give a good few hours of fun (it is also easy to get all of the trophies/achievements).
6.5 out of 10