Captain America: Super Soldier

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fun, action-packed superhero game complements movie release.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

There's a clear distinction between good and evil in the game, leaving no place for moral ambiguity. And much is made of Captain America's refusal to use firearms (though, of course, every American soldier he fights beside does carry a gun).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Captain America is a good guy through and through -- no brooding anti-hero here. He's brave, loyal, and trustworthy, but all of that is, of course, tempered by his quick use of physical violence.

Ease of Play

There are three degrees of difficulty, and the easiest should be simple enough for novice gamers to handle. The controls are laid out logically in a way that makes them easy to learn, but allows you to perform a good variety of moves.

Violence

The game takes place during the heated combat of World War II, so expect tons of gunfire and explosions. Captain America never uses a gun, but he will beat the tar out of bad guys, either pummeling them with his fists or slamming his metal shield into them. You'll hear cries of pain and crunching sounds that may or may not be bones breaking. Cap can also execute finishing moves called "crippling blows."

Sex
Language

"Damn" and "hell" can be heard among the talk in the trenches.

Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the new movie, Captain America: The First Avenger. That film is itself an adaptation of the long-running Captain America comic book series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You'll see bottles of alcohol lying around as set dressing, mostly in the quarters of the bad guys.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Captain America: Super Soldier is a fighting-heavy action game based around the new PG-13 superhero movie, Captain America: The First Avenger. The hero fights with both his bare hands and his bulletproof shield and can deliver some brutal blows to his Nazi-esque foes. The bad guys use metal claws and electrified batons in addition to classic machine guns. While obviously a fantasy, the WWII setting (and the fighting that accompanies it) is meant to have a more realistic look and tone.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymagreen9 August 17, 2014

Good, Some iffy part's though.

Ok. Yes this a t game. BUT there is mild swearing such as go to h**l And D**n It!. Nothing a child won't hear in a E10 game. There Are Guns, but Only The E... Continue reading
Adult Written bySuper Hero Movie Fan July 27, 2011

Oh my god!!""

Alright. I have had enough. Common Sense media, you are always so biased when it comes to games. Your reviews always spot everything down to the last bit and t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 22, 2012

11 years and up

Good game, should be appropriate for children 11 years and up.
Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2013

FUN AND ENTERTAINING

There is a little blood, and swearing (go to h**l and uses of d**n) also hoping people die horribly. There is violent such as cap beating the "tar"... Continue reading

What's it about?

While CAPTAIN AMERICA: SUPER SOLDIER is set in the same fictional universe as the Captain America movie, it has an original plot that fits somewhere within the storyline of the film. In the game, Captain America finds out about the evil Baron Zemo and his HYDRA organization that are using futuristic weapons to aid the Nazis in their attacks on Allied forces during World War II. Battling his way across war-torn Europe, Captain America tracks down HYDRA's top brass to put an end to their evildoing.

Is it any good?

Captain America: Super Soldier offers fans an intriguing, action-packed, and thoroughly enjoyable side story that fits nicely within the movie's mythology. The controls are simple, yet allow a very nice variety of combat maneuvers. The camera work could certainly be improved, as the generally quite exciting fight scenes can sometimes turn a bit too chaotic due to losing sight of an enemy. And the acrobatic jumping sequences are almost a bit too easy. But there are a lot of great things going on here, too. The Saving Private Ryan-meets-SyFy Channel settings are imaginatively designed and fun to explore. The ease with which you can pull off cool combat combos will be much appreciated by non-hardcore gamers. And the intriguing original storyline pulls you swiftly through the game with some very nice moments of suspense. The voice acting (including the film's Chris Evans as Cap) is top-notch, too. And there's far more variety among the gameplay (fighting, puzzle-solving, exploration, platform jumping, etc.) than you find in most movie tie-ins. To put it bluntly, this is an imperfect, but very fun game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does realistic violence belong in a superhero game?

  • Does Captain America's hand-to-hand combat set a better example than heroes who use guns?

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