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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.
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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.
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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Price: $39.99–$49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Sega of America
- Release date: July 19, 2011
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes
- ESRB rating: T for Mild Blood, Violence, Mild Language
- Last updated: December 04, 2019
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