Earlier this week, Sega announced that Captain America: Super Soldier, a 3rd person action-adventure based on the upcoming Captain America movie, would be coming next year. There was much worry. Sega's track record with Marvel movie game tie-ins has been dismal so far, with two poorly received Iron Man games, so confidence in the Captain America project isn't exactly high. The first trailer for the game, however, actually shows some promise.
Featuring Cap’s hand-to-hand fighting, shield throwing, and acrobatic platforming skills, the video shows a game that, believe it or not, looks pretty solid. The character models look very nice, and our hero’s combat and parkour abilities seem smooth, in a Prince of Persia kind of way. Even more intriguing is Cap’s ability to bounce his shield from enemy to enemy, just the way he does in the comics.
Is it possible that this game, brought to us by the publisher of both Iron Man debacles and the developer of Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, might actually be good? Stranger things have happened, I suppose, and while I’m still cautious about the game’s chances, I’m also, dare I say it, optimistic. Of all the characters in the massive Marvel Universe, Captain America has always been my favorite, so even a passable game starring the Star Spangled Avenger would be enough to make me geek out, and now it looks like we may get at least that. It’s early, though, so I'm certainly not ready to call this one a winner yet, but at least it doesn' look like a total failure. Of course, I've been fooled before.