As much as Sega has improved over the past few years to bring us compelling games from partner studios like Platinum (Bayonetta, Vanquish) or revitalizing their core franchises (Sonic Colors), Sega is still miles behind on the movie game front. Games based on movies are already notorious for being bad, or at least poorly conceived given the simply brutal time constraints developers are often given. But Sega’s offerings in the movie game genre, specifically their Marvel games, have often left a crater filled with desire and broken dreams.
Today marks another potential milestone of medicority as Sega have announced their latest superhero game, Captain America: Super Soldier. The game showcasing the first Avenger will of course serve as a tie-in with the upcoming Captain America film starring Chris Evans as the Cap and Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith in The Matrix) as the evil Nazi scum that is the Red Skull. Development duties are being handled by Next Level Games who recently developed Super Punch-Out Wii and Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. Maybe it would be unjust to doubt the ability of NLG in the wake of what Beenox did with Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
Those who bravely decide to play Captain America: Super Soldier will find themselves on an adventure which of course pits them against the Red Skull. The backdrop of the game will have players infiltrating a castle so I expect comparisons to be made to Return to Castle Wolfenstein, even if there’s no over-the-top gore and blood.
Cap’s combat skills promise to be on full display as the game will feature a “free-flowing” combat system and of course players can use Cap’s shield to take out some Hydra goons. The game won’t be fully combat driven as there will be a few platforming sections thrown in along with a few puzzles. Sounds terrific doesn’t it?
It's worth noting that Cap isn't wearing his movie outfit in the screens Sega released today. This could partly be because Marvel doesn't want to "reveal" the movie costume through video game screenshots, most likely because it would lead to more fanboy bickering.
Comic writer Christos Gage (Avengers: The Initiative) will be penning the story for the game so I’m sure there will be some semblance of a comic book tone, even if it’s a bit hammy.
Captain America: Super Soldier is set for release next year for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and DS.