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G4's Top Ten Captain America Games
Apr 4, 2014
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Bursting upon the comic book scene a year before the infamous attack on Pearl Harbour, Captain America has become a symbol of hope and freedom since his first appearance on the printed page.
While his comic book chronicles have been the stuff of legend since Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created him, the star-spangled avenger’s video game legacy has been mixed.
Below are our picks for the best Captain America games ever produced.
10. Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty
Although its level design isn’t the most creative, this smart phone game does a fantastic job of putting players in the famous red, white and blue costume. Cap has some wicked combos, attacks and the storyline is told in motion comic book animation fans will appreciate. Not a bad little game.
9. Marvel Super Heroes versus Street Fighter
Available for the original PlayStation and Sega Saturn, this tag-team beat ‘em up featured not only Captain America as a playable character but also U.S. Agent (John Walker), a character who assumed the mantle of Captain America when Steve Rogers packed it in for a short period of time.
8. Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems
Along with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Hulk, Cap is one of the characters you can choose from to locate the powerful Infinity Gems in time to keep them out of the wrong hands. This Super Nintendo game respected the source material and highlighted Cap as a balanced character who had fantastic speed, agility and strength whereas other characters like The Hulk were powerful but very slow.
7. Ultimate Marvel versus Capcom 3
Captain America returned in this updated version of ‘Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds’ which highlighted tag-team brawls.
6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes
A major character in one of the best games released in 2013, Captain America is paired with Mister Fantastic to battle Doctor Octopus in the Baxter Building during the second mission. Captain America is a major participant throughout the rest of the game as his shield provides protection, smothers fires and activates certain slots or levers.
5. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
With Thor, Spider-Man and Wolverine, Cap kicks off the story by stopping Scorpion, Bullseye, Winter Soldier, Radioactive Man, and Fin Fang Foom from taking out a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and is available for the rest of the campaign.
4. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Per the Civil War storyline, Captain America is the leader of the Anti-Registration faction of heroes who refuse to reveal their secret identities as part of the Superhuman Registration Act. As the two sides go to war, he is a pivotal player in the conflict butting heads with his former ally: Iron Man. Once again, Cap is a playable character right from the get-go.
3. Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge
Released in 1989 for DOS, the Atari ST and the Commodore 64, ‘Doom’s Revenge’ spotlighted both Captain America and Spider-Man, along with their peculiar rogue’s gallery of villains. Cap’s baddies included Machete, Boomerang, Oddball, Batroc the Leaper and Zaran. Although its gameplay was sluggish and it took ages, ages to load each level, it was still fun to see Cap in an animated adventure.
2. Captain America and The Avengers
Captain America and The Avengers was originally an arcade classic in 1991 that has been ported over to many game consoles since then. The Avengers, led by Captain America, attempt to thwart the insidious plans of his long-time nemesis: The Red Skull.
1. Captain America: Super Soldier
Based on the movie: Captain America: The First Avenger, this third-person adventure overcame its noticeable flaws to become the quintessential Captain America game. It was superior in every way to Sega’s other lackluster Marvel movie tie-ins such as Thor: God of Thunder and Iron Man 2.
On the trial of evil scientist Arnim Zola, Cap fights agents and the leaders of Hydra to put an end to Project: Master Man. Enhancing the experience is the fact that Chris Evans, Neal McDonough, Hayley Atwell and others reprised their film roles for the game. Braining bad guys with the familiar…Clang!...of your shield never gets old.
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