After Civil War, why not make another Captain America game?
Captain America: Civil War has grossed over $1 billion worldwide and is currently ranked as the fourth highest-grossing superhero film of all time. Money aside it has also been named the best Marvel Studio film yet by sites like Empire and Cinemablend.
I’ve watched it myself and can honestly say I couldn’t agree more. Marvel have done a better job with Cap than any of their other superheroes, he is brave, smart, loyal and incredibly strong willed and this is displayed throughout the film.
After being so successful with The Winter Soldier and more recently Civil War, I can’t help but wonder why not move back to the video game scene and make a butt kicking action game featuring the patriotic hero?
Back in 2011 Captain America: Super Soldier was released for the Xbox 360. Based on the first movie, it was given mixed reviews, being praised mainly for it’s combat and voice cast but some found the plot lacking. On the Xbox website it has been asked to be made playable for the Xbox One (having never played the game, I am one of those people).
He more recently appeared in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, a game which also received a decent reception but considered slightly inferior to previous Lego titles. I’ve been playing the game recently and I think they got some things about the Captain pretty spot on e.g. featuring a grab move that was based on how he hit Winter Soldier in the face with a shield uppercut, then flipped him over. Perhaps one of his coolest moves is a joint attack with the god of thunder, Thor jumping in the air and smashing Cap’s shield, creating a shockwave which is similar to Avenger’s Assemble and Age of Ultron.
If I imagined a new game, it might look a little something like this:
1. After the first Avengers film Captain America carried on to work for the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D and more closely the S.T.R.I.K.E team. This could be a great opportunity to make a game revolving around the missions he went on before the events of the Winter soldier. Could his last mission in the game be when he faces Batroc and his pirates?
2. Same concept as idea one but instead the plot could be based in between Age of Ultron and Civil War, tackling missions with his new team of avengers.
3. And finally, what about a game following the Captain and his Secret Avengers after the events of the third film? Working in Wakanda alongside the Black Panther and facing off against some of his enemies like Man-Ape and Ulysses Klaw.
In a competition between DC and Marvel the latter is ahead, hands down when it comes to films but DC has done one thing right and that is the Batman: Arkham video game series. Probably the greatest superhero games ever made, they boast great gameplay and even greater plots. A Captain America game with fighting like that but with a shield instead of a batarang, some fancy acrobatics, devastating joint specials and Uncharted like graphics; now that would be something I’d like to see.
Other well received games include the free-to-play DC universe Online, the fun Lego Batman games and the Mortal Kombat like Injustice: Gods Among Us. Maybe Marvel aren’t as involved with the gaming scene because of a bit of intimidation? Marvel dominates films and DC dominates games. Or maybe I’m completely wrong and Marvel have a bucket load of games just waiting to be made?
Other Marvel Games
Captain America isn’t the only game I’d like to see though. What about Black Widow? Trained as a spy and assassin in the Red Room before being recruited by Hawkeye into S.H.I.E.L.D. A game detailing her past with the KGB and future partnership with the ridiculously accurate archer would be epic.
Bucky was described by Black widow as a ghost and credited with many assassinations over the years as a brainwashed Hydra agent. A stealth game following his career as the Winter Soldier before the events of the second Cap film would be a great addition to a couple of darker Marvel games.
Obviously this all just speculation and day dreaming on my behalf and as far as I’m aware a game isn’t being developed. However, I truly believe that with the success of Marvel movies a video game of equal success is right round the corner.
This article was written by Pause Resume contributor Gavin Thomas