When you think of the supplies a soldier might need in a war, a gun would probably be the first thing that pops into your head. But if you're already infused with super serum, such a pedestrian trinket serves little purpose. In Captain America: Super Soldier, you rush headlong into battle carrying only your handy shield, though that's more than enough to get the job done. Of course, your versatile armament is no ordinary shield. Like an indestructible boomerang, it returns to your hands after it smashes someone in the face from 20 yards away, and those pesky bullets that vanilla commandos attempt to kill you with are effortlessly deflected by it. And it's in this fast-paced combat that Super Soldier thrives. Unfortunately, the other aspects are not nearly as well defined. Bland storytelling, drab visual design, and a dearth of thrilling moments extinguish the magic of your heroic forays. But Captain America: Super Soldier manages to rise above its problems to deliver an enjoyable though thoroughly predictable adventure.
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No one believes a mythical creature can exist until it punches him in the mouth. Captain America is in the habit of making his existence known right before he smashes your nose in, and Red Skull has grown tired of his antics. Not even an evil mastermind can hope to defeat a chemically enhanced warrior alone, so Red Skull plans on creating his own race of super soldiers in his secluded mountain fortress. What seems like a neat plot quickly unravels because of the flat way these events are explained. The characters seem utterly bored by the proceedings and deliver stale lines in a way that's bereft of any passion. This yawn-inducing setup carries over to the unflattering visual design, which paints the world in bleak shades of browns and grays that drain almost all of the unfettered excitement out of war.
Thankfully, once you get past the dismal aesthetics, things become a lot more interesting. Combat bears more than a passing resemblance to that in Batman: Arkham Asylum, and though technical inconsistencies prevent Captain America from reaching the same lofty heights, it's eminently satisfying to bash toughs in the head with your patriotic fists. Agility is your strongest ally. Enemies flash before they attack, and if your reflexes are sharp, you can dive out of the way or let loose a devastating counterattack. Captain America is as lithe as a Romanian gymnast, and there's intrinsic appeal in just leaping around the battlefield. You can smoothly jump around and even on your many attackers, and harnessing that mesmerizing speed makes dispatching foes in one long combo a thrilling endeavor.
Take the egg, Cap. You know you want to.