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Comics To Video Games: Captain America WWII Shooter
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
It might be crazy but what if there was a first person shooter game with Cap?
My Captain America game would be a little different. While I like the idea of a third person adventure game where you get to be Captain America, I thought why not mix it up a little? My Captain America game would be a first person shooter.
You're probably wondering what I'm talking about since Cap uses a shield and not a gun. Going back to WWII, our game sees young Steve Rogers just after drinking the Super Soldier Serum and becoming Captain America. The game will focus first on Cap joining the war with other soldiers. He's not quite the symbolic hero just yet. He may have been enhanced and given some training but he still has a ways to go.
== TEASER ==
My inspiration for the game goes back to Medal of Honor from the PS1. Cap is out on a mission with his battalion but when they're ambushed, Cap is the only survivor. We would play as Cap with a gun and shield. With no back up or radio communications, you must make your way through enemy territory to deliver the important enemy battle plans that could turn the tide of the current skirmish.
Once you complete that level, you discover that young Bucky Barnes, your teenage sidekick hasn't returned from his mission. You are being ordered to return to the States because the government feels as the only Super Soldier, you are too valuable to risk out in open combat. They would like to run more tests on you to see if they can replicate the Super Soldier Serum.
Of course, you're not going to leave Bucky behind, especially when you overhear that the Red Skull may have been involved in his capture. Here is where we would see some stealth missions. You have to masquerade as a regular soldier to board a plane flying over where Red Skull was last seen. Because the plane is on another mission, let's throw in a little HALO jumping to spice up the visuals of the game.
Once again, you are alone behind enemy lines. This time, all you have is your shield as a weapon. Hand to hand combat in a first person shooter sometimes comes across as awkward so perhaps the game engine could tweak this a bit to make some better gameplay. You will have the opportunity to pick up the weapons of fallen enemies but you would want to use them sparingly since it's a stealth mission. For those that strongly believe Cap shouldn't use guns, you could try completing missions without one or aim carefully to shoot guns out of enemy hands.
Arriving at Red Skull's castle, you must go through a maze to enter with some puzzles to solve (they won't be those annoying ones that just interrupt the gameplay and make you want to stop the game). You defeat Red Skull just as Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos arrive on their own top secret mission.
Red Skull is defeated but where is Bucky? It turns out you might have underestimated the young boy as he managed to escape on his own. He did leave a cryptic message saying he was going after Baron Zemo because it was overheard that Hitler might be meeting with him. The game now changes to you controlling Bucky. Bucky is not shy when it comes to firearms so those itching for gun-firing action will get some satisfaction here. If you're familiar with Bucky's history, you know that it was in a battle against Zemo that Bucky "died" (but really was recovered and turned into the Winter Soldier). Without giving away the ending of this imaginary video game, I'll just say the final level will deal with Bucky and Captain America facing off against Bucky. Maybe it could be that you'd have your choice of trying to complete the level as either Cap or Bucky. Whether the game ends on a happy or sad note would remain to be seen.
There's my thoughts. Again, I think a third person game could be cool. The images and trailer for SEGA's game look cool but unfortunately comic book video games have a certain track record. Do you think a first person shooter with Captain America could work? Would you want to play it?