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Top 5 Captain America Video Game Appearances

Posted by Luke Brown On July - 20 - 2011

Captain America Week rolls on with a look at our favorite video game appearances by the OG Super Solider. Ranging from fighting games to side-scrolling beat-em ups, Captain America has appeared in more than a dozen different titles. Here are our top five.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Series (Xbox, PS2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

You can’t have a game where all the Marvel characters team up to save the world without the man who calls nearly all of them to arms. Captain America may only be the leader of the Avengers, but when he asks you to join the fight, you don’t say no. Such was the case in both Marvel Ultimate Alliance, where players were tasked with stopping Dr. Doom, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, where players acted out an adapted version of Civil War. There were dozens of characters that you could choose to play as, but it just didn’t feel like a team without someone always representing Captain America.

Marvel Super Hero Squad Series (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC)

We know the Marvel Super Hero Squad franchise gets a lot of flack for being aimed at kids, but we think that’s what makes this game so much fun. Whether you’re playing the few console versions or the free-to-play online edition, Super Hero Squad is simple, easy, and brings all the best parts and characteristics of these Marvel heroes to the forefront. What better way to introduce your child or little brother to what it takes to be a hero than by showing them the ropes with this game? Though Cap is far from as powered up here as he is in plenty of other titles, you’ve got to admire the miniaturized Star Spangled Avenger.

Captain America and the Avengers (Arcade)

Who doesn’t remember plunking in quarter after quarter, hour after hour to play this game at their local arcade? It seems like it was only yesterday we were headed to the mall food court to play this four-player gem while our parents shopped the day away. Though it doesn’t quite hold up near as well as we remember, Captain America and the Avengers was a coin-op classic that kept us coming back time and time again. Of course, the fight over who got to control Cap was a big deal because nobody, and I mean nobody, wanted to get stuck with the Vision.

Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems (SNES)

Now this title takes us back. Back to a time when superhero games were almost always side-scrolling beat-em ups. War of the Gems was one of the rare exceptions where the formula didn’t always work out as planned. Trying to capture some momentum from the various Infinity Gem crossovers of the early 90s, this Capcom title put you in the shoes of several of your favorite Marvel characters, like Captain America, as they tried to stop Thanos from destroying the universe. It’s actually not that bad of a game, but compared to today’s standards, it just doesn’t hold up.

Marvel vs. Capcom Series (Arcade, PS2, Xbox, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

It should come as no surprise at all that this seminal fighting franchise makes the list. Not only do you get to play as Captain America, but you can even pick and choose which version of Cap you want to play as. Like the current Steve Rogers: Super Solider motif? They got it. Like when the Punisher took over for a bit when Cap was lost in time? You bet you can don that costume. The Capcom fighting games also showcase the main reason why Cap is such a valuable asset to so many burgeoning heroes – his fighting skills. Cap is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, and has trained almost every single member of the Avengers. Now you can see what it’s like wielding those skills up close and personal.

It’s Captain America Week on TheQuarterBin, and all this week you can check in for some great original articles leading up to the release of Captain America: The First Avenger.

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1 Response so far
  1. Mr Nobody Said,

    No honorable mention for Maximum Carnage’s “Captain America swoops in and kicks everyone’s ass in 3 seconds” special attack?

    Posted on July 22nd, 2011 at 2:13 AM

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