There won't be any more Sega-published Marvel games.
Kinect-exclusive game Rise of Nightmares sold 200,000 copies, Sega has revealed.
Rise of Nightmares, a survival horror game designed for Microsoft's motion-sensing add-on, launched last month and disappointed critics. Eurogamer's Rise of Nightmares review scared a 5/10.
Meanwhile, movie tie-in Captain America, which launched on the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360, shifted 450,000 copies. 5/10 was the result of Eurogamer's Captain America review.
Sega's previous ventures into the Marvel movie universe have been grim experiences. Both Iron Man and Thor were defeated by clumsy control maps, uninspired gameplay and a generally cheap and hurried feel. Now it's fellow Avenger Captain America's turn to step up to the joypad. The result doesn't tip the balance for Sega's superhero sideline, but it does give it a good shove in the right direction.
A large part of this small victory is down to one simple decision on the part of developer Next Level Games: they've picked the best template. Super Soldier is so blatantly inspired by Batman: Arkham Asylum (with a dash of Prince of Persia for good measure) that the game almost can't help being lifted above its wretched peers.
Where Batman was free to roam backwards and forwards, Metroid-style, through Arkham's gloomy halls and foreboding exteriors, so Cap is able to pass freely between areas as he explores the castle of Baron Zemo. Batman had a system of caves and tunnels that allowed him to quickly return to previously explored locations; Cap uses an interconnecting sewer map.
Marvel at this.
Let's put it this way: I've seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. And I nearly cried. The film wastes no time getting to business - there's a bloody war going on. Potter 7 Part 2 packs a whole trunk of crash, bang, wallop. Perfect fodder for a video game. Only, don't expect the official Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 game to Wingardium Leviosa above the usual turgid memorabilia tie-in fare. We'd be Stupefied if it did.
SEGA's Captain America and Thor movie tie-in games will launch on the Nintendo 3DS.
SEGA has announced a Captain America: Super Soldier game for DS, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.