Prototype 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Review - Box Art(www.prototypegame.com)  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.   I’d wanted to play Prototype as soon as it came out.  It looked like something so new, so innovative, and I couldn’t wait to get to try it.  But for whatever reason, I never got to play it.  So when Prototype 2 became available, I thought to myself—“Now, is this my chance?”  Prototype 2 isn’t the same as Prototype, of course, but using the foundation the original gave it serves the sequel well.  Aggressive, violent game play and mindless actions do dumb the story down substantially, but if you’re in the mood for a biological mind warp, the game’s probably going to twist your chromosomes in the right way.

Prototype 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Review - Box ArtPrototype 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Review - Logo(www.prototypegame.com) Rated M for Mature by ESRB.  I’d wanted to play Prototype as soon as it came out.  It looked like something so new, so innovative, and I couldn’t wait to get to try it.  But for whatever reason, I never got to play it.  So when Prototype 2 became available, I thought to myself—“Now, is this my chance?”  Prototype 2 isn’t the same as Prototype, of course, but using the foundation the original gave it serves the sequel well.  Aggressive, violent game play and mindless actions do dumb the story down substantially, but if you’re in the mood for a biological mind warp, the game’s probably going to twist your chromosomes in the right way. 

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Presentation:
The Prototype recap was very unique, and in my case, helpful.  You get a quick summary of the first game that provides exactly what you’d need to proceed with the sequel.  Jimmy, a soldier, was on tour when another outbreak occurred.  As parts of New York were consumed by the virus, Jimmy tried to calm his panicked wife and child with reassurances that he would be home soon.  But as Jimmy walked through the door, he was greeted only by their corpses, left behind by virus-ridden citizens.

The game plays just like a movie.  Jimmy is now driven by hate, and he is a realistic character.  He’s eventually infected by Alex Mercer from the first game, who then confuses our perception that Alex is the villain; he blames everything on Gentek.  So we march off to do…something, I guess.  Honestly, the plot gets hard to follow; you mostly jump around, assassinating various Gentek officials.

Graphics:
I did appreciate the live action shots mixed in with game play footage in cinematic sequences, and I thought it was very unique to do the cut scenes entirely in black and white with the exception of a few key red graphics.  Blood, and gross fleshy fragments are well detailed, but body movement does seem very slow.  I did like the cinematic graphics; they were very realistic.

Cinematic angles do present a challenge in game play; they fix on awkward things, but for the most part, it’s moveable.  In cut scenes these angles worked to further increase my misconception that I was watching a movie, rather than playing a game.

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Sounds:
Barry Pepper didn’t return to voice Alex Mercer, which made me sad.  I always thought of Alex Mercer as more of an intelligent character, but his dialogue didn’t do anything to reinforce this.  The other actors are all excellent in their roles, and Jimmy’s line “God damn, this is gonna come in handy” was definitely one of my favorite parts of the game.
Sound effects are absolutely disgusting.  I hate the squelching, squirming, splattering effects that show up every time I absorb someone.  The music was relatively industrial, with some very interesting riffs happening during main fights.

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Gameplay:
I’m just going to say it: the overall game play is a lot like Assassin’s Creed.  You’re able to run anywhere, climb up wells just by charging them, and glide to almost any location.  This is fun, yes, and very addicting; but it also makes the game seem too easy.  Missions are done in such a way so that you often complete your mission and then run away.  You’re hiding altogether too often from Gentek, and this attack and immediate retreat only makes the game seem easier.

The game targets very simply, and objectives are well marked.  The game doesn’t make it difficult to hide and escape pursuers, and the open world gives you plenty of opportunity to get a feel for the layout.  Nice tutorials help you throughout the beginning of the game, and popups with pauses give you opportunities to brace for difficult moments. 

Innovations:
The game relies heavily on aspects of the original game, but also provides some new twists.  Shape shifting has become much more strategic, since you have to shift into a soldier to access specific locations, or a doctor to get more information, you’ve got to plan a bit more instead of running wildly into an area.  More powers and mutations allow the player variety, and hacking into the Blacknet systems will provide you with information you don’t get in game. 

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Longevity:
The game played very quickly to me, but if you work on all your missions and change your character’s attributes to unlock more abilities, you have the potential to spend a long time playing this game.  Since I can’t change attributes without losing some, you’ve got to really work to fully expand your mutated arsenal.

Conclusion:
This was a fun game, but it was just too uninvolved for me.  The plot died off quickly, and Jimmy went from being driven by rage to just fighting whoever walked by.  It lacked the finesse and intrigue of the first game, but in a way, that was its charm.  If you want to run wild, hack and smash, and change outfits by absorbing people, then it’s the perfect game for you.  Just don’t set your standards as high as they were from the first game.

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