After a long wait, Prototype 2 is finally here, but the question is. Is it really what the developers promised? Lets go back to the homecoming trailer, the trailer shows James Heller telling his family that it’s okay to trust the government. And now they’re all dead. This tragedy makes Heller a interrelate character, and we’ll be seeing him wreaking absolute havoc, and starts to spew all kinds of foulmouthed words. And this breaks off Heller’s emotional connection, and he becomes a angry imitation. Honestly, these things makes Prototype 2 a highly enjoyable yet foreseeable game. If you haven’t played the original title, it’s not a big deal. You can jump straight into the action with Prototype 2. The game is set 14 months after the events of the original. New York is under the same viral attack, purportedly because of Alex Mercer, the antagonist of the original. Now Heller is faulting Mercer for the demise of his family. And surprisingly, in this whole game, that lasts 14 hours that too if you’re doing all the side quests. All you will do is pelt revenge upon your enemies, and I think almost all of the city is your enemy.
And sadly, that’s all there is in Prototype 2. The story won’t do any good, as it doesn’t get any deeper than that. You’ll be teaming up with umbrageous people, who’ll give you different missions, and in every mission you’ll end up beating the shit out of your enemies and mutants. This gets repetitive soon, mission design is similar. But the action is the only thing that keeps the game interesting, obviously. Who doesn’t love chopping off mutants and human soldiers? The game gives you 5 weapons for you to wring with Heller’s hands. And seeing the powers and thinking that these first belonged to Alex, that’s a “what the fuck: moment. You can create your own ultimate tools of destruction using these weapons. Oh, and the best thing about Prototype 2 is that you can use humans and turn them into bio-bombs. Oh, yes. This is insanely entertaining.
Prototype 2 makes you feel like a real bad ass, even if you’re just a nerd with huge glasses (No, I’m not talking about myself) Completing each assignment will allow you to level up, and with each level up, you’ll become more and more powerful. Enhancements include; longer jumps, more flight durations, and invulnerability to gunfire. More to that, there are special marked people and when you absorb them, you’ll get upgrades for your abilities. Including the ability to pounce on your preys from a longer distance or increasing the range of your whipfist. The game never seizes to impress you in any way.
Radical Entertainment did one of the best thing to the game, and that is the addition of collectables, they’re the life of any open world game. The whole city is divided into 3 districts, and each district comes with a bunch of side quests to complete. You get to kill enemies, clear infections and collect black boxes. Though you will have to find these areas, only the general areas are marked on the map, the rest are your duty to find. Actually, this is a good thing. It will make you spend hours in the search for all the collectables.
Now coming towards the visuals. Yes, the game looks outdated, and it’s really sad. Because it has such an awesome gameplay, and it gets beaten in the visual section. The animations look stiff and feels like that they’ve been recycled from the original Prototype. Apart from the animations, the graphics still feel outdated. But don’t let this stop you from playing this game, the gameplay is awesome, and insane at the same time.
If you buy Prototype 2 right away, you’re going snag a pack-in voucher code for Radnet Content. After redeeming the code, you’ll get access to seven doses of weekly content that includes challenges with leaderboards, themes, videos and more. As it’s not part of the game and supposedly won’t be available after the initial launch window, it’s not being factored into the review, but if you’re looking to pick up Prototype 2 right away, head’s up that you’re getting extra challenges that will be on your NYZ map.
Prototype 2 is all about miss and hits, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good game to play. It gives you 14 hoursfor feeling like a badass, but sadly. That’s all it has to give. Prototype 2 is a fun game, but there won’t be much to remember as soon as the credits roll.