Prototype 2 is a true sandbox game; the player is plonked down in wide open world filled with targets and obstacles, handed increasingly god-like power and is then allowed to completely cut loose. Being bad hardly ever gets this good.
Prototype 2: Plot
The first Prototype game put players in the shoes of Alex Mercer, a gravelly-voiced sociopath, who woke up one day in the morgue to find he’d lost his memory of the past few months. He also found out he had been infected by something called the Blacklight Virus, which gave him some impressive new superpowers.
Prototype 2: Characters
For Prototype 2, Radical Entertainment have pulled off a neat twist by having players control someone whose life was ruined by Alex’s (and by extension, the player’s) actions in the first game. James Heller is a soldier whose family was wiped out by Alex, and who volunteers to go into the infested and broken city Alex left in his wake, to hunt him down.
Their first encounter doesn’t go very well; Alex beats Heller to within an inch of his life and then infects him with the Blacklight virus.
Prototype 2: Gameplay
Like its predecessor, Prototype 2 starts off by giving the player a couple of interesting powers – wall walking and super strength – and then builds from there.
However, for its second instalment, Radical is allowing players a choice in how they upgrade the protagonist. Heller unlocks new abilities not just through XP, but by taking on infested areas of the map and clearing them. This allows the players to unlock new gameplay moves and abilities for Heller.
However, Heller also has new powers, such as the ability to split his whip attack into three tendrils and hit multiple targets, or create webs, which capture enemies. He even has a sonar power that allows him to hunt down persons of interest in the city and set off on side-missions.
Prototype 2: Verdict
Prototype 2 looks set to be one of the most action packed games of this year. In a brief first look that T3 were shown, the developers demonstrated what the player had in store after they’d opened up Heller’s full range of powers.
Words can’t really do justice to the volume of action in the scene we witnessed, in which Heller took on multiple opponents including giant monsters, armoured tanks and attack helicopters. The screen was awash with explosions, gunfire, flying limbs and smashed ordinance. ‘Insane’ doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Radical is promising new villains, a better story and more fantastic powers for players. By all accounts it sounds like Prototype 2 will be a powertrip worth taking.
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Due to hit shops in April, Prototype 2 gives players godlike powers and a city to save with them. Your superhero fantasies start here...
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