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Genre: Action & Shooter / Release Date: 2009-06-12 / Published by Activision

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      20.05.2011 18:13
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      A great sandbox game!

      Now, not a lot of people like Prototype from what I've seen. My friends and people on the internet say it isn't that good but I think otherwise. I got this game after seeing trailers and gameplay that really excited me. It's got a good story and there is a choice between mission mode and free roam which can be switched at any time. Sometimes however you will be playing on free roam and you must go to a location to start a mission. When you do a mission, you can still do everything you can on free roam but there will probably be army and monsters after you. You are Alex Mercur. A deadly infection has spread over New York. You can be a good guy or a bad guy. It's all up to you. You don't choose your character and there isn't a karma system but you can kill civilians or help citizens from zombies. Zombies are also across the city infecting areas. The army will shoot you and zombies. You can help different people, it's up to you. You unlock claw, hammer fist and massive blade weapons along with armor and more. There are dozens of upgrades that can be unlocked by Points that are earned from killing enemies and collecting things. Some of the powers are great, enabling you to jump hundreds of feet or pick cars up and throw them a mile! You can do lot's of things including "fly", run up walls and leap over buildings. You can also hijack tanks and take control of them too. You can consume people which means you take on their appearance, it's a great way to escape the military or people following you. The military will notice you if you do anything out of the ordinary. You can pick up enemy weapons such as rocket launchers and guns. The graphics are really good and realistic, the city is massive and very big to explore and includes all the landmarks including the empire state building and central park. The sound effects are good and make the game feel realistic. There are a variety of enemies, ranging in strength and size. You can hijack helicopters too which is fun to do and fly about the city. When you go into infected areas, you can just sit back and watch the chaos unfold under you while mutants attack civilians and military attempt to fend them off. You can do a lot of things and the missions get harder as you work your way through story. You can choose the difficulty levels and the game is great fun. However after the story mode there isn't a lot to do apart from free roam and collect trophies. There is a lot of blood and gore and swearing so it is not suitable for younger gamers. (Under 18). A fun game that should entertain you. If you don't like it at first, give it a second shot and do more in it and you will love it.

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        20.05.2011 14:41
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        A fun romp.

        This game as an interesting premise so I'll write a game based on my experiences. You play as a young man named Alex Mercer who has lost his memory (I know it's a typical gaming cliche but ...) and he has to fight his way through a mutant infected 'New York' to discover the truth. The first thing you'll notice about Alex is he isn't an ordinary human being due to the fact he can run up walls, jump stupidly high in the air, turn his arms into weapons even pick up vehicles and throw them. This is a cool premise and I'd love it but Alex Mercer is such a miserable, unlikeable character and kind of ruins it. When playing game it is cool as he runs down the streets, vaulting cars before dashing up the side of a building, launching from the building, performing an air-dash and latching onto the bottom of the helicopter whereby you can then consume the pilot and steal his abilities and take control of the helicopter. But unfortunately your still playing as the emo-goth Alex Mercer which kind of ruins it all. The game reminds me a lot of the old Spiderman gaves that appeared on the PS2 in a lot of respects but at least Spiderman had some character and doesn't remind you of a 'Funeral for a Friend' album. In order for Alex to regain his memory you have to literally consume people and gain their thoughts and memories and this will show you their memories of the experiments that created Alex in the first place. This is also a cool little feature which enables you to morph Alex into their identity which is perfect you sneaking missions. Just consume a soldier, morph into him and strut smugly into a government compound. Just don't sprint up a nearby building because army soldiers, as well-trained as they are can't do that. Where Prototype does fall short is graphically. It looks all well and good when Alex is performing all his cool moves effortlessly, linking everything together like a free runner on acid but when it comes to the other things it falls on its butt a bit. The grey and brown appearance of the buildings makes them look like cardboard boxes which is a bit of a letdown when compared alongside some of the graphical masterpieces we witness these days. Other than that, I recommend this game especially the prices it sells for these days.

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        07.06.2010 21:17
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        A ok game still bit exspensive for the game

        Prototype is an action adventure game. The setting of the game is in the city of New York. There is a plaque rapidly spreading through Manhattan. The plaque is spreading fast and turning those who catch it into monsters. There is a squad called USMC which stands for United States Marine Corps they are sent into to try and controll the situation under the supervison of black watch. Well you as the player take control of alex mercer who is a guy who can not remeber his past. Alex has gained super powers the game is a bit like infamous but alex can take on other peoples experiences and also their memories and pysical forms. While alex is doing this this is helping hime remind him about his own past and trying to figure out how the virus is working and what to do. That is the plot of the game. The thing I do like about the game is that you have plenty of freedom to roam Manhattan. I like the combat in the game with sharp blades and also his claws to protect him too. The game is a bit weird with the super powers and stuff. The game is on sale now for about twenty five pound. If you do not like games that are far fetched this game is not for you. I think the game was hyped up to much. The graphics are good but not excellent. The game is pretty easy to get used to and has a good storyline but again a bit far fetched. The thing I do like about the game is the combat attacks and the powerful attacks are the Devastators, which require Alex to be in Critical Mass powerful attacks which are the Devastators, which require Alex to be in Critical Mass which is in a nearly death situation. I love this feature. I also like the freedom alowing you too jump over veichles and also run up walls and scale five story buildings and just cover so much distance. The game for me is a bit dissapointing in the graphics so I will give it a three star.

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        15.05.2010 12:52
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        Prototype is fun in gameplay but dull storywise

        The game that decided to try and steal the spotlight. Prototype was released not long after inFAMOUS (PS3 Exclusive). I bought both to see what the fuss was all about and which was better. I've concluded that they're about the same. Prototype is like GTA with super powers (Just like inFAMOUS). The key difference between the two games is that inFAMOUS focuses on shooting and prototype focuses on melee (there is also shooting however). Whether you like it or not, there IS more to do in Prototype than in inFAMOUS. You can pick up guns from soldiers, drive military vehicles, disguise yourself as one of them and kill loads of zombie monsters with your (quite extensive super powers). There's LOADS of powers here but the problem is you'll probably only use three. But they're fun to just have and try out. The story isn't as rich as it is in inFAMOUS and you find that you really do not care about the characters. Mercer (protagonist) is a dull character who doesn't know himself. He was a scientist who released a virus and wants revenge for his lost memories and mutation ... SNORE. I hope they make a sequel to this and make it better, maybe a nemesis for Mercer of equal power? If you have an Xbox get this game because you can't have inFAMOUS. If you're deciding between the two games always go for the exclusive. It has better graphics and a better story and will last longer on your shelf than this will.

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        07.11.2009 23:44
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        A good snadbox antihero game

        Prototype is a thirdperson free roaming game where you play as the main character Alex Mercer, who has mysteriously lost his memory..but also gained superpowers. The game take place in Manhattan which is displayed very well in this game. A virus has been unleased onto the city, spreading a disease to citizens and making them mutate and become mindless, And although you are an effect of the disease, you are much different from the others victims. Gameplay: The gameplay of Prototype is the average superhero sandbox game type. You can free roam around the city and explore as you wish from the start of the game, which I thought was a good feature. Throughout the course of the game, you gain many superpowers rangeing from razor sharp claws to your arm becomeing a giant blade. All of these superpowers are extremly fun to use and are easy to use. There are also many extra attacks and combos that can be brought ingame, making the combat more advanced and giving you many more general abilities. The missions in Prototype are mainly find and kill missions, with an occasional change. While this stays entertaining for the game duration, it doesent leave much for replayability as you will proberly find yourself leaving this game on the shelf after completion, even though the game offers the chance to replay with all your abilitys and to complete side missions, you will more than likely had enough of the game by then. Story: For me, the story was entertaining for the duration of the game and had me hooked (although im sure there are many others who will disagree with me). The story of prototype is revolved around the main character Alex Mercer trying to regain his memory. He regains his memory is a different way then youd think though. To regain his memory alex consumes the bodys of other people, and then has the ability to see all of thier memorys, thus helping him restore his own memory. Along the duration of the game you will see many characters throughout, although I will not mention them as they could be a potential spoiler. The ending of Prototype was satisfying, and I found it to be a good closing to the game. Graphics: The graphics in Prototype are pritty generic. While they arnt the best of graphics they definately arnt an eyesore, they seem to follow the pattern that most games have of useing brown and grey tone colours making the enviroment seem dull at times. Although the graphics are good enough to play the game without thinking they are bad. Overall, Prototype is a good solid antihero game that will give you a few good hours of chopping people up.

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        05.10.2009 13:17
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        Pick it up when it's cheap

        I read about the making of this game way back in '08 and was intrigued by the concept of taking over the identities of other characters in the game. Nearly a year later I finally got my hands on the finished article. I had been expecting a more stealthy game where taking over other people would help me mislead and confuse the enemy. Alas, that isn't really the case. There is a nice touch in the game where you can accuse someone else of being you so they get attacked by the army but it doesn't delve into that area of the game as much as I would have liked. However, if you want a non stop action game then you could do a lot worse. The game world is well realised, with normal civilians suitably petrified when you start transforming into a blade-handed lunatic! It does get a bit choatic at times on screen when there are large numbers of enemies to fight but at least there isn't much in the way of slowdown of the graphics. The graphics themselves are servicable rather than good as is the voice acting. What I will say is I had a great time playing the game, but haven't picked up once since I finished it over a month ago.

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          25.08.2009 15:03
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          InFamous is the final product of this prototype

          The definition for prototype is an original type, form, or instance serving as a basis or standard for later stages. I found this ironic considering the unfinished nature of this release. Prototype was released very close to Sucker Punch's InFamous which was its biggest competition. In terms of ratings and popularity, InFamous was more successful getting a 9.0 on IGN whereas this got a less impressive 7.5 as well as more criticism across the board. Their plots are also fairly similar but I preferred Prototype's concept more. You play as Alex Mercer, a man who is suffering from memory loss and has mysteriously obtained unknown powers. Manhattan is in quarantine due to a virus outbreak and with your shape shifting superpowers you can literally go wherever you please and do whatever you want. Mayhem, destruction and revenge are the main themes of this open world third person action. There are 31 missions in total all of which feel very similar and repetitive. I think the main factors Prototype lacks which InFamous embraced are creativity and finishing touches. Vivendi created a unique character but nearly ruined it with unfinished graphics. tedious cutscenes and repetitive missions. It's almost like the first draft of InFamous. The games have many similarities but where InFamous shines, Prototype disappoints. That's not to say it doesn't entertain because around 20 hours of gameplay for one campaign is impressive and maybe if there wasn't anything to compare it to, it would have made a much better impression. 5/10

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          20.07.2009 04:09
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          A good game but nothing amazing

          In this game, the "hero," is Alex /mercer, a man that cannot remember anything about himself but finds himselfwith strange abilities. As the game progresses you find out his past and what happened to him to aquire these abilities. As you find out about these abilities the city of New York gets infected by a virus (that is very similar to the resident evil T virus). I will go no more into the plot and spoil it for those who have not yet played. The game itself is based in a representation of New York (never been so don't know how accurate it is) which is a free running paradise, lots of tall buildings and places to hide and "change" (shape shift). Graphically the game doesn't run 1080p, instead running at 720, which to the modern gamer is almost an insult, however the game play is smooth, the cut scenes are interesting and the city is colourful. The only minor bug bear is that all the enemies look identical bar 2 or 3 varieties and there are far too many taxis. The game play itself is twitchy, lots of button varieties to do lots of things which makes trying to remember some essential moves very difficult indeed, however it is possible to button mash your way through it without too much hassle. The game length is very long, it will take you more than a week to complete, be prepared for the long haul, and to complete fully will take an age. Would very much recommend this game to anyone, just keep in mind it is very long!

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