posted by ChasingParadise (AUBURN, CA) May 4, 2012
Member since May 2012
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
Prototype 2 doesn't bring any dramatic changes to the free roam game market, but it does bring some kick #$% fun. Gameplay is fast paced, full of awesome moves and finishers, and for the most part easy to adapt to. Graphics are good, not award winning, but not bad either. If you're looking for a good story you may be disappointed. James Heller, the protagonist, didn't pull any strings on my heart. Specifically since the story stays on the back burner for most of the ride, it was hard to connect. It seemed to me Radical (the developer) was making barely plausible excuses for me to demolish a boss so that I could get another bloody, life ending upgrade (usually also killing innocent people I'm supposedly helping). Lame as it is, this is also Prototype 2's strength (not referring to killing pedestrians). You're endowed with powerful abilities and they only get better the more you play. But everything else is mediocre. It's for games like this that I have GameFly. Some people may think I have my head in a place where the air quality is questionable, but my opinion is that Prototype 2 doesn't deliver story wise, but gameplay is a blast and worthy of your GameQ.
posted by InevitableTruth (NASHVILLE, TN) Jul 16, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
I was very eager to play this game. I thoroughly enjoyed the original. Let me begin by saying the reason for the low score on my end is that about 15 mins or so into the game I realized the storyline was being delivered via extremely (intentionally) dark and obscure cut scenes. I felt like they were intentionally trying to tone the light down in their clips so you would see less detail, it was more greyscale almost with heavy shadows.
And then I noticed the same buildings, the same blocks as before with some small changes. I guess for the location being the same this is not unrealistic, however it seemed very unoriginal. I am not a fan of the online pass but will try to keep this out of my review as much as possible. However since you are here that means you may rent it via gamefly. It is worth noting that if you rent you do not get the online pass, and without it this game feels very linear as you do not get access to some other various side quests.
Open world as it is, Minus some collectables, the joy of exploration is non-existent. Unless you enjoy dishing out mindless carnage there was little to do aside from the main storyline which progressed very fast. After one solid day of play time I was already 50% done with the story.
It's not a horrible game, there are some new ablities and such that add to the game and a new protagonist. But overall it felt like prototype 1 recycled with different main character skin, less side quests. The difficulty is a joke, I was playing Hard mode without ever really worrying about my health. I employ thise that like a challenge to really jack up the difficulty.
Overall I gave it a 6 because the graphics do not look as good on the character models, the story seems way more shallow, the cut scenes are toned down in what feels like an attempt to hide their poor quality, and it's just well.. more of the same. Glad I rented vs buy. done with this one in 1 solid and 2 casual days of playing. Above average at best.