I've read a lot of reviews of this game. Most of them say this game has some immediate, very noticeable flaws, which is true. They say the story is basically just an excuse for the carnage to continue, which is true. Neither of these things stops this game from being freaking awesome. This game lets you take control of one of the most absurdly overpowered characters I've seen in a videogame, let go of your inhibitions, and have your way with the digital world. You want to slaughter hordes of enemies with nothing but your bare hands? Sure! Wanna shape shift, steal peoples identities, and change parts of your body into everything from colossal hammers to a gigantic sword? Be my guest. Wanna jack military vehicles and blow tons of stuff up? Go right ahead. How bout grab an innocent bystander, carry them to the top of a building king kong style, and then chuck them off for no reason? Okay, maybe some of you aren't as sick as I am, but I think you get the point. If you've ever had a bad day and just wished you could completely destroy anything and everything that ever remotely irritated you, this game is for you.
I really only started hearing about this game about a month prior to release, so i guess i didn't have any " let down" that maybe some other gamers had. I simply looked at the cover, did about 5 minutes of research, and left an open spot in my queue, since it wasn't coming out for a few days. I am extremely pleased to have given his game a chance, becasue i have never really played a game like this before. The gameplay is very solid, it may come off as a button masher, but if you just slow down a second, and think abouit what you are going to do next, you can execute it flawlessly. I am very impressed with the controls. The city is HUGE! with tons of possibilty. I like the fact that it has a compelling story that you can play through, but when you get the urge, you can create complete and total chaos affecting everyone and everything around you!! The graphics didn't bother me either although that has been a common complaint around the board. . Then again, i have never turned a game away solely based on its graphics. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially if you aren't the type of person who thinks that every game should be perfect and exactly what you expect it to be. Just a lot of fun to be had!
Prototype is a amazing game in my opinion but it depends on the person. Some say the game doesn't have any strategy but it does. There is a mission (not really a spoiler) where you have to take out blowers spewing gas out that will constantly hurt you. Instead of running in with your fists hoping for the best you should get on top of a building, then you can chose to destroy the anti-air units and steal a helicopter or try to use the whipfist. Prototype also has a liberating feeling when you complete the first mission and go into free-roam. Some who play may also overlook that you can pick up a lot. Throwing bike racks at people in Times Square can be hilarious.
The story which is shallow in some peoples minds I thought was nicely presented and done well.
You are Alex Mercer waking up in a Gentek morgue with no memories. You have shape shifting powers and want to make those responsible pay. It starts out with a cutscene of Alex going to times square on day 14 of the infection to give you a better idea of your powers. Then it goes back to day 1 where you wake up in the aforementioned morgue. The upgrade system is also something to keep you playing and you can do a new game + after beating the game. Not to mention Web of Intrigue Targets, people who hold a part of the story who you can consume. There are also plenty of side mission so the play time in this game is what you make it.
The things to nitpick: The three way war between the infected, military, and Alex never feels like you make an impact. The graphics look horrible. When you just want to fight the infected the military shows up. The story doesn’t make sense after beating it. No multiplayer. Base destruction is temporary.
The things to love: Huge amount of upgrades you may never use. Lots of activities. Good Story. Roaming the city. The combos can make for some creative kills. Purely fun. Stealth can make you fight for the military. You can pick up weapons.