Reviews for Prototype

84

Strangely underrated

Neonberry | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »

Prototype tells the story of a genetic experiment set loose in an open-world which in this case is a city. You are fighting the world while trying to piece together the huge conspiracy that gave birth to you. But what are you? Well, a gene-stealing rampaging shapeshifter of course, the product of some top secret experiment. So as such the tools available at your disposal are quite entertaining. Travel through the city with huge leaps, turn your fists into claws, maces, cannibalize the soldiers or the bystanders to get your health back. The game is loaded with fast paced action and great skill development. It somewhat lacks personality but the gameplay experience was enough for me to carry on. To be honest I enjoyed it more than Just Cause, the other big sandbox "thing" at that time. If you want to pick up a sandbox that allows you to take down helicopters and tanks with bare hands you are in the right place. I recommend Prototype for all who likes action games.

75

Great fun, unrealised potential

nudeood | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all nudeood's reviews »

Prototype is a typical open-world sandbox with a fun twist. You play as Alex Mercer, a human experiment with a lot of power. The true enjoyment of the game comes from creatively deploying your powers to annihilate enemies with style and imagination. You have the ability to launch yourself into the air and run across the sides of buildings, which makes even getting from point A to B an enjoyable experience. Other abilities such as shape-shifting give you the potential to adopt a lower profile and attempt to assassinate people stealthily, although it is not the most fluid gameplay mechanic. The game's plot is a low point, it is a typical 'revenge' story where the player kills everyone in their path to try and find some answers. Visually, the game is also let down. Although the open city environment is large and fairly diverse, it is drab and lifeless throughout. In addition, due to the speed at which the character can travel, objects are often slow to load and can distract greatly from the sense of immersion. Overall, it's definitely a lot of fun if you are able to ignore the boring storyline and underwhelming aesthetics.