Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Developer: Radical Entertainment
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], PlayStation 3, PC
Rated: M for Mature
Radical Entertainment is back, continuing on with the devastation and viral lifestyle in Prototype 2.
Prototype 2 kicks off explaining exactly who protagonist Sergeant James Heller is; A soldier, husband and father looking forward to coming home to his family. Meanwhile, his wife Colette warns him of the situation taking place in the city, from lock-ins to the remerge of the Mercer virus. Heller’s family; Colette and daughter Amaya, don’t make it out alive.
He soon finds out that the Mercer virus is what killed his family, becoming angry and seeking revenge on Alex Mercer. After some time, being unlisted and reinstated, Heller comes face to face with Mercer. There’s a face-off where instead of killing you, he spreads the virus inside you, thus making you his prototype.
To the world, you’re no longer a human, you’re a specimen. Gentek now owns you and wants you completely experimented on. However, Colonel Rooks and Dr. Koenig are going back and forth to allow you to live or immediately set fire to Heller, seeing him as a threat. As they attempt to burn you, you learn what abilities you’ve acquired and begin to defend yourself and escape the laboratory.
Gameplay is mind-blowing and memorable. In Prototype 2, Heller has a new sonar ability to hunt and consume his prey. A quick run up a rooftop and initiate your sensus. From there, a small gap opens in the immediate area where you’ll find your target. When you’re close, the person will be in x-ray vision allowing you to directly take them down, or go incognito. New finishers and fatalities performed will promisingly leave you lusting for more.
One, for example, is the Bio-Bomb. This nifty ability allows you to infect the enemy then walk away, or throw them in any direction. What it does is causes them to explode with multiple tentacles spreading out in all directions, drawing in nearby enemies and objects, pulling them all together for a horrific fatality.
When facing main bosses or other prototypes, the game style does set reference to God of War. Either dodges to perform quick prompts or waiting for them to drive themselves into a motionless state so you can run and get in a few punches or finisher, you’ll have that sinister smile of satisfaction.
Throughout the story, many people will aide you along the way. One of those people is Father Guerra. Guerra is a Catholic priest whose been pushed beyond his limits. Father Guerra and his assistant Dana attempts to help anyway they can to stop the Blackwatch and Gentek. Blackwatch are the troops patrolling the city. You’ll find yourself in battle with them, higher ranks, mutated humans and eventually even Alex Mercer himself.
The open world environment keeps the game feeling fresh every time you jump back into a session. Side quest in this installment supports the main story, and are worth looking in to. Even after completing the main story, it feels like it never ended as there is much to do.
Graphics are not quite what you would expect, especially in comparison to other modern day titles. However, you’ll notice the detail in graphics are improved from the original Prototype. Cutscenes are more than stellar and genuinely the heart of the story. The critical part of putting a story together lies with balancing it well with gameplay. Prototype 2 does just that. You’ll never feel like you’re forced to watch the action rather than play it.
There are a lot of controls, but none too complicated. You’re able to create your prototype however you wish by completing side missions and unlocking specific upgrades of your choosing. Some upgrades will not be needed right away, but will help you in the long run as the story progresses, so choose wisely.
Cornell Womack, voice of James Heller, did an outstanding job vocally bringing the character to life and making it all so believable. The same goes for the rest of the voice overs as well as the soundtrack, supporting the tempo of gameplay.
With all the twists and turns taking place, Prototype 2’s story is far beyond remarkable and lasting. Even after completing the game, you unlock an insane mode and platinum RADNet medals, urging you to take one more leap into the darkness. Radical Entertainment has done it again.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5