Summary: Last generation, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy and Second Sight had the ill luck to release at the same time, despite sharing an otherwise unique concept. Games involving psychic powers and telekinesis were few and far between last generation, yet a pair of them came out at once, and it was relatively tragic for both. Prototype and inFAMOUS were similarly star-crossed this generation.
Excerpt: Introduction, test setup, system requirements A sandbox action game, Prototype 2 is of course a sequel to 2009's Prototype , and said to improve on it in many ways. You play as new protagonist James Heller, a man infected with the “Mercer virus”, rendering him all kinds of powers.
Excerpt: Before jumping into Prototype 2, there’s something you need to know: its opening moments are kind of awful. Where the first game started us off with a fully powered-up Alex Mercer wreaking havoc in Times Square, the second begins with Sgt. James Heller, a revenge-obsessed but otherwise unremarkable soldier on Mercer’s trail, slowly stalking the virus-powered force of mass destruction in an improbable attempt to kill him with a knife.
Pros: Cutting bloody swaths through mobs is hugely fun, So is freely tearing ass through the ruined city, You can still jump-kick helicopters out of the sky
Cons: Heller acts like Kratos without the damaged complexity, Missions are repetitive and simple, Looks ugly, and not just because of the monsters
Excerpt: I never did get a chance to play the first Prototype game very much. I knew the basic storyline and some of the fun things you could do. So I was happy I got the chance to play Prototype 2. The game starts out with a interesting opening cut scene. Within a few moments I was instantly sucked in to the game as well as the main character's back story. With cans of pop covering my table, I expected a high octane gaming experience. I was sadly disappointed.
Conclusion: Prototype 2 is a vast improvement over its predecessor. The developers have scaled back the difficulty, simplified the control scheme, and fixed many technical issues that plagued the last game. However, it still takes itself too seriously and doesn't offer enough variety to really get off the ground. It's a decent enough diversion if you're starved for new games, but not worth more than a rental.
Excerpt: After completing the first Prototype, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth; the kind of taste where you expected one thing and received another. That was Prototype in a nut shell for me. A tough as nails sandbox/action game that felt overwhelming at every turn, and even with a variety of shape-shifting weapons at your disposal, I was always out done quickly by on-foot infantry men with rocket launchers, tanks, helicopters, turrets..
Conclusion: While an improvement over the original, Prototype 2 still has significant flaws. Despite that, it's a fun game in spurts and worth looking into if you like sandbox action games or enjoyed the original.