Prototype 2 Review – The brutal-infested sequel is here!
Finally, the long-anticipated sequel that had its first reveal trailer late 2011 has finally hit its last platform, PC, on July 24th of this year after already hitting PS3 and Xbox 360 3 months prior to the PC release. Radical Entertainment decided to take a different look on this fearful virus outbreak, and display it from a military perspective in Prototype 2 using Sergeant James Heller as the new protagonist and main character. Just knowing that Heller and Mercer, both invigorating individuals go head to head in brutal combat in an all new improved sandbox and graphics makes it so utterly destructive and ridiculous that its so hard to not smile.
It starts 14 months after the first Prototype left off, after Mercer saved the city by throwing the nuke in the water. Now, the city is called “New York Zero”, New York Zero is now split into 3 zones:
- The Green Zone:This zone is made virus free, completely overpopulated but peaceful at the least.
- The Yellow Zone:This zone is half infected and half infected free, still being held off from complete destruction, but still zombie infested.
- The Red Zone:The zone is complete chaos, inevitable chaos where everything is destroyed with the virus, like pure hell on earth.
With inevitable loss of the world we once knew and brought into a world of chaos. As our protagonist, James Heller, gets infected by Alex Mercer’s own strand of the virus, he feels the need to destroy Mercer for this virus he has released that has killed everyone he loved because of this catastrophe. Throughout the game, Heller gets his beliefs thrown around like a bouncing ball because the military told him mercer started it all, but mercer PROVES that the military lied to him and used it as tests. As you proceed through the game, developing your mutant powers and beliefs, you discover Heller’s destiny.
Prototype 2 has some fantastic aspects to it, yet some bad ones as well. The game hits a fantastic feeling of superior power, wandering the city doing what you want when you want it, getting stronger with every mission completed, being an innocent James Heller that just wanted to be with his family but becomes something he never thought he would become.The game’s artwork in cut-scenes and the dialogue are very exciting and attractive, lasting throughout the entire game with very suspenseful moments. But something about this game rather than the last one makes it feel redundant, having mostly the same powers, jumping around all the same ways with slight animation tweaks.The controls are also slightly odd, for example there is no more charged jump, you just press it and hold it but the more you hold it the higher he goes, that can really screw you if you’re doing something in the brink of the moment.
Don’t get me wrong, the game has some uniqueness to it and will keep you going if you try it out, James Heller has a lot of emotion and love and believes in god which adds a twist because of the conflict of his personality and who he is becoming. As the world slowly fades to inevitable destruction, you have the ability to do as you please and roam the city in free world madness; from destroying tanks, to kicking helicopters out of the sky, to stealth consuming enemies to get into secret military bases or being a blatant blood thirsty predator and gliding and smashing anyone you want because being infected with the mercer virus makes you an unstoppable superior mutant that nobody can stop except his own creator. I personally believe Radical Entertainment did a great job with the game overall, and i really hope they keep it up.
Upgrading: You can upgrade your movement to get around and escape faster,
or you can increase gun power or ability power to make you a bigger killing machine.
Sky Fighting: Total freedom of movement and aerial combat with helicopters so you can stomp them to the ground.
Player Progression: As you cause more chaos, you gain experience which is used to
unlock skills and powers.
Escalating Intensity: Earn notoriety for shooting down enemies and invading
military bases; invade to get experience the more you kill, and possibly get an air dispatch team to kill you.
Vehicles: Pilot the powerful tanks, helicopters, and jeeps…basically any military vehicles you can get your hands on.
Massive, Highly Detailed Environment: Create chaos in a massive city split into three zones (explained above).
- OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7
- Processor: 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel or AMD processor
- RAM: 1 GB system memory
- Graphic card: DirectX 9 compatible card with 512 MB RAM,
Nvidia 200-series or Radeon 3000-series or better.
- Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card.
- Hard drive: 12 GB free hard disk space
Recommended system requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core Intel or AMD processor
- RAM: 2GB System Memory
- Graphics card: DirectX 10 compatible 1 GB graphics card,
Nvidia 400 series or AMD 5000 series or better.
- Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
- Hard drive: 12 GB free hard disk space