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Prototype 2 is the sequel — that nobody wanted — to the mediocre Prototype game that came out in 2009. Instead of playing the Alex Mercer, from the first game, you are now controlling James Heller. Is Prototype 2 any better? Yes, but that isn’t saying a whole lot.
<strong>Presentation and Plot</strong>
Unlike the console versions of this game, the PC version of this game includes better draw distance and much better framerate. Prototype 2 is one of those games where a ton of things is happening on screen at once. Having a poor framerate was a huge ding for the console versions, but the PC version cleans up nicely. Prototype is shameless in its ridiculousness. That can either be a good thing or a bad thing. The game is violent. Ridiculously so. Gamers are starting to mature a little bit, not as many people like violence just for violence sake.
The plot is just downright awful. There are a lot of twists and turns along the way that can get pretty interesting. However, these story is told is these awkward black, white, and red (because this game is bloody) montages that are just lazily done.
If that isn’t bad enough, James Heller is an awful protagonist. He’s just kind of evil. Not the fun kind of evil like in the GTA series or God of War, James is just so mopey and angry all of the time. It becomes a chore to play as him.
Prototype is some of the most shallow fun you can have with a videogame. All of the cool transformations and abilities that James Heller has are very fun to experiment with. The open world is quite lively and there are many great action setpieces and cool boss fights. The game is extremely easy, but it makes sense that you’re overpowered. It works in context with the story, so that can e forgiven. The game is gleefully violent, so those that enjoy GTA for nothing more than the killing sprees and mayhem will feel right at home playing Prototype 2.
Prototype 2 isn’t a great game. It isn’t even a good one. The gameplay isn’t quite fun enough to forgive the terrible story and awful characterization of the protagonist. Unless you’re just in it for the mayhem, give this game a pass.