Prototype 2 Game Review (Xbox 360)
This review was written by my younger brother Jimmy Perazzo and edited by me.
Prototype 2 is yet another video games sequel in an industry that has had an overwhelming amount of them. Prototype 2, similar to its predecessor, takes place in a future New York where a mysterious but extremely deadly virus has swept across the city, but that's where the stories similarities end.
In the first Prototype you begin your play as a victim of this virus, Alex Mercer, as you try desperately to find the people who have taken so much from you. all the while trying to eliminate the virus. In Prototype 2 things go a little differently. Alex Mercer now believes raising an army of mutant humans to take over the world is much better than living as a regular human. In Prototype 2 you play as a soldier, Heller, and after having your convoy attacked by Alex and his pet “demons” you pursue him hoping to succeed were so many have failed before. To kill Alex Mercer. As you can guess, things don’t go as planned.
With all new powers that can take you to new heights and provide you with extreme travel options the question is “What can’t you do?” The answer they give you is "very little". Heller is given 5 weapons of destruction. One of the powers/weapons allows you to ingest humans, stealing their memories. You are then able to take the shape and form of this person. This plays a huge part in the story and the side missions/challenges. Ripping mutant demons apart to flying through the air using the power of the virus to simply splitting a military tank in half with a single, effortless swipe, are just some of the things the games powers allow you to do.
The graphics for Prototype 2 are not the best nor are they the worst. It's a little more polished than the first game but could still use some improvements. Nothing groundbreaking here.
For the Xbox the learning of the controls are pretty straight forward and simple. The gameplay is pretty much the same for this one as it was for the first Prototype.
One thing that I really enjoyed was the customization of your in-game character. You are able to choose to look like “Heller” in his normal, default outfit or “Undead Heller” who resembles a zombie more than anything. There are various other outfits you can change into, and many more outfits with the Prototype 2 DLC.
Challenges are a lot of fun, providing you with much more to do once you have completed the main-story and side missions. For every challenge you complete you gain a reward based on how well you completed the challenge.
The one thing that bothered me about Prototype 2 is the difficulty. You have all these awesome, incredible powers at your disposal but in return the game doesn't provide you with much of a challenge. Gamers can breeze through normal mode as if they are playing on easy. The bosses offer a decent challenge but besides that there is not much in the way of difficulty.
Although the game doesn't set the bar in terms of graphics or story, and doesn't provide much a challenge outside of the bosses it is still an immensely fun, sandbox action game providing you with a good 14-15 hours of solid gameplay.
Prototype 2 was released on April 24th 2012 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.