Review: Prototype

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Curtmiester:

ZeroMachine:

Abedeus:
Rent it.

Developers are not going to release any patch or DLC in the future. Ever. Only Prototype 2.

Sure the game is fun, but for $60... it's hard to tell if it's worth it.

Thank God I had a cousin with the game before I decided to buy it.

What ever happened to the days where we could enjoy games without the prospect of there being additional things added in the future?

I miss those days...

Anyways, excellent review as always, Susan. I can't wait to get my hands on this game. I'm going to have to convice my friend to rent it and bring it over my place :D

Yes, I totally agree. I don't know whats up with this new style of making a game then coming out with DLC for it. To me it seems like a sad way of making a game longer and more interesting.

That's not entirely what I meant. I absoulely love Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles for Oblivion. In that case, and in others, it works, though there are certain times where it is just a sad attempt at making a bit more money.

My problem is that, although I can understand people being angered over the possibility of no updates or DLC for a multiplayer game in order to keep it fresh (like the whole L4D2 fiasco), people sometimes refuse to buy single player games because there won't be any DLC. Why not? Some games should be taken as is and adding something can potentially (and ironically)detract from the final product. Some games do not need DLC, and from the looks of things, Prototype is one of them. It's a game where the fun lies in sandboxing and blowing shit up. Hell, it's why I enjoy GTA 4 so much (just an example, I know there was DLC for it). I don't like the story. I play it because it's hilarious to go joyriding and blow cars up. Minus the sandboxing, it's also why I loved Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. You can fling Jawas into the fucking atmosphere! IT'S HILARIOUS!

I just have a huge issue with the fact that the gaming community has gotten so picky these days. They beg "give us something new" and when it comes they call it crap, say "you did this wrong", or beg for the developers to tweak it or give them additional content (which can be hard for an original concept), and that's why there are so many cloned games out there. It's because of the consumers. They want more than the developers can give, and when they give them what they want, they decide they want even more. (Not that Prototype is original, mind you... it's just a major problem I've had).

Anyways, rant over. I know my words won't exactly mean much to anyone, but I had to say it.

Abedeus:

ZeroMachine:

Abedeus:
Rent it.

Developers are not going to release any patch or DLC in the future. Ever. Only Prototype 2.

Sure the game is fun, but for $60... it's hard to tell if it's worth it.

Thank God I had a cousin with the game before I decided to buy it.

What ever happened to the days where we could enjoy games without the prospect of there being additional things added in the future?

I miss those days...

Anyways, excellent review as always, Susan. I can't wait to get my hands on this game. I'm going to have to convice my friend to rent it and bring it over my place :D

I think it was before you could finish a game in 10 hours and multiplayer/modding was available.

Shibito091192:
Nice to see the developers have added slightly refreshing elements to the 'superhero-sandbox' genre. I mean, consuming and stealing the identity of a soldier (in mid-air) is cool...

Thanks for the review!

Sorry, can't consume mid-air. You can disguise into another person if you had already consumed them, but no consuming while jumping.

I think you've taken after Kenpachi's rage a little to much...(ironic coming from me)

Abedeus:

ZeroMachine:
*snip*

I think it was before you could finish a game in 10 hours and multiplayer/modding was available.

What about Portal? That game is great as is. Yes, there are many mods and community made maps, but none equal the original content. I don't even play any of them, as I haven't found any that I enjoy even close to as much.

I'm sure it's not what you meant, but it sounds like you haven't ever enjoyed a game that you can beat in a short amount of time. Quality, not quantity, is the most important thing in a game.

ZeroMachine:

Curtmiester:

ZeroMachine:

Abedeus:
Rent it.

Developers are not going to release any patch or DLC in the future. Ever. Only Prototype 2.

Sure the game is fun, but for $60... it's hard to tell if it's worth it.

Thank God I had a cousin with the game before I decided to buy it.

What ever happened to the days where we could enjoy games without the prospect of there being additional things added in the future?

I miss those days...

Anyways, excellent review as always, Susan. I can't wait to get my hands on this game. I'm going to have to convice my friend to rent it and bring it over my place :D

Yes, I totally agree. I don't know whats up with this new style of making a game then coming out with DLC for it. To me it seems like a sad way of making a game longer and more interesting.

That's not entirely what I meant. I absoulely love Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles for Oblivion. In that case, and in others, it works, though there are certain times where it is just a sad attempt at making a bit more money.

My problem is that, although I can understand people being angered over the possibility of no updates or DLC for a multiplayer game in order to keep it fresh (like the whole L4D2 fiasco), people sometimes refuse to buy single player games because there won't be any DLC. Why not? Some games should be taken as is and adding something can potentially (and ironically)detract from the final product. Some games do not need DLC, and from the looks of things, Prototype is one of them. It's a game where the fun lies in sandboxing and blowing shit up. Hell, it's why I enjoy GTA 4 so much (just an example, I know there was DLC for it). I don't like the story. I play it because it's hilarious to go joyriding and blow cars up. Minus the sandboxing, it's also why I loved Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. You can fling Jawas into the fucking atmosphere! IT'S HILARIOUS!

I just have a huge issue with the fact that the gaming community has gotten so picky these days. They beg "give us something new" and when it comes they call it crap, say "you did this wrong", or beg for the developers to tweak it or give them additional content (which can be hard for an original concept), and that's why there are so many cloned games out there. It's because of the consumers. They want more than the developers can give, and when they give them what they want, they decide they want even more. (Not that Prototype is original, mind you... it's just a major problem I've had).

Anyways, rant over. I know my words won't exactly mean much to anyone, but I had to say it.

O sorry, I believe that I worded myself wrong there. You see I meant to say something like I like DLC but I'm pissed off at how much people want more of it even though companies are having a hard time making it. I bet its hard to release DLC that doesn't change gameplay so much that it messes up the game in someway. To me it seems like if your going to release a game now-a-days you better have some DLC up your sleave.

I will be buying it, but I have to wait because I already bought InFamous and Red Faction: Guerrilla.

Macar:
Now I've never played either game, but when I look at them Infamous and Prototype seem to have more than a few similarities. Both are open world superhero games featuring a loner antihero- though the tone of prototype seems much darker.

I just thought it was interesting that the review didnt mention this- or maybe they arent that similar. As I said, I havent played either.

They are a lot more different than one might think. In Prototype, you basically spend the entire game killing civilians, and just wreaking havoc. You don't care who or what gets in your way, and there are little if any moral choices. InFamous is all about moral choice, precision, and civilians. You aren't quite as powerful, and if you are going to be good, you don't kill civilians (in fact, you help them) and you attack with much more precision.

ZeroMachine:

Abedeus:

ZeroMachine:
*snip*

I think it was before you could finish a game in 10 hours and multiplayer/modding was available.

What about Portal? That game is great as is. Yes, there are many mods and community made maps, but none equal the original content. I don't even play any of them, as I haven't found any that I enjoy even close to as much.

I'm sure it's not what you meant, but it sounds like you haven't ever enjoyed a game that you can beat in a short amount of time. Quality, not quantity, is the most important thing in a game.

Yeah, and every single review complains that the game is too short. But it didn't cost $50. And you have content and you have mods and more maps.

I am enjoying the game, quite a lot. But one thing I can't stand is when developers make a dick move. You know, releasing a sequel too fast, no support EVER to a game (you do know this means that if you have a problem with the game - framerate, sound issues, ANYTHING - you won't get a fix), or something done not on purpose - Blizzard announcing 1.13 patch to Diablo 2 two months ago, essentially killing what was left of the game's community, as everyone's fed up waiting for a patch that was supposed to be released by the end of April.

Uh... Maybe it's just because Prototype, as a whole, is the action game of my dreams - I'm serious, every single feature and concept in the game is something I've wanted for a long time - but by the time I'd gone through the story missions, I'd spent so much time deviating, playing around, doing side missions, and getting into pointless, unending, three-way battles outside hives for no reason, that I was nearing 20 hours playtime. I just really like that game, to an unreasonable degree.

And I still haven't found my last bloody Web target! I've ran up and down the damn island so many times, and broken into so many military bases, I've lost count. Fucker's invisible.

Great review, I loved this game. The gameplay was fresh, most of the combat was fun, except when you have the whole military and infected forces on your ass. The boss fights were grind-tastic, but there were so few of them I didn't care.

The story, while nicely told through the Web, was very confusing. I didn't know if

But it reminded me heavily of Spider-Man 2, swinging through the New York heights and looking down on the little ants called people. It's an amalgamation of Saints Row 2, with huge fun things to do (In a more gory way) and Crackdown with having a huge array of super-powers.

Alex is a pretty cool character too, though I wonder why he has to end every cutscene with a stupid cut-away.

Aside from some minor complaints (Viral detectors, bosses, unlikeable side characters) it was really fun and I say you should try it. Rent though, as I blazed through it with gold on most events in a day or so.

Rednog:
Serious question in reference to Alex Mercer, Warning huge plot spoilers:

Because that was a plot twist.

I would like to add, DO NOT buy the PC version, it loves high end systems, but budget systems, forget it!

sirdanrhodes:
I would like to add, DO NOT buy the PC version, it loves high end systems, but budget systems, forget it!

I guess they have to add some fuckups to make sure people pay the 70€ for the console versions instead of the 50 for the PC one...

Overall Prototype seems like pricedrop material for me. I'm also interested in Red Faction and might get it if it drops to 50€ (if I still remember I was interested by then). Then again EVERY 360 game looks like pricedrop material to me because it's got to be really fucking amazing if it wants to justify the 70€ pricetag and thus far no game has managed to justify it.

laryri:

Rednog:
Serious question in reference to Alex Mercer, Warning huge plot spoilers:

Because that was a plot twist.

I know it was the plot twist but, like I mentioned, there are reviews who are filled with spoilers that still refer to him in a way that the twist never happened. And other things like Infamous and Prototype comparisons on "morality" of the characters, but for reasons mentioned it shouldn't apply.
I'm somewhat interested in what happens to the main character in the future (most likely another game) and really just don't want a Frankenstein thing (again mentioned above, trying not to be a spoiler) to happen to the main character.

sirdanrhodes:
I would like to add, DO NOT buy the PC version, it loves high end systems, but budget systems, forget it!

Really? I built my own system for $550ish (after rebates) and it runs and high pretty well, the only issues I ever had were on those ridiculously long cut scenes that load as it jumps from area to area, and on one event where I managed to piss off the whole city and had like 10+ helicopters on me.

Its plot is the same old government conspiracy song and dance you've seen a thousand times, and it trades significant character development in exchange for exotic ways to sow death and destruction. In other words, it's an absolutely perfect game for summer.

I don't follow that logic.

Why must summer games be unoriginal and have an under-developed protagonist?

I saw this came out on PC.

I swear some deranged crazy person is gonna make a mod that changes the character's arm into some deforemd penis club thing.

Epifols:

Its plot is the same old government conspiracy song and dance you've seen a thousand times, and it trades significant character development in exchange for exotic ways to sow death and destruction. In other words, it's an absolutely perfect game for summer.

I don't follow that logic.

Why must summer games be unoriginal and have an under-developed protagonist?

They don't have to, of course, but many folks enjoy lighter fare during the summer months. Maybe it's because it's their chance to relax from the rigors of school, or maybe the hot weather simply makes their attention spans shorter. Summer tends to bring out the dumb in people, and thus we have a bunch of movies that go "boom!" at the cineplex and games like Prototype. (Which is just a game that goes "boom!") :)

I like how they didn't compare this to inFamous... everyone else in the world has.

I agree with this review

Doug:
Hmm, I'm still not sure about Prototype. The main character annoys me for some reason.

Because he's a dick. Not "even a nobody loved me when I was young" dick, he truly has no damn soul whatsoever, and thus makes him rather hard to connect with. Also, why is he so pissed HE HAS SUPER POWERS. Sure they didn't ask him first but whatever no on has to ask to give me tons of money, they can just go ahead.

(granted I haven't played the game only watched my friends play it for a little bit but I think I got the gist).

Great review, lucky it wasn;t the pc version or you'd have more than a simple "Cant run straight" bug. Random freezing, orange screen, black screen, grey screen, instal problems, launching problems, hardware problems. Just off the top of my head.. Thankfully i only had the random freeze one which had a *really* wierd way around. Defragged the folder itself then when it freezes, ctrlaltdel, then cancel it and back to game play.

Sucks that it doesnt have a windowed mode =(

I don't know about anyone else, but I play games because they are fun. This game is fun... really fun. Yea it doesn't bring anything totally original to the table, accept that you are a fucking superpowerful shape shifter. I think it's the only shape shifter game I've ever played, and as far as power fantasies go, I've never felt so powerful. Sure it's not going to be for everyone, specifically not for people that like to take something that is fun and pick it apart. Come on people! Stop being so damn critical of everything and enjoy yourselves for a moment! :D

jasoncyrus:
Great review, lucky it wasn;t the pc version or you'd have more than a simple "Cant run straight" bug. Random freezing, orange screen, black screen, grey screen, instal problems, launching problems, hardware problems. Just off the top of my head.. Thankfully i only had the random freeze one which had a *really* wierd way around. Defragged the folder itself then when it freezes, ctrlaltdel, then cancel it and back to game play.

Sucks that it doesnt have a windowed mode =(

Okay so I'll REALLY stay away from the PC version.

It does sound nice though not like a game I'd be happy paying 70€* for. On the other hand it apparently got a rating refused (makes me wonder why the console versions did get released here considering every other game that got a rating refused got blocked) so I'm not sure how long it'll remain available. Damn those high prices, they make buying anything that isn't a GOTY contender a bad idea! I wish companies would realize when they've got a B list game at their hands and price them accordingly.

*= Why the hell are HD games 70€ anyway? The US price hike was 50$->60$, Euros are worth a lot more than US dollars so why did we get a price hike from the already too high prices (regular price was 60€ last gen, that's almost 85$!) to even higher ones? It's really ridiculous especially considering PC games remained at 50€ the whole time (with almost all 360 games having PC versions which don't require paying for online) and Wii games went down to 50€ too (GC games were 60€).

You certaintly changed my views on this game. i'm ot gonna buy it, but I think better of it.

Great review and my thoughts exactly, i just kinda hope Activision will release DLC of a mission editor so we can actually make varied missions but meh tis a very fun game.

Was a great stress relief for after my exams.

Penny Arcade today offers some advice on if you should buy it.
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/6/19/

i was playing this at my friends house... i fluffed it up, but then he took the wheel and subsequently killed 20 soldiers, hijacked a helicopter and destroyed a hive. and it looked freakin' awesome.

Rednog:
Serious question in reference to Alex Mercer, Warning huge plot spoilers:

I think

Damn kids these days! Back in the ol' six four days, we'd get a stale lump of a cartridge and blow droll into it fifteen times until it connected, and we'd be damn happy about it! Now get off my lawn!

(It turns out I do the cranky old man much more often than it should be healthy here on the Escapist forums.)

pantsoffdanceoff:
Also, why is he so pissed HE HAS SUPER POWERS. Sure they didn't ask him first but whatever no on has to ask to give me tons of money, they can just go ahead.

Poor Alex, who's cursed with awesome. Feel his pain, man.

This game is i think overrated i played it today it's not so GREAT i had more fun playing infamous andi think it's very unoriginal,it's like GTA 4,assassins creed,crackdown and some game with zombies all put together...

This game is a Giant snooze fest in my eyes. I enjoyed the first hour or so then I became plain to see that it is just a beat um up. You can beat this game if you know the difference between the left and right mouse button. Many have compared it to spiderman. I can see how they would, but there is no web slinging and that is the thing that made spiderman so great. The feeling of freedom is there you can go anywhere but you find your self cursing the game after the 15th time you've crossed the city to get your next mission. Also, The control system is unresponsive at best on pc and down right restricting at its worst. It also breaks the cardinal rule imho for these types of games(free roaming with super human abilities.) The game takes control of your character at every opportunity. You will often be just watching when the real action takes place and this is often. Its also embarrassingly easy with hundreds of people roaming the streets to consume for health. Even at the very height of the outbreak. Oh theres more. Like many beat um ups you can get away with using the same combo you start out with with no real reason to upgrade other then making the game even easier. It also reeks of a obvious console port which it is. Its "quick menu" and very sparse options to tone down the Hdr/bloom, in fact you cant turn it off. The partical effects are over the top and serve more to block your view of the action then add to the realism of the game. Without these the game would look very dated so maybe that is the reason the option wasn't included. By the end of the game the hardest normal enemy fights break down to quicktime events. If you aren't already asleep they might not frustrate you as much as they did me. Quicktime events imo are the laziest form of game design except when they make you stay glued to your screen like RE4 for example, best use of them yet. The Ai is dumb as dirt you can literally glide directly into any military base hit every troop along the way and then land leaving a gigantic crater in the middle of the base and the npcs will only slightly alerted. The boss fights are easy and far from creative. You can beat the entire game including the end boss,or what I assume is the end boss I deleted the game after a 15min fight only to lose to a gimmicky ability it had, with the jump kick and by throwing objects. There are 6 different upgrades to movement and jumping but frankly I couldn't tell the difference without being able to put them side by side. There are 4ish BORING escort missions. Now you might say well that's not that many but when there are only 20-25 missions in the game those 1-2hours you will be escorting really stand out as the low point in the game. I might have lost you somewhere around number 5 of the reasons this game is bad. Just to let you know Iam not the type of person that hates every game he plays I really thought the main character and his powers were awesome. That is nowhere near enough reasons to buy or in my imo play this game. If you absolutely have to play this game rent it.
If you like this game Iam sorry but you have no taste what so ever.

Macar:
but when I look at them Infamous and Prototype seem to have more than a few similarities.

Funny you should say this I actually thought this game was infamous. I had forgotten the name of infamous.

pedrakhan:

got bored of being gang raped by all the missiles and heli's

Oh I know its like the fictional military in this game suddenly discovered black magic those missles seemed to come out of thin air.

Just to give you an idea of how easy this game was I played reclined with my keyboard on my lap and the monitor 5 feet away while watching tv at 15fps when I was alone on top of a building(The game is poorly optimized on the pc). Apart from the magic missiles that appear miraculously midway in the game, and even they were more of an anoyance then a danger, nothing and I mean nothing in this game was a challenge.

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