Zero Punctuation: Prototype

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"Then eat them too"

haha good one yahtzee though I still prefer prototype over InFamous.

Another good review by yahtzee.

Quote of the show for me was : "IT WAS ME!"

and Yahtzee if you actually did some work like the rest of us instead of fast talking and making these hilarious then videos then:

A) you would have already built "mankind has yet to recognise my genius: the game"
B) you would have made a load of money from it.
c) you would have Left a hole in our hearts where our enjoyment of your cinicism was.

so please, I am curious to see more details of M.K.H.Y.T.R.M.G:The game.

Or just put out another funny review.

so in teh end prototype wins this because he can turn into a girl and keep the hoodie, and have that make some sense, he isnt a human anymore, much less a man, yes i paid attention to the conspirciy part.

also, the game prototype would win because its out on both consoles, and not just one.

if you want to make money on a game :D PUT IT ON BOTH CONSOLES! dont just put it on one because sony gives better BJs or something

EDIT: i played both, i liked protype, because i could actually play the game, not just borrow it for an hour.
and i like the concept of killing and eating the guards of the military bases, makes cleanup so much simpler, and i dont have to look for the ones i thought i missed, im wearing them

not rely a review more of a comparison but still amazing XD
also it seemed he awarded the scores for game play to prototype and the story points to infamos so i think that means prototype is better because game play is more important

arberp:

SousukeSeg:
I own both of them and they are just as good, both flawed but easily compensated with their good parts in a geometrical mathematical anomaly that I thought no two games can achieve, they perfectly cancel each other out like: 1 and -1 or white and black, good and evil, half-life and halo (wops did I just say that out loud?).

One difference that I find can separate the two to find their way into a specific gamers heart is that Prototype is like an adrenaline rush, good to play just a bit the first day then play a little more the next, at lease for me since I was afraid that if I played it for too long I'll get desensitized and end up getting unamused (having a billion ways to kill someone helps by delaying that process), as for inFamous it's more story driven (not too original but well put together) the pace is varied and always entertaining the city is quite varied so you never get lost and barely need the minimap except for finding shards or dead drops, it sucks you in and doesn't let go until you finish the damn thing and after you're done you can play again using the different karma choices and powers.

All in all I still think they both deserve at lease one playthrough.

black and white dont cancel out they give u grey : )

I'm putting my hands down on that one, you got me there, allow me to give myself a douche award.

God that was hilarious.

tehbeard:
Another good review by yahtzee.

Quote of the show for me was : "IT WAS ME!"

and Yahtzee if you actually did some work like the rest of us instead of fast talking and making these hilarious then videos then:

A) you would have already built "mankind has yet to recognise my genius: the game"
B) you would have made a load of money from it.
c) you would have Left a hole in our hearts where our enjoyment of your cinicism was.

so please, I am curious to see more details of M.K.H.Y.T.R.M.G:The game.

Or just put out another funny review.

I hope he makes M.K.H.Y.T.R.M.G.
I would buy it...

I had this one nailed to the wall. The moment I rented prototype and then infamous, I thought to myself Yahtzee will compare the two games because they are almost exactly the same, but I have to give points to activision because if they know how to do one thing right its make a carbon copy of New York and then give you the ability to dick around for several hours (i.e.spiderman). I dunno I was honestly expecting a this style of review but I wish that there could have been a full prototype review then the hilarious comparison. My 2 cents...

ROFL, spot on yahtzee .. I've not played InFamous yet but i have to say that despite it's shortcomings i enjoyed Prototype.. Although at times i couldn't help feel i was playing a game that was a cross between Spider Man, Devil May Cry and Kirby..

Edit:

''but i have to give points to activision because if they know how to do one thing right its make a carbon copy of New York and then give you the ability to dick around for several hours (i.e.spiderman)''

lol i totally agree.. when i 1st saw this i had doubts because it was an activision project. but they proved they know what they're doing when it comes to this sort of game...

great review on both games. I love the end part where it shows the two main characters fighting each other. I bet you some fangirl is going to make some yaoi between them

I thought this was a good review as opposed to good game bashing satire we all love. No way near as funny as most videos but excellent comparison review. Weird.

I liked inFamous more than Prototype but of course its nots a major difference. If you HAD to go by critics than inFamous is currently winning.

BTW why does everyone keep referring to both as PS3 games? Its just one people, just one...

(Please devs, make the bra picture lol!)

It seems like all of inFamous's points were rewarded based on sensemaking and chronolgoy and whatnot, and since games nowadays are all about the most entertaining way to propel an innocent bystander's intestines and lungs to a distance of half a football field away from one another, I think Prototype should have won. That, and the part about the old man jumping off a building was hilarious.

ForgottenPr0digy:
great review on both games. I love the end part where it shows the two main characters fighting each other. I bet you some fangirl is going to make some yaoi between them

Only an idiot would take that bet. It's obvious.

I enjoyed this review, but I think it would have made more sense to either just do this one (and not inFamous last week) or to do two individual reviews and then do a head-to-head. Regardless, it was pretty funny.

I hope that we get to see The Conduit reviewed by Yahtzee soon!

Ahh Yahtzee, always dependable for a good laugh.

I like both games but I did find that Prototype was too similar to the Hulk game that that same developer had made some time ago. Oh it was good for sure but just a pinch to similar.

Not Carl:
since games nowadays are all about the most entertaining way to propel an innocent bystander's intestines and lungs to a distance of half a football field away from one another,

Since when?

I mean, Prototype is all about the epic beat-the-crap-outta-everything-and-then-a-little-bit-more splooge-blasting off-the-rocks fun than anything else, but that doesn't essentially make it a great game. Sure, it's fun, but only until you've grown tired of exploring the numerous alternative ways you can make people wear their asses. The plot ain't great, and I can't help but feel that they're somehow afraid this were to get pointed out so they "concealed" it by breaking it up into a million pieces and scattering them to make it 'confusing yet deep'.

So yeah, Prototype is a fun game, but it's quite limited beyond it's fighting element, which you eventually grow tired of.

Prototype gets a point for being out on PC (imnsho).

All this has taught me is that when the time comes I won't be getting a nintendo product for the next generation I'll just get sony and microsoft.

I already got prototype and my xbox is broken right now so I honestly wanted to know if I made the right choice

Emo Peter Pan? Mr. Bean if he was a mass murderer?

Oh, man. I am LOLing all over the floor right now... which would make it ROFLing, now that I think about it.

But yeah. Excellent review Yahtzee.

PS2MAN:
This is not really a Review of Prototype rather than a half assed debate. I real dissapionted this week.

Same way I feel about your grammer.

Prototype is abbasalutely incredibubble<.<.

Better animation, more upgrades and cool shockwave effects o.o...

+, you are so fucking overpowered!

I need games like Prototybe to satisfy my god complex.

LOL...didn't see this one coming

that said, his review rings true. Prototype is absolutely -great- when you're very pissed off.

PS2MAN:
This is not really a Review of Prototype rather than a half assed debate. I real dissapionted this week.

Except it's one person so it isn't a debate, and he spent a whole week doing it, so it isn't half assed.

Yahtzee was wrong about the whipfist. I hardly used it at all because it sucked except for hijacking.

Well, I must be some kind of thicky because I actually enjoyed the story of Prototype. It was one of the few to use the cliche' of Amnesia (Fun Fact: Accidentally getting powers is cliche' too) well as in you had to actually deal with it as opposed to it being some side salad dressing to add depth.

The amnesia actually makes a lot of sense when you get through the game and discover what actually happened to Alex Mercer. I had a hard time taking his annoyance at the conspiracy part being something to figure out... Well, it's a conspiracy. You have to find the puzzle pieces or it isn't really a conspiracy, just exposition wanked in your face like a bad porno. I actually enjoyed finding out what all went down by finding all the Web of Intrigue targets.

As for craftsmanship, I've seen InFamous. I wasn't exactly impressed though to Cole's credit he is a two trick pony. He can pistol shoot lightning from his hands and toss electrical grenades. The morality kick wasn't that impressive, if anything, it seems like a lackluster way to force you to play the game twice as opposed to inviting you to do so.

To be fair, I am not knocking InFamous, the only real criticism I can find is that I didn't see a targeting system and that just annoys me.

InFamous is based on a guy who gets power through an accident and then has to be Good or Evil. That isn't a set personality, that is a case of schizophrenia. Again, not bad but I wouldn't call it set as the player can dick about so Cole never knows who is or wants. That is the beauty of faffing about with morality. The missions have a great variety because he has to make moral choices, which is to its credit but morality shouldn't be a main course here and never should be.

For those seeing my Prototype bias, I apologize. I am a hands on kind of psychopath so Prototype had me anxiously waiting with school girl-esgue preprom jitters since I caught the Game Informer article teasing me about it.

Prototype follows a man who discovers that he was dead and now a monster. Sure he is confused and questioning his actions as he does them. He doesn't know who or what he is, just that somebody needs to pay. I have to agree with a number of other people here, Whipfist was great but it wasn't the end all for me. You trace the lines along the Web of Intrigue to find out what is going on and who you are. Your body is agile and upgradable with health only a squishy human sippy box away. You can run around in tanks or helicopters and as Croshaw pointed out, there are a ton of ways to be a dick in a most cathartic way.

Sure the events and missions weren't excessively varied but I honestly am glad for that. You're a walking biohazard with the powers to maim and destroy life on a scale that makes me squee, which is not something I do often. Not much else to expect. You aren't there to faff about your morals, you are there to kick ass, kick some more ass, take a breather by being a jerk, then kick some more ass in creative fashions. The story had me interested and I found myself scouring the city for those Web of Intrigue targets in the post game and actually delighted that somebody used Amnesia as a game mechanic that helps the story instead of a BS flavor crystal on a wad of nasty gum.

/rabbling

Funny as usual but one thing that bothers me...

Did you mention the idea of a supervillian game on 10th day of the 29th month of the year 2008 or has Australia (and yerself) given up on common sense and started to use the bizarre mixed up method of writing dates?

'IMO Prototype, mostly won in the categories that actually mattered.'image

My opinion is thus :

Schadenfruede is the only reason nearly any of us play sandbox games.
Just the same as the amount of people we can reduce to pulp with bullets is the reason we play FPS(es)

in the InFamous demo i played, I spent as much time as I could zapping civilians, throwing cars around with electro-shockwaves, blowing up gas stations (well, the one gas station) and generally being a dick.
Especially when you can shock a snivelling, pleading old woman halfway down the street, shock her, heal her, shock her to death (again), blow up her corpse with an "electrobomb" (that somehow hurts you, even though it's ELECTRICITY, Cole's new bestest buddy evrar) then suck the life out of anyone nearly killed by that blast. Or trap someone who was nearly killed by the blast. The use varieties of electro killing for the ultimate teabag.

Anyway, my point being, is that you can kill people in numerous flavours of zappy zappy in InFamous, and itt's great fun, but lacking variety. In Prototype, however, you can do the following:
Whips
Blades
Guns
Tanks
Helicopters
Smashy smashy big fists
Superpowered Wresling moves
Consuming
Bodyboarding the way a skateboarder would skateboard.
Spikes from the floor
Explosives
Tricking soldiers into killing their mates.
Probably others too

In other words, I really, really, want Prototype. Just so you can kill people using the following:

Whips
Blades
Guns
Tanks....

You get the idea :D

EDIT: Oh, and I want to consume/eat then become a pimp, or guy with a hat too :D
PLAYING WITH SUPERPOWERS AND HATS WOULD BE THE BEST! *cough*

Well, at least he doesn't pick favorites.

rpxadair: Prototype had its teaser article in Game Informer in August of 07 and it was being worked on a good deal of time before that. So to be safe, Yahtzee would have needed to have his idea in 06 to be ahead.

mike1921:

ForgottenPr0digy:
great review on both games. I love the end part where it shows the two main characters fighting each other. I bet you some fangirl is going to make some yaoi between them

Only an idiot would take that bet. It's obvious.

well I'm that idiot who is going to take the bet. I bet sooner or later it will come out. because of rule 34

hmmm which company will get their picture in first?

Wow, I thought Yahtzee would go for inFamous over Prototype. But I think he's right in hat neither game can claim to be decisvely better than the other. They're both flawed, but I think Prototype has more challenge to it in the longer term.

I hope the creators do send those picture and they are not some bullshit photoshoped ones that I'm going to go make now.

Alphavillain:
Wow, I thought Yahtzee would go for inFamous over Prototype. But I think he's right in hat neither game can claim to be decisvely better than the other. They're both flawed, but I think Prototype has more challenge to it in the longer term.

I think it is one of those Niche type of things. If you want variety of plot/events, go for InFamous (assuming you have a PS3.) If you want to kill things horribly and do a bit of investigating to learn all the plot, play Prototype. They both could get better with a bit of mingling of concept from each other...

And that last sentence is all but summoning yaoi... Kill me now or later or just give me a stern reprimand.

/facepalm

web of intrigue is a ORIGINAL and a fucking brilliant concept.

yahtzee is dead wrong on the combat. the whipfist does shitty damage against tank + other heavy enemies and is used mostly for sweeping a cluster of small troops, and what is he talking about never using objects against your enemies??? has he even played the fucking game?!.

prototype should get an extra point for not jumping the good/evil bandwagon like every other game nowadays.

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