This is the sequel that should've never been made. It's a good game, sure, solid gameplay, neat story, but not a good sequel. In fact, I dare to say that it's a horrible sequel. And the thing that bothers me the most is the ending. I would rather pick between Blue, Red and Green (ME3) than seeing again how Prototype 2 ends.
Prototype 2 Review
Prototype 2 on the PC is almost identical to its console counterparts, which makes for a brutal and exciting adventure.
- Empowering movement mechanics
- A huge variety of deadly attacks
- Incentives for experimenting
- Collectibles are fun to hunt down
- Solid port.
- Almost no challenge
- Contains little that hasn't been seen before
- Keyboard and mouse controls are clunky.
A solid port is nothing to scoff at. Prototype 2 finally makes its way to the PC after debuting on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in April, and the transition has been kind to this brutal open-world adventure. The biggest difference between this version and its console brethren is the slightly improved visuals. Greater draw distance and a higher frame rate showcase your murderous rampage in a more impressive light. Because the technical aspects have been translated with nary a hitch, it's easy to lose yourself in the destructive glee of this unrepentant sequel. Prototype 2 isn't the least bit novel, but it's so utterly ridiculous that it's hard to wipe the smile from your face.
One thing you should keep in mind is that Prototype 2 is at its best with a controller. The fast-paced fighting and empowering exploration come together seamlessly when you have a couple of analog sticks and responsive buttons. If you're using a keyboard, you can still blow through the papier-mache enemies, but the actions don't play out as smoothly. Holding down three keys to glide through the city takes a bit of finger gymnastics, and zeroing in on one attacker in a crowd is even tougher with a mouse. It's easy enough to get used to these quirks with a little practice, but Prototype 2 doesn't feel as as natural with a keyboard and mouse.
In contrast to the devil-may-care attitude showcased in the majority of the adventure, the story does take itself seriously. A military force has quarantined a major metropolis under the guise of protecting citizens from a viral outbreak, but their occupancy is far from altruistic. In reality, they are conducting bioweapon research, and the people are just unlucky cattle being led to slaughter. It's a morbid situation that makes it satisfying to kill your opposition--defense contractor Blackwatch--as you hunt down the higher-ups who ordered this atrocity.
The initial rush you feel when the central plot comes into focus dissipates as you learn more about the conspiracy. Evil stereotypes permeate the cast of characters, but even though there's proper motivation to murder them all, you rarely feel as if you understand whom you're tracking down. Scenes of redemption toward the end of the story breathe life into some of these individuals, but by that point you won't even care what happens to the villains. While character development is lacking, the storytelling is interesting. Most of the dirty details surface when you consume certain people, and the flashes of memory piece together a terrifying puzzle about the inner machinations of power-obsessed heretics who rarely question their horrific actions.
Dialogue-rich sequences explain your objectives before each mission. Plentiful swearing and unrestrained anger highlight most of these conversations, and the vulgar cutscenes force the carefree action to take a backseat far too often. Furthermore, protagonist James Heller holds his hand to his ear and slowly walks around when a contact talks to him, contrasting wildly with the crazed sprinting and leaping that make up his normal locomotion. Problems with the story aside, the artistic style used in the many cutscenes is certainly eye-catching. High-contrast black and white with flashes of color (blue eyes, red flames) add a dramatic pitch to the proceedings. This style is also used when your health gets low in combat and does a great job of communicating your struggles without obscuring your view.
Prototype 2 takes place in an open-world environment where you can run wherever you wish without artificial barriers reining you in. From the moment you're set loose, you don't need any urging to sprint through this city gone to ruin. Movement is free-flowing and empowering. Running up the sides of buildings, bounding down blocks in a single leap, and gliding like a manic flying squirrel make for quicker transport than a tired vehicle ever could, and the unabashed joy of careening through this virus-plagued town is hard to deny. Things do become a little tricky when precision is necessary, though thankfully you rarely have to move with exactitude. Instead, you sprint pell-mell until you crave the sweet satiation of your bloodthirst, and in a snap you're beating a poor sucker so badly his mother wouldn't be able to recognize him.
The convergence of movement and combat makes for instances of unrepentant brutality. While gliding over occupied streets, you might spy a fear-mongering soldier down below. Lock on to him from your safe vantage in the sky, and with a tap of a button, grab his squirming body before he has a chance to scream for help. With one more tap of a button, you can pound him into the unforgiving cement, hurl him into his fellow troops, or infect him with a viral bomb that causes him to explode in a fountain of blood, and then flee from the scene as if you were never there.
There's little reason to perform such an act other than the delicious enjoyment you get from tormenting those weaker than you. As your opposition becomes better equipped and more plentiful, the door opens for even more ridiculous sequences of gleeful violence. Like an anthropomorphic arrow of hatred, you propel yourself from tormenting tanks on the ground to hellfire helicopters in the air, mashing them into a flaming ball or ripping off their imposing guns to lay waste to those stupid enough to tag along beside them. Eventually, you gain the ability to pilot these craft, and though moving is slow going compared to the chaotic sprinting you're used to, it's a fair trade-off considering the impressive firepower you're given access to. Destruction exists everywhere in Prototype 2; you just have to decide in what way you want those who challenge you to perish.
this part of the review "Almost no challenge" is what you really feel through the game,in fights all you need is block and attack and if you do it randomly ,still you might be able to kill those mega bosses !
I loved the first game and had hih hopes for the sequel.
But to my regret there are inexcusable flaws in Prototype 2. Flaws that should not have been there after Radical experienced making the first game.
First I have to say the game world looks much, much better than in the first game. The lighting is good, the world is well constructed etc. Nothing wrong there.
The PC port is quite clumsy as far as typical pc controls are concerned. I can not even use the extra buttons on my gaming mouse. That never happened to me. Even the worst of ports allowed me to use my peripherals anyway I would like.
The biggest flaw is the games AI.
The AI is very, very, very disappointing. I had high hopes because to feel like a godlike being you need an audience that reacts appropriately. The first game failed in that respect and the second game feels even more, because it is a second game and they should and could have repaired this. They knew about the problem because it was already mentioned in reviews about the first game.
Just like the review states no one reacts like a real human would. You can fly through the sky, walk the sides of buildings, drop from the sky etc. and the population does not even acknowledge it. Enemy soldiers are incredible morons and easily mislead. Even if you jump of a building in their midst they show no reaction.
Never is there a moment you feel any excitement when you are chased. The result is that your bubble of feeling like a godlike mutant is popped immediately, because the game world and its inhabitants constantly tell you this is just a game you can't lose.
I understand now why Activision decided to kill Radical off. This game could have been sooo much better with a decent AI. This is just not good enough, not after that promising first game with exactly the same flaws.
It is a pity, because I still believe this is a very promising IP with endless possibilities. They just need a good developer to use these possibilities.
I think 7.5 is a good rating for this game. It is fun to play, but it is not good enough for an 8. If the AI would have been like it should have been I would have rated this at least an 8.5, perhaps even a 9. Because I consider the AI as it is almost game breaking and immersion breaking.
First of all, what you mean by Al? (never heard of that phrase before).
Anyway, I personally prefer using mouse and keyboard; I, do not have a special mouse and I still find it very easy to play this game on PC compare to using controller. I think this comes down how good you are with mouse and keyboard. Some people are naturally good with controllers and some people are just born to use mouse and keyboard. I have a game console as well but I prefer to play all my games on my PC. Play Counter strike source; that will seriously improve your skills for using mouse and keyboard, trust me.
I often play this game while having my food, and I have still managed :)
It is like playing Piano, 'the more you practice, the better you get'.
This game has improved massively, the visual effect and depth of the colours are just fantastic. I would give this game a rating of 9 because it has improved so much better than the first one(the first one was amazing as well).
The storyline is just brilliant! with those monsters chasing you etc...
This game is somewhat realistic, it is partially like GTA 4(seriously realistic) but a bit better I think, afterall, this is a game and if it gets too real, it gets boring...
As you have mentioned that the soldiers are "are incredible morons and easily mislead. Even if you jump of a building in their midst they show no reaction." The military soldiers have to somewhat act stupid in a way due to the fact that if they are set to hign alert, whenever you fly pass a helicopter or run past a tank, you would get shot all the time and sometimes it gets annoying! For example, you have just completed a mission at one of the military bases, and as you come out, there are 3 super soldiers, 4 tanks, 3 helicopters and lets not forget about the soldiers with rocket lauchers! If you try run up a building or something, they shoot you down and if they play like we 'humans' do then we would die easily. Video games can not be too realistic.
San andreas(you might have played it) was really cool back in the days, if they made it for example, last year! with better visual technology etc, it would be amazing! I'm not saying GTA 4 is bad(it is brilliant), am just using it as an example.
In conculsion, it depends on how you play and not how the games works, am not trying to say you're a terrible player or anything! Different games have their pros and cons, I NEVER look at a games negative side because what is the point? You will just not enjoy the game as much; different games are all unnique on their own ways.
Nearly all the people I know love this game but some don't, they say that 'It is difficult to operate' but that just depends on one's skills on using the mouse and keyboard or the controller.
I read that they are planning onto making a 3rd one, but that will be in the future!
P.S. Am not trying to say anything negative about you.
@aaad2 You say some are just born to play with controllers and some with mouse and keyboard. Thats the stupidest thing i heard. Everyone can use mouse, its just moving ur hand and the arrow goes exactly where you move your arm. Control takes much practice, moving a joystick with only your tumb and you gotta choose to have low sencetivety to be precice or high sensetivity and be able to turn around fast in game, but then its impossible to aim distance. You can compare it to taking a broomstick on ur mouse and try to control it with your feet. Only advantage you have using a controller is that you can lay back in the coach with a soda and relaaxxxx. Also are you bragging about eating and playing at the same time,,,,, I see,,,,,, ur a virgin =/
'AI' = Artificial Intelligence.
It is what makes the world react to what you as a player are doing. The problem in Prototype 2 is exactly the same as it was in the first game. The AI is very limited in how it reacts to your actions. If you for example fly in to a military base and drop from the sky in front of a dozen soldiers they do not react at all. The only thing you have to do is wear a military disguise. As long as you do that nobody thinks it is weird you fly around, jump off buildings etc. etc.
Another problem is the way switching between disguises lowers alert levels, even if you switch back immediately, or even if you switch to your Heller form, who is supposed to be the A-List wanted mutant in this game.
Another example is that when you fall from the sky in the streets or on a roof were common people are they do not react scared, they do not panic, but they tell you not to bother them, or something like that. It is absurd. I think all this is immersion breaking. The AI for a game like this has to be of a much better quality.
As far as mouse and keyboard are concerned, I also do prefer to use them. I never said I was unable to control the game with them. I am also very proficient with these peripherals. I should be as I have been gaming with them for at least 4 decades (yes, I am ancient :)).
What I did say was that the game is very limited in mouse and keyboard support. Certain function are for example not re-mappable at all, and the game does not support the extra buttons of my G700 gaming mouse, which is a first for me. Even 10 year old games support this Logitech mouse. But Prototype 2 does not.
So this means this simply is a bad port. A modern game should enable a gamer to remap EVERY single function to every key or button he chooses. And a modern game should certainly support gaming mice with extra buttons in general.
To my dismay bad ports are very common these days. The weird thing is that Prototype 1 did not have these problems. So, my conclusion is that the sequel got worse in this respect.
Do not take me wrong. I still enjoy playing the game, but its unnecessary flaws do diminish the fun. This is a sequel and the first game had much of the same problems. To me it is incomprehensible that they did not learn from the mistakes in Prototype 1.
You said "I NEVER look at a games negative side because what is the point?". Well the point is that one can learn from flaws. And when you notice the flaws you learn what is important for you in a game. You learn what you like and dislike. For me it is not something I can switch off. I always analyze the games I play, the books I read, the movies I watch etc. To me this is second nature.
If it is true what you are saying, and there will be a third game then I will probably buy that one too. I won't pay 50 bucks for it though, well... that is... unless they correct the most important flaws of the game.
Thank you Tom Mc Shea for saying right from the get go whether or not it was better with a controller or mouse and keyboard. I agree and prefer the controller.
What people need to realize is that when you have a system you want to game with you need to make sure your hardware meets the requirements. You must also think of what will be running on your system. My speps are Intel i7 960 3.2 GHz, EVGA X58 4-way SLI Classified Motherboard, (2) EVGA GTX 460 Super Clocked Extternal Exhaust, 24 GB DDR3 G.Skill Sniper 1600MHz, Silverstone Strider 1500 Watt Power Supply. Games to date even with my hardware being out of date don't give me issues. Just make sure you build it with a little more bang so you don't have to spend more cash!
I would politely disagree with this review. They fixed a few things from the XBOX version and it's not as bad as this McShea guy says. You don't even have to be a Prototype franchise fan to rate this 8 or 8.5. It isn't a 9, but it definitely is an 8.
To many semi-biased looking, inconclusive review the last few months. I guess everyone has to make money to sustain their way of living, but no, not on your reader`s expense.
Over and out.
very satisfied with this, better visuals also, this game does exactly what it says on the tin, story, gore, and super powers against a horde of enemies, i have a midrange gaming PC and it runs flawlessly 8/10
The hell are you people talking about a bad port this game runs perfectly, it just might be your dual cores or core2duos aren't enough.
"Keyboard and mouse controls are clunky."
That's not a con. Why the hell would you try to play this with the keyboard and mouse?
Mc Shea writes the best reviews.
Also, I stopped caring about Prototype's storyline when I realized that everything the 1 was building up to was just throwed away.
Pariah? Greene's son and probably the perfect being? Nah, forget it! Let's just write about an angry guy with a cliche backstory and let's turn Mercer into something with the personality and emotional depth of a door. An evil door. Yeah, that works.
"One thing you should keep in mind is that Prototype 2 is at its best with a controller."
Seriously? So what you are saying is that they broke the game even more? I played Prototype 1 with mouse and keyboard, it was perfect. Didn't have any issues whatsoever and it was way better than crappy gamepad.
But then again reviewer sounds like a console player who occasionally plays WOW and some random PC game when forced to review. Go and see Total Biscuits review of this game. The visuals actually look worse than the first game, not to mention the broken mouse controls.
This game should get 5/10 on PC but it is OK, unlike the 99% of the PC population who plays games with a frakin keyboard and mouse combo, this reviewer plays with gamepad. So the game gets 7.5 despite breaking controls for majority of PC gamers.
This is why I just read PC reviews on console sites like Gamespot and IGN for lulz now.
@desmasic There's no way in hell that Prototype 1 plays better with the keyboard and mouse. Only ignorant PC snobs stubbornly refuse to use controllers in games where it makes sense. Computers had joysticks long before consoles were invented.
@fjawodfc You should first learn the difference between a controller and a joystick before calling someone "ignorant"
@desmasic can i agree more? no. consoles are for losers who do not appreciate games.
@crysisftw a hater who doesn't have a console & is discomforted by the fact that the ever-evolving gaming industry is making games more & more suited for the consoles coz that's the future. There's no harm in mouse & keyboard whatsoever..but games which feel NATURAL with both come out oh-so rarely. Mouse-Keyboard games are perfect mostly for shooters..not when u have got a plethora of moves like in Prototype & God of War. It'll never feel natural. & right now even PS3-X360 is becoming outdated in the favor of a new technology for the next gen games. Consoles are the future. Get over it.
What does he mean with the solid port? Its a terrible port. Just wacth totalbiscuits WTF about this game. BRoken controls abyssmal textures terrible FPS. Nearly as bad as it gets. WHen a PC game has broken M/K controls- thats a solid port?
Its a classic console garbage port
@edinko I've heard some say it runs great and is a good port, while some people such as yourself are pointing out the complete opposite. Guess it's acting differently across different hardware, or something like that.
To Mr. McShea, I love the quote from the review summary, "almost no challenge." Hilarious! Also, it shows that you're a true old school gamer. Love it.
A "solid port"? The mouse has control issues - stuttering due to FPS variations, and a really loose track behind the character. Textures are below standard, even worse than many in Prototype 1 (some are just smudgy colors). There are quests in the main storyline that bug for some people, preventing them from moving on in the story at all. Some people get atrocious performance, others can't even start the game due to crashing. The video options make little real difference in how the game looks or plays. Solid ports make the game being ported feel like a PC game, *not* a port.
Add to all of that the completely pointless challenges you encounter in the city - tossing barrels into an incinerator while Blackwatch shoot at you with rocket launchers... just so you can beat a timer and get awarded a medal. WTF? And this comprises over half of the content in the game - performing pointless exercise after pointless exercise, totally out-of-character.
This game is inferior in nearly every way to Prototype 1.
@Jaga_Telesin I'm sorry you had a different experience than I did. That's one of the dangers of PC reviews--different hardware yields different results. I didn't encounter any bugs or frame rate drops (once I stopped using FRAPS), and the textures looked fine on my system. As I pointed out, this game is much better with a controller, so switch over if you can.
@TomMcShea Can you please share us your system specs?? I have the following PC and am getting only 25-28 fps :( Core 2 duo e8400 3.2ghz,3gb ram,Asus GTS 450 !
@RockmasteR-_- I never said what would be faster..I said what would be enough to run the game -_- cheers mate!
As you can see from this test 6gb-8gb is the sweet spot for ram.As you can see the FPS has improved,to many people trying to talk about things they just dont know about.@The guy saying no games use more than 1.5 your the one talking crap..http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/buckybit/list-of-native-64-bit-pc-games/46-57269/ this is a list of native 64 bit games there are also MANY newer games that have large address aware meaning on a 64 system they can use 4gb just for the game i have skyrim with the HD textures and some mods and it uses around 3gb just for the game and my overall ram usage is upto 6+,Saints row 3,wow,sims 3 and others can all use more than 1.5gb IF you have more spare.
I NEVER said 4 gig wasnt enough to play but if you WANT the BEST performance IE FPS, load times,less lag,large levels without load jerking ETC 6gb to 8gb is better.
@Frozone007 a card is not measured in the video memory it has a GTX 560 Ti 1 GB card much faster than the GTS 450 1 GB
@MADPADDY RAM have nothing to do with fps, it could prevent lag like when a character turns around, noticeable in first person shooters
but to say that RAM will increase the game's frames per second is not accurate at alljust have 3 Gig RAM a Core 2 Duo and a GTX 550 Ti and you'll be playing Max Payne 3 on high DX11and that's my system
I don't think Prototype 2 will be a problem running on these specs, only if it's a real mess
@addicted2050 4 GB is mighty fine u just need enough processing power..3 Ghz shud be enough with i5 & a 1 GB card :)
@fjawodfc I think the only idiot is maybe you,maybe the Znet tech guy is an idiot aswell.Im not even going to argue with someone who starts off with childish name calling.
@MADPADDY "all modern PC games at there best with the fastest load times and the best FPS you need a min 6gigs"
You're an idiot. That's a complete load of crap. No game uses more than about 1.5 GB. Having more than 4 makes no difference unless you have TONS of things running in the background.
@addicted2050 The tech guy on ZNET recommends 8gig for gaming rigs.http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/how-much-ram-do-i-need/17491 and here http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/do-i-really-need-8gb-of-ram/16742
@addicted2050 By the way im assuming you have 64bit windows ??,otherwise windows 32 bit will never use more than 3.6gig.
@MADPADDY W00t, used that program, and realized only around 1200 MB is left available for use by Windows, putting the rest on standby. Off to the local shop to buy more RAM, haha.
@MADPADDY Ah, great, okay then. Gonna go get another 4GB stick, thanks for explaining how that works.
@addicted2050 You will hardly ever see windows using all your ram it always saves some,so the more ram you have the more it uses,example 4 gig it will save some around 1 gig so its using 3 all the time but saving some for other shit.If you have 6gig it uses say 5gig and saves 1gig etc,i have 8 gig and it shows 6-7 gig in use when gaming.Give this program a go it shows you how windows uses your ram.http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/amd-system-monitor/Pages/overview.aspx
@BloodMist You can run on 4gig but if you want to play all modern PC games at there best with the fastest load times and the best FPS you need a min 6gigs.Why do you think all power PC users have more ?? most have 16gig.He can already play the game im telling him what he needs minimum to play most games at good FPS,and im sorry to say you have no idea what your taliking about.
@MADPADDY Er, is 6 GB RAM really required for gaming? I thought 4 GB was fine as I've never seen it being fully used. Been holding out on upgrading to more RAM as I heard 4 GB is fine for games. :|
@MADPADDY 6 gigs?You're outta your damned mind, sorry to say.
@ganesh69 Your Pc is low to middle spec,your cpu isnt too bad but you need much more ram, min 6gig for gaming and your GPU is not very good you need a minimum Hd5850 or GTX560 even Nvidia call your card Entry level. http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/geforce_family_uk.html
@Jaga_Telesin It's not an honest review