Yeah, Hello there. I’ve been asking this question as well. Is Prototype Underrated?
Today I will be talking about what is, in my opinion, one of 2009’s most criminally underrated game, Prototype. I’ve played this game for hours, I even did a 100% completion run. It’s a shame that this game isn’t getting a third iteration anytime soon (or never for that matter), even though the first two games did relatively well, critical and sales-wise. I’ll be talking about one of my favorite games of 2009, and why it is still definitely a must-play game today.
Sooo about this game..
Prototype is a third person style, open world, action-adventure game developed by Radical Entertainment, and published by Activision. It was released on June 9, 2009 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. PS4 and Xbox One versions were released on July 14, 2015 as a bundle with the second game, with seperate versions released the next month.
Set in Manhattan, New York, Prototype follows Alex Mercer (above), a powerful, godly shapeshifting superhuman with no memory of who or why he was, as he stops the outbreak of Blacklight, a deadly virus that turns living creatures into mutated zombie-monsters. During his mission, Alex must also work to uncover his past, his involvement with the outbreak, whilst also battling the military and a secret operations force called Blackwatch. Pretty cool stuff.
Prototype was a commercial and critical success, being praised for its originality, story, and gameplay. A sequel (which I’ll definitely be writing about soon) was released 2012.
Prototype’s gameplay is sandbox-oriented, meaning you can freely roam Manhattan when not on a mission. The map itself is fairly big, with the whole borough of Manhattan as the locale. When on free roam, you can access a lot of challenges, whether it be a time trial, kill x number of enemies, protect x number of “allies” (loosely), and many more. There’s also optional targets that will help you complete your “Web of Intrigue”. Basically, you eat these people and you gain more understanding of who you are, and what’s happening that is not in your story.
You also have superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability. You’re basically Superman with the flu. On top on that, you can consume other creatures (mainly both monsters and humans) to gain health and mess up their day. On top of top of that, if you ever consume a human being, civilian (horrible!) or military, you gain their likeness. You can turn into a police officer, a military guy, or even some guy who is minding his own business. You can use these disguises to evade the military, or inflltrate their base, so you can say hi while wrecking it from the inside.
Besides your obvious superhuman hacks, you also have access to “powers”. 6 offensive ones, 2 defensive ones, which will aid you greatly in your quest. You unlock these as you go along the story, and some can be bought via upgrades, which reminds me. You can upgrade yourself in this game via Evolution Points, which you gain by making others’ life a living hell. Upgrades include powers that are not unlocked via story, additional combos for your attacks, additional health, speed, strength, and jumping height. Basically you’re getting more hacks.
Oh look, more powers..
Remember earlier when I said that Alex can shapeshift into others’ likeness? Well, wouldn’t you like to know he can turn his whole body into a weapon as well! He can turn his arms into large claws, overly large fists, a whip, arms that can massively increase his already ridiculous strength, and a freaking sword. He can also create a shield to help block damage, and coat his entire body in armor that greatly reduces damage taken. He has it all!
He can also run very fast, jump very high, do parkour, climb up buildings, run up buildings, lift a car, lift a person by the neck with one arm, drive a tank, drive a helicopter, jump down from very high places, and many more. Try looking for the Empire State Building and jump from there. :p
Who wants to stop this guy?
Yup, there are still some who want to fight this guy. At the start of the game you’re pretty weak (well not really), so you’ll mostly fight police officers, and the occasional military personnel. As you progress, you’ll encounter different types of enemies, raging from military guys, tanks, helicopters, and super-soldiers. Yes, that’s a thing. Infected enemies include the pushover zombies, the not-so pushover zombies, tentacles that just burst of out the ground for no reason, and big, bald, gorilla-like creatures called Hunters.
You will face two opposing factions: the US Military (we all know what they do) and Blackwatch, a covert, special ops unit that specializes in biochemical and nuclear warfare. and the Infected. The military is not really a threat to you, but they can drive tanks and helicopters that are somewhat of a threat to you.
Blackwatch on the other hand, can be a threat to you if you lull around, as aside from having what the military has, they have viral detectors that can detect a Prototype even when he/she’s disguised, antibodies that will hurt them if they remain within their distance, and super-soldiers. These guys are infected with the virus to some extent, but not enough to turn them into mindless zombies and still give them superhuman strength, speed, and agility. Good thing they don’t have what you have, huh?
The other faction is the Infected, which you’re kinda a part of. You will see them the most in this game, as they proliferate throughout Manhattan as you course through the game. You will encounter the aforementioned zombies, Hunters, and Hydras, which are tentacle monsters, basically.
There’s also boss fights, which are always awesome. You’ll face a super-super soldier, a large blob, a large Hunter, and a smart, super-Hunter. That’s all what I’m going to give you as I don’t want to spoil the fun. 😉
Some enemies are fairly difficult for you to deal with, especially in the earlier parts of the game. Once you reach the later stages though, most, if not all of the enemies will just be petty annoyances. That’s how powerful you’ll become by the end, it’s ridiculous.
Definitely a must, must, MUST play, especially if you’re a fan of open world, sandbox style games. The graphics are great, gameplay is splendid, voice acting is decent, and story is very original. The medium sized rendition of Manhattan is spot on, you’ll see famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Trump Building, the One Chase Manhattan Plaza, the Conde Nast Building, the Metlife Building, the One New York Plaza, and the New York Life Building, among others.
Overall a great game, can’t wait to play it again later, it’s a must buy. 😉
Here are some more screenshots of this game in action (so awesome!):
(All screenshots are from Steam version)
How do I get Prototype?
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