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  • Summary: You are Alex Mercer, the Prototype: a shapeshifter with amazing powers of combat, destruction, and deception. Consume targets for their form and memories to assume a perfect disguise, or instantly transform your body into an array of deadly biological weapons, cutting your way to the heart of the conspiracy forty years in the making. Stalk the streets of New York City, searching for the life you lead before. Take the form of anyone in your path, using an arsenal of identities to confound, exploit or annihilate your enemies. Mankind is your mask. Wage a secret war against factions with complex agendas of their own, out to capture or kill you. They are your greatest threat and the key to the secrets of your past. Confront them, find those responsible and make them pay. Shapeshifting: Attack with brutal and devastating powers; instantly triggering hundreds of power combinations (Attack, Defensive and Sensory). Disguise: Assume the perfect disguise by transforming into any character and assuming the victim's powers, skills and abilities. New York City is your hunting ground! Jam-packed, vibrant, fully interactive city filled with thousands of people and enemies out to destroy you. Delve to the bottom of a conspiracy that has haunted the American government for decades. Who is responsible for your condition? Only you can find out! Expand
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Prototype is one of the best games to release this generation and is definitely the best game to drop in 2009 (so far). Outside of the lackluster stealth and disguising mechanic, the brutal combat, huge open-world, varied challenges, and utterly satisfying gameplay makes this a must-have title for any serious gamer's collection. Get ready to put your life on hold!
  2. Damn it – Prototype is just fun. The combat is visceral, the movement is fluid and fast, and the storyline is just good enough to keep you going. Wrap that in a great control system and tack on the feeling of ever-expanding power and you have a game that fires on all cylinders. Few games manage to balance their end-game without resorting to cheap numbers games – Prototype manages to pull you in all the way until the revealing end.
  3. This open-world action game set in Manhattan is proof that even viral outbreaks can be incredibly fun if they're done right.
  4. Prototype is really all about player empowerment, ramping up the number and intensity of larger-than-life superhero abilities consistently as you go. If you've ever harbored fantasies about soaring over skyscrapers and going on destructive urban rampages involving wantonly thrown automobiles--and who among us hasn't, really--odds are you'll find a lot to like about this game.
  5. As far as we know there’s no other game on the market that allows you to swallow a human for health, while being chased by a mutant twice your size, hurl a car at a helicopter, hijack a tank, cleave a soldier in twain with an enormous biological blade, transform into an invulnerable steel behemoth, tear apart vehicles with your bare hands, stealth consume and mimic any NPC in the city, and run up the walls of any building in Manhattan. Surely that’s got to count for something, right?
  6. Expectations were high for Prototype. Based on what we saw before the release this was logical. In the end, the game turned out to be pretty good, but nowhere near what we expected. The developer did a good thing with respect to the awesome action, the superb superpowers and the chaos in New York, but failed to deliver a decent story. Also, we’re disappointed with the amount of variation in the game.
  7. If you’re willing to put up with its annoying design issues, drab appearance, and second-hand feel, you might find that, like a shirt with different-lengthed sleeves, Prototype holds up so long as no one looks too closely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 86
  2. Negative: 9 out of 86
  1. Jul 2, 2011
    I thought this was one of the best games I've played in a long time. There is something about defying gravity... I did not see any of the negatives others spoke about. I found the accuracy spot on and I didn't feel the graphics suffered whatsoever. Movement was smooth and natural. The ability to go anywhere in the city in 3D is so much better than those games where they lead you by the one way maze. I highly recommend it. Expand
  2. MarkVandenB.
    Jun 11, 2009
    Shapeshifting. Brutal combat. Stealth. The Patsy... awesome game!
  3. AdamB.
    Jun 18, 2009
    A real fun game. Any flaws can be easily overlooked because of the sheer mayhem, power, and crazy fun it is to play one powerful dark anti-hero. The only people who I can see having a problem with this are graphics-junkies, casual gamers, and people who can't quite ever get used to the controls. A great game: go get it! Expand
  4. EricB.
    Jun 14, 2009
    Prototype is a game that has a large concept, and achieves it partially. It's action-packed from beginning to end, and it gives us something we haven't really seen for a couple of years, and that's quality fun. The gameplay: At first when you play Prototype you feel overwhelmed by it's greatness. The powers and abilities are over-the-top. The parkour is absolutely amazing, and it's just excellent feeling like Alex Mercer. But then as you dig deeper, the game shows off it's biggest issue, and that's repetition. For example, the whip fist power is fun and cool to use if you want to take down choppers, but as you use the same methods OVER and OVER again, you begin to lose the thrill the power once had. The same applies to all moves and powers. Story: The story is slightly linear but it engages you through a few unexpected twists and does a decent job of delivering, even if the rest of the cut-scenes after the intro are slightly mediocre. Presentation: This is a hard thing to talk about because the presentation is so mixed. Alex's animations are excellent, some of the opposition he faces have great animation and all in all in that department it's great. The city on the other hand failed to completely impress me. The shadowing is decent, but some of the textures look downright awful. The building do have a fair amount of detail up close in comparison to other games, but the clipping errors, the over gloominess, and the lack of New York atmosphere ruins some parts of the game. Gameplay: 9 Story: 8 Presentation: 7 8 out of 10. Expand
  5. MarvinC
    Jun 27, 2009
    It's a good game that's all I really have to say about it. The story is decent but it's so pointless to even care about the characters there's almost zero development for them. The graphics on the PC are acceptable but the ones for the console are way too unpolished it's fine graphics don't make the game but they should have used the opening cinema pre rendered cutscene for all of the other cutscenes so it would have looked better. As for the gameplay it's pretty fun although it's a bit repetitive. Some of the controls are very unintuitive such as cannonball how on earth do they expect me to press square and circle and hold it in the middle of a heated battle? The side missions besides infiltration feel tacked on like time trials and kill as many enemies as you can. Also some parts make little to no sense such as one fight where Alex can get stunned by a stun baton. Overall it's a good game however it suffers what Assassins Creed and many sandbox games suffer from as well and that's being reptitive. Overall buy it if you must but I would suggest renting it. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2010
    as far as sandbox games go this is an ok game, i would recommend that someone interested in this game go out and buy infamous instead, after playing both games its definitely the way to go and the graphics are much better Expand
  7. Nickb
    Jun 10, 2009
    Game is so boring, crap graphics, ok gameplay, no multiplayer.

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