Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. Apr 24, 2012
    Prototype 2 is not perfect and there are a few things which need to do a better job next game - like the lack of variation in missions - , but nonetheless this is one of the most visceral, spectacular and brutal sandboxes out there. A far better videogame than its predecessor.
  2. May 4, 2012
    All in all, Prototype 2 does a good job of creating an interesting combat engine, but falls short visually, in story-telling, and general mission design. Assuming that you are geared for some mindless death and dismemberment, this is a good way to spend the time until the new releases hit the open market.
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    It's over the top mindless fun and god help me, I couldn't get enough of the gameplay. The story… hmmm, not so much. Turn off your brain and have a blast.
  4. Apr 24, 2012
    This is chaotic, visceral fun at its best that will easily please action fans the gorehounds alike. Prototype 2 is a brutal blockbuster that improves over the original in every way.
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    There's a dazzling seamlessness to every aspect of Prototype 2. You feel it as you traverse the world, sprinting powerfully up buildings, bounding high into the air just as you reach the lip of the roof and then transitioning with a tap of the right trigger into a glide that will take you to the next rooftop.
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    Prototype 2 is an extraordinary, mature action game. And bloody as hell to boot.
  7. May 17, 2012
    Prototype 2 is one of those games that makes you feel like the ultimate badass. Radical Entertainment knows how to do destruction in a great way. They might not know how to tell a good story, but they sure know how to make an extremely entertaining experience.
  8. Apr 24, 2012
    Prototype 2 is a sequel that far surpasses its predecessor with an interesting character, good storytelling, and a lot of gratuitous violence.
  9. Apr 24, 2012
    Prototype 2 feels like a well-heard response to fan feedback, addressing nearly every issue from the original.
  10. May 10, 2012
    Overall, I'd say Prototype 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original game. It improves on some key areas, has an intriguing plot, very good voice acting, and is a blast to play. However, its formula can get old after a while and there are some nagging control and camera issues as well. It's a bit lacking in replay value, but is a must-have for anyone who enjoyed the first game.
  11. May 21, 2012
    There won't be much left of the city when you're done with it, but you can be sure you had a lot of fun. James Heller is a pissed off hero, but he lets you get the job done in style.
  12. 90
    In many ways, Prototype 2 is the game its predecessor should have been, and offers more of all the things the first one got right. Any fan of sandbox games should take this for a spin.
  13. May 7, 2012
    You can have some fun with it, but if you're looking for a challenging and engrossing open world game then you might be a bit disappointed.
  14. Apr 24, 2012
    A safe sequel. It doesn't add anything particularly new or inventive to the genre, but small tweaks make it more accessible than the original game. Most importantly, it's an unabashedly fun adventure that doesn't have any doubt about what it wants to be.
  15. May 8, 2012
    Unleash your super powers on New York! Run along walls, leap over buildings and battle enemies with powerful attacks. It could have been more diverse in several areas, but it's a fun romp.
  16. Apr 27, 2012
    Prototype wasn't a bad experience, but Prototype 2 builds on that framework, and provides a much richer gameplay experience. You might not replay this several times, but the main storyline provides about 12 to 15 hours of enjoyment, and the completetists out there will continue leveling Heller up long after the game is over.
  17. May 8, 2012
    While a lot of fun can be had rampaging around the city, you ultimately have to decide if you really care enough about Heller to pursue his former captors and seek revenge or just roam around the city causing mayhem. Thankfully with a vast city to explore, that choice is up to you.
  18. Apr 25, 2012
    The game has several flaws but it's extremely fun and its gameplay is so much better than the prequel.
  19. Apr 29, 2012
    It's big, dumb fun, presented in a package that might be derivative, but at least has a lot of polish. The story is forgettable, and the jumping is entertaining.
  20. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Apr 25, 2012
    The Bio-Bomb turns your enemy into a ticking time bomb. While your victim explodes into a gory mess of tendrils, tearing his colleagues apart, Heller walks away as if nothing has happened. Because everyone knows: "cool guys don't look at explosions". [May 2012, p.105]
  21. Apr 25, 2012
    It's simply not a remarkable game. Prototype 2 is good fun – nothing more, nothing less and certainly nothing memorable.
  22. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jun 12, 2012
    In the end you have a sequel that improves upon its predecessor. It's a better game in terms of presentation and content, and if you didn't play the original then you're going to rip through this with a silly smile on your face. We're not sure that it's going to hold your attention though, and that's a shame as Heller's brutal adventures are amongst the best you'll have. [June 2012, p72]
  23. A far stronger game than the original in every aspect, and a compelling counterpoint to inFamous 2, Prototype 2 is nothing less than a gore-packed sandbox masterpiece throughout. Like the nefarious Alex Mercer himself, it's absolutely worth hunting down.
  24. 80
    Prototype 2 is all about mindless combat, flying through the air, running up buildings, and cheesy dialogue. Don't expect a deep story, but get ready for a fun ride.
  25. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    May 30, 2012
    While Prototype 2's story has its faults, the game is nevertheless jam-packed with fun things to do. [July 2012, p.76]
  26. May 3, 2012
    A fine, if short, sequel to 2009's PROTOTYPE. We had quite a lot of fun playing this game, but an anticlimactic story, weak AI and the lack of a karma system keep it from becoming a masterpiece. Maybe PROTOTYPE 3 will reach the lofty heights Radical Entertainment is aiming for.
  27. PSM3 Magazine UK
    May 16, 2012
    The free-running and combat are a joy, and you'll be running around for pure fun. But an abundance of weak missions and a daft storyline get in the way all too often.
  28. Apr 26, 2012
    The experience survives on intensity and shameless entertainment. Technically, it isn't exactly overwhelming, and there are other issues that pop up here and there. But with a large variety of attacks, a nice open world, and plenty of reason to experiment with your absurd abilities, you can really lose yourself in this dark, bloody, undeniably titillating world. Just don't expect much beneath the surface.
  29. Apr 24, 2012
    Prototype 2 evolves all the good elements from the original, as if it were the Mercer virus. It still lacks something that would make it a superb game, but it is on the way: lots of action and exploration, a slight bit of stealth and a whole city to bring chaos to.
  30. May 10, 2012
    An improvement to the original, but with that everything has also been said. The story is dull, the visuals lack spirit and main character Heller is annoying as hell.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 184 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 184
  2. Negative: 32 out of 184
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    Prototype 2 is a masterpiece of open world destruction! Like killing hordes of zombies? of course you do! The game looks and soundsPrototype 2 is a masterpiece of open world destruction! Like killing hordes of zombies? of course you do! The game looks and sounds amazing. I love how many ways there are to kick serious ass! You can be sneaky stealthy ninja type or just a complete beast and charge the obstacles head on. Operate tanks, fly choppers, use tons of weapons or become the weapon. If you like open-world games, if you want to have god-like powers pick this game up now! Getting a new copy gets you Rad-net which opens up a bunch of mini games that are good-times when hanging out with a bunch of peeps. I liked being Alex Mercer, but Heller is even more bad-ass! Two thumbs up, 10 out of 10! Full Review »
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    This game is very well done. They have really improved since the last prototype and I got to admit I'm enjoying every second of it. If someoneThis game is very well done. They have really improved since the last prototype and I got to admit I'm enjoying every second of it. If someone gives this a bad review then something is seriously wrong with u. 10/10 for me. KEEP IT UP RADICAL :D Full Review »
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    When you can't be original, be excessive. Prototype has never excelled in writing, but ignoring the question of how New York has been reducedWhen you can't be original, be excessive. Prototype has never excelled in writing, but ignoring the question of how New York has been reduced to bubbling stews of gristle and severed limbs is easy when you can punch a tank until it explodes or taking a running leap over the Empire State building. Prototype 2 is just fun, and a sensible gamer will try not to take it too seriously. A forgettable plot, shallow characters and underwhelming environments can all be forgiven if you just give me enough ways to blow it all up. You won't remember it, but you will enjoy it. Full Review »