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Generally favorable reviews- based on 336 Ratings

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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 heartYou 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? Expand
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  1. Positive: 62 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
  1. 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. Prototype is one of those games that starts out with some horribly boring gaming and seems to take too long (1-1.5 hrs) to get anywhere. But once the game opens up and you can free roam, do missions and the like you begin to see how wonderfully brilliant the destructive gameplay is and as you build up your powers to amazing heights allowing you to do more destruction the game is amazing and satisfying. This is a must buy for action fans.
  3. Prototype easily stomps over numerous boring movie-based action games we've seen lately and effectively covers all the necessary themes to engulf gamers in a relatively interesting horror/sci-fi story.
  4. Despite the medium graphics quality Prototype offers a deep, funny and complete game experience. The storyline is solid, mature and involving and the narration presents original techniques that keeps the player always involved. Radical Entertainment production is a clear step over the average.
  5. Prototype is a fun game which is helped along by the unique powers of the main character Alex, however it can become repetitive after a while.
  6. Your personal affinity to the game will largely depend on whether you prefer to be led through an engaging and tailored adventure or to just be given a set of powers and make your own fun.
  7. The initial feelings of power and freedom hide another badly designed and unimaginative superhero sim.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 80
  2. Negative: 7 out of 80
  1. JoshM
    Jun 22, 2009
    10
    This game is fantastic. However, definitely for the hardcore gamer. There is so much to do control wise, chaining everything together, that This game is fantastic. However, definitely for the hardcore gamer. There is so much to do control wise, chaining everything together, that when you really have it down and the combat flows...wow, just amazing. So Much Fun. But, if you are not "good at gaming" you will likely become frustrated. Expand
  2. BobC.
    Jun 10, 2009
    10
    Who's the dimwit at 1Up that gave this amazing open world game with the 1st TRUE bad ass anti-hero EVER such a low score??? I guess Who's the dimwit at 1Up that gave this amazing open world game with the 1st TRUE bad ass anti-hero EVER such a low score??? I guess Activision didn't treat him well, all the other reviews are so much higher. I just played thru the first few missions and its fun as hell....Can't wait to get back into it tomorrow. Enjoy fellow Mercerites :) Expand
  3. samaz
    Jun 10, 2009
    10
    INFAMOUS was good this one is better! open world massive action great game
  4. jasong
    Jun 14, 2009
    8
    Very good sand box game grusome destructive and fun it would of got a 9 from me if hadent of crashed 3 times in the 3 days that ive played Very good sand box game grusome destructive and fun it would of got a 9 from me if hadent of crashed 3 times in the 3 days that ive played it.okay the graphics aint brilliant but its got some fun missions and the events are fun good stuff please get a patch out to iron out bugs. Expand
  5. May 13, 2012
    8
    This game is amazing. The game-play is super fun. and running around as Alex Mercer is amazing. However the story was very boring and didn'tThis game is amazing. The game-play is super fun. and running around as Alex Mercer is amazing. However the story was very boring and didn't envelop me at all. But i'm a sucker for a good anti hero. Expand
  6. JustinM.
    Jun 9, 2009
    7
    Game is quite arcady. graphics compared to similar games in the genre suck. And its story is similar, yet not as good, to infamous. Its fun Game is quite arcady. graphics compared to similar games in the genre suck. And its story is similar, yet not as good, to infamous. Its fun for the short term but its nothing special. Recommend to rent if you like these types of games. Expand
  7. AndrewF
    Jun 13, 2009
    0
    It's obviously the developers all commenting in here. This game is a steaming pile of garbage. Let's start with the fact that the It's obviously the developers all commenting in here. This game is a steaming pile of garbage. Let's start with the fact that the install failed, and I had to go online to find a way to *fool* the game into installing. Wow, you guys didn't even test this thing, did you? That wasn't the worst part. The missions are so cliche the designers should be banned from making games ever again. The dialog is cheese. The graphics are bland. There is nothing redeemable about this game. AT ALL. I would return it, but I actually want the pleasure of throwing it in the trash. Expand

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