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  • Summary: Behold New York Zero. Prototype 2 extends the experience of becoming the ultimate shape-shifting weapon. A vicious viral outbreak has killed Sgt James Heller’s family and transformed him into a PROTOTYPE. Powered by revolutionary shapeshifting powers, you must hunt, kill and consume your way across the ravaged wasteland of New York Zero to take revenge on the man responsible: Alex Mercer. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. May 10, 2012
    100
    Prototype 2's James Heller out superheroes every other superhero that's ever appeared in a videogame. He's faster and stronger than Batman, more focused than the Hulk, has a larger arsenal than Spiderman, and is funnier than Superman. In other words: Prototype 2 is the ultimate power fantasy.
  2. May 9, 2012
    85
    Radical managed to improve the game in almost every aspect, making it a very enjoying and satifying game for every lover of Activision's franchise. Only an unrealistic enemy AI behaviour and a problematic lock system keep it from being a perfect game.
  3. May 11, 2012
    83
    It may just be the incredibly high expectations we put on game developers today but the game suffers from enough faults to keep it just outside of my top 10 list. But, with just the right amount of game play time, some challenging achievements, tons of ways to create chaos and an outstanding cast, Prototype 2 delivers an enjoyable game and has created a great opportunity to bring together various elements into a cohesive environment.
  4. May 1, 2012
    77
    Prototype 2 is undeniably an improvement in many ways over the original game. It controls smoother, has plenty of simple quality-of-life improvements, and it lacks many of the frustrating features that plagued the original. Unfortunately, it solves problems by erring on the side of simplicity.
  5. May 26, 2012
    70
    Overall, Prototype 2 is an enjoyable title that is plagued with a number of problems. The repetitiveness and the easiness of the title are big factors in preventing it from being a truly great game. Nevertheless, this is a must purchase for fans of the original.
  6. Apr 27, 2012
    70
    Players will have trouble considering Prototype 2 as a full-fledged sequel. The lack of surprises regarding the gameplay compared to the previous title, and a story that is not worth telling despite some amazing live action cutscenes, could curb the enthusiasm of the few players looking for new game mecanics. However, Radical Enterainment managed to create a gaming experience as intuitive as the one offered in 2009 in the first Prototype. So, James Heller will surely help some players reach true power with their controller and it would be crazy not to try!
  7. May 17, 2012
    50
    Although it's accurate to say that Prototype 2 is "an improvement" over the original, that's not the same as saying that it's a great game, or that it's even on-par with the kinds of things hitting shelves these days.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 63
  2. Negative: 7 out of 63
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    10
    Great improvements over the first one! Everything is great is hard to see the mistakes when your having so much fun playing the game! Just WOW! Radical Entertainment made a masterpiece!!! Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    10
    Awesome game! Lots of improvement from prototype 1...the developer really listened to their fans. Better graphics, better combat, better pacing, and better story. I love collateral damage, it's just pure joy and fun! Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    9
    Summary: Prototype 2 is an excellent game. The action is fun, the movement is great, and the Main and Side missions are just good excuses to use your awesome powers some more. The story is simple but entertaining, and as Heller fights on I really felt inclined to fight with him. A simple game without so many bells and whistles as some others perhapse (Mass Effect, Diablo, MW3) but it really delivers nevertheless; It's very well polished!. Hurrah!

    Review: The game is all about slaughtering your foes in a variety of ways. Prototype 2 is all about making you feel like a badass and it never deviates from this. It isn't a mindless hack and slash however, at the beginning, though you may rip asunder soldiers with a simple swipe, your enemy's rain of bullets and rockets will definitely tear you down, thus prioritizing targets and quickly dispatching your foes is a must. But then again I played it on Hard, on lesser difficulties it may actually be quite mindless. The protagonist James Heller is not a sauve hero with great one liners and awesome poses in the sunset, he's a gritty, swearing, barbarian that swears with every insult and answers roughly to every question. If you're a sensitive soul, he will offend you. But if you're playing a game where every death has a "rip apart" prerequisite, then you really shouldn't be playing this in the first place. The plot is simple: Infected killed my family. Mercer created the infected. I kill Mercer. That about sums it up. Sure there are twists and turns here and there, but in the end killing Mercer is exactly what you aim to do. The ending is short, the final boss fight is greatly satisfying, but the epilogue is a tad bit lacking, but not by much. The ending just feels a little cut short. Problems: Camera is a bloody pain. At the beginning it can be hard to get used to it, and by the end you learn to work around it and eventually don't notice it, but targeting is still forever a pain. In the end, the way the camera works is you see through the front, and you use your blessedly well made mini-map to see everything else. The targeting has a nasty knack of loving one target so much that every time you try to target whats right in front of you, it will target that other thing as long as it's slightly to the side. What you have to do is turn around completely to reset the targeting or stand still in the middle of combat so that you can use the right analog to flick between targets. MIND YOU this is exclusively a problem when you want to throw cars, grab distant foes, or shoot with a rifle or rocket launcher. Melee works like a charm! The good: Good enough plot that kept me interested. Everything about the game ('cept targeting) is very well polished. Side missions add replayability and welcome distraction. Barbarian hero is welcome in a no-nonsense world. Action is satisfying and visceral. Although some complain that the graphics might be on the cheap side in this current gen, 1. after a while you don't notice it all, 2. it's actually a GOOD THING because in this game there isn't ANY slowdown OR loading times AT ALL, unless your loading a save slot, thats it, and even that's short. Hell, I wish Deus Ex and Mass Effect were a little cheaper if it meant I didn't spend a third of each game waiting rather than playing. In the end, a well polished game that delivers everything it promises. The cover of the game says it all.
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  4. May 22, 2012
    8
    With Prototype 2 you will have a lot of fun. The graphics are a lot better than from the first one, the story is not very complex but okay, the sound is good and the most important thing, the gameplay is just insane fun. Sadly it is over too soon, but I had very much fun playing god in NYZ! Expand
  5. May 29, 2014
    8
    A openworld for adults to just **** around. Even tho there isn't this much to do, it is still a lot of fun to just run a wall up and smash into the ground. Story is dull, but who cares another innocent civilian to kill yeah.
    As you may have guesed it. Game is a **** ton of fun.
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  6. May 21, 2012
    7
    I loved the first Prototype, played it for ages. I was stoked for Prototype 2, and honestly, it disappointed me just a little. To me, it didn't seem all that much of an improvement over the first one. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely improved, with many issues fixed, but I expected more. More abilities and powers, more vehicles, more fun and varying missions... All that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm no expert when it comes to evaluating stories, but from what I could see, the story didn't seem as terrible as people are making it out to be. It's a little sloppy most of the time, but I really wasn't expecting much in that aspect. Gameplay is pretty much the same as the original, with a few extra things thrown in. It seems a little stale after playing the original so much, but there's still lots of fun to be had. I actually quite enjoyed the melee combat, thought it was quite fresh, although I'll admit it can get annoying sometimes, especially when you're fighting more than one enemy. The main character, Heller, is alright. I'm pretty neutral towards him, not anywhere near a fantastic, well developed character, but I don't hate him. In the end, if you liked the first Prototype, you will like this one. It's got everything the first one did and more, just not enough "more" to draw many more people than the original fans in. I will say that, considering the game's length, renting it is more than enough to enjoy the entirety of the game unless you're a big fan and are sure you'll come back for another round through the campaign in a few months. Expand
  7. May 5, 2012
    0
    o jogo é muito ruim e muito repetitivo se quer um jogo de verdade de super heori jogue infamous

    this game is the most repetitive
    game I have ever played, please, when playing it, have that in mind. You'll be hunting and consuming or retrieving packages with limited time for the entire game Expand

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