Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic 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. Apr 23, 2012
    97
    With a brand new character, engaging story, enhanced powers, and integrated gameplay features like Hunting and Mutations, Prototype 2 is a visionary nightmare that's a dream to play.
  3. 90
    A sequel that is everything the first game wanted to be. Great graphics combined with solid gameplay, and even though the story is pulp-garbage for most of the game, it keeps you at the pad till the end.
  4. Apr 23, 2012
    90
    With a new lead and a story that actually clicks better than expected, it's a wonderful sequel that surpasses the original. Though some aspects can be questioned, the game as a whole gives you a bunch to do, online and off, and some incredible means to get it done.
  5. Apr 23, 2012
    90
    Radical Entertainment has delivered on their promise of improving the foundation laid by the original Prototype.
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    87
    Like no other game Prototype 2 grants the player an enormous amount of power. Yes, the story might not be the finest and yes, the graphics seem a little outdated at times, but nonetheless this game offers a great deal of fun and action.
  7. Apr 23, 2012
    87
    A nonstop action-orgy of fists, claws, blood and guts. The second Prototype delivers a very streamlined, entertaining and visceral open-world-experience with only minor flaws.
  8. Apr 27, 2012
    86
    It gives you options, it lets you explore and experiment, and it's a riotous and compulsive experience. Drink it in. [June 2012, p.67]
  9. 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.
  10. May 7, 2012
    85
    The game isn't perfect, by any means. But once you rip your first TOW launcher off an APC and start spraying rockets around, you might be prepared to forgive its failings.
  11. May 4, 2012
    85
    With the Bigger & Better forumla, Prototype 2 expands the structure of the first game, giving players a lot more to do and to experiment with god-like powers of the main characther.
  12. Apr 24, 2012
    85
    Basically, Prototype 2 takes everything good from its predecessor and adds great narration, enriched by believable characters, and, in particular, a much more charismatic protagonist. The combat system has many nice additions but the targeting system is still imprecise. In its more than nine hours of play, Prototype 2 has the potential to be fully appreciated not only by fans of its predecessor, but also by those who had shown no interest in adventures of Alex Mercer. Really a great title.
  13. Apr 24, 2012
    85
    Prototype 2 has officially redeemed this franchise. The mechanics feel the way you wished they would have in the first installment, and it's a rush to abuse your incredible powers any way you see fit. If you've stayed away from the first game because of the lackluster word of mouth, don't hesitate to jump right into the sequel.
  14. Apr 24, 2012
    85
    The star here is clearly the new combat engine, and boy does it deliver. You rise from incredibly powerful to obscenely powerful over the course of the game, and it never gets old.
  15. Apr 23, 2012
    85
    The rough controls of the first Prototype have been tweaked and revamped to allow for a more user-friendly experience. The story also flows a lot more smoothly than the more conspiracy-driven first game. Unfortunately, even with Heller's different powers, Prototype 2 does become tedious at times as there is little variety in mission parameters, but you should still find some fun in blowing up everything that gets in your way.
  16. Apr 12, 2012
    85
    The game that I didn't really look forward to turned out to be an extremely absorbing and satisfying experience. The longer I played, the closer I was sitting to the TV and the tighter I was clutching my gamepad. [May 2012, p.48]
  17. 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.
  18. 80
    Prototype 2 is a great open world action game that manages to take everything that made the original game so great and streamline it to the point where it was more enjoyable to play without compromising any features found in the previous game.
  19. May 7, 2012
    80
    At the end of the day, there are very few franchises that evoke a sense of power just like the Prototype series, and the sequel doesn't disappoint: just don't expect anything groundbreakingly new.
  20. May 4, 2012
    80
    If you like games that allow you to be as crazy as possible, you should play Prototype 2.
  21. May 2, 2012
    80
    Prototype 2 improves on the original title in every way. Game play feels more rewarding and overall the whole thing feels like a much better package. This is never going to be a system selling classic, but it is a fun experience and a game that you won't regret buying.
  22. 80
    Improves vastly on a lot of the formula that made the first outing good; better and sexier powers, more stuff on screen to play with, addictive collectibles and fun bonus objectives, rewarding and pip-boy-esque mutations and, frankly, a better all-round character in James Heller.
  23. May 1, 2012
    80
    Prototype 2 is just what the doctor ordered for a lot of gamers, myself included. It is big, dumb and tons of fun. Think of it as one of those Summer Hollywood movies that you go see simply for the special effects and you'll get the idea. There is nothing overly special, but I had a blast while playing the game.
  24. 80
    A relentlessly fun game, Prototype 2 is marred only by a barely decipherable story and a dull, unsympathetic character in Sgt. James Heller. Everything is geared towards showing you a good time though, and if you can switch off your brain, you'll enjoy everything Radical Entertainment's sequel has to offer.
  25. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    The deeper toolbox and more varied rogue's gallery are welcome additions, but the stronger story and improved sense of character that New York Zero has been imbued with are the big saving graces in Prototype 2.
  26. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    Prototype 2 is fun, brutal and visceral. A certain lack of variety and a not-so-smart camera are the only problems with a product that all action game fans will love.
  27. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    While it still has some problems it is a much better title than the original and is a step in the right direction.
  28. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    Prototype 2 is a fun game overall. It lacks innovation and its visuals are not the best, but it delivers great fun thanks to an interesting story and to the skills we have.
  29. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    The very purity of purpose which makes the game such a fine arcade killbox also renders it unengaging on any level that isn't soggy and littered with stray organs. So while as a destruction simulator Prototype 2 scores very highly, there's a chance that, just like those toddlers in the dirt, you'll get bored after a short while and wander away.
  30. 80
    Even when your objectives sound about as thrilling as a Sunday-afternoon grocery run, the sheer chaos Heller unleashes upon the distressed and detailed world of New York Zero while completing them keeps Prototype 2 from feeling like a chore. If you can turn off your brain and just enjoy the frenzied carnage, you'll have a blast.
  31. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    Simply put, Prototype 2 is your number one choice for anybody who wants to inflict abject biological horror on an entire army of helpless individuals who are nonetheless just nefarious enough for you to feel justified.
  32. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    If you're looking for an epic, hugely varied adventure, look elsewhere, but if you want a game that lets you run amok in creative, bloody ways, Prototype 2 is pretty incredible.
  33. May 11, 2012
    78
    The second prototype is almost an exact match of the previous incarnation. Corny story and the dull mission design rip the edge off. The mayhem at Manhattan is still fun, but the game could be so much better. Hopefully the third version is ready for production. [May 2012]
  34. May 10, 2012
    78
    Overall, despite the flaws, I found Prototype 2 to be a blast to play through. The hugely satisfying gameplay makes up for most of its mistakes.
  35. 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.
  36. May 13, 2012
    76
    Prototype 2 has enough bang for your buck by commanding a strong (and unique) presence in the over-cluttered action gaming market. If you like open-world action games with a flair for mayhem, Prototype 2 is an easy pick.
  37. Apr 24, 2012
    75
    Prototype 2 isn't the slightest bit novel, but it's so utterly ridiculous that it's hard to wipe that mischievous smile from your face.
  38. Apr 24, 2012
    72
    Where the original was intriguing for its gratuitously unhinged take on sandbox-enabled chaos, Prototype 2 feels like it's just going through the motions. The series badly needs an injection of creativity if it's to merit another installment.
  39. Apr 20, 2012
    72
    It's loud, it's explosive, enemies swarm you from every corner. But the mission design is rather uninspired. Prototype 2 is solid, but not exceptional fun in an open world.
  40. Jul 8, 2012
    70
    It stubbornly refuses to capitalise on its full potential, but Prototype 2 is still a whole lot of fun. [July 2012, p.64]
  41. 70
    The repetition begins to grow old a few hours before the game reaches its conclusion. [Issue#85, p.84]
  42. May 29, 2012
    70
    An intriguing plot tries to turn an action-oriented (and bloody) game on its ear, but the gameplay is too repetitive at its core to make you feel like you've really experienced something unique in the ever-growing world of sandbox games.
  43. 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.
  44. May 14, 2012
    70
    If you liked the first game, you'll probably like this more as it is better than the original. For newcomers, if you like to cause mayhem and bloody violence, by all means give Prototype 2 a shot. Just don't expect to remember much apart from devouring people and raining blood, the good stuff about the game.
  45. May 11, 2012
    70
    For a full retail title, it's just not fully fleshed and much better suited for a rental. Modern gaming has already evolved years ago-it's about time Prototype 2 caught up.
  46. May 8, 2012
    70
    For those gamers who are all about the action, who care only about how many times the lead character can swear, and only want to smash everything in sight there is still a decent experience to be had. Certainly, if playing simply to relieve some stress, there's plenty of relief in gallivanting around a virtual world shredding enemies with giant knives.
  47. May 3, 2012
    70
    It's a silly game with an awful camera – particularly indoors – a bad draw distance, repetitive missions and a paltry story, but the unabashed mayhem it conjures and lays at your finger tips makes it surprisingly easy to recommend. It might not reinvent the genre or introduce anything new, but Prototype 2's tweaks to its original formula make for a highly entertaining game.
  48. May 3, 2012
    70
    Prototype 2 just doesn't do its best to pull you into the mind of Heller and why he's doing the things he's doing. Oh sure you eventually understand what motivates him, but that's not enough to make you like and truly appreciate the central character of the story.
  49. May 1, 2012
    70
    Prototype 2 is a decent action-adventure with fun combat, but gets a little too samey here and there.
  50. Apr 27, 2012
    70
    Prototype 2 is a solid game, but I want for it to be the best. Sandbox games tend to keep me entertained for a long time, therefore I like studios that are up for the challenge. Radical Entertainment did their homework - the game has seen a lot of work, but too few good ideas. What really works is the strength of the Prototype itself: it gives the player unique abilities in exchange for some invention.
  51. 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!
  52. Apr 26, 2012
    70
    Aside from a few brief dramatic moments, this is a pure, machismo-infused, swear-word-flooded, big, dumb action game, and it fills that role much better than its predecessor. Just don't expect the brief flashes of something deeper to form a core part of Prototype 2's DNA.
  53. Apr 25, 2012
    70
    This is still an explosive, exhilarating and sometimes rather exhausting game in which the heroes have sharp hands and bottomless appetites for innocent bystanders and the villains expire in floods of gore and take whole city blocks with them as they go. By this point, Prototype doesn't feel like a sandbox series in its own right so much as the mad, babbling id of the entire open-world genre - with all the inconsistencies and extravagances that implies.
  54. 70
    In small, controlled doses Prototype 2 is great, but it never really manages to do anything amazing. All of the rough edges from the first game are gone, but the formula we're left with feels baby-food smooth. It manages to cure all of the ills of the first Prototype, but not without unwanted side-effects.
  55. Apr 23, 2012
    70
    Prototype 2 is fun, but it sure is forgettable.
  56. May 1, 2012
    67
    Moments of blissfully smooth combat are followed by awkward bouts of running away. Just when you start to get bored by doing the same "go slurp us that scientist" mission for the fifth time, it throws you a curve ball. Which means that anyone who thought the original fell short, or was dull, or got trumped by inFamous, Hulk, or any number of Spider-Man games, is not going to be swayed by this. But for those who enjoyed the original, this sequel does not disappoint.
  57. 65
    It's a story-heavy sequel to a game with a pretty forgettable story and the story it has is almost laughably bad. It abandons the concept of being a supervillain, but never burdens you with the responsibility of being a good guy and ultimately, it brings almost nothing new to the franchise.
  58. May 22, 2012
    60
    Its cooler moments are offset by a long list of missions that aren't engaging at all. You're a man with an ever-increasing list of insane powers, but the tasks you accomplish with those powers are usually pretty ho-hum. Add to all that a script that makes you want to turn the sound down and a dose of awkward control quirks and you've got a run-of-the-mill open-world game.
  59. May 13, 2012
    60
    There's a saying: you cannot step in the same river twice. Or at least you shouldn't. However, developers from Radical did not follow this piece of advice and for a second time they managed to step in the same river's dirty spot. Prototype 2 will interest only the loyal fans of the first installment; the rest of gamers will see this title as a stereotypical and boring pose.
  60. May 13, 2012
    60
    It's not a bad game. It just hasn't anything new to offer compared to the first installment from 2009 . So, if you're new to the franchise, you're going to have a good time. If not, don't expect much.
  61. Apr 30, 2012
    60
    Just like its predecessor, Prototype 2 excels as an open-world killing field, in which you can wrench anyone asunder in gory cascades of blood and guts. Underneath, it's a pretty standard action game featuring mundane missions that offer no real challenge, wrapped in a story that lacks substance and originality. But those players who can turn off their brain and just enjoy the ride will find Prototype 2's flavor of blood-soaked action a rather guilty pleasure
  62. Apr 28, 2012
    60
    If you like your games to tell an engaging story or to break new ground, Prototype 2 will probably make you vomit up your own pelvis through sheer outrage. If you're looking for powerful messages or the advancement of a medium, you'll likely be left with little but a sour taste in your mouth and the desire to write a strongly worded letter to Radical expressing your dissatisfaction with the whole experience. But if, on the flipside, you're someone that goes into a game armed with nothing more than a desire to be entertained, you'll struggle to find a more accommodating host than Prototype 2.
  63. Apr 27, 2012
    60
    And that's about all Prototype 2 has to offer in terms of storytelling: insultingly obvious, overintentionally gritty, childish, churlish. Just shut up, already, Prototype 2. You're not impressing anyone. I have never skipped so many cutscenes so quickly and so willingly.
  64. Apr 26, 2012
    60
    Prototype 2 is no revolution: just a refinement of the original. It's prettier, its action is even more violent and efficient, but it still remains an action-filled game with little in the way of brains. Some will like this, no doubt, but one cannot help but see how linear and underwhelming it is in some respects.
  65. Apr 25, 2012
    60
    How much you get out of Prototype 2 depends on how much you enjoy its wonderful mobility and its particular brand of mass destruction, and how much you're willing to forgive its more brain-dead moments – both in terms of repetition and witless dialogue.
  66. Apr 24, 2012
    60
    The action requires little real skill to control and although gaining new powers is a strong impetuous for continuing it's all extremely shallow and inconsequential. In small doses Prototype 2 is a perfectly enjoyable game but in the end, because Heller and Mercer don't care about anyone else you never end up caring about them.
  67. Apr 24, 2012
    60
    In a post-Minecraft industry there's clearly enough scope for a game to relish in providing you with the tools and letting you enjoy them at your own pace without the trapping of dreary context, which is clearly the kind of thing Radical wants to make, and its rigid adherence to a traditional open-world format is a shame because it simply makes the game boring.
  68. May 4, 2012
    58
    There's definitely something to be said about a game that will allow you to hijack a helicopter in midair, eject from said helicopter, drop kick another one, and then snatch the rockets from a third to lay waste to a number of tanks and mutants below you. It's just a shame about all the other stuff you have to do in between.
  69. 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.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 64
  2. Negative: 7 out of 64
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    8
    In "Prototype 2", we see that many of the features that were criticized in "Prototype 1" were corrected: I define the game as a very successful blend of Crackdown and Hulk 2, with current games graphics.

    The game's events occur 14 months after the first initial outbreak of the Blacklight virus, in a secondary outbreak, and follows the story of James Heller, an elite soldier, who had his family murdered and that believe this to be the fault of Alex Mercer, the protagonist of Prototype 1 - and they end up meeting each other, and with Alex injecting the virus in Heller. This story unfolds gradually by chapters, and is very well written and interesting.

    The game's graphics are infinitely better than the first game, can somehow be compared to GTA IV, with some more details: in the general movement of the characters, in the general details and city constructions, and in the climate changes, among other things, shows that much work was invested in this new version of the game - some details are still a little strange, as the blood spurts are somewhat artificial, but the scenarios and settings are almost perfect. The main scenes of flashbacks and cut-scenes are done with better overall graphics, the latest being in black and white, with occasional red elements.

    The voice-overs are almost perfect, as the overall game sounds, explosions and other details, as the people screaming in panic. The soundtrack is orchestral, but it is discreet, in the background of the action, as in movies, and it is a perfect match to the game. About the performances, I only have the criticism that the soldiers and enemy agents comments in general seem to be made all by psychopaths (every enemy has this "cliche" type).

    The gameplay also took a leap of quality: the robotic and glitchy gameplay in Prototype 1 is gone, and here you can really feel good about playing, because all movements in the game, from the combat ones to your moves getting around in town, and actions with the mutant powers have been greatly improved, with fluid movements.

    The classic powers in the game have also new features: now you can use the ability to fight with claws in many ways, as well as a "predator instinct", which emits a wave of sonar to detect targets - you can also can consume any living thing, which also give you their appearance, and a regenerate a portion of your life bar.

    Other mutations empower advances gradually to Heller, which render him in a destruction machine, such as forming tentacles and webs of meat that shred enemies apart, biomass bombs and shields-like expansions among many other.

    The power grid of Heller areas have very different features (with basics classes that remind Crackdonw), and with each level up, you can choose one of them, but it may also give upgrades through the game, finding the various collectibles, in the form of Black Dossier, scattered around neighborhoods / different city areas (Green, Yellow, and Red Zones, the color meaning the degree of contagion of the session of the city), and consuming specific characters, or killing groups of special enemies, or even single special enemies.

    The missions also have suffered a redesign: beyond the main missions, there are also other, revealed by capturing specific targets and through special points of Blackwatch network database. The missions style in a general view, are somewhat simple: kill / protect / collect / consume someone.

    Finally, I can resume the game as a mix between "Crackdown 2" with "Hulk", but with graphics and general quality, like in "GTA IV" - a excellent superpowers games, at last. The graphics and gameplay flaws that existed in Prototype 1 were largely resolved, and the game has an interesting and satisfying campaign in a widely detailed open world, with a dynamic and bloody gameplay. My final score: 8.5 / 10.0.
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  2. Apr 24, 2012
    9
    A major step up from the original, with plenty to do, and lots of fun to be had. The best part about Prototype 2, is the leveling up system, with each new upgrade, bringing new elements and tacticts to the open city of New York Zero. If you are on a budget, or are unsure whether to buy this, I would advise however, to save money for Max Payne 3 next month. Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    6
    Overall I was disappointed with Prototype 2, I thoroughly enjoyed the first and while it had its faults felt it to be a step in the right direction as a darker, gritty version of open world third person sandbox games. While some parts can be enjoyable like ripping the gun off a tank and destroying it with its own weapon or just traversal of the city itself, it just wasnâ Full Review »