Prototype Xbox 360

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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? Collapse
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Score distribution:
  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: 57 out of 83
  2. Negative: 7 out of 83
  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. DomzZ
    Jun 16, 2009
    8
    I totally love this game, and when I see some of those revives, I am under impression that some reviewers were playing some sort of alpha I totally love this game, and when I see some of those revives, I am under impression that some reviewers were playing some sort of alpha build or something. Problems with drawing distances? Bland game world? I am looking at you teletext game central. It's not Super Mario Bros or something. Drawing distances are not worst than Saints Row 2 i.e. they are good.Also I am yet to experience any problems with funky camera, as it is mentioned in review from game revolution. I understand that everyone is entitled to have opinion about anything, but using dodgy arguments just stinks. Expand
  5. Oct 16, 2015
    8
    lcome to Heller!
    Ok, so you’re a Sgt. in the US Military and a virus hits the isles of NY. Caught up in the pandemic you loose your family to
    lcome to Heller!
    Ok, so you’re a Sgt. in the US Military and a virus hits the isles of NY. Caught up in the pandemic you loose your family to a visionary, shape-shifting prototype, known as Alex Mercer (Prototype 1’s main character).

    The first thing you would do is hunt this freak down, right?

    Well that is exactly the aim in this open world, action-adventure Radical Ent & Activision.

    The game begins with new protagonist Sgt. James Heller crashing into the highly infected red zone. But who would cause this? Yep, you guessed it, Mercer. You set off in chase to be met with in-game prompts that keep the action rolling, away from those mindless tutorials. When you do catch up with him, Mercer ‘infects’ you with the god-like powers, and after a little chat, dashes off, leaving you more than a little confused.

    Prototype2 Game ReviewShortly after you are captured by Gentek & Blackwatch (the brains & brawn monitoring the outbreak) to be tested on. A few prompts and a breakout later, you are free to explore the vast world, gain mutations, earn upgrades and track down that S-O-B Mercer and his army, one way or another.

    Twists and turns develop along the way, with testing alliances, shocks and surprises together with a worthy array of enemies that come in all shapes and sizes. These are backed up by the new and more realistic AI to add in on the experience.

    The main story also has additional side missions, although not essential, they do take the entire game time up to 15-20 hours. Whether you choose to find ‘Blackboxes’, destroy Lairs, wipe out Field Ops teams, or hack the Blacknet systems. Rewards are given to further strengths, defences and giving more insight of what is actually going on.

    The development team have ploughed new aspects all through Prototype 2, the duel attack system, extra mutations, pack leader, hunting mode and especially Radnet.

    Radnet is an online section separate to the main game. Weekly events, challenging friends and themed awards, all similar to that of Call of Duty: Elite (if you are COD savvy). Very cool, but this feature is currently only available through pre-order and new game copy’s of the Ranet Edition, and not purchasable in any other form.

    I did have some movement issues at times and travelling from one side to the other did get slightly tedious even with use of the heliport. That aside, the awesome Sim City style cut scenes and the previously mentioned additions on a whole surpasses the original in this short, but great series.

    I enjoyed loading up on Prototype 2, and if they release anymore I’ll definitely be gliding from the rooftops while dropping my devastating moves.
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  6. AnonymousMC
    Jun 25, 2009
    7
    Good game, fun, but the difficulty goes through the roof and is unbalanced towards the end. It's not that I don't want a challenge,Good game, fun, but the difficulty goes through the roof and is unbalanced towards the end. It's not that I don't want a challenge, but the situations are cheap and start to rely on having the right "lucky" situation occur. Bad design ruins the game down the stretch. 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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