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Average User Score: 6.4Jul 22, 2014After having played and completed the first Prototype twice, I forgot about this type of game for a while. I liked the game, but two times wasAfter having played and completed the first Prototype twice, I forgot about this type of game for a while. I liked the game, but two times was enough for me. After a while, Prototype 2 came out, and I suddenly remembered how much fun it was to plow through crowds of standard sods and military personnel alike. Needless to say, I was very excited. But also very broke. So I put off playing this game. Not too long ago, however, this game appeared on the Steam Summer Sale for 5 euros. I bought it without a second's hesitation. I was very excited.
So now for the fun part: it didn't work. The game would start up, show me the first developer logo, and then freeze, so that I had to manually kill the process. I've googled the problem, still optimistic, hoping for a quick and easy solution. What I found instead was a literal tome of complaints, bugs, glitches, issues and other nasty stuff. I dug and dug the google search results for days on end, and didn't find any solution to my problem. At this point in time, mind you, the game was already out for more than a year.
After a week or so, I managed to find a solution, and even posted it on Steam forums, in case it could help someone. But then I stumbled upon another set of problems: abhorrent lag and graphical issues. Those two were easier to fix, but at a great cost. I had no other choice than to use a third party program to cap my game at 30 FPS (!), while on my machine, it should be running at atleast 100. Also, I had to restart it every hour or so, so the lag wouldn't come back.
Apparently, the issue was my graphics card. The devs were very kind to nVidia users, optimizing their game to those cards. If you have an ATI though, you are truly, for lack of a better word, **** This port is HORRIBLE. It has absolutely zero redeeming qualities. Textures are rendered at half resolution, the options menu is lackluster to say the least, the framerate skips and jumps on ATI's, and is locked to 30 from what I read on nVidia's. All in all, absolutely revolting port.
But, me being a fan of the first game, I managed to live with all the problems, and found the game itself quite good. The gameplay is fun, the story is not half bad, and there are a few new additions to the gameplay. Overall, it's an improvement on the first game.
So, long story short. If you own an ATI card, don't buy it. If you want it to look and run well on the PC, don't buy it. If you don't want a headache from having to deal with all the problems, don't buy it. If you don't care, are willing to persevere just to play it at mediocre settings and graphical fidelity, give it a try. The game is good, the port is **** terrible.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Jul 17, 2014This game falls really short on a lot of different levels, and here's why.
My friend picked this game up, and asked me if I was interestedThis game falls really short on a lot of different levels, and here's why.
My friend picked this game up, and asked me if I was interested to play it to have a laugh. I booted up the game, and began playing. At first sight, this game really intrigued me. The reason for that was that I thought this game to be some sort of open world exploration RPG type of deal. Never had I been so sorely dissapointed. The first locale you step into is a desolate, deserted and barren wasteland. You must navigate it and 'manage' your oxygen before it runs out. You are locked into one path you can follow, because of the oxygen limitation, which conveniently dissapears and reappears later in the game.
I will not spoil anything, but the next location was also quite interesting, with a bunch of minerals to collect, represented by tiny light-orbs. I thought that it would be wise to collect them, so that I could perhaps craft them into something or use them in some other way. Turns out I can't. These minerals are scatterd around for absolutely zero reason. But I wasn't aware of that yet.
I arrive in the third locale. At this point, I've been playing for a good 2 hours, scouring every inch of the absolutely monotonous and linear path. And this is where I start realising what I'm playing, and am left wondering why I'm playing it. But in a few minutes I finally get a tiny cutscene, serving as an introduction to some semblance of a story. So I pursue it, and end up forcing myself into another hour of this nonsense. After that, I tell my friend that I will be sick if I don't stop playing this game and propose to stop this torture. He gladly agrees, and we quit and delete the game entirely.
To sum this probably unnecessary story up: don't buy this game. I had high hopes that something exciting was about to happen for the first 2 hours, but nothing did. I hoped that this game would bring something new to the table, but it turned out to be a simple, extremely linear platformer, with dull locations, a shoddy story, zero gameplay, and 2-3 pseudo-puzzles, which wouldn't even be a challenge for a 3-year-old. All you do is jump from one rock to another, and literally nothing else. I don't know if the game has anything to offer beyond the point where I stopped playing, but that would still not make it deserving of your money. If a game makes you suffer through the first 3 hours (at least), it's not a good game.
All in all, the dev gets points for effort, since he's a one man team as far as I know, but the game itself is poor to say the least.… Expand