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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? Only you can find out! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Prototype is 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. Although it’s beset by blandish graphics and wickedly uneven difficulty, Prototype delivers a fast-paced, relentlessly amoral and wonderfully brutal sandbox adventure in a detailed city filled with cool things to see and do.
  3. The mechanics are sound, but not rock-solid, the graphics are decent, though not great, and the carnage is excellent, though sometimes disorienting, especially with the less-than-stellar camera.
  4. Motivating until the very end thanks to Alex' many skills. However there could be more detail in the graphics, the side missions are repetitive, and the AI could be much better. All in all a fun game, though.
  5. Although it lacks much of the polish we've come to expect from sandbox style titles such as GTA IV and inFAMOUS, navigating Prototype's world—while leaving a chunky bloodbath in your wake—as the remorseless Mercer packs more than its fair share of guilty-pleasure thrills.
  6. 75
    Prototype is a game with many cool features. However, it lacks many of the finishing touches that make for a great and memorable game. To say the graphics and game engine need work is a massive understatement and many of the missions are cookie cutter in design without any real focus or attention to detail.
  7. Prototype isn’t the type of game that shines despite of all it’s flaws. No, Prototype is the kind of game that surprises us that it isn’t in a worse shape just because of all it’s shortcomings. A mediocre game that tried so hard to be cool that it got lost in shallowness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 168
  1. MikeJ
    Jun 17, 2009
    10
    This game is thee best game i've played, i don't care what the other lower scores say, they are wrong. Prototype is the best game.
  2. Jul 10, 2011
    10
    Perhaps one of the best games I have ever played. Although its in NY and has similar game mechanics as Spiderman, it make Spiderman look likePerhaps one of the best games I have ever played. Although its in NY and has similar game mechanics as Spiderman, it make Spiderman look like dirt. Graphics are just detailed enough so it looks good but doesn't destroy frame rate on a 8800gt. I get 45+ fps with like 60+ characters on the screen and the entire city of of NY. with choppers flying around and explosions going off. Expand
  3. JustinL.
    Jun 11, 2009
    9
    Fast, furious, addictive fun. I find myself wanting to be more stealth then anything, but the game doesn't seem to be really geared Fast, furious, addictive fun. I find myself wanting to be more stealth then anything, but the game doesn't seem to be really geared towards that. It's geared towards alerting everyone around yout that you exist and the demolishing everything in sight. So far it's not the most beautiful game I've seen lately, but definitely one of the most fun. Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2014
    9
    this game is amazing. no doubts
    the game is easy and fun. great graphics.amazing story and voice acting. awesome powers that are sometimes
    this game is amazing. no doubts
    the game is easy and fun. great graphics.amazing story and voice acting. awesome powers that are sometimes overpowered and unilimited.
    great combination between open world and survival horror. activision done great here. despite i hate them
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  5. PHilP
    Jun 21, 2009
    8
    Don't bother waiting for the price drop - you can play this game now, have an absolute blast and giggle like a maniac tearing up NYC. Don't bother waiting for the price drop - you can play this game now, have an absolute blast and giggle like a maniac tearing up NYC. Please only use a 360 controller or gamepad though, many of the people complaining about it are stuck with keyboard and mouse which frankly isn't as much fun! Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    6
    Mindless fun. It only kept me interested for about 4 hours. The story is pretty abysmal, especially given the way that the game expects you toMindless fun. It only kept me interested for about 4 hours. The story is pretty abysmal, especially given the way that the game expects you to sympathize with Alex Mercer. It's a little difficult to watch him have angsty conversations about his humanity right after he just used someone's grandmother as a skateboard. Expand
  7. Dec 30, 2018
    0
    good game to the end at the end and I put it in the bottom because it does not let you win you fight with a monster you do not see yourgood game to the end at the end and I put it in the bottom because it does not let you win you fight with a monster you do not see your recipes when it wants what it wants you can not do Sebi when you want what you want It's not in the position to be able to climb into his crutch and his back and give him as much as he can and then socially interfere with the very **** bomb time all this game if you have a cow that gives good milk and at the end pours his bucket to see that you have finished it's good It will not end you if you let the man get to the end to make it happy Do not **** it Expand

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