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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. Play Magazine
    80
    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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  1. Negative: 24 out of 191
  1. 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
  2. WebsterB
    Jun 17, 2009
    10
    This game knows it priorities. It puts FUN at the top of its list and makes no concessions. It never forgets that its primary focus is to This game knows it priorities. It puts FUN at the top of its list and makes no concessions. It never forgets that its primary focus is to entertain and as such it never penalizes the player or arbitrarily restricts you. It gives you the abilities to create believable chaos in the world's most recognizable city from the get-go and only rewards you with greater control, destruction, and finesse as the game goes on. Nor does it sacrifice subtleties. The small touches in terms of animation, ambient sound and art design generate a believable atmosphere of a slowly decaying metropolis. Disregard statements of poor controls or performance problems- I have a mid level PC and play with keyboard and mouse and the game is a dream to play on high settings. These comments are not written naively I have been playing games of all genres consistently for the past 20 years and own all three current gen systems as well as a self-built pc, and I can honestly say that this game is one of the most fun titles I have ever played. Buy it, play it, you won't be disappointed. One of my favorite all time games. Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2016
    9
    Gameplay : 9
    Graphics : 9
    Story : 8 Sound : 8 **********************************************************************************
    Gameplay : 9
    Graphics : 9
    Story : 8
    Sound : 8
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    Overall : 9
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  4. PeteG
    Jun 29, 2009
    8
    Over-the-top carnage, exploding helicopters, slicing, dicing and bloodshed, creating mayhem in downtown New York - what's not to like? Over-the-top carnage, exploding helicopters, slicing, dicing and bloodshed, creating mayhem in downtown New York - what's not to like? Some control issues when using mouse & keyboard, but nothing too bad. Can get a bit samey, but it's hugely cathartic after a bad day at the office :) Expand
  5. Jun 14, 2021
    8
    Отличная игра про антигероя, который разрывает весь город, крутыми слешерными приёмамиОтличная игра про антигероя, который разрывает весь город, крутыми слешерными приёмами
  6. Devin
    Aug 5, 2009
    7
    This game could have been great. It would have been great, had they held back on the release and worked on making this game fun. The story is This game could have been great. It would have been great, had they held back on the release and worked on making this game fun. The story is meh at best, the city feels like a lifeless sandbox, and the minigames and hidden items are little to keep me playing this game when the story is all said and done. If you want a brilliant sandbox game, i'd recommend GTAIV. Expand
  7. Jun 28, 2021
    0
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