Review: Prototype


Developer: Radical Entertainment
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: June 9, 2009
Compatability (PS3): 649MB Mininum Space | HD 720p
Compatability (Xbox 360): 128KB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Rating: 9.2

Prototype seemed like it was in development for ages and we all waited in immense anticipation for the game to finally release. So the magical questions on the minds of those that weren’t as excited as some of us, would be: Was it worth the wait and does it live up to expectations?

Prototype’s story wasn’t it’s #1 selling point, but it certainly lifted a few eyebrows in a good way. The story kicks off with you taking the role of Alex Mercer, a guy who knows absolutely nothing about his past and makes it his number 1 priority to find out what happened to him and who is responsible. And boy oh boy is he going to make them pay when he eventually finds these people. The opening scene of the game is, simply put, mind-blowingly awesome! You’ll know you’re in for something spectacular right from the start and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Alex finds out more about himself by consuming important people and then gains their memories. All of these memories are presented through the Web Of Intrigue (WOI), which can be viewed at any time by accessing the game’s menu. Ultimately, the story is very interesting and a surprisingly good part of the game.

Cutscenes are amazing.

So, a lot of people having been bashing this game’s graphics, but it really isn’t that bad. In fact, the cutscenes make me sit up straight in my chair and from time to time I really need to pick my mouth up off of the ground. You’ll really feel like you’re in a blockbuster movie every time a cut scene starts rolling, similair to Resident Evil 5. The in-game graphics don’t set the world on fire, but don’t be fooled by people that say they look awful, because they don’t take anything away from this exhilarating experience. If good graphics are an absolute must in your book, you’ll probably feel a little disappointed with what it has to offer.

The gameplay is without a shadow of a doubt Prototype’s biggest selling point. There are endless amounts of powers to buy/unlock and you’ll never feel limited in gameplay options. There is no describing how awesome this game’s gameplay is and ultimately you’ll just have to play it for yourself to know what all the hoo-haa is about. Alex can disguise himself as anyone on the streets – from civilians to military officers to soldiers. You can create total havoc in the city without worrying about a thing, because you are the most powerful character in the history of gaming! You can drive tanks and helicopters or destroy them by throwing cars, air-cons, people (yes you can actually use the citizens of New York as a weapon) etc, at them. You’ll feel like a kid in a toy store, there’s just so much to play with!

Endless amount of action and powers.

There’s no online play so a lot of time and effort have been put in by the developers to make Prototype an incredible single player experience with some depth to keep you going after you’ve completed it, and in this area they’ve succeeded well. The story is pretty lengthy and there are a whole bunch of interesting side missions to keep you busy, but a lot of the time you’ll just find yourself rampaging through the streets and causing chaos from time to time. If you’re worried about getting enough bang for you’re bucks, I can with all honesty say that this game is worth every cent of its retail price.

Prototype is a unique anti-hero gaming experience which every gamer should at least play once. There is a specific taste for this game,so it’s definitely not for everyone, but if this review tickled your interest in any way, then you should definitely go buy it. Now.

Reviewed by predatorx9 – September 13, 2009

Not spectacular, but by no means dreadful either. A real mix bag in this department.
The sweet sound of chaos will satisfy you in every way. Quality voice acting tops it off nicely.
Impecable. With so many powers to unlock, boredom shouldn’t sink in till the credits start rolling.
Final Score




  1. Interesting and detailed review, in a few words, as it should be. Looking forward to try this game myself.

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