Take a pinch of Grand Theft Auto, a slice of Left 4 Dead and throw in a bit of conspiracy for good measure -- the resultant mixture should come out something like Prototype 2.Set in a post-viral-infected New York where the mysterious blacklight virus is sending everyone all sorts of crazy, Prototype 2 follows the story of two characters infected with the disease. But, unlike everyone else, they don’t have great big flabby lumps of skin hanging off their faces. Instead they can practically fly, absorb huge amounts of bullets, shapeshift and transform various body parts into weapons.
Now we dont want to give away too much about the story as we would hope you would enjoy it for yourselves. What we will say is this, Mercer, the quasi-antihero from the original, has returned. This time round however you aren’t playing as him, instead you assume the role of Sgt Heller, who has lost his entire family to the blacklight virus. Heller is seeking revenge and decides to hunt down Mercer, the rest is for you to find out. In a nutshell, everything that was good about the original has been turned up to 11 for the sequel. That means more explosions, bigger baddies and an even more powerful protagonist - but behind the scenes there have been some clever gameplay changes that result in a much more balanced experience.
Graphically Prototype 2 also looks a lot better than the original. New York has been divided into separate zones depending on the levels of viral infection. One, the red zone, is completely overloaded with enemies and all sorts of other gunk. It looks drastically different from the safe zone or quarantine zone, making for diverse city to explore.
The lighting has also undergone a facelift as have the character models, all of which are far more detailed. The character you play as, Sgt James Heller, looks great and has all sorts of nice little graphical touches which separate him from Mercer in the original. Being a military chap of sorts, he is much more hefty and feels a bit more beefy on screen. He is still damn nimble, but his size just makes the damage done after leaping off a skyscraper on to the top of a tank just that bit more convincing. Prototype 2 still provides an incredible sandbox of destruction in which to mess about. We had around about three hours playing through the early and latter parts of the game. In his final form, Heller is an incredible force to be reckoned with and we spent an hour just smashing things up for fun.
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