If you loved [Prototype] as much as I did, then you are going love this game! Walking in to the game I had no idea what to expect. I liked the Alex Mercer story and I wasn't sure how I'd take this new protagonist and I was weary about how he'd stack up to the Mercer-Machine.
[Prototype 2] in many ways is exactly the same as 1, however, there are some key differences which they improved on. Sgt. James Heller is a man on a mission to get revenge for the murder of his wife and child (and swear as much as possible whilst doing it) and the Villain of this story is the hero of the last one, Dr. Alex Mercer.
Straight away you're in the action and after a few cut scenes you try to square up to Mercer in a one-on-one combat. Long story short, he gives you some of his powers and you are sent out into the world to figure out who is responsible for the murder of Heller's wife and daughter. Black Watch, the military and an onslaught of viral mutants present themselves quickly and although you plough through hundreds of them quite fast, it takes a while to get bored of the mindless mayhem.
There is a new system for levelling up your character, which I find quite fun. There are 7 power up trees that you can use to unlock more advanced powers for each of your set abilities by earning the power up points, each of which is earned by completing different actions. There is the standard system which is simply called "Evolution" and that basically allows you one point (per level) to upgrade things like your health and abilities, but there are 6 more in depth sections to work on by completing different tasks and these will allow you to level up certain abilities even more. These are titled "Power Specialist", "Mutation", "Predator", "Locomotion", "Offensive" and "Defensive".
There is also a new system for hunting, aptly named "Hunter Mode". Basically, instead of getting this small map with an arrow, you get a sort of viral-sonar. You click the L3 button and it sends out a pulse and wherever your pulse returns from is where your target is. The higher up you are, the easier this is to use. I really enjoyed this feature as it made me feel like I was the one in control. I decided which direction to go and how to implement the hunt.
I loved [Prototype] and I certainly loved [Prototype 2]. Any small issues I had with the first game has certainly been improved upon and the overall control system is much easier to handle. If you liked the first game then this is an obvious choice for you! Although, I do have one negative thing to mention regarding this otherwise fun-tastic game. I got myself the "Radnet Edition" which comes with a nice action for when you consume, a shit-tonne of missions and challenges and of course, the creme-de-la-creme, a pretty bitchin' Alex Mercer skin. Now, as it turns out, I cannot get this skin until I complete all 5 sections of challenges. This doesn't bother me in the slightest, I think it's a clever way to keep motivated to play the game in other aspects than just destruction or just story. However, my irritation is born in the fact that they won't be releasing the final set of challenges until June 7th. This is probably some attempt to keep the focus on the game for as long as possible, so they release content and free stuff every week until June 7th, which is when the final section of challenges is dated to be released. I don't think it's fair to include DLC then put a time stamp on it. This seems like a cheap way to keep focus on the game. One, for which, I don't go for.
Beyond my distaste for their strategy to keep the game alive, I actually quite enjoyed the game. The story is exactly what you expect but be honest, you're not playing this for the story! They have amazing weapons, enemies and give you much more control over your own path than they did in the first game. All-in-all I suggest you pick this up, however, I do suggest waiting until after June 7th to do so if you're planing on getting the Mercer skin. If you like swearing, blood, guts and a highly trained military force equipped with a viral mutation, then this is the game for you! However, if you think you'd feel ripped off by the time delay for your DLC, then this may not be a wise investment just yet!
Overall Rating: 8/10
- Ken Seiler