Saturday, June 13, 2009

Prototype (Game) Review

Today, I just finished playing Prototype, previously one of the most anticipated games this year. Prototype is an open world (also referred to as sandbox) action game that was released last week. Here is a quick review of the game.Graphics: The graphics in this game are not top of the line, but do get the job done. More work could have been done in the area of building design, however, the ground level looks amazing.

Controls: The controls have are quite easy to learn. They are simple enough that almost anyone familiar with a keyboard (or a controller, for console players) can get into the game quickly, yet leave room for complex maneuvers and combinations that more avid gamers will enjoy.

Multiplayer: Nonexistent.

Story/Plot: Prototype has a novel-worthy plot that is integrated into game play exceptionally well. Elements of the story are non-intrusive but do provide a great sense of immersion. Plenty of twists and turns in the plot keep you on the edge and wanting more and more.

Gameplay: Most of Prototype's storyline missions (unfortunately) have a similar feel to them. However, there are some unique twists and gameplay changes in each one, just enough so that you will not be bored. Aside from the main storyline, you can take 'breaks' in between missions and enter freeroam mode. In freeroam mode, you have several things to do. Many time based challenges exist which test your control and skill. Also, scattered throughout the city are 200 orbs which you can collect, as a sort of 'adventure challenge', which will help you appreciate the city. My favorite thing, interestingly enough, is the ability to go around on a killing spree. After completing the storyline missions, you have two choices. Play through the game again (with all unlocks) or continue running through the current city you are in, destroying military bases as well as 'hives' as well as experimenting.

Cons: Although this is probably one of the better games I have played recently, this game does have some spots that I thought were not as good as they should have been. The map in this game is huge, but after boasting about it for quite some time, it feels like the developers shortchanged me in regards to the size of the map. Also, for a sandbox-style game, you are not given many opportunities to customize the experience. Lastly and most importantly, for some reason the only vehicles that you can control are tanks and helicopters, leaving much to be desired.

Overall Rating: Go get the game. Nothing is perfect, but this game is sure close to it. One of the best $50 I have ever spent.


  1. Nice review on the different parameters. I am not into game play that much, but recently have been watching my nephews play and seeing your post I know to judge games better now.

  2. Thanks for your review of the game, I may have to check the game out, right now I am just stuck playing Runes of Magic because its free and pretty good.

  3. Cons section but no pros?

  4. @Anonymous, the pros were basically described in all of the other sections. The cons were just problems that really stood out to me.