The First Hours of Prototype 2

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Yes, I know this is not a recent game, but I recently bought it and I must admit say its been quite fun.

I have to admit the game is a sorry excuse for a console port, jenky and laggy its gameplay wasn’t really optimized for the PC… But it is still a fun time!  For those who don’t know what the Prototype series is all about, think of Sony’s Infamous titles and now make them M rated and make it a little less refined in all aspects. You get the prototype series!

Both the first and the second games are sandbox titles, you get a city and you go on your marry way to the mission markers and watch a cutscene followed by a mission, standard stuff… The thing that sets this game apart from the previously mention Infamous, is the gruesome combat system, which is, in my opinion, better than the one we got in Sony’s iconic franchise.

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The thing I most like about this game is its fun gameplay, where you can run up buildings, glide through the air and the overall freedom of movement. Unfortunately the missions themselves are very uninspired. You will spend most of the game looking for individuals and then stealth your way to them and “absorb them”, and by that I mean literally consume them! You’re a mutant infected with the same virus the character from the first game was, and as so, you’ve developed inhuman abilities such as claws (wolverine style) or a giant blade on you’re arm that can cut through most foes like butter. Normally a mission unravels as follows, you go from point A to point B, you either consume an enemy soldier and use his body to sneak to your target or you go in killing everyone and destroying every tank and helicopter in sight. There are also secondary missions where you’ll have to do the same but then enter a building while disguised and then eliminate a certain number of enemies inside (mutant or military) or consume another individual, rinse and repeat.

This can become tedious really quick for some players were it not for the fun factor of the game’s mayhem! It feels really satisfying to blow everything and everyone up with your mutations, consuming or ripping apart creatures with you blades or tentacles and just destroying your foes while trying to unravel the conspiracy beyond the spread of the virus that is infecting and decimating the population.

You play as James Heller, a soldier who blames the protagonist of the first game of something I won’t spoil for you, and wants to destroy him and the Blacklight virus. If you’ve played the first game you’ll be glad to see its main character, Alex Mercer, once more but this time your quest for vengeance may reveal some “interesting” facts about Mercer’s true intentions…

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You can probably find this game very cheap nowadays for either current gen consoles or the PC and as so I recommend you pick it up and give it a try sometime, you’ll have some senseless fun and get to experience one of the most fun open world exploration mechanics. Even Saints Row IV is getting clear inspiration from Prototype’s traversal system!

On a final note I would like to link you to another great Humble Bundle and I urge you to spread the message! 1$ for Dead Space 1 and 3, Mirror’s Edge, Medal of Honor, Burnout and Crysis 2 Maximum Edition is pretty sweet!

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The First Hours of DeadPool

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Today I’ll be covering a game that I expected to be either bad or mediocre, one that was going to have it’s own review, until I started playing it for a few hours and realized it wasn’t worth the time and effort. I do mean to beat it sometime and maybe talk a little more in depth about it but for now I’ll just share with you some of my opinions regarding the game.

As most of you probably know, Deadpool is a Marvel character that first emerged in 1991, it is known to be a mercenary schmuck who started as a villain and later became an anti-hero. As I’m not here to provide you with the history of the character, let us delve into the game itself.

The game is basically a brawler where you fight human and mutant enemies in waves while moving from point A to point B, that’s it… After a couple of hours, the only thing that may keep you engaged in this game is Nolan North’s superb job at portraying the “merc with a mouth”. As always the talented voice actor makes the character come alive and is one of the main reasons you’ll want to play this game, which doesn’t bode well for the game’s overall quality, does it?

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High moon studios, the people responsible for the title, realized the limitations of the game and during gameplay you can even hear Deadpool himself poking fun at the game’s (lack of) budget. It all just feels cheap, very dull and repetitive. Even it’s attempt at  humor isn’t for everyone… There are a lot of “dick” jokes and silly things like that. I personally love when they break the forth wall in games, especially in this case, where the main character is known to do it even in its natural habitat, the comic books. There’s something really entertaining in having the character you’re playing as directly interacting with you!

As any brawler, you’ll have plenty of upgrades to buy and a (small) selection of weapons to choose from, but unfortunately it won’t really matter as you’ll be grinding most of the gameplay just to get to the next cutscene and consequent jokes. The lack of enemy variation is painful and most of the scenarios you’ll be visiting are uninspired and boring… As mentioned previously, voice acting is where this game shines the brightest, and I don’t just mean Nolan’s work but also the other supporting voice actors in the game.

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It is rather unfortunate that this mercenary didn’t get a full blown AAA title dedicated to him, but I still have hopes he’ll be served justice in the future. As a final note, I would advise you NOT to buy the game unless you’re the most avid fan of the protagonist. There aren’t many reasons to go back to it once you complete it so just rent it if you’re curious or wait for its price to drop!

Oh Deadpool… Maybe Rocksteady will pick you up if you ask nicely. Until then… Blah…