Set in an alternate future where the Blacklight virus has devastated mankind, new protag James Heller is on a quest to destroy the virus, and kill it’s apparent progenitor Alex Mercer. Heller’s family was inevitably destroyed in the second outbreak of the Blacklight virus, that’s what the game Gods would have us believe, yet it’s a tried and true storyline that’s worked for other games – dangle Heller’s family as still being alive in front of him throughout the game, to goad him on. At least, one of his daughters.
The husband, the one who actually played the game while I watched, was rather disparaging when it came to describing the game’s RP missions. Apparently there is very little in the way of contiguous roleplay throughout the game missions available, it’s just go pick up all the virus drop box containers or whatever that that enemy helo just dropped. Rather spoonfed and unworthy. From what I observed, and the husband agrees, the actual game play itself, at least the flying through the air parts, were rather like Prince of Persia. And I thought the virus upgrades, where you can form weapons and attacks and such from Heller’s own diseased body in a rather Hellraiser fashion, at least visually was awesome. Can’t say if it was gameplay-wise, but the husband didn’t seem to think so. Heller is apparently a new protagonist for the sequel, and I must say I felt rather bad for him. Mercer’s sister Diana of course turns out to be a Protag ally as far as Heller goes, providing him with information to keep going, and trying to keep Heller focused on his goals rather than going off all Hulk-SMASH style on everything. There is a fair amount of cursing in the cut scenes of the game, and since a lot of it is coming from a huge disease-ridden Cenobite-style really pissed off black guy, I’d run.
I don’t recall watching the husband play the first Prototype game, which should tell you how memorable it was right there. The hubby does say the first one was better, but then he’s a bit biased. The cut scenes were okay, if not fairly interesting, for me to watch. But the actual gameplay didn’t once have me wanting to try it, nor watching all that often. And the plot tie-ins, what little there are frankly (I mean, if you’ve seen Resident Evil, you know how this is going to end) aren’t original enough to keep Lame Gamer going. It’s not terrible, but not great either, and so gets a 6 out of 10 rating.