Released on 24th April Prototype 2 proves to me better than its predecessor. Mutated characters, filled with flesh sucking abilities makes the new character Sergeant James Heller more deadly than Alex Mercer. If you had played already Prototype you can learn difference by watching some intro videos posted on the official website. Based on a revenge story of Sergeant James Heller the story rotates around both central characters. Alex Mercer is introduced in later stage. The gameplay is quiet similar to older one but with better upgrades and deadlier attack. Prototype has gained a nice popularity in violent game series which is loved by many. I found the gameplay awesome as it depicts a killer which waits for none. Later upgrades offer you enhanced power in comparison to Alex Mercer. Graphic comparison on console is much better than PC if released. Transformed to ultimate shape-lifting weapon Sgt James Heller is left to avenge his wife and child death. There are number of changes in the game. Fictional at New York Zero the game begins with infected wasteland. With new biological weapons and abilities players can come with combo of most devastating attack. Being violent game children of some ages might avoid this. The gameplay follows similar way of hunting, killing and consuming the creatures. The game intro trailers shows up Alex Mercer as the prime victim of Sergeant James Heller. But what unfolds can be known at the end of game chapters. This might be a bit disappointment for someone who had enjoyed Alex Mercer character as mutant killer.
It is worth here to discuss on the new game map. This time Radical Entertainment added larger space with lots of mini games in between to gain better EP. In the old version the map was divided into the Read infected zone and normal one. This time there is a Green zone which is heavily militarized. Yellow Zone is the quarantine part of NYZ where infected are blocked and kept. The last one Red Zone is the same what you see in older version. This is the part which is entirely consumed by the Virus and there are no chances of healing. Prototype 2 features a new add-on called as RADNET. This offer you a number of unlock and upgrades for this game. Unlike Prototype the new version also features a number of skills that you can shop. You have to earn as much EP as you can to gain better upgrades. The upgrade box is simple changed to smaller and to the point.
Game Features :
- The Power of Tendrils : Prepare to unleash the ultimate form of shape-shifting devastation. Sgt James Heller’s incredible new Tendril power lets you lift and tear apart cars and military vehicles, ensnare powerful infected beasts and even rip large groups of enemies to shreds . Get ready to unleash hell!
- Customize Your Killer : Prototype 2 delivers the raw power of character customization back into your hands, allowing players to creatively mix-n-match a devastating range of new Mutation perks into their ultimate Prototype. Faster and bigger locomotion abilities, sharper claws or even enhanced disguise abilities – the choice is yours!
- Hunt – Kill – Become : Imagine having the power to track down any enemy by unleashing a powerful sonar-pulse from your body! Sgt James Heller brings an all new dimension to the Prototype experience by letting you Hunt, Kill and Become anyone standing in your way. Disguise yourself as a soldier, scientist or anyone at all whilst absorbing their memories and acquiring new abilities. It doesn’t get any better than this!
- Bring Down The Devil : Next year, gamers will experience the epic story of Sgt James Heller attempting to take down the devil himself… Alex Mercer. Unraveled against the explosive backdrop of New York Zero and it’s vicious factions warring for control over the infection, Prototype 2 sets the stage for the ultimate showdown “event” videogame of 2012.
- Size Does Matter : Utilizing the unparalleled technology of Radical’s proprietary ‘Titanium 2.0’ engine, Prototype 2 will redefine gamer’s expectations of over-the-top open world action. Witness building-sized Infected behemoths bullrushing entire city streets, whilst gliding and parkouring across swarms of highly trained Blackwatch soldiers. Prototype 2 = Bigger, Badder, Better!
- New York Zero: An All New Open-World Hunting Ground! : The New York that humanity has come to know and love over the years no longer exists…it is now New York Zero, or more simply, NYZ. PROTOTYPE 2’s NYZ open-world sandbox is broken up into three completely distinct zones. From the heavily militarized “Green Zone”, to the overcrowded refugee shanty town camps of the quarantined “Yellow Zone”, all the way to the war-ravaged nightmare known as the “Red Zone” – this is a city unlike anything gamer’s have experienced before. The home of Alex Mercer, the Red Zone portrays a nightmarish vision where the Blacklight virus has completely overrun the city’s shattered skyscrapers and population, with infection and the risk of death at every corner.
The Strong Survive.
The menu is very simple. There are minimum options which start with New Game and Option button to check your game settings. To begin if you are new you can start with Easy Mode. Or else Normal mode will be give you more challenge. The game begins with an intro of Heller’s disturbing memories. The cinematic is more realistic merged with some news imaging giving a new look and feel to the game. As the video says that NYZ is infected and Black Troops has taken over the city and quarantine the infected zones. Alex Mercer termed as the cause of devastation, which indulge Heller to find him and avenge against what caused to his family. Heller came to know that his wife and daughter is killed because of infection led by Mercer. Heller’s tank is attacked. Heller founds Alex verifying the dead soldiers and attack him which was a failed attempt. Anyhow the start cinematic is bit longer which shows a fight between Alex and Heller. The game starts from here now. You are in the shoes of Heller and have to follow Alex. This time Alex looks to be more cruel and powerful. He looks to be the villain in game which controls the Mutants also. While following the Heller will first encounter a Mutant. With a knife in this hand he is bound to die or kill. The first chapter does not provide any special power to Heller. You will need to perform dodge or jump type of skills here. Later on Heller will be attacked by a big creepy zombie who looks more similar to the women in first game who termed to be mother of all infections. Also you will need to kill a mutant with knife. Keep an eye on the screen instructions. After that a new cinematic begins where Heller found himself in front of Alex Mercer. After attacking by Alex Mercer, Heller survives and found himself in a very changed situation. Here you will learn basic attack skills with enhanced power because of Mercer Virus. Some zombie’s attacks and the screen guide you to with the key to perform action. Heller finds himself captivated in a room from where he tries to escape. The first objective of this part is to defeat the infected. Tap and Hold if you are using your Xbox or PS3 lets you to perform combo attacks.
The same can be done via Mouse Click and holding the front key W or whatever assigned. A high kick offer devastating effect to bring down number of infected in single time. This was some kind of new test perform to generate another Mercer. There is lots of violence and blood in the game. As the cinematic ends Heller consumes a Black Troop commando to escape the location. The health bar on the top left indicates the amount of life left in Heller. Grab the Trooper and consume him to get more health. Consume more infected in the room to heal yourself. The default key might be E in the pc (not yet out for pc). As your health is full you will need to find the way out. The only way to get out is broken the window on tab. Grab the table and throw it to lab window. As Heller escape from the lab window another cut scene appears which brings the real twist. Alex Mercer shows Heller the cause of virus outbreak and asks him help to destroy Gentek and virus created by them. In this part Heller follows Mercer instructions to fight with the virus. So in short. Alex needs a companion to deal with Gentek and infection. From here Heller begins to play the role of Mercer.
The second chapter begins with Black Troop inspection in the city to distinguish infected and non infected. They are over the city killing those who carry infection will be soon turning to flesh eating zombies. A kind of Resident Evil stuff. This is the Yellow Zone where a secure refugee area is constructed. This is the first checkpoint of game where Heller deals with Black Troop soldiers. Keep an eye on the Alert Meter. Which is Red means you are watched and hunted soon. As the meter go down you can disguise yourself to hide from others and stay cleaner on the road. Hit the commander and consume him. Same like older game after consume you can take their form also. The first objective in this part is to escape from the solders. The attacks are quick and frequent know. Heller already owns all the abilities of Mercer. The glide in air, high kick and devastating attack. Heller has to escape the Alert now. The Alert Meter should be off. Try to find location where you are unseen for a while. Unless and until the Alert Meter is off you cannot shapeshift. The helicopter attack is more devastating which consume a large part of your health in less time. So here you need to be more frequent in the game. An arrow on the screen shows you the place of objective. The same blue arrow covered with black and blue outline mostly placed on high ground. Run towards it. As you reach your first objective is to locate Father Guerra in a Church. Location is showed in the map. Grab your boots and run like hell. Heller abilities are better than Mercer. He is equipped with glide, high jump type of upgrades which we have to purchase in Prototype.
Look into the cinematic for further discussion. Father Guerra says Blackwatch kind of cause for stuff which is disagreed by Heller. Next stop is Hospital where Heller will find the Commander to find the Blackwatch Truth. The infected vision tells Heller about his target to consume. This infected vision now called as Hunting ability. The ability allows you to found your target in millions. The target is shown in a Red Skeleton whom you can attack blindly. To begin attack you will need to send a Hunting pulse first. After that when the target is located, change yourself to soldier whom you consumed before and charge to avoid sudden attacks. The memories of Command will put lights on the coming objective. After consuming the Commander as usual escape the alert. Heller’s next objective is to reach the parking lot of Hospital and consume the Blackwatch Commander. The soldiers which he consumes are keys to reach the objectives. The Hunt Pulse lets you to find the target. If you cannot see you can search from high altitude. As you keep moving you can press the Hunt Pulse to locate your target. You have to cross that broken bridge by jumping higher and gliding. The commander is on broken bridge. Once you locate him consume him. The memories told Heller now to locate Colonel Rooks. The same things begin now. Find yourself safe place to get rid of those Helicopters. You have to escape the alert as soon as you can. This your first Mission which completes knows. And another mission Operation FlyStrap is unlocked. Also there are number of Blackboxes which you can keep collecting to find better upgrades. Heller’s job is to collect those 5 Blackboxes to become more and more powerful. There is more deadly MUTATION pending to unleash.
The new objective is located on top of building marked with arrow. Follow the same on map. Greater distance can be covered while gliding. Operating FlyStrap begins as you reach the arrow. Father Guerra contacts Heller on upcoming situation. The first objective in this place is to visiting the Test Site in Washington and stopping Blackwatch to releases a specimen sample. There are number of test carried out by the Blackwatch related to the infection. Heller now head towards the Test site. The Blackwatch commandos release a Mutant Brawler to attack civilians. Your objective is to fist skip his attacks and defeat him. Brawler is a zombie creature which more deadly this time. It attacks in front so the best way to skip his attack is dodge frequently. The health meter on the top of Brawler shows the depleting power. After defeating the Brawler consume him to get the first weapons The Claws. Find some more Brawlers in the same area and kill them too. The Crawl power lets you to perform more devastating attacks on enemy. Consume another one also. There is a small match here where you can kill some Blackwatch commandos to gain more EP. This is a bonus objective. The entire map is filled with lots of Bonus objective. You have to destroy the entire Blackwatch commanders. As you move find a bazooka and target Blackwatch APC. You will need some lucky shot to destroy the APC completely. Once you are done exist the alert as fast you can to reach the next objective where you will need to reach Father Guerra. At this point Father Guerra is convinced that you can stop Blackwatch. He guides you for the further objective. Mission Operation FlyStrap ends up here.
The next objective here is to find Colonel Rooks. Reach Blacknet Terminal and use it to locate Rooks. To use the terminal you will have to find a valid access key. The access is an authenticated Blackwatch or Scientist. Locate the same consume it and reach back to the Terminal. This is place where you will have to stay as low as you can. The soldiers are around and it is not better to raise an alert. To access the records the next job you have to do is to find Dr. Samuel Billingsley. Hunt pulse here will guide you to the target. After consuming the doctor the new operation here begins.
Operation : Stronghold Belt
The objective of this chapter is to inflitrate the Blackwatch location and stops the experiments carried out by them. You have to locate Rooks now. You can see a cinematic which lands Heller to the Lab. This lab is the restricted area where no one can access. To infiltrate you have to take the form of Blackwatch soldier. You need to find a proper Military Form to access. The form of Dr. Samuel Billingsley will help you to access. But do not shapeshift in front of all. After entering the area you need to consume the Commander to move further. The Commander is the key to access military facility. So you have to consume the same silently and then enter facility. You can see the symbol of key over Commander. Remember there should not be any alert or the mission simply fails. Inside the military facility there is another room which can be access only by a VIP Key. Consume another Commander. The stealth mode here can help you to consume the commander silently. To avoid alert there is another guard in the same room. If you consume Commander the guard will raise the alarm. Consume him first and then the Commander. Exit the room and reach the top VIP room. Inside this you need to find Dr. Genovese and consume him. This has to be done also very silently. Use the Hunt Pulse to locate Dr. Genovese. The Hunt Pulse also helps you to find who is watching you. If you consume anyone and any other soldier in the room if watching you, the mission will fail. So first thing you can do is consume the who is continuously watching you which are the guard in room to avoid any security alert. Then go for the final target. Dr. Genovese form will help you to find Rooks record in nearby computer database. Once you got the records exit the facility. New Mutation award is given in the end of this mission. Once you are out a new sub-mission is unlocked which is called as Brain Drain. Look in the menu for type of skill or attack you want. Now follow the map and move ahead for the next objective. You are begin watched and the Alert Meter shows you the same. So if you find yourself try to avoid the alert and move to some other part. There is a R reflecting on the map. Reach to that place.
The new objective just begins now. The Blacknet Terminal shows up Rooks location here. The base is guarded heavily. Consume a soldier and be in disguise. Your activates are noticed in the game. Keep an eye on the alert meter. The first task here is to enter Blackwatch Base. After consuming the Blackwatch soldier move towards the base. The light in alert meter indicates that you are being watched. To enter the base you will have to consume Blackwatch Trooper marked with key in the base over his head. After consuming head towards the base entry and scan to enter. You have to enter base and kill Rooks here. Colonel Rooks is briefing his team members for a mission. In the facility Heller will need to locate and consume each and every scientist. You can find the consume indication on the area. This place is a bit complicated to deal with as the Blackwatch Troop will be open firing you. So without wasting much time consume each of them one by one. This entire level is based on chase and consume. Find Dr. Shaffled and consume him. The Hunt Pulse here will guide you for the targets location. The APC needs to be destroyed. Find a Rocket Launcher and use it. Dr. Shaffled is in the APC trying to flee away. Destroy the APC and consume him. Once done get rid of the alert. The mission ends here.
Project Long Shadow
Try to find some Blackbox in the area to gain better upgrades. This is a side mission. Look at the mark in map and reach to start your new objective. You will need to pass-through a military area to start the next objective. There are two ways of going. Enter directly raising an alert or find a disguise and start silently. Project Long Shadow consist of an objective were Gentek is testing virus on Civilian. Heller has to find what is Phase one and end this soon. Reach the marked location in map. The new mission begins from here. The facility here Heller is moving is Gentek research facility. Enter the facility in disguise. Inside Gentek Facility scientist are working on Hydra. This is another zombie creature which you have to defeat first. There are rocket launchers in the area. Find them jump and shoot. A number of attacks will bring it down. Hydra will be a tough competitor to kill. You will not only have to defeat it, but also get rid of security alert. The new upgrade Tendrils will be awarded to you whom you can use to kill all the Blackwatch soldiers. Kill all of them. The Tendril attack offers you more devastating attack killing number of soldiers in one shot. One you are out of facility, consume the marked dna and exit the area as fast as you can. Some more upgrades will be awarded. Strike Team will be engaged and attack you. Get rid of it. Now there are two objectives on the map marked.
The new mission here is to stop Gentek to release monsters on civilians. Reach Test Site Jefferson to stop Gentek Civilian testing. At this place your objective is to kill all Blackwatch Defenders one by one. They are spreads around the entire area. Find each of them and kill. The read marked over their heads are to be destroyed which also includes an APC. Because only after defeating them all you can access the Test Site. Once you are done exit the alert and enter the site. You will have to consume a commander before. The part will unveil the shield power. The cinematic shows how civilians are poured in test. Consume a Senior Biologist in the area so that you can get access to the experiment room. Once you raise the alert you will need to kill each of them in the area. Or else doing that in stealth mode is also possible. Your enemy here is Juggernaut. This is a tough guy. You can use rocket launchers on him. The kill time is very slow but with couple of try you can end up this. Try to stay as far as you can and shoot with rocket launcher. The Shield power here is upgraded one. You can block the rocket and revert the same attack on enemy. Exit the Test site and alert.
There are number of side missions in the game also. The game is quiet long with many mor chapters coming up. So it is better that you play. The game offers a wide variety of weapons yet to unlock. There are ample of mission coming up soon.