Become the ultimate shape-shifting weapon!
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Release Date: 26 Jul, 2012

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"Activision ain't giving this series another shot again, most likely. Shame. Overlooked, but the Prototype games were pretty great, I always thought."

About This Game

Welcome to New York Zero.

The sequel to Radical Entertainment’s best-selling open-world action game of 2009, Prototype® 2 takes the unsurpassed carnage of the original Prototype and continues the experience of becoming the ultimate shape-shifting weapon. You are Sgt James Heller, husband to a deceased wife and child and a soldier left simply to die.

As the game’s all-new infected protagonist, players will experience Sgt James Heller cutting a bloody swathe through the wastelands of post-viral New York Zero. Equipped with unparalleled new shapeshifting powers,players will gradually build a vast genetic arsenal of deadly new biological weapons and abilities as they hunt, kill and consume their way toward the ultimate goal – to kill…Alex…Mercer!

Are you ready to murder your maker?

Key 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: 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz, AMD Phenom X3 8750
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0C or later
    • Sound: Any DirectX 9 compatible Sound Card
    • Supported Input Devices: Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox 360® Controller
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.7 GHz or better, AMD Phenom II X4 3 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1GB) or better, ATI Radeon HD 5850 (1GB) or better
Helpful customer reviews
97 of 138 people (70%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: 1 November
Ebola Simulator 2012
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: 26 October
At first this just seemed like a big ripoff of the first one, but if you get past the first 20% of the game the story becomes much more gripping and interesting. I'm glad I revisited this game and finished it, it was very rewarding.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: 5 October
Prototype 2 was an alright game. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't that great. Some new additions, skills and abilities from the first game, but not much change other then the advancement of story line.

The story line takes place after Alex Mercer has released the virus and begun infecting New York City. He has become corrupt with power and seeks destruction. It almost seems generic as the first game, but still quite playable. I did enjoy it, as much as I could, but probably not as much as I did with the first Prototype. The story line did play out pretty well, but they could have done a much better job with this epidemic.

The combat system was alright as well. It had some new additions and skills to go with it, but like I mentioned before, not many. The combat is very gory. Much to be expected from a game of infection. The input of the combat didn't differ much from the first Prototype. I also think they could've done more with this as well. It's always from to drop from 1000ft to Ground Zero and devour someone for their health and identity. Always useful when trying to escape from the armed forces.

A lot of work and changes should have been made before release. I would recommend getting this on special if you are at all interested in this game. It's still a good game, just not a great game. I completed it in under 20 hours.

3/5
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: 20 November
Alright.
I completed Prototype 2 less than 5 minutes ago, and Prototype 1, I've played probably more than 200 hours in total.
Are they the same experience? NO. With a change of protagonist and a complete revamp of the abilities, upgrade system, and fighting mechanics, Prototype 1 and PRototype 2 are two very different (and both incredible) experiences.

The Abilities.
Instead of one ability equipped at a time, with a multitide of combos and attacks, P2 features 2 abilities assigned to Mouse Button 1 and 2. This makes combat simpler than P1, but not nessecarily better. P1 contains thousands of combinations to simply desecrate your enemies. P2 has much gorier attacks, special moves, and kill sequences, but P1 simply goes more in depth. If you wanna know more, play the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game.

Upgrade System.
Prototype 1 had a currency based upgrade system in which you would collect EP (Evolution Points) in ludicrous amounts and spend them on upgrades, of which there were, I believe, over 100. Prototype 2 features a leveling system, in which the EP (still present) acts as experience points. Upon leveling, the player chooses a single upgrade. Whether either one is better, I can't say, because I didn't have a problem with either of them. They were acceptable mechanics that did what they were meant to. Can you really ask for more?

Fighting Mechanics.
Incredible. Please just play it. It's Incredible.

Story.
In my opinion, P2's story was FAR better than P1. The original Prototype has more of a focus on the hack and slash, kill everything, be a total badass through ACTIONS. P2, on the other hand, has more of an emotional story, in which the character (still badass, still ♥♥♥♥s ♥♥♥♥ up) is less cold, and is more emotional. I felt more immersed with Heller than with Mercer.

Final Thoughts
If you can spare the funds, ♥♥♥♥ING BUY IT. If you can't, you better start a damn trust fund, because both Prototype 1 and Prototype 2 are excellent, amazing games that give 2 amazing experiences.

SPOILER ALERT
The protagonist is black. Not once did I hear any sort of mention that he was black, nor did I hear a racial slur at any point. Nice. That's the way to go.

Rating

Sure ok m8 i r8 8/8
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: 2 October
im come on i got it on sale for 10 buck its awesome and my favorite game ever
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: 1 November
Play as Alex was better, but you can be a half god in manhattan with this guy too.
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28 of 49 people (57%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: 30 June
Now, in my opinion, Prototype 1 is superior to this one in alot of ways, it was one of the best open world games I have played, hacking and slashing your way through New York was really fun. Now, Prototype 2 is a really good and fun game in my opinion. The gameplay is pretty much the same with the controls etc, but the game takes away some freedom you had in prototype 1. And I've heard alot of negative responses because the main character is black, but I personally don't mind. I like this change. The story can also be a bit better, they shouldn't have taken the revenge thingy again, but it SOMEWHAT fits in, if there is going to be another Prototype game, it needs some better lore. Overall, the game is worth playing, and very addicting at that.
7.5/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: 16 July
Prototype 2 is so utterly ridiculous that it's hard to wipe the smile from your face.

It starts out weak but ends SO MUCH, much stronger, although its missions and storyline never really rise to a level beyond “enjoyable.” Even so, it’s enormously fun as an open-world playground, especially once all of Heller’s powers are at your disposal; there are always fun ways to experiment, to cause horrific violence and to watch the hapless pedestrians scatter.

If you’re looking for an epic, hugely varied adventure, look elsewhere, but if you want a game that lets you run amok in creative, bloody ways, Prototype 2 is pretty incredible.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: 25 October
I enjoyed the part in PROTOTPE 2 where you tear people in half and eat them. James Heller was definitely my prefered character other than Alex Mercer, just because of how violent and exciting he is to play as. I have to admit though as much as I like this game, at times the game did get to a stage where I felt like I couldn't be bothered to continue playing. But once the mission was out of the way, I was back into the fun. If you catch people talking about a bad PC port, I didn't experience any problems through my playthrough so I'm guessing that port has been patched? I'd recommend this game to people who like free-roaming, violent, adventure games where you proceed to grow your character throughout the story. Overall, I really enjoyed PROTOTYPE 2, but not enough to repeat the "New Game+" - where you start again but keep all of your stats and powers. That's my opinion though.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November
Prototype 2 is a game thats got you feeling overpowered right from the start.

PROS
-Amazing Cutscenes
-OKAY Story Line
-Great fights
-Cool Combos
-Level System
-Free Roam
-TONS of extra stuff to do

CONS
-Not The Best Graphics
-Horrible Voice Acting
-Some-what Repitative Missions


Overall i really enjoyed this game. What it lacked in Graphics and Voice Acting it made up in fun stuff to do.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: 26 July
One of the best open-world third-person view action games!
While the story may look ridiculous, it's actually doesn't matter.
The storyline is like a good old-fashioned trash movie, while
the gameplay... that is what it's all about!

Love the game engine - all in one - AI, physics, graphics
(game looks yummy even on my low-end videocard).
The setting is also a strong part of the game. I did not
played the first game, so for me it was a nice surprise.
It's like Resident Evil except YOU are the Biohazard here.

Pretty damn nice, 9.6/10

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: 3 October
It's not a perfect sequel, but it improves in enough areas that make it very enjoyable and worth buying.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: 18 July
I don't usually really like open-world cityscape games, but this keeps a tight focus on giving you an arc of getting new abilities and then using them for a while, and moving on. The only real "open world" aspect is to go collect powerups, which can all be found with minimal hairpulling, which is greatly appreciated.

Ultimately this game is a solid beat-em-up, with some sandbox elements; don't expect a lot of variety in terms of alternative things to do. It can be a little samey and drag as you approach the end, but you want to forgive it because the core gameplay usually feels good, and gives you so many options when trying to figure out how to smash through a set of enemies with as much health remaining as possible. It's very clear that they refined the combat system rather than throw on random minigame distractions, and I appreciate the game's sense of focus.

I can't recommend it at $40 but if you can get it heavily discounted then it's definitely worth your time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: 11 September
Awesome action game, best played with a controller IMO.

Just jumping around the city can be fun on it's own, combine that with ridiculous power and upgradeable moves and you will have a good time. Story is easy to follow but I didn't care much for the characters, I much preffered jumping off a roof and then tossing a car on a group of people. Third person, super here style action, melee and guns, fun boss fights and all around solid action game.

This is one of those titles that you can just jump in and mindless wreck stuff for a hour, very satisfying.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: 8 July
The sequel for an infamous sandbox game, Prototype. Meet Sergeant Heller, new Prototype venture around now infected NYZ,
Discover your power and fight your way to find the truth behind the whole Mercer Virus Outbreak.
Many new power, like Tendril and Bio-bomb will give you more variety to devastate and dominate your enemy.
Worth to play and spend your times to play many Radnet challenge with your friends.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: 24 December
I started this game with a bad experience and gave it a bad review.
Because their was a bug and I was stuck, but after fixing that I got to actually play the game.

Man this game is amazing and its very creative also.
Basicly you are a test subject and you unlock all kinds of wicked powers morving your enemy's body into you.

Yeah thats right you can asorb people and some of them will give you new powers.
I also love that theirs a Green Zone, Yellow Zone, Red Zone and the Red Zone is so filled with infected you cant even walk over the streets without being attacked, so you get to use floating, wall running and air dashing allot.

Powers you can have are:
- Hammerfist
- Blades
- Claws
- Tendrils
- Whipfist

Your arms will morf into these weapons its just awsome.
I would buy this game on sale, shame no next version is comming.

Because the game isnt perfect it has bugs, controlling the person in the begin might take some getting used to.
Would expect more from Activision, but yeah this game has so much potential.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: 18 July
this game is one of the funist sand boxs ever
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: 18 July
Prototype 2 is a massive upgrade from Prototype.
Smoother gameplay, improved combat, a more organized system of upgrading, and amped up graphics (no more odd looking cars).
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: 30 July
Was a pretty good game I would say as good as the first
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: 1 August
All the little touches that made the original so great are missing. In Prototype 1 beating on a zombie was like an elegant dance that you had full control over how it was executed. The combat system in Prototype 2 was chopped to pieces and sewn back together from Prototype 1 all in the name of letting you use two abilities at once. But those abilities only have half the options in the name of making you able to hot-swap them faster. You also only get one new main power different from Prototype 1. I CANNOT RECCOMEND PROTOTYYPE 1 ENOUGH but 2 is an unworthy successor. The commercial got me all jazzed and the game let me down.
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