Prototype Updated Hands-On Impressions

We head back to an infected New York City to clean up some mutants and do a little field testing.

Last time we had a chance to take control of Alex Mercer and run him through an infected present-day New York City, we got a feel for his unique killing abilities. This time around, we were given the option of taking things a little slower and trying out the pseudostealth mechanics available in Prototype.

Warped forward to about halfway through the game, our initial job was to seek out and make contact with Dr. Ragland, an as-yet-unintroduced medical contact, at his lab. With the point marked on our map with a glowing yellow marker, we decided to stay above the fray going on at street level by dashing up buildings and then hurling ourselves off of and gliding to the next structure. Once we got close to our target destination, we descended to mingle with the crowd of citizens while wearing our now well-recognised hooded sweatshirt. Given that our progression with the game hasn't been chronological, it's still unclear what sort of awareness the locals have of Alex's presence or whether they perceive him as a threat.

Once we were on the street and mixing with the people, our cover status immediately jumped to code yellow, warning us that performing any superhero ability would quickly drop our cover. The good doctor was in, and although the cutscene was brief, he appeared sympathetic and helpful to Alex's plight. It was here that he handed us a giant syringe full of some kind of antibody and instructed us to seek out a nearby Hunter mutant to try out the mixture. From the rapport the two seemed to share, we got the distinct impression that it was with a view to testing the formula, with the ultimate goal of using it to return Alex to some semblance of normalcy.

Our next stop was to head to a nearby Black Watch outpost, which was housing a required helicopter. Perched on a nearby roof, we scoped out the complex and the best way to get to the chopper. As is the case with the rest of Prototype, we were presented with two obvious ways of handling the situation. The first was to jump in with superpowers blazing and nuke the place. The other approach used a little more finesse, trading fists for a stealth consumption of a nearby soldier and then simply walking in with the rest of the unit unaware.

This is a game of fantasy, so naturally we decided to try going in with arms swinging. Unfortunately, once we hit the ground we were immediately fired on, forcing us to flee because we had underestimated the sheer number of personnel. For our second go, we went the sneaky way, dragging a nearby rocket-launcher-wielding trooper into a secluded spot and consuming him, stealing his identity and casually strolling in unnoticed. Consuming the biomass of the pilot of the helicopter rewarded us with a brief cutscene of the pilot's life before we jumped in and took to the skies.

Once in the air, we needed to follow a signal-strength meter to locate and destroy nearby rooftop water reservoirs. Apparently the water towers are where Hunters hang out, and it wasn't long until we were instructed to chase one down and inject it with the serum. Luckily for us, a Hunter was already turning cars and locals into paste nearby, and we simply had to head over. We ditched our chopper by holding the B button, falling to earth with a thud and unleashing a barrage of fists. Once we had done enough damage to trigger it, we were presented with the option to grab the Hunter by pressing B and then consume it with the Y button. It was at this point that the mission ended.

Are Alex and his doctor buddy using the local mutants as test subjects? If so, is he any better than whoever turned him into what he is? Unfortunately, we're going to have to sit tight and wait a little longer to find out more when the game is launched on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in June this year.

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335 comments
darkendoness
darkendoness

Is the first part (i.e.Training/tutorial) supposed to be this constant jumping and unable to focus on everything? The cars the creatures and everything else are way up in the air and the screen is nothing but tan, having a hard time. I've used K.B. and 360 controller still a pain in the ars.. hope this gets better..Right now it's extremely frustrating..

jelly76
jelly76

I would say the people that think Prototype is AWFUL are either totally retarded or have only played it for about 30 minutes. Seriously at first I was VERY WORRIED when playing Prototype, Then I breathed a huge sigh of relief as the 'tutorial' mission parts ended and the 'real' game began. The more you play this game , simply, the better it gets. No one in their right mind would call this AWFUL trust me. It runs well, Looks nice, Sounds awesome, has nice cutscenes, has the main story and side challenges etc, you can upgrade your powers etc...and the best reason to get this game.......ITS FUN! Something that has been missing from a lot of recent releases. If you like disease, blood, gore, tanks, parkour, guns, super human abilities, dismemberment etc your onto a winner.

mikg7
mikg7

i ve just bought it for ps3... lets see....

mikg7
mikg7

lots of advirtisements for this game my friend slide5.in this site and many others. i hope that the score will be true and not overrated for the above reason....

1Slide5
1Slide5

that's why i want to see a proper rewiew and a score from the pros so i can make up my mind 'cuz people are telling all sorts od stuff about prototype -.-

mickcivic
mickcivic

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mikg7
mikg7

i visit everyday this page to see the gamespot score? comon!!! the half people say that it is excellent and the other half that it is awful. WHY???

1Slide5
1Slide5

where the f*ck is a gamespot rewiew od prototype and a score?

Kubilius
Kubilius

Well, just played a few hours and it's not that awesome or so open-world as they presented before... not sure, so far dissapointed somehow :/

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

The story did sound exciting. I might get the game.....I just hope it's not a game like assassin's creed

cRaZyGaMeR22
cRaZyGaMeR22

this game....the open world aspect, the serious slaughters, pretty much doing everything all those super heros wish they could do....everyone has tried to match up InFamous and Prototype but after demo-ing this game and now tonight being able to actually play it prototype hands down is the better of the two!!!!

zakhaev
zakhaev

my god this masterpiece looks so awesome that i could pay 1000$ for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jocool1
jocool1

Did this really release today? I don't see any reviews and haven't heard anything about it selling yet.

OmegaXIV
OmegaXIV

This game looks great! Pre ordered a copy. Just have to wait a few more days for its release in Europe. If only the days could go a little faster!

Luke253
Luke253

holy crap this game looks so friggin awesum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

spiderman52
spiderman52

$h!t this game is b@d@$$ im getting my copy

Glokwerk
Glokwerk

Almost wish I didnt blow all my money on Red Faction a few days ago.

todsnet
todsnet

Hell I preordered my copy and I get it on the 9th of june. Can't wait.

OBrienNX
OBrienNX

Pre ordered....should come on the 11th, a day earlier than release...how come Australlia gets it before the UK...really...

C-Dawg007
C-Dawg007

damn, damn, damn, damn, damn it all. prototype looks superb. this will deff blow more than half of tha ps3 games outta tha water. tha previews and trailers will just anybody want this game. you hafta be stupid not to want it, lol. it's like a combination of hulk (being super powerful), GTA (being able to travel just about anywhere, and resident evil (every1 likes killing zombies). damn i cant wait for this game to come out in europe. oh, btw, does any1 know that date? and im pretty new to gamespot, so add me please. i like to say my opinion on anything reasonable and ill put up a good arguement if you disagree. as long as tha arguement doesnt get gay lol.

prototype-jb
prototype-jb

This game is going to be so sweet. I've been waiting for this game since i heard about it. I already pre-ordered my copy!!!

pocket-dragon
pocket-dragon

This...looks great. I've been hearing a lot about it, but didn't think much of it. After reading/watching some of the stuff circling around the web and talking to some friends, this sounds like it'll be one hell of a game. Open-world game-play...but you play as a "Genetically Enhanced" being? WOOT. I'll probably get this one real quick after it's release.

eastknowdlee
eastknowdlee

This game sound like what i dreamed about being when i was a evil little kid,but wihtout the fire & ice skills,lol.I cant wait to see if this game live up to what you then made it & please lord dont let it be a minute game!

dijji497
dijji497

Im really excited for this, it looks great! I just love that its so insane.

LakesOfFire
LakesOfFire

I can't wait to play the new Red Faction, but I'll have to. The PC version doesn't release until August.

jbahari
jbahari

I am thoroughly enjoying Infamous. I look forward to the Prototype review, the game looks like a whole lotta fun.

mulder_000
mulder_000

I'm Buying this one, don't know about Red Faction Guerilla yet. As one of those who doesn't have a PS3, I was pissed about not being able to get inFamous, but this looks just as good or better so I'm all good now lol..Oh and Lakes I bought that crap pile Mercs 2 also..you can get it for $5 now lol.

TT_audi_34
TT_audi_34

should I buy this game or Red faction Guerilla

sick_dope_rad
sick_dope_rad

I'm gonna wait until after reviews to buy it, but this look pretty fun.

LakesOfFire
LakesOfFire

This game gets released next week. Why hasn't any PC gaming media outlet reviewed the final product yet? I cancelled my pre-order. Don't wanna sink $50 into another "Mercs 2" debacle.

Hephaesus
Hephaesus

Guys online videos are crap so i bet the graphics will be a lot better on the actual game and besides i have yet to hold the controller in my hand and play this game so until then im just going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say that it "looks" awesome and i definately want to try it. Infamous was awesome but i will admit i wanted a bit more violence like heads popping off and people catching on fire if you shocked them. Prototype offers a bit more gore.. well a lot more gore. Well either way i believe this game will be awesome

Spencer24892
Spencer24892

This game looks pretty cool, but i'm worried that it might be too easy. It seems like you can just destroy everything in your path without much challenge.

ChrisM95
ChrisM95

WOW.... looks awesome, can't wait to get it.

celestial_todd
celestial_todd

vvv but what about faith's parkour abilities? I guess this is like infamous vs prototype? can't for it's release!

porkchameleon
porkchameleon

Playing inFAMOUS now, can't say it's bad or that good as GS review stated, but it's fun nonetheless. And I kinda miss all the gore already (even without playing [Prototype] :P) There are some strange framerate issues during HUGE explosions in inF - jumps from 50 fps to 15-20 (or so) and back for a few seconds - hope this one won't have such problems on my 360. And Cole's parkour abilities make Altair look like a cripple :D [/offtopic]

hellpolice
hellpolice

I think this game will be better than infamous just because of the combos and the power absorbing ability. I wonder if one come across any person in the city and absorb its memories and talents for example absorbing the memories and abilities of a serial killer then killing other foes will be easier instead of just walking to a rotating item that gives you a hit boost like in most games in other words thsi boost will feel and look like they are part of the environments and not sticking out like a sore thump.

bobbyleez
bobbyleez

@OddityInfinitas Dude, I couldn't have said it better myself, I'm rather bad at English, but what you just said kind of meant what I was trying to get out all the long XD 100% with you bro.

OddityInfinitas
OddityInfinitas

To: bobbyleez Well the Character in Infamous also has the whole be good or evil thing so it's not a simple hero or villain game but its your decision more than this game allows, Prototype is more you have to be a little bad at the least and its unavoidable sort of like in Fallout 3, so there are some similarity's plus the release dates are very close which is why the both have so many comments about the other on their page. I personally will be getting this over Infamous if I have to chose.

bobbyleez
bobbyleez

@fluteboy95 I have to agree that you're right. I totally agree that BOTH games are looking great, even though I don't have a PS3, I still wish I could get InFamous. Both games are gonna be rad, as my older post stated. Also, about the slow gameplay, I think I misused my words. What I mean was the ability to "parkour" even though that's not really what he does in inFamou but you get the point, since inFamous is more concentrated on precision and Prototype on Mindless killing (Which I LOVE). And as Radical said on their boards, the reason why Prototype has mindless violence and blood, and after all those super-powers, Alex isn't a superhero...well...Because YOU wouldn't want to. I don't get why people even TRY to compare these two games... Also, I just find funny how you, and a lot of people tend to rate anything dark, black, whatever as "emo" I mean, Prototype looks nothing like an "emo blood bath"

SickleNotSycthe
SickleNotSycthe

Sounds like fun, has a lot of potential. Hopefully it will be truly open, and not lock the player in to a certain style. If (like in the above preview) it is nearly impossible to approach situations head on, then the game will become stale.

Blazerbop
Blazerbop

I think that this game looks pretty awesome! I love the whole idea of consuming other people to get their abilities and to upgrade your own powers. I think that this game could require a little bit of strategy in the ways that you execute your playing style, and that is always a selling point for me.

fluteboy95
fluteboy95

I'm also not saying there's not a lot of murder in InFamous, but I think we can all agree that Prototype has a bit higher of a innocent death count then InFAMOUS. And InFamous is optional. (I say that like everyone isn't going to be evil that can get InFAMOUS) :P

fluteboy95
fluteboy95

bobby, I am not making myself look like an idiot by stating OPINIONS!! InFAMOUS is not a slow game and I'm not the only one who thinks this way, I simply posted my first message so that I would be the one person who had the guts to post it. I'm not the only one who thinks that way. I'm also not saying Prototype is going to suck, I'm not saying it's a bad storyline, what I'm trying to point out is that a game dosn't need ruthless amounts of blood to be good. AND InFAMOUS is not a slow paced game by any means. So let's all agree that BOTH games are going to be good. Some people get so into this "Which system is better?" crap that it gives me a migrane. And PS3 owners being excited about InFamous isn't a crime. It's the first PS3 exclusive that's good in a very long time. The xbox has more exclusives that they rub in PS3 owner's faces constantly, Fable, Halo, Gears of War 2, and Lost Oddessy just to name a few. So stop being such jerks about this, jeez.

Apostolos22
Apostolos22

Besides, for those of us who are PC gamers, Infamous is not even an option.

bernytheman2
bernytheman2

I'm not saying both games are the same, but come on people, they're a lot alike. Freedom of movement in a city with super-powered badass main characters is something you can't overlook. Different games with different characteritics. But still, come on... you can't say that when both of them were only on previews, you didn't think they looked alike. Because everyone here thought so.

bobbyleez
bobbyleez

@fluteboy95 Dude, how can you say that these games even LOOK the same. They have no similarities really, except for both having super-powers. -Characters are different in every aspect. -Both of their super-power are not even comparable. I mean...Shapeshifting and Electrical powers... - Different cities. -Different storylines. -The gameplay is totally different. (Prototype is more based on the overall city ie running on building at incredible speeds) (InFamous is more based on your character and how he can manipulate every corner with a much more slower pased gameplay). And you say that the only difference is that Prototype is "a darker emo bloodbath"? Check your resources before bashing a game and making yourself look like an idiot.

CrimsonFlagg
CrimsonFlagg

You do plenty of killing in inFamous too. PS3 fanboys don't like simply because it isn't a Sony exclusive.

ps3mse
ps3mse

this game looks like a kill everything and anything game. If you're into that than this game is sick. infamous seems more of a decision making typer game, and if you're into that than infamous is your choice. Gotta feeling both games will be great and will compete with each other this summer.