So I just finished the game on PC. Despite all the complaints about the gameplay and numerous bugs, I found the game ran smoothly and without issues on my rig. It was fairly enjoyable, despite the dumbed down upgrade mechanics compared to the first and was a pure indulgence type experience. But that's not the issue I have with the game. The issue I have is the story...
WTF. [SPOILERS BELOW]
Where do I even start? It's like they intentionally derailed Mercer, taking him from an interesting anti-hero to some malevolent, cliche harbinger of doom hellbent on destroying humanity and replacing it with something better. Seriously, it's like the writers at Radical completely forget Prototype 1 even existed. There was absoultely zero consistency throughout the story of the second game. His sister Dana barely registers any emotion regarding him, save aside from a cheesy and trite line saying "he's not my brother anymore". So what? Alex just got up one day and decided he'd be a tool? And then there's Heller...
Don't even get me started on this angsty jackass. Driven by a single emotion throughout the game--anger--this colossal douchebag spends the majority of the time either screaming at people or cussing profusely to everyone within sight. Seriously dude, shut up. "Oh my daughter, my daughter, Mercer will die now. Mercer will die! My poor daughter!" Holy, talk about nutjob. His character is so bipolar, he makes Jekyll and Hyde look tame in comparison. You can't even predict who he'll kill vs who he won't because he's that **** insane and unpredictable. (Galloway is an enemy one minute, but no wait, she's an uneasy ally the next, then oh wait, she's back to being an enemy). This guy's got more issues than Time Magazine.
And then the final fight... So wait yeah, Mercer, who pretty much is god in this series, gets owned by some guy he personally infected and created? WTF? He consumes all those subordinates but struggles against the black version of Ike Taylor?
Story: 3/10 (some nice cutscenes)
Oh, I forgot to mention, what the heck happened to Pariah? Mentioned only once? What? It's like the writers wrapped up the script and then remembered him all of a sudden. "Oh Pariah? Oh, uh, yeah. Let's just quickly add a reference to him in this scene."
No wonder the studio went under, you inept turds.