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Summer Video Games Wrap Up: Prototype

This summer I played five new video games. You’ve already read about Rock Band: Unplugged and Infamous, so here’s a quick look at the other three.


Hulk: Ultimate Destruction was easily one of my favorite games of the last generation. When I heard that Prototype was pretty much going to be that same game but in HD, I thought for sure that I had found my game of the year. Sadly, this is a game that did not quite make the transition to next gen without losing something.

You play as this dude who wakes up and finds out his has super powers and the military is all over his ass. As New York falls apart around you, you go on a mission of revenge, while greatly expanding your powers along the way. You can grow claws, turn your hands into massive hammers, fly, all sorts of crazy shit. It’s even possible to absorb someone, taking their memories and appearance.

The big problem with this is that you are a walking murder machine. Which is a lot of fun, but a hero it does not make. So when the game tries to make you sympathetic toward Alex Mercer, and more importantly make him a hero to the people of the quickly being destroyed New York, it just rings false. The story is so stupid and written so poorly that it becomes a problem.

But the game is a lot of fun to play. The controls are a little difficult at first, but you will get that hang of them and then Prototype opens up into one of the bloodiest good times I’ve had all year.