Prototype is an action-adventure game that is set in New York City and follows a super powered protagonist named Alex Mercer. The game is set in the city after a mysterious plague outbreak called "the Blacklisth". The Blacklight plague turns the infected into monsters with a need to kill all uninfected life. A military black operations unit called Blackwatch have been deployed to deal with the situation.
The game follows Alex Mercer as he awakens in the aftermath of the plague with no memory of what happened and begins to discover he has acquired new super powers; he is seeking the truth about himself and the outbreak.
It was developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Activision for various platforms. The game was first released in 2009 and later ported in 2015 to the main eighth generation consoles.
Alex has various super powers at his disposal and his main ability is shapeshifting; he is able to become anyone and is also able to absorb them entirely. This allows him to disguise himself as an enemy and move among them unseen, however this only lasts for as long as he is hidden. He also has immense physical strength and is able to launch himself at enemies using high speeds. The abilities allow him to transform him body in several ways for offence and defence such as Claws or a Shield.
His abilities also allow him to perform enhanced parkour such as running up the sides of skyscrapers, gliding through the air and jumping large distances. Alex takes no fall damage however falls from great heights will leave an impact crater on the ground . Along with his abilities, it is also possible to use various weapons and use military vehicles.
The abilities are used in traversing the environment; when sprinting he will jump over obstacles such as cars without losing any speed, he can also climb any wall he comes into contact with and can charge through crowds without slowing down. He can sprint indefinitely allowing him to travel great distances very quickly.
New abilities can be unlocked and current ones can be improved by upgrades; Prototype uses Evolution Points which can be gained by completing missions. Upgrades become more expensive as the game goes on and Evolution points become more readily available as the story progresses. To get more advanced upgrades, Alex can sneak into Military Bases and steal them or he can gain upgrades from the Infected by collecting data from them.
The Infected are the main enemies in the game and consist of ordinary civilians and Hunters; the Evolved Hunters are one of the most powerful enemies in the game and are difficult for Alex to kill. There are also human enemies in the game which are the Blackwatch, a Specialized part of the Military that is dedicated to combating nuclear and biological warfare.
Military Bases and Infected Hives can be found spread across the city; their numbers increase as the game progresses and the map is split into three zones to display which faction is in control of that area. The Red Territory belongs to the Infected, the Blue Zones are Military controlled and clean of infection while the Purple Zones have an even balance of both factions which are in a battle for control.
Hide among the enemy – Use disguises to look like another person including enemies
No Exploration Limits – Run up walls, leap from buildings and use super speed to travel around the city
Unlock new abilities – Use Evolution Points to improve and unlock new powerful abilities
Shapeshift – Transform Alex for offensive and defensive capabilities with Claws and Shields
 Players Liked
- Abilities are fun
- Good story
- Close up action
 Players Didn't Like
- Graphics aren't great
- No character development
- Side Missions are repetitive
Prototype is available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. In 2015 it was also released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Windows System Requirements
OS: Windows XP (with Service Pack 3) or Windows Vista
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ or better
Memory: Vista 2 GB RAM / XP 1 GB RAM
Graphics: All NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT 256 MB and better chipsets. All ATI Radeon X1800 256 MB and better chipsets
DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
Hard Drive: 8GB of free hard drive space