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Prototype Review

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Graphics:

 

5.0

Gameplay:

 

6.0

Sound:

 

6.0

Control:

 

6.5

Replay Value:

 

6.5

Overall Rating:       6.0

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Publisher:

Activision

Developer:

Radical Entertainment

Number Of Players:

1 Player

Genre:

Genre

Prototype has had a somewhat complicated history. Originally set to release last year, the game faced numerous delays after Activision got a hold of the game following its acquisition of Vivendi, which owned Sierra. As one of the games that didn't end up getting cut (Ghostbusters, Riddick, and Brutal Legend being the three that did), Activision gave Radical additional time, and I'm sure expense, to make Prototype as polished as it can be. So with all of this time in development, how come they didn't succeed? It's actually simple.

Now, I know a lot of guys have been comparing Prototype to inFamous, and in some points the comparisons are just. But in other points, they really aren't. For starters, yes, both games are open-world sandbox titles with a lead character on the run after a horrendous event has granted him superhuman abilities. Yes, both characters are on the road to revenge and have a companion that they very much care about. Yes, both games allow you to scale massive buildings, jump between them, or just jump down from them without so much as a scratch. There are other similarities, which I don't really need to get into to, because they're a bit too general to bring up and apply to many games. But regardless, the features I did highlight are all good and fun, right?

Well, no. You see, where the distinctions between these two games lie is obvious. In inFamous, a lot of times I found myself spending time just roaming around the environment doing one of many optional tasks, such as eliminating a gang of reapers and regaining control over sections of a city (something I also spent time doing in Red Faction: Guerrilla). That element in inFamous added an extra layer of depth to the game's living and breathing city. Where as, I didn't get that same feeling in Prototype. There are event markers scattered around the city, but these events aren't side-stories, but rather a time-trial/test of sorts where you're awarded a gold, silver, or bronze based on your performance. Let's just put it this way, it's nothing you're going to want to look around for.

And therein lies another problem. The game's depiction of Manhattan is utterly bland, and look at the game map shows that Radical didn't even care enough to at least render some of the more notable landmarks of the city, such as Columbus Circle. The entire game map is nothing but a criss-crossed grid of squares, and while Manhattan may not be the most complicated place in the world, that should only give a developer all the more reason to include its little intricacies - hell, even Times Square is extremely bland. Now, while you may think this should be talked about with the visuals, you should also keep in mind that this city is the core of the game, and running around it is a boring experience. The design here is nothing more than laziness. 

The story also doesn't feel special or unique. You are Alex Mercer, and you gained these superhuman abilities thanks to a virus developed by the evil corporation that you once worked for, Gentek. You will, at first, find yourself thrown into the most climactic point of a war between you, Nightwatch, and The Infected, as it spirals out of control, spilling onto the streets of the Big Apple. The game will then flash back to the day Mercer wakes up in a morgue, with his memory largely gone. In the game, the story will unravel when Mercer's genetically mutated self absorbs the lives of various key characters. By doing so, he also absorbs their memories and he can see what they experienced.

As you no doubt know, Mercer is a marked man and is wanted due to his escape from that morgue. As a shapeshifter, Alex Mercer is a hard man to capture, seeing as how he can assume numerous identities, in addition to have his body grow various different weapons, such as Wolverine-esque claws, stone hands, an enormous blade on each hand, and even a whip. All of these weapons have their ups and downs, and will become available to you the more you play the game (those four are not the only ones available). You will be allowed to pick up guns, but the shooting mechanics of the game aren't very strong, so there's nothing to get excited about.

As a whole, the gameplay in Prototype feels like its missing something truly fresh. The upgrade system boasts some cool powers, but the story, presentation, game world, and overall execution of the game simply falls short. Where as I was completely enamored by inFamous, I found myself absolutely bored with Prototype. And that boredom continued on to the visuals...

Like I mentioned earlier, the game's (poor) depiction of Manhattan is stale. But it's stale in not just design, but also variation. Everything looks generic from the buildings, to the cars, to the pedestrians. And when you assume the look of a pedestrian, that also means your character looks every bit as poorly detailed and generic. The game world simply does little visually to impress as it is also rife with less than stellar textures, and lighting that's as bland as the rest of the game is. Just about the game's only redeeming quality to its visuals is the framerate, which manages to stick to 30 most of the time, and the draw-in distance isn't shabby, either. Otherwise, a pretty game this is not. It doesn't even need to be said, but inFamous seriously demolishes the game here.

Lastly, Prototype features a soundtrack that's somewhat reminiscent of a Marvel videogame. But perhaps that type of soundtrack has become almost like the status quo for open-ended superhero games such as Prototype. And while it's not bad, it is, again, generic in every sense. The voice acting does fare better, as the voice actors do a solid job of playing out their respective roles. The rest of the audio is composed largely of an assortment of sound effects you would expect to hear.

If by now you can't tell that my overall tone is very 'bleh', well, then...it is. That is simply the feeling Prototype left with me. Despite all of its time in development, Prototype feels hollow and uninspired. There are a number of great concepts here, such as the shapeshifting and being able to run vertically, but everything else falls apart when you realize how boring many of the missions are, how boring the world is, how boring the game looks, and...well, how boring the game is, overall. Leave this one alone. If you're done with inFamous and looking for something similar, Red Faction: Guerrilla should suit you better.

6/17/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (101 posts)

LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 8:46:09 PM
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Agreed, do feel you spent a bit of this about comparing inFamous to Prototype and vice-versa, but I completely agree with the whole thing. Prototype has an epic amount of powers and ways to sue them, but nothing other than that, besides...what's the point if there's really nothing to use them on.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:44:35 PM

It's really just that one paragraph, everything else is just an off-mention. It's important to cite a game like inFamous in this review, because it gives a good frame of reference.

Exactly like someone else said, I wanted to add a bit at the conclusion stating that, yes, had inFamous not been released, Prototype may have fared a bit better. And, again, Red Faction too made an impact on me.

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IonHawk
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 12:34:48 PM

Actually I felt they're meant for totally different purposes. inFamous is what you play for a good story, great characters, and still have a good time while doing it.
You play prototype because you loved the infamous mode of infamous compared to the hero mode - that is you love the great power but you did not care for the pesky responsibility that usually accompanies it. I def. think prototype would have been rated better had it come out before infamous. I love playing it when I'm drunk - it's great fun! It should def. go on that list of games to play while stoned! :D
Give it a rent - might change your mind.

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wasim
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 12:40:35 PM

agreeed with the review
the game is total trash
Infamous is a lot better than this crap

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dillonthebunny
Friday, July 10, 2009 @ 7:38:54 AM

the game wasnt total trash, you should look up total trash and find that Prototype is far from that. may not be as polished as Infamous, but it has a different hack and slash ability to its bow.

personally I prefered this to Infamous, because it ticked a lot of my boxes, but Infamous is a game I would go back to ..Prototype isnt, but that doesnt make it trash.

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N a S a H
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 8:53:38 PM
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I'm shocked! It's a good review but people aren't going to read it. They're just going to look at the score! :(

Well I hope they read it, but chances are most won't.

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SubjectiveTruth
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:03:14 PM
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I have to disagree. I bought this and Infamous. I havn't played infamous yet, but I first rented this game because I had low expectations. I just love the game, I love the running from roof to roof, high jumps, air dash + glide combos. I do have some problems with the game but I like how fast paced in is and I would recommend at least a rent. I would have gave it a 7 or 8. Lol even Xplay gave it a 4 and they are hard asses. Not that I'm gonna get mad at you or anything, this is just my opinion.

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Swim_Irr
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:10:44 PM

go play infamous now and you'll understand...

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King James
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:13:07 PM

play infamous

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SubjectiveTruth
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:33:48 PM

I'm gonna play that after I finish prototype. I did play some of the demo though.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:22:57 PM

Xplay are not 'hard-asses'. They are a tad biased, they have certain genre that they fall over themselves to praise, and they hate Xenosaga. But hard-asses they are not

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 12:24:52 PM

why would you buy infamous and not play it?

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Juanalf
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:08:15 PM
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I know many people are going to be upset with this review but it made absolute seance to me.I think what made this game suffer was the fact that Sucker punch made the move to release inFamous first which was very brilliant of them;Many including myself just thought that Prototype was a small downgrade compare to inFamous.I am sure if this game was release earlier it would have been received pretty well and gotten better reviews.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:11:33 PM

Gotta agree with that, but even then, I'm sorry but the graphics of Prototype alone would destroy it nearly. I know I know the graphics shouldn't matter, but when there's games that do the same and have better graphics, then obviously you'll go with the better game. But hey at least the 360 ppl can have a sandbox game with super powers at least =)

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Juanalf
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:29:05 PM

I see what your saying but if it was release earlier it would have been praise more for it's fun gameplay.I did manage play it for two hours before my PS3 stopped reading Blu-ray's:( but it seemed like the game was sorely intended to be pure mindless gory fun which is fine.inFamous was just a better overall experience from graphics to gameplay which in the end hurt prototype.

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tes37
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:40:37 PM

Man that sucks about your ps3.

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mastiffchild
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 10:50:00 AM

Yuor non disc readin PS3. A 60gig by any chance? I've had the same problem but Sony sorted it out the first time and CP the second but it's getting common among the 60's.

As for P'type, right away-for me inFAMOUS ia a better game in most respects but they aren't THAT similar. Anyway P'type is a bit of a Marmite game and that's what you see in it's up and down reviews/scores.

I think three things have hurt it; inFAMOUS being better and out first, the fact it plays like Hulk UD with new powers and the lack of good execution in gfx/effects. Honestly my biggest issue is the messy screen in combat(and the poor animations in the wall running that make him look very daft inded sometimes!).

It really is more of a balls out rush than inFAMOUS but that quickly palls when you find the missions dull as you're just too badass for most enemies. That said there's planty of fun to be had but compared to the 9.2/3 I'd give inFAMOUS(great game, imo) this one woulkd get a 7/8 out of 10 for me.

That said if you never played Hulk UD it might well be a better game and if you like being the biggest badass on the block you could love it-proper critic divider-which isn't a bad thing really and I understand why Ben isn't in love but, also, why some are.

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mastiffchild
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 10:50:00 AM

Yuor non disc readin PS3. A 60gig by any chance? I've had the same problem but Sony sorted it out the first time and CP the second but it's getting common among the 60's.

As for P'type, right away-for me inFAMOUS is a better game in most respects but they aren't THAT similar. Anyway P'type is a bit of a Marmite game and that's what you see in it's up and down reviews/scores.

I think three things have hurt it; inFAMOUS being better and out first, the fact it plays like Hulk UD with new powers and the lack of good execution in gfx/effects. Honestly my biggest issue is the messy screen in combat(and the poor animations in the wall running that make him look very daft indeed sometimes!).

It really is more of a balls out rush than inFAMOUS but that quickly palls when you find the missions dull as you're just too badass for most enemies. That said there's planty of fun to be had but compared to the 9.2/3 I'd give inFAMOUS(great game, imo) this one woulkd get a 7/8 out of 10 for me.

That said if you never played Hulk UD it might well be a better game and if you like being the biggest badass on the block you could love it-proper critic divider-which isn't a bad thing really and I understand why Arnold isn't in love but, also, why some are.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:12:34 PM
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I'm no graphics whore...but if this game's going to look this bad graphically it should at least have great gameplay.

It fails in both areas from what I've seen.

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tes37
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:26:29 PM
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Been waiting for this review and I'm convinced to not buy this game.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:37:24 PM
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LOL love how Arnold put that image for a review with a score of 6.

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SubjectiveTruth
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:38:29 PM
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I was disappointed to see that you were late on the review at the time I bought it. So I checked out xplay's site and it was a 4/5 so I got it. I'm really glad I saw that before this, because I like it. I would not have bought it if I saw this before hand. I was expecting it to suck.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:45:37 PM
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I don't understand the reviews on this game.

How can so many people love it and recommend it, and so many others hate it?

Who's right? I dunno.

I'm playing both, but first I'm gonna play Infamous next week.

The powers, flying, and wall running abilities look a lot better than Cole's power.

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karneli lll
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 6:25:14 AM

Its simple, the people who are too proud to play infamous will praise it (if i would've played it before infamous i might've enjoyed it) will say it rocks and what not.

I tried it and i felt like i could be doing something better,the game actually exhausted me.

Its funny how the army doesnt notice one of their own running up walls

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Gow49ers
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 10:08:33 PM
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Arnold,

Ty, you just saved me $60.00 , i was on the fence about getting this game, but with no demo available, and after reading your review, i will wait for a price cut, keep up the great work!


Gow49ers

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 10:50:45 PM
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I played Prototype at a friends house for a half-hour, and it was pretty fun, I gotta say. I carried innocent civilians to the tops of skyscrapers and hurled them, spiraling like footballs, off the top. I cleaved people in half with a gigantic sword-arm.
It was a great thirty minutes.
The only problem is, I feel like was playing that first thirty minutes over and over again. Aside from the new powers, the gameplay didn't remain very fresh.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 10:53:32 PM
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Damn,and just when I had high hopes for this game too.
All that time & they couldn't polish it? WTF???

Oh well, if it's bad, then hopefully it'll drop in price real quick & I'll still get it, but only when it hits GameStop's bargain sandbox.

@Ben,
BTW just wanted give ya "Props" on how well written your review of Prototype was!
And not like some "foaming-at-the-mouth rabid fanboy", as this guy's inFAMOUS vs Prototype review was written(I laughed so hard at his 8 year old mentality, I almost pissed myself).

And I'm sure you'll be rolling your eyes at this one too.....

How Prototype is blatantly better than inFAMOUS
http://www.destructoid.com/how-prototype-is-blatantly-better-than-infamous-135979.phtml



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Kowhoho
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:23:27 PM

.....wow.
What morons.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:26:14 PM

Pretty sure it's Arnold's name at the foot of this Prototype review...not Ben.

;-)

Gotta check out that link of yours. Sounds like fun - in a flame-worthy sort of way.
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reading...
scanning...
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Oh dear god.

For the briefest of moments I wondered if the review at Destructoid was a satirical review, and not serious. At first it sort of seems that is the intent, sort of. However after reading further, I stopped wondering. I began to think this offensive little man was serious. Actually point 6 in this review made me very angry with the author. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who thinks the way that Jim Sterling (the author of that pathetic excuse for journalism) apparently does is simply beneath contempt. I don't often read anything at Destructoid, and I'm really quite glad I don't If I read that piece of trash at any reputable site I would not rest until I had managed to ensure that Mr Sterling's material would never be published there again.

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.



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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:40:00 PM

As is the case with most PS3 and PSP reviews, I wrote this one. ;)

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 12:03:44 AM

Wow...that's all I can say..

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SaintX
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 12:51:54 AM

I can't believe theres this writer out there whos so bias, so unbelievable, so ridiculous, so ididotic, so ........
I can't believe this kind of article is allowed to be published. Its just plain bashing. Point #10 is so out of topic, that guy just loves to take a swipe at PS3 fans.

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Banky A
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 2:12:57 AM

I never liked Jim Sterling.
It turns out it was supposed to be sarcastic in a way but then... >>>

he also gave inFAMOUS a 6.0/10 which is what Arnold gave Prototype, LOL!!

^_^

The worst part is, pretty much 95% of the commenter's there agree with him without question.
I know we have opinions and they have their own niche but seriously??? Every single one of them..

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Highlander
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 2:32:40 AM

@Banky

I can see why you've never liked Jim Sterling. Someone ought to tell him that it's only funny, when people know you're joking. In this case he doesn't look like he's joking, instead he looks like he's a grade A git.

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Deleted User
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 5:33:51 AM

Dear me, I think some of you guys are seriously wrapped up in your devotion to PlayStation.

I'm a PS3 fan but that was hilarious.

Prototype is better than inFamous because FFXIII is coming out on Xbox?

Prototype is better than inFamous because inFamous is spelt ridiculously?

If we don't agree Prototype is better we are fr*ggin tw*ts who should go die in a swamp?

Anyone who can't see this is written in jest needs their head testing.

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BlinkBoy
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 8:33:26 AM

That must be the most xbox fan boyish I have seen, not that I search around for it. Try to avoid it.

I wouldn't call that a site or an article, it is more of a fanboy blogging. When he took FFXIII and Square Enix in to the comparison it was just too stupid too take it seriously.

Even though he is serious, I still don't take it seriously.
So it is weird that electricity spread out on iron fence, and it is weird that some electric powered man kryptonite is dirty water, no s**t Sherlock.

It is not like the whole city has 100% clean/distilled water, which don't lead electricity .

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King James
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:57:09 AM

Destructiod is usually sardonic in his writing but that one was just crazy.

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Highlander
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 11:15:32 AM

@Sophist

Whatever. As far as I'm concerned my thoughts and feelings on destructoid's article are not informed by my console purchase so much as they are by my humanity.

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Oyashiro
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 2:34:04 PM

The thing with Jim Sterling is that he is not funny and he just does not know it. The fact that he really sucks at sarcasm really does not help. I'm pretty sure he also said that RE5 was a near perfect game so we can all ignore whatever he says.

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Totalz
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 5:54:55 PM

I think this is a joke tbh...

LOL at number 8 & 9!!

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dveisalive
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:05:18 PM
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Well I havent played prototype yet but were is the demo. Anywyas Red Faction is a blast and very addicting.

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slackernz
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 12:29:59 AM
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This doesn't surprise me at all.. I have huge faith in developers and with the awesome Sly series under Sucker Punch's belt, Infamous would have been great at the very least. Radical has made some very average games recently, Hulk:UD was just good fun for causing chaos but offered little substance and that's what Prototype always looked like to me

Might give this a rent but a purchase this is not

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 1:24:18 AM
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OOPS,
Sorry Arnold, I never looked at the sig,
I should've, but now my edit button's gone.

I should've have just mentioned "all of you as a team", since you all do a great job on all the articles, & such, over here.

My bad! I'll just go & give myself a thumbs down on this post, just for not giving you the cred you were due!


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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 1:32:45 AM
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I spent about 4hrs playing it so far and I must say it's a fun game. It's really fun to play with other people because the moves you can pull off are spectacular. Infamous is an all around better game but I have to admit I'm having more fun with Prototype. I'm sure as time goes on though it will get old quicker than Infamous.

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Tim Speed24
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:41:51 AM

I'm also having alot more fun with Prototype. Graphics can only take a game so far (like infamous)....gameplay is what counts and Prototype has it!

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 5:32:10 PM

Gotta love the thumbs down for simply stating my fun for a game, w00h00!

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newchef
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 11:17:15 AM

i kinda disagree i feel as tho inFamous was better in the short term but i think ill be playing prototype for alot longer. i like that prototype u can redo missions(love playing as an ally of the military killing hundreds of infected in mere seconds)unlike inFAmous where u do a side mission and ur done

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Random_Steve
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 2:25:13 AM
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my friend recently got a playstation with infamous and prototype. he says prototype is much much better

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Banky A
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 3:51:03 AM

Your friend must like a lot of speedy carnage action with gore ;)

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:40:08 AM

Terrible, tons of gore doesnt make a better game. In reading the review, Prototypes story sounds it was ripped off from a bunch of other games. Mostly resident evil. A virus turns people into monsters while one man gets super human abilities from it. Except in Resident Evil the man with the super human gifts is not the hero but the villian. I almost think people who say Prototype is better then inFAMOUS dont believe that themselves and are just rooting for the underdog. my friend whos always rooting for the underdog in just about every scenario tried to convince me that Assasins Creed was better then MGS4. what a joke.

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fundando
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 2:37:18 AM
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I would give it at last a 7. The game is still fun as hell. (Yes I fucking play infamous and love it)

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Sir Shak
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 2:54:37 AM
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Harsh review .

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Zubs
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 3:22:31 AM
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Prototype,RedFaction:Guerrilla and Saints Row 2 all have 3 things in common- PS2 Graphics!

Why inFamous looks so good is because it takes advantage of the PS3's power like all PS3 exclusives. The other mentioned games like Prototype are multiplatform and cater for the maxed out/weak Xbox 360 hence the PS3 owners suffer with low quality multiplat games as a result of the competitors weak hardware.

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:25:18 AM

too true.

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jonny_bolton
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 4:40:32 AM
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Shame, I was pretty excited about this game. I'd assumed that this would be better than inFamous, which I myself relatively boring. Doubt I'll get either now. In fact it looks like the destruction of Red Faction: Guerilla for me!

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www
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 4:53:36 AM
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Lol, i never even tried to buy the game, am loving inFamous.

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Skatejimmy5
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 6:16:58 AM
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I borrowed this from my brother, and that last section of the review pretty much sums it up for me. Although I'm playing through it for some free trophies.

;)

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TEG3SH
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 6:33:25 AM
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i have this on 360 and infamous on my ps3 . although i love infamous wayyyyy more and i previously called prototype crappy . but u know what I'M an idiot sooo i can eat my own words
prototype is waaaaaayyyyyyyy more fun than infamous for short spans. too much powers, way faster, easier and actioner(i know it is not a word)
and it is extremly awesome when u are totally hammered
@ arnold u should have reviewed it when u were drunk ;)
@ highlander
xenosaga is crap xenogears all the way :)

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Highlander
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 11:26:09 AM

Xenogears snobbery! ;-)

LOL!

Wish I could find a copy of Xenogears at a reasonable price, I've been wanting to play it since I finished the first Xenosaga, and found that there is this huge gulf between Xenogears fans and Xenosaga fans.

Forget for the moment your comparison of Xenosaga to Xenogears, and just evaluate Xenosaga on it's own. It's still a really good JRPG, even if it doesn;t hold a candle to Xenogears - in your opinion...

I could debate you on the merits of the characters and story, but I suspect we'd never agree. In fact I can just about guarantee we won't agree. After all, out of all the people who've ever played Xenosaga, I bet I'm one of a tiny minority who liked Shion and felt sympathy for her character. To me Xenosga was a very satisfyingly complex story, and Shion's character was a study in dissociative identity disorder, PTSD and emotional manipulation and abuse. I suspect most people never look too deeply and consider her to be a whiny pain in the ass. Their loss.

However, even though I'd love to debate the merits of Xenosaga/Xenogears, I figure Ben or Arnold would IP ban us both for flooding the discussion with off topic posts.


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Alienange
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 4:52:45 PM

Send me your address Highlander, I'll mail you my pristine copy.

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tanner1
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 6:55:31 AM
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Ouch, glad im playin inFAMOUS, heading 4 the PLAT trophy

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fatelementality
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 5:13:16 PM

WTF is your avatar?

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Tim Speed24
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 7:51:51 AM
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This is definetly one of those love it or hate it games. I personally love Prototype and found Infamous so-so.

In Prototype its more about the up close brutal type action with lots of bodies being cut up, bloody. Infamous felt more disconnected to me, like an average shooter with no blood to be found.

Prototype also has a strong stealth element to it because of the shape shifting gameplay. Consume the right people and shut down viral detectors and sneak into military bases = cool.

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javon_27
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 9:40:44 AM
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i think that i just love prototype because it gave me that same joy that spider-man 2 on ps2 gave me. i feel more like a superhero. the only thing i do hate is the complete disregard for civilians.

what i definitely like is the mobility compared to the magnetism that Cole has. overall, i think i just enjoy the destruction more compared to inFAMOUS's conservativity.

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:23:34 AM
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When i went to preorder inFAMOUS the tool at GameStop was like "you dont want to order Prototype? Why not!". i had a feeling the from 1st trailer this game was going to blow. I tend not to like "open world" games in the 1st place. I have to admit, inFAMOUS was the only one that i found fun and adicting.

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tlpn99
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:51:59 AM
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I did mention the map on the forum when I first played it and how bad it was. I felt disappointed when I first started playing this. However as I have gotten a bit further in I am enjoying playing this game now. Ok it is no Infamous by any means but fair review Arnold. I didn't like it at first but for some reason I can't stop playing it.

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Dustinwp
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 11:06:18 AM
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Great review Arnold! Your reviews are always fair and intuitive.

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Totalz
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 12:10:03 PM
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Damn! Bought the wrong f***ing one by the sounds of it!

I really am enjoying Prototype, but will be getting inFamous at some point so if I'm impressed by Prototype then I gather I'll be blown away by it!

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Tim Speed24
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 1:00:05 PM

Maybe.....Prototype is strong IMO. I finished the storymode and I would give it a 8.5 overall and infamous would get an 8.0 for me.......it's about the fun factor, Prototype had a more visceral vibe.

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herukuti
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 1:30:20 PM
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after trying the firstevent where u run from roof to roof for orbs i knew how bad this game is/wasand returned it for 30 trade in credit towards red faction. nowred faction is a good game but no where near as good as infamous was.

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herukuti
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 1:34:30 PM
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i think it sucks cause of activision making it ; it had the same vibe as cod w@w to me. maybe they should do something about that.

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Oyashiro
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 2:19:22 PM
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After I spent a lot more time with prototype I have to agree completely. After spending some time doing the story missions i just started losing interest in the game. It was really fun at first but then you feel like... "Is this all there is to it?"

inFamous is like the opposite. I loved the very comic bookish story, and Im a fan of all the crazy plot twists of comic books from the 80's/90's so the ending to inFamous was almost like a tribute to that. I also started the game over right after I beat it to play again. I haven't done that with a video game since Uncharted.

You was also very spot on with the city. I had to look at the map every 5 seconds in Prototype because it was impossible to know where I was from the surroundings.

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Totalz
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 5:41:01 PM
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I can see your point about the game's graphics, but I disagree to some extent about comparing them with inFamous.

I just tonight got a chance to play inFamous and I've played the deom to death, but what I found was that whilst it is more polished than Prototype, there's never as much going on on screen. In Prototype there are hundreds of pedestrians, infantry, vehicles, helicopters, tanks and infected monsters on screen at once and the framerate never breaks a sweat. And I don't honestly think the manhattan world is as bland as you make out. Sure it's a bit grey but come on, inFamous' Empire City isn't exactly filled with all the colours of the rainbow is it?

I also solidly disagree about it not feeling like a living breathing world, when you go to certain areas there's panic in the streets, civies everywhere, military fighting infected it really feels like an epic warzone to me and IMO goes way above inFamous' gang wars. Sure the side missions may be dull but in real-time exploration the world has a lot going on. Plus calling it boring is very unfair considering all the stuff yoou can do and the awesome powers you can do it with...

Now please don't anyone accuse me of being a fanboy, I've played and enjoyed both inFamous and Prototype and both are great. I think you're giving Prototype a tough break that's all.

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Jonesy555
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 8:36:18 PM
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I played an beat inFAMOUS, and I love every single moment of glory and death to be held in it. And I'm currently playing through Prototype now. And Prototype is crazy fun at times with all the running about the city and flying around, but I knew something was missing and it was a breathing city. I didn't care for Manhattan anywhere near as much as I did for Empire City. In inFAMOUS, I looked forward to completely clearing the cities 100%. I still like Prototype and I wouldn't go as far as to call it "meh" but it doesn't compare to inFAMOUS imo. Might check out Red Faction after Prototype.

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___________
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 5:16:04 AM

you have to check out red faction guerrilla.
that game is so much fun the physics engine blew me away.
the way things break so realistically, how precice it is how easy and fun it is to bring down massive buildings.
the graphics are good one of the only games i have that runs in 1080P good colours nice and clear.
walkers are redicliously hard to find but once you do walking through buildings is all i want to do. you owe it to yourself to atleast rent it out, to me its a buy because its so good and long the missions will take atleast 10 hours, than theres side missions and the MP is solid.

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fatelementality
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:04:44 PM
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Are you serious? I think you're saying that this game sucks because it's not a PS3 exclusive. Maybe you're just a graphics whore and think that is all that makes a game. I don't know what you're real problem is, but this game is amazing. This maybe your opinion, but now alot of people will not try this game because of it. I.....I have nothing else to say. Don't wanna get banned, cause I would.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:47:38 PM

Knowledgeable gamers don't take one review in forming their decision to try a game or not. I don't think you're being fair to Arnold to imply he's doing an injustice to the gaming community. I'm enjoying myself with Prototype (it's a guilty pleasure) but its far from amazing.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 11:24:55 PM

What the hell? I'm bashing this game because it's not an exclusive? I don't normally say things like this to our readers, but you're a moron. You've clearly never read a single one of my reviews to being making such statements.

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fatelementality
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 12:51:43 PM

I've read alot of your reviews Arnold. I've been coming to this site for years now. The name calling doesn't hurt because I'm an adult and I can take it. It just seems like you're the only reviewer I know of that ripped on this game that hard. I know we have differences of opinion and are not going to sway each other, but I don't think that your score was fair to the people who put alot of time into making this a great game. I'm not trying to make you my enemy, I'm just pointing out what I believe to be the flaws in your review. You seemed to do a good job at pointing out this games flaws. I have nothing but love for you guys and this site, know that. Ben can back me up on this. Hope we're cool. If not, feel free to hate me all you want.

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Jawknee
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 2:55:18 PM

dude get over it. the games not that good. Majority disagrees with you.

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fatelementality
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 5:21:42 PM

Maybe you should get over the fact that I'm allowed to speak my voice on here. If not, I can most definitely go somewhere I am. The majority huh? Don't have to much faith in the "majority" anymore. The majority of this country is fat, doesn't know what the capitol of California is, and thinks that American Idol is the best show on earth. If that is the majority, then I'm proud to be on the other side. At least I gave inFamous a shot and it wasn't for me. Most people on here are acting like they refuse to give Prototype a try. I was too hard on Arnold about the review, but it made me mad. I dunno, I try to come here not to argue but it seems hard sometimes when you guys jump down my throat like this. I won't hesitate to jump back though. I'm man enough to apologize for my initial comment, but you guys need to know that it wasn't any kind of hate that came out of me when I responded to the review. Sorry you felt that way. You don't have to like me, but I've never tried to hate on anybody on this site. There's still somebody I must have pissed off that keeps giving me a thumbs down for every comment I post. Very mature btw. That's it, I'm O...U....T. Not posting on this one anymore cuz I still like it here, whether you like me or not. I do apologize Arnold, so let me try my initial comment again. I enjoy this game alot, but I think a 6 is a really unfair score. I believe that the developers achieved what they sought out to do. The graphics aren't top notch, but I'm sure that it has alot to do with there being so much on screen at once. I would give it an 8.5

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Jawknee
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 5:46:12 PM

Woh woh...no one hates you, i dont hate you, i dont know you. im not talking about the Majority in the US. The majority on this site and others in the gaming community. The reviews seem to be so so. Its ok if you like it but i think peoples problem with you is your trying to convince us otherwise. Its okay if you like the game. no biggy. Like inFAMOUS isnt for you, Prototype isnt for most of us. thats all.

by the way the Capital of California is Sacramento.

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wasim
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 12:43:34 PM

the game sucks because ot is bad
Prototype`s review aggregate is below 80% and most sites gave it 6 and 7
ban this fatel BOT

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fatelementality
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 4:40:00 PM

Why don't you shut your mouth boy

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Kai200X
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 1:14:32 AM
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I am the exact opposite. I've had high expectation for Prototype and not too high expectation for inFamous, simply because I thought Prototype will be more fun. But after I played infamous, I absolutely fell in love with it, now I don't even consider buying Prototype.

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TEG3SH
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 6:58:12 AM
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dont be afraid arnold , u should do it more often
and @ fatel ur a moron it is his own opinion. get over it
@highlander
dude i wouldnt have called it crap if i knew how passionly u felt about it.
but believe me when u play xenogears u will know what i'm talking about
i used to be a huge HUGE xenosaga fan but when i played xenogears it totaly sucked ass afterwards. anyway i dont think ben or arnold will ban us for conversing.

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Highlander
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 9:41:31 AM

No worries. I'll get hold of a copy of Xenogears sometime. Until then...

What is it about xenogears that is so superior though? Story or character? I know it can't really be graphics since they're a generation apart.

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fatelementality
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 12:56:35 PM

Nice. Moron, really? Couldn't you at least think up an original name to call me? I'm done with this. If I knew I was going to get everyone all hot and bothered, then I wouldn't have written anything. I'm cool as a cucumber, so deal with that.

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fatelementality
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 1:06:03 PM

Oh, and guess what, that was MY opinion. I thought people were free to say what they could here as long as it didn't resort to stupid name calling. Oh well, guess I'll stick to commenting on Ben's articles. That's where I usually find the intelligent people anyway. At least they can spell.

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newchef
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 11:07:39 AM
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this sux...tbh i think prototype is a good game and if it came out when it was supposed to(and away from inFamous) it would have gotten a better score. i think the only reason it scored so low waqs b/c it is always equated to inFamous which i admit is better but it would be better for someone to review Prototype w/o playing inFamous. it should have scored at least in the mid-high 7's it does not deserve a 6

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fatelementality
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 1:10:33 PM

At least someone agrees with me on this. I think that if it was released before inFamous, it would've been alot different. It's like the ONE guy that gave MGS4 a 7. I believe that this review was to get attention more than anything else. Well, it got it for sure. Yeah, I'm done here. You guys huwt ma feewings :(

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newchef
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 11:08:38 AM
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then again everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if he didnt like it then o well

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TEG3SH
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 4:33:29 PM
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no not graphics ofcorse, but the story and characters are awesome, i really cant put it in words but when u play xenosaga after xenogears u will find something missing i dunno what it just doesnt feel the same
and the fun-factor in xenogears is hard to find in any other RPG
but again i'm weird (the best rpg for me was ff8 followed by ffx then chroncross)
@ fatel don't take the insult so seriously roll with the punches mate ;)

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fatelementality
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 5:44:29 PM

Moron is a pretty harsh word.....read my long comment about 1/3 of the way up. It's an apology of sorts.

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wasim
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 12:41:26 PM

an xbot in PSXE
only who would praise these garbage games are Xbots since prototype was lauded as Infamous killer LOL

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fatelementality
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 4:41:04 PM

you're just sad cause you can't find your manhood

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 10:41:04 PM
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Geeez, enough with the f*cking name calling already!!!!!!!!!

Somebody didn't like Prototype, & somebody else did, so what what's wrong with giving their thoughts on their play of the game(?

It's just a opinion, and like a butt crack, everyone's got one.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, June 20, 2009 @ 3:39:32 AM
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^^^^^^^^^ lol at the crack

@ fatel u took it way too serious i was just kidding i honestly was
u bashed my spelling :( lol
and for the record my first comment was pro-prototype

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___________
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 5:04:02 AM
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god i would hate to see what it would of been like if it released last year.
a 6 is a little harsh the graphics arent that bad and you have to give them credit theres ALOT of enemies cars and buildings on screen at once.
the only thing i hated was the missions there far to repetetive and the whole game has like 5 different enemy types human mutants those mutant dogs suped up mutant dogs the military. and those fat round mutants.
and the boss battles are crap, the missions let the game down change those add in a whole list of different enemies and youve got a realy good game 9+.
o and the controlls are a pain you have to pause the game every 5 minutes to memorise the next 5 combos, i dident know mortal kombat 9 was out yet :D
but a 6 is a little harsh id give it a 7 the storyline is decent the combat is so much fun, come on you cant say body surfing isent cool.

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frostface
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 7:57:58 PM
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I got prototype first and then infamous, got em about a week apart...Prototype left a lastin impression that infamous just didn't do for me. Not saying I'm not loving Infamous right now, but I get the point some have made regarding when each game was released. Had I played Infamous first maybe I'd rate it over prototype but all that hackin and slashing kicks more ass then hitting ppls with bolts of electricity. I'd rate it more an 8.0/9.0 then 6.0...but thats just me!

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fatelementality
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 5:56:51 PM
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This review still pisses me off

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