Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Prototizzle [Prototype Final Impressions]

Finished the PS3 exclusive action game Protoype earlier today. In some ways, it is a very ambitious game, in some ways not so much. The storyline is pretty run-of-the-mill. It's just your usual amnesiac scientist badass who becomes the living embodiment of a flesh-eating virus then battles conspirators, an evil biotech giant, a paramilitary organization, and zombies threatening Manhattan using morphological powers.

A fun romp, I'd say. The player's satisfaction derives totally from their ability to enjoy the chaotic, city-smashing, helicopter-hijacking action that makes up the core gameplay. The stealth features and the snippets of storyline break up the pace a bit, and usually lead to more exploring of the environment, and then sooner or later into more violent encounters with soldiers/mutants/tentacles.

But the acrobatic skyscraper-bounding (in NYC, no less) is extremely reminiscent of Spider-man's mode of travel. That combined with the abilities to change shape, the protagonist reminds a hell of a lot of Marvel's Carnage.

In a lot of ways, it really makes me want a Carnage game. That would be fucking awesome.

Y'know, aside from the wannabe Red Venom in MvC1, Carnage never made it into any of the crossover games. What a waste.

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