Prototype 2

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Feel powerful – Great story – Tonnes of exploration
  • Some repetition – Could use more polish

Prototype 2 offers a mixture of open world gameplay and action adventure with a fun (and powerful) twist. The game was published by Activision and released on consoles in April 2012 (with a Windows release in July).


The game has a different main character than the original Prototype (released in 2009) but there is still a story link. This makes the game series accessible to new players but will also entertain players that played and enjoyed the original game.

In Prototype 2 players take on the role of James Heller who is infected with the Blacklight virus (or Mercer virus) which gives him a wide variety of powers including agility, strength, invulnerability, stamina and speed.

The gameplay of Prototype 2 is very similar to the original with players able to take on the memories or identities of others while also shape shifting in a number of other ways. The AI is also very reactive to the player making it quite a challenge if you haven’t carefully thought your approach through. This aspect of Prototype 2 allows players to tackle tasks and missions in a variety of ways, giving the game some strategy.

Tendrils are a new addition to the Prototype series which grow from the players arms and come with their own powers from smashing game objects together or dismembering enemies completely.


Missions are a plenty in the Prototype 2 universe which players can select freely and complete as they please, with most being connected to the main storyline and not just pointless busy missions.

Prototype 2 is an enjoyable and unique experience that has definite appeal to fans of free roam games.


  • Unique storyline which hasn’t been done before.
  • Does the original game justice.
  • Feel like a superhero with your virus based powers.
  • Plenty of exploration and experimentation options.
  • Believable game world and characters.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on August 14, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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