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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Very violent and profane action game with extreme gore.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 7+


Game is amazing would reccomend amazing amzing no gore at all, would recommend for 7+ yrs

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 2+


This game is nearly better than gta. It has bad language and gory violence but nonetheless it is great.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27):
Kids say (35):

Though not exactly original -- there are lots of adventure games that allow players to freely explore massive cities -- Prototype is nonetheless well constructed and surprisingly easy to play. Players can move through the streets unhindered, automatically leaping over obstacles such as cars and running up the sides of buildings in spectacular fashion. And while Mercer has enough different moves to make controlling him a bit more complex than the average action game, they are introduced slowly, giving players time to master his claws, kicks, dodges, and leaps.

Prototype does, however, begin to drag after a while. The missions tend to fall into a few different categories and eventually become repetitive and predictable. Plus, there's something distasteful in the fact that even careful players will accidentally kill hundreds of pedestrians along the way. The narrative could have been much more powerful had players been given the option to try to make Mercer a little less amoral; You ought to have greater control over whether or not you injure innocents. Still, its scope is remarkable, and its action leaves an impression. Worth a look for mature gamers with a taste for the genre.

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