Prototype 2

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Ferocious, foul-mouthed action title filled with gore.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 14 reviews

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Educational Value

Prototype 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

The lead character seeks revenge for his family's death, and seems only willing to pursue a violent path toward that goal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players can choose not to kill civilians or other innocent people roaming the city, but the game makes it very tough to stick to this strategy. There's also a strong focus on seeking revenge through violence.

Ease of Play

The game slowly walks players through the control scheme, as the character starts with a limited set of abilities and gradually learns more attacks as the story progresses. Prompts pop up throughout the game to help remind players how to perform specific tasks.


Along with the standard firearms found in most shooters such as assault rifles and rocket launchers, players use the character's shape-shifting abilities to turn his limbs into weapons such as giant blades, claws, or tendrils. Players can impale, behead, and dismember enemies, leaving lots of blood spewing everywhere. Players can also consume enemies -- and innocent civilians -- for health.


There is some language that alludes to sexual activity, but no physical acts are depicted.


The game uses the word "f--k" liberally, as well as other curse words such as "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is some dialogue that mentions drug use, but no one is shown using drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Prototype 2 is an incredibly violent action game meant for adult eyes only. The lead character uses conventional weapons such as assault rifles to kill enemies, but the real gore begins when using shape-shifting powers that turn limbs to giant blades, claws, or tendrils. Enemies are beheaded, impaled, and decapitated using a variety of attacks. Blood gushes from foes following each death. Also, prepare for liberal uses of curse words throughout the dialogue and some sexual and drug references.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMustacheman August 29, 2015

let your kid play

very mild and fun video game. great 4 11 and up!
Adult Written byAcdcwe August 29, 2015

Great game

let your kids play this my son loved it. violence 3/10 10 and up!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 4, 2019

Worse than the first but still good

This sequel steps up all the violence and language and puts it to MAX. Violence is more gorier. Dismemberment, decapitation, impaling and more from the first ar... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byD00M5_D8Y May 23, 2016

A sequel better than the Original? That's rare!

Personally, I feel the first game was pretty mediocre making this review a bit biased. However, I believe it is extremely better. Movement, combat, powers and t... Continue reading

What's it about?

In PROTOTYPE 2, players control James Heller, a former military sergeant infected by a virus plaguing New York City, now dubbed New York Zero. James' strain of virus grants him super strength, speed, and shape-shifting powers that allow him to turn his limbs into weapons such as blades, claws, and long tendrils. The game features an open \"sandbox\" structure, which lets players explore the city however they want and accept primary missions and side quests in the order they choose. The shape-shifting ability also allows James to assume other identities.

Is it any good?

Prototype 2 is your average, open-world action title, only with tons of violence and some rather uninteresting missions. James boasts incredible powers, yet most missions don't seem to encourage players to use them. Some involve traditional firearms, while others end when the player escapes enemy territory. The game fails to deliver interesting avenues for players to use their powers. Frankly, there are other titles with similar gameplay that offer less gore and more fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games in general. Where do you draw the line when it comes to violence in games?

  • Players are sometimes pushed to make tough moral choices. How well does Prototype 2 handle morality?

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love fast-action games

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