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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.
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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.
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- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, hypothesis-testing, strategy
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, set objectives, work to achieve goals
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: April 24, 2012
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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