A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Rails against corporations, overpowered private military contractors, but messages are lost in a tidal wave of gory, glamorized carnage.
Positive Role Models
The two male protagonists provide some racial variety: One white, one black, both equally tough. But their only means of solving problems is to spectacularly kill anything that looks at them the wrong way.
Ease of Play
Multiple difficulty levels in both games lets players customize experience to their abilities. Easiest levels in both games make heroes all but unstoppable.
Violence & Scariness
Constant bloody, gory violence. Protagonists rip humans (including innocent bystanders), human-like enemies to pieces using claws, mutated appendages, bare hands in both cinematic scenes, player-controlled action. Dark crimson blood splashes through the air, covers the environment; body parts go flying, litter the ground.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references to sex, but acts not shown.
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Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional references to drugs, including the word "crackhead."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prototype Biohazard Bundle is a downloadable collection that gathers a pair of games released for older systems to make them available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Both games are exceptionally violent, putting players in the shoes of two characters -- one white, one black, both equally tough -- who use mutated appendages, claws, and their bare hands to messily carve their way through waves of human opponents, leaving a trail of blood, body parts, and ruptured corpses. Strong language is used throughout, including frequent use of "f--k." Minor characters occasionally reference drugs and sex, but neither is depicted on-screen. Despite its superhero themes and vibe, this game is unquestionably meant for older players.
Is It Any Good?
Some rereleased games from previous-generation hardware offer plenty of incentives for returning players to invest anew, including improved graphics, fresh content, augmented controls, and special features. Prototype Biohazard Bundle, unfortunately, has none of these. It simply delivers two old games plus all DLC at a reasonable (though not altogether cheap) price and bumps both up to 1080p, making them look a bit crisper on bigger TVs. Beyond that, both games are more or less identical to the versions that appeared on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you've paid for and played them before, there's no reason to buy them again now.
That said, older players who've never played either game and enjoy dark, gritty superhero dramas might want to consider this bundle. Neither game adds much to the (now well-worn) open-world superhero formula, but one of Mercer and Heller's more interesting powers is the ability to "consume" enemies to gain their strength and memories. It's an original way to evolve narrative that adds suspense and can make for some pretty dramatic storytelling corkscrews. Lackluster rerelease details aside, both games remain playable and fun, if perhaps just a bit creaky.
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