Game details

Sub Genre:
Third Person
Release Date (US):
June 9th, 2009
Release Date (UK):
June 5th, 2009
Online Players:
Radical Entertainment
M [Mature]
PSU Rank:
88 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
85 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Also available on PC and Xbox 360

About Prototype

Developed by Radical Entertainment, a critically acclaimed developer of open-world games, Prototype tells the story of Alex Mercer, a man haunted by his past, fighting a secret war in New York City. As the action spirals out of control, a conspiracy tied to his origins threatens the future of mankind itself. Mercer's amazing shapeshifting powers allow him to become an exact replica and steal the skills or powers of anyone who crosses his path.



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Brutally satisfying, Prototype offers hours of explosive, unscripted fun.

We like

  • Alex's brilliant range of superpowers and upgrades
  • The over-the-top combat and resulting chaos
  • The game's longevity

We dislike

  • The pointless shape-shifting feature
  • Some of the poor enemy A.I. behavior
  • The depressing design of the city

See PSU's review on Metacritic & GameRankings

If ever you needed a way to let off some steam quickly after a hard day at work or school, then Prototype is for you. Unapologetically loud, brash, violent and over-the-top, Radical Entertainment’s sandbox-style action game may be a bit rough around the edges, but it has a heart like a lion. At times, combat isn’t pretty and the presentation is a little grubby, but when you're picking up a New York City cab and tos...

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