Activision's Prototype has come out at a rather unfortunate time. Merely weeks after the brilliant Infamous, this game would have to have been pretty darn good if it were to surpass Sony's recently released gem. It doesn't succeed because, after playing it for only a few minutes, I was unfortunately reminded of other said game.
You play Alex Mercer, a man whose memory has gone AWOL and who now has the ability to run up the sides of Manhattan's skyscrapers, leap walls and gates in a single bound and survive falls from improbable heights. Not to mention the ability to consume others and steal their appearance to avoid detection from the army in hot pursuit. This last feature has added depth in that, once you 'consume' someone, you take their memories as well, which progresses the story and sheds new light on Mercer's past and urges him in the right direction as to who may be ultimately responsible. It's a neat trick and executed well.
Unfortunately, the game is let down by some average graphics and framing issues. You expect more from a PS3 title, and if this looked a bit more polished, you would think Infamous would have some competition.
Saying that, the gameplay is easy to pick up and master, plus it's always enjoyable running up the sides of buildings and leap off the top knowing you're not going to meet your end once you hit the pavement.
Worth a shot, just not as well executed as what has come before.
Rent or Buy: Rent
Replay Value: 3/5
Reviewed By: Simon Rubbathan