Prototype is an interesting sandbox game. It is set in New York and there has been a massive viral outbreak with the streets full of monsters and zombies. You play Alex Mercer and you are an infected as well. The difference being you have loads of badass powers like being able to glide through the air and being able to take on the form of any person you assimilate.
As stated, the game is set in New York so there are pretty much only two different landscapes, cityscape and buildings and central park in the middle of the map. What makes it varied are the infected city blocks, surrounded by monsters, and army bases full of troops, AA guns, tanks and helicopters. It’s not an amazing landscape but you will need to explore all its nooks and crannies to find the large amount of collectables everywhere. You’ll also spend a lot of time running up the side of buildings and leaping into the air.
Although there is a lock aim system, fighting is often very chaotic and you can sometimes get lost in what you are doing. You can use machine guns but I didn’t really touch them, instead using the array of destructive forces at Alex’s command, such as having big blocks of stone for fists or a long tentacle arm. You are also often required to hijack helicopters or tanks, which are fun to use as well, and as helicopters travel quickly they were my preferred method of transportation. I got into quite a few fun dogfights with other helicopters, and when your chopper is too damaged you can just jump out and hijack a new one!
Alex has no idea what is going on, he has lost his memory and to help him get it back you can consume other specific people for their memories. This is also how you gain skills such as how to drive the vehicles in the game. This is often done by infiltration into one of the generic army bases and assimilating various base commanders.
The web of knowledge is a web constructed from the knowledge you have gained by consuming important individuals and you can only find these people once you have consumed the previous link in the chain. You don’t need to do it to complete the game but it does provide you with a deeper knowledge of the plot and Mercer’s history.
Prototype is a fun sandbox game, flying around the map and indiscriminately slaughtering monsters, army and even civilians alike, eating people to restore your health. There isn’t that much depth to it, but there are lots of side missions and collectable to find. It’s not going to be your new favourite game and the plot isn’t going to blow your mind, but is a nice little game to go back to every once in a while.