Not that it should come as a surprise to most of us, but Prototype 2, the sequel to Radical Entertainment’s 2009 hit, just received a rating of ‘Mature’ from the ESRB. If the games’ predecessor was any indication, I’d say the this iteration will be even more violent then ever, and I think the ESRB agrees with me. Here’s a statement they released that describes the game’s content:
Rating summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of James Heller, a soldier attempting to track down the man responsible for spreading a deadly virus. Players use machine guns, explosives, and Heller’s superhuman abilities (e.g., “shape-shifting” his limbs into claws or bladed weapons) to kill zombies, human soldiers, and mutated creatures in melee-style combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and large explosions. Unarmed civilians can also be killed without consequence, or “consumed” for a minimal health boost. Some of the more intense attacks result in characters getting crushed, impaled, or sliced in half amid blood splatter and body parts—slow-motion effects and zoomed-in camera angles highlight the over-the-top violence. As the game progresses, some scenes reference sexual material: “One thing you don’t really gotta be nervous about: no sex diseases no more,” “No need to touch me. Unless it’s on my d*ck,” and “I thought she was having an orgasm . . .” A few sequences also mention drugs (e.g., “Carson is . . . not a nutjob crackhead like most of the Gentek doctors.”), and one fleeting montage depicts a razor blade cutting up a line of cocaine. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” can be heard in the dialogue.
Well, at least Radical is consistent! Regardless, the game is looking to be a spectacular open-world experience with, hopefully, a much more fleshed out story that the first one. If you’ve played the original Prototype, what are your thoughts on it, and are you excited about the sequel? Let us know in the comments below!