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Prototype 2Developed by Radical Entertainment

Distributed by Activision

Rated M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes & Strong Language

Available for PlayStation 3 (reviewed) & Xbox 360

Prototype 2 knows what it is–a highly entertaining open-world action title that wants players to tear up the game’s environments and rip apart its inhabitants. This is where the game excels by placing you in the role of another badass protagonist named Sgt. James Heller some 14 months after the events that transpired in the original Prototype. Prototype 2 manages to create a sequel that improves on the original and create a completely refreshing experience despite the relatively familiar setting and character with many of the same abilities.

Sgt. Heller was serving a tour of duty before arriving home to find his family dead from another Blacklight virus outbreak in New York. Heller immediately places the blame on presumed fugitive Alex Mercer–Prototype‘s protagonist–and sets off on a mission to kill Mercer only to have Mercer inject him with the same viral powers that pump through his veins. Heller then plan to use his newfound powers to avenge his family’s death on everyone responsible for the viral outbreak including Blacklight.

The game’s storyline doesn’t delve much deeper than that. As Heller is simply a foulmouthed, angry loner seeking his own version of justice, there is little character development to go along with the shallow narrative; although, Heller does team up with a few forgettable characters during the game. Luckily, it’s easy to look past the game’s mediocre storyline for its incredibly addictive gameplay.

Like Mercer before him, Heller is able to perform incredible feats such as leaping over buildings, gliding through the air and gruesomely dismantling his adversaries. Exploring the sandbox version of New York with these superhuman powers is a joy in its own. Of course, you can still hijack vehicles like helicopters and tanks for that added firepower, but you’ll sacrifice some speed in getting around the world.

In combat, Heller will primarily utilize two customizable primary attacks to brutalize his opponents. Heller is also able to use tendril powers to pull off all types of strategic maneuvers in combat such as stringing up your opponents in preparation for a killing blow. Through combat, you will gain experience points that can be used to make Heller stronger, faster, gain new powers or any other variety of statistical boosts and enhancements. Some missions will task you with devouring an enemy and assuming their identity through shape shifting. This is a vital mechanic that will also help you elude enemies when things get hairy.

The main story missions in Prototype 2 can get repetitive at times, but luckily, the game gives you plenty of other options to mix up the action. For starters, you will be able to complete bonus objectives during the main missions to earn extra experience points. Of course, you can explore the three areas of New York, battling enemies to your heart’s desire, but there are a ton of things to do on the side when out and about as well such as finding missing black boxes and taking out special groups of Blackwatch soldiers.

Prototype 2 is a great looking game aesthetically. Blood and gore are plentiful and the game’s animations are smooth throughout combat that can get pretty hectic at times. The game is presented through a nice looking HUD and contains helpful menus as well. The world feels alive thinks to some great voice acting and sound design; a compelling soundtrack rounds out the fully immersive experience.

If you enjoyed the original Prototype or simply love beating the hell out of people, Prototype 2 is for you. The sequel fixes any problems the first game had, adds a new protagonist with some new abilities and throws you into another environment ready to be fully explored and ripped apart. For anything the storyline lacks, it is more than made up for in the adrenaline pumping gameplay. Make sure you pick up Prototype 2 and learn why getting revenge never felt so good!

Prototype 2 released on April 24, 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. For more information on the game, check out the official Prototype 2 website.

Game Features

  • Customizable Mutations
  • Open-World Exploration
  • Radnet Content Support
  • Content Downloads
  • Trophy/Achievement Support
  • 4 out of 5

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    Who Goes There Podcast: Episode 155 – Veronica



    St Paddy’s Day has come and gone and I’ve been “pissed as a fart” for the last 4 days; so please forgive us for the episode being a little late. Veronica is the newest movie to be “too scary to finish” and we’re taking the piss out of the “based of true events” ghost story.

    None of this even matters, because on this episode we finally crowned the first ever Who Goes There champion! Tune in for this historical event!

    Now I have another reason to hate Christmas; it’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 155!

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    Prodigy Review – This Kid Is Killer



    Starring Richard Neil, Savannah Liles

    Written and directed by Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal

    From the minds of Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal, Prodigy could have easily debuted as a stage play instead of an intimate sci-fi horror film delivered straight to your television. Told with a confident grasp, the story unfolds in only one location with two characters responsible for carrying the entire narrative. Good performances, sure-handed directing, and a solid script highlighting tense moments make the claustrophobic setting seem much bigger in scope. A little telekinesis thrown in to good effect and a creepy killer kid don’t hurt the momentum either.

    Under constant surveillance at a remote black site, an aging psychologist named Fonda (Neil) is tasked with assessing a dangerous young girl called Ellie (Liles), who is highly intelligent and possesses supernatural powers. Fonda attempts to inject some humanity into Ellie, but she is cold and calculating and seems to be toying with him at times and the onlookers watching from behind the glass. The back-and-forth between both characters is competitive and often riveting, with Ellie slowly revealing her abilities to her wide-eyed new audience. Wrapped up in a familiar setup, the decision to study or dissect this meta kid is the central question of Prodigy; but the execution of a simple premise is what keeps the story afloat.

    On a very small scale, Haughey and Vidal make the setting feel cinematic with crisp images and smart shot selections that help maintain the tension. There’s a strong backbone in place that allows both actors to bounce off of each other in a well-choreographed mental dance as the dangerous game they’re playing begins to unravel.

    Several scenes where Elle demonstrates her powers are the standouts in Prodigy with chairs and tables flying and glass breaking to great effect. These sequences diffuse some of the tension for a moment, only to fully explode late in the film when Elle’s emotions unleash. It’s only then that there has been any kind of breakthrough that could possibly help to save her life.

    That gets to the heart of the real question posed in Prodigy: Is an extraordinary life still worth saving if it threatens ordinary lives in the process? Also, does the fact that this potential weapon is housed inside the body and mind of a young, lonely girl make a difference to whether it should survive? These questions and how they’re answered make Prodigy a micro-budget standout in the indie horror genre well worth taking the time to rent this weekend if you’re not planning on attending a St. Patrick’s Day parade somewhere.

    Prodigy is now available to on iTunes, Amazon, and other On Demand platforms.

    • Prodigy


    The questions raised and how they’re answered make Prodigy a micro-budget standout in the indie horror genre well worth taking the time to rent this weekend if you’re not planning on attending a St. Patrick’s Day parade somewhere. 

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    Cold Hell (Die Hölle) Review – Giallo Terror Invades Vienna



    Starring Violetta Schurawlow, Tobias Moretti, Sammy Sheik

    Written by Martin Ambrosch

    Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky

    I have a serious soft spot in my horror-loving heart for serial killer films. Movies like Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, The Crimson Rivers, and the like draw me in with their cat-and-mouse mentality. Couple those kinds of movies with non-US settings and I’m 100% hooked. So when I was introduced to Die Hölle (aka Cold Hell), which just started streaming on Shudder, I didn’t hesitate to enter this giallo-inspired thriller.

    Cold Hell follows Özge Dugruol (Schurawlow), a Turkish taxi driver in Vienna who clearly lives a strained, almost broken life. The fares she picks up verbally abuse her, the Thai boxing gym where she lets go of her anger has banned her after a violent sparring incident, and her family has its own fair share of problems, including infidelity, lack of responsibility, and painful memories of early years.

    One night, after coming home from a long shift, Özge opens the window in her bathroom only to see across the way into the home of another woman who is lying on the ground, flayed and burnt, her dead eyes staring at Özge. Stunned into shock, she can only look on before realizing that the man responsible for this woman’s death is standing in the shadows, looking at her. So begins Özge’s journey of terror as this killer makes it his mission to find and end her life.

    Cold Hell has an interesting juxtaposition running throughout the film where cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels’ gorgeous visuals are used to highlight the near-squalor and seedy underbelly of Viennese life that Özge lives in. Each scene is bathed in vibrant colors, streetlight reds and neon greens painting the frames. Marius Ruhland, who composed Ruzowitzky’s Academy Award-winning film The Counterfeiters, lends beautiful and thrilling music that knows when to coil up and provide tension before exploding to mirror the chaotic frenzy of the on-screen events.

    A direct commentary on religion’s antiquated view of the place and purpose of women, Cold Hell doesn’t shy away from making nearly everyone in this movie a flawed character. People who were unlikable become understandable once the breadth of their circumstances becomes more clear, as is the case with detective Christian Steiner (Moretti), who originally treats Özge with an almost xenophobic attitude only for us to later see that he cares for his dementia-ridden father. While not excusing his previous behaviors, such a revelation gives his irritation and frustration a more justifiable foundation.

    When the action strikes, we are treated to breathtaking car chases, blood splashing across the screen, and believable reactions. The characters in this film get hurt and they show it, limping painfully with their cuts and bruises open for the world to see.

    The film is certainly not flawless. Some characters feel shoe-horned in and there are rather lengthly segments where the film comes to a crawl. However, the engaging and nuanced performance from Schurawlow easily kept me glued to the screen.

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    With beautiful music and gorgeous visuals, Cold Hell is an engaging, albeit slow burn, serial killer thriller. This is one film that should not be missed.

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