IGN has surprised us all with this review of Radical’s Prototype, one of the most anticipated and hyped games of the summer. A 7.5 may seem like a good score, but let’s remember that a 7.5 from IGN is a 1 from anyone with credibility. Moreover, the substance of the review is… chilly at best.
This is a game I was looking forward to – actually I failed to get it at Best Buy last night – but based on this I might just hold off. I have Red Faction to keep me company, and I’m still enjoying that immensely.
This is a perennial problem with open world games – blandness, repetition, insufficient uniqueness in art and models. Add to that the completely textbook missions that pepper most (even Red Faction is guilty of this) and you have a recipe for a game format that sounds brilliant but executes very poorly.
I’ll withhold final judgment on Prototype until I see some other reviews, but for a game as hotly anticipated as this one, from a studio that’s got some good hits to its credit, this is both a surprise and a disappointment.