man. i have been trying to play my way through radical entertainment / activision’s prototype game. it’s hard. i don’t mean the game play itself, but the storyline kind of puts me to sleep. i am the first to stand up and assert my right to violent video games. it’s a fake world, who cares how many heads you play football with? however, i want a plot with the game. i have no idea why that is so hard to ask for.
the main character, mr alex mercer, seems to be nothing more than an angry, angry boy. nothing is really ever explained about how angry he is. there’s vague talk about government experiments, betrayal by agencies. wikipedia explains the plot thusly:
“The game is set in New York City, where a virulent plague is spreading through Manhattan. Those infected are mutated into hideous monsters. The United States Marine Corps, under the command of the black ops organization Blackwatch, is dispatched to contain it. At the center of it is the protagonist, Alex Mercer, a shapeshifter with no memory of his past. Alex has the ability to absorb other individuals, taking on their biomass, memories, experiences, and physical forms. Parallel to the game’s storyline is the ability to play the game as a sandbox-style video game giving the player freedom to roam Manhattan.”
…ok, but nothing explains why he’s so mad. among the various powers i have amassed, i have wolverine-type claws, and hacking the general populace to bits doesn’t have any consequences. sometimes there’s a strike team that rallies itself to try and stop me, but not often.
at some point, and by that i mean ‘an ideal world’, i would like for the plot to take hold, but i am not holding my breath.