History VideoGame / Prototype

28th May '17 12:46:01 AM Lightning4119
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** A chemical spray weapon being used to pin down an enemy and remove their cover, that is supposedly harmless to humans but is implied to actually have nasty side effects...are we talking about the bloodtox that Blackwatch deploys or [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Agent Orange]]?

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** A chemical spray weapon being used to pin down an enemy and remove their cover, that is supposedly harmless to humans but is implied to actually have nasty side effects...are we talking about the bloodtox that Blackwatch deploys or [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Agent Orange]]?Orange]]? This is even lampshaded when someone asks how Bloodtox would be deployed.



* JustThinkOfThePotential: Basically Gentek's attitude towards Elizabeth Greene - or at least what they ''say'' it is. Yes, the genetic breakthroughs the viruses in her blood provide could be the key to finding cures for every disease known to man, but ''[[ZombieApocalypse look at what Blacklight does.]]'' The WOI mentions that Greene "represents the last opportunity to learn anything" from the horrible experiments conducted at Hope, Idaho. All we see them doing is making bigger and better bioweapons - the one even vaguely positive application we see are [[SuperSoldier the D-Codes]].

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* JustThinkOfThePotential: Basically Gentek's attitude towards Elizabeth Greene - or at least what they ''say'' it is. Yes, the genetic breakthroughs the viruses in her blood provide could be the key to finding cures for every disease known to man, but ''[[ZombieApocalypse look at what Blacklight does.]]'' The WOI mentions that Greene "represents the last opportunity to learn anything" from the horrible experiments conducted at Hope, Idaho. All we see them Gentek doing with the samples is making bigger and better bioweapons - the one even vaguely positive application we see are [[SuperSoldier the D-Codes]].
28th May '17 12:29:45 AM Lightning4119
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* JustThinkOfThePotential: Basically Gentek's attitude towards Elizabeth Greene - or at least what they ''say'' it is. Yes, the genetic breakthroughs the viruses in her blood provide could be the key to finding cures for every disease known to man, but ''[[ZombieApocalypse look at what Blacklight does.]]'' The WOI mentions that Greene "represents the last opportunity to learn anything" from the horrible experiments conducted at Hope, Idaho. All we see them doing is making bigger and better bioweapons - the one even vaguely positive application we see are [[SuperSoldier the D-Codes]].



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Pretty much every doctor in Manhattan is a MadScientist. [[spoiler:Hell, even Alex is one]]. Blackwatch and Gentek apparently hire complete psychos. However, there are some scientists you get in the Web of Intrigue who clearly have reservations about what they're doing.

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Pretty much every doctor in Manhattan is a MadScientist. [[spoiler:Hell, even Alex is one]]. Blackwatch and Gentek apparently hire complete psychos. However, there are some scientists you get in the Web of Intrigue who clearly have reservations about what they're doing.doing, [[PragmaticVillainy or at least think it's stupid to be so reckless with the applications.]]



* OneManArmy: Mercer.

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* OneManArmy: Mercer. Implied with Cross - apparently he killed the last Runner ''by himself.''


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Taggart ''attempts'' it after it finally sinks in how out of control things are: the virus is rampaging across the city essentially unchecked, Blackwatch and the Marines are bleeding troops they don't have, and Mercer just ''ate'' [[spoiler: Elizabeth Greene]].
28th May '17 12:07:18 AM Lightning4119
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Near the beginning of the game, Alex frees SealedEvilInACan [[BigBad Elizabeth Greene]], turning what had previously been a minor, controlled outbreak into the ZombieApocalypse. To be fair to Alex, though, it's made perfectly clear that they had already lost containment (all the guards are dead, the room is filled with infected biomass, and Greene's cell is open), and moreover it's suggested in the strategy guide that Greene could have escaped whenever she wanted. [[PersonOfMassDestruction They couldn't contain Alex, they can't contain her]].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Near the beginning of the game, Alex frees SealedEvilInACan [[BigBad Elizabeth Greene]], turning what had previously been a minor, controlled outbreak into the ZombieApocalypse. To be fair to Alex, though, it's made perfectly clear that they had already lost containment (all the guards are dead, the room is filled with infected biomass, and Greene's cell is open), and moreover it's suggested in the strategy guide that Greene could have escaped whenever she wanted. [[PersonOfMassDestruction They couldn't contain Alex, they can't contain her]]. It's also mentioned in passing in at least one Web of Intrigue entry how colossally idiotic it was to bring a WalkingWasteland whose blood is literally teeming with hundreds of strains of the deadliest viruses on the planet into one of the most heavily populated cities in the world.



* PlayableEpilogue: Even after finishing the story, you get to continue beating challenges, finding collectables, and can even absorb more Web of Intrigue victims to further expand backstory. [[spoiler:This even leads to resolving plot points like Karen's escape; players can track her down so Alex can kill her.]]

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* PlayableEpilogue: Even after finishing the story, you get to continue beating challenges, finding collectables, collectibles, and can even absorb more Web of Intrigue victims to further expand backstory. [[spoiler:This even leads to resolving plot points like Karen's escape; players can track her down so Alex can kill her.]]



* WeHaveReserves: The USMC are explicitly being used by Blackwatch as human shields to absorb the casualties of the occupation.

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* WeHaveReserves: The USMC are explicitly being used by Blackwatch as human shields to absorb the casualties of the occupation. This is Blackwatch's attitude towards ''everyone'', including civilians and their own personnel. No cost is too high to contain an outbreak - even destroying a town. They've done it at least twice before.
21st May '17 11:31:06 PM UncloudedTJ
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* ItIsDehumanizing: Randall does not like Alex being called a "he". In a interesting twist, [[spoiler:Alex may agree when he finds out that he is (essentially) a modified clone of the original Alex and that his consciousness technically comes from the virus.

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Randall does not like Alex being called a "he". In a interesting twist, [[spoiler:Alex may agree when he finds out that he is (essentially) a modified clone of the original Alex and that his consciousness technically comes from the virus.]]



** [[spoiler:Alex]] will eventually fit this, too, seeing as how, [[spoiler:like Elizabeth, he's essentially ageless. He won't die unless he's outright ''killed''. [[NighInvulnerable Good luck]] [[FromASingleCell with that.]]

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** [[spoiler:Alex]] will eventually fit this, too, seeing as how, [[spoiler:like Elizabeth, he's essentially ageless. He won't die unless he's outright ''killed''. [[NighInvulnerable Good luck]] [[FromASingleCell with that.]]]]]]
14th May '17 8:46:50 AM Collectionchange
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* GrapplingHookPistol: The upgraded Whipfist can latch onto and pull it to Alex or pull Alex to it.

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* GrapplingHookPistol: The upgraded Whipfist can latch onto on to an object and pull it to Alex or pull Alex to it.



* ItIsDehumanizing: Randall does not like Alex being called a "he". In a interesting twist, [[spoiler:Alex may agree when he finds out that he is (essentially) a modified clone of the original Alex and that his consciousness technically comes from the virus. A year later, Alex has given up on humanity maybe in part due to this new mentality.]]

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Randall does not like Alex being called a "he". In a interesting twist, [[spoiler:Alex may agree when he finds out that he is (essentially) a modified clone of the original Alex and that his consciousness technically comes from the virus. A year later, Alex has given up on humanity maybe in part due to this new mentality.]]



** The sequel has Alex infecting James Heller, and it's not a good thing, because he wants revenge on him for the death of his family and ruining his suicide.



** [[spoiler:Alex]] will eventually fit this, too, seeing as how, [[spoiler:like Elizabeth, he's essentially ageless. He won't die unless he's outright ''killed''. [[NighInvulnerable Good luck]] [[FromASingleCell with that.]] (Although it's looking like the protagonist for VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} will be given this exact task.)]]

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** [[spoiler:Alex]] will eventually fit this, too, seeing as how, [[spoiler:like Elizabeth, he's essentially ageless. He won't die unless he's outright ''killed''. [[NighInvulnerable Good luck]] [[FromASingleCell with that.]] (Although it's looking like the protagonist for VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} will be given this exact task.)]]]]



** Heller in the sequel, against Mercer himself.



* SuperDrowningSkills: Alex cannot swim, but rather than drown, any attempt to jump into water results in Alex sinking like a stone then jumping back to shore a few seconds later. Probably justified since he likely weighs somewhere around a tonne.

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* SuperDrowningSkills: Alex cannot swim, but rather than drown, any attempt to jump into water results in Alex sinking like a stone then jumping back to shore a few seconds later. Probably justified since he likely weighs somewhere around a tonne.ton.



* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: In the series this trope turns up several times: Alex Mercer (upgrade) vs. Elizabeth Greene (prototype) and Alex Mercer ([[{{Pun}} prototype]]) vs. Supreme Hunter (upgrade) in the original game, and Alex Mercer (prototype) vs. James Heller (upgrade) in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}''.

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* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: In the series this trope turns up several times: Alex Mercer (upgrade) vs. Elizabeth Greene (prototype) and Alex Mercer ([[{{Pun}} prototype]]) vs. Supreme Hunter (upgrade) in the original game, and Alex Mercer (prototype) vs. James Heller (upgrade) in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}''.(upgrade).



** The sequel actually looks to be an allusion to this trope, given that the new protagonist is the father and husband of two of those civilians who inevitably died during your rampage through the first game. So, [[BrokenAesop you get to punish Alex Mercer for all the collateral damage you made him do in the last game by controlling a new character who, in order to enact his revenge, will probably inflict as much collateral damage as Alex Mercer did]]. Sounds good!



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:What happened to Dana and Ragland?]] [[spoiler:What happened to Dana is a plot point in the sequel, where Alex is the viral overlord of Manhattan.]] Alternatively [[FridgeHorror if you stop to think about it,]] what is it that makes "Alex Mercer" not only a better person, but well-nigh unkillable? [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror He may have decided to share his invulnerability with Dana by giving her the virus that he has.]]]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:What happened to Dana and Ragland?]] [[spoiler:What happened to Dana is a plot point in the sequel, where Alex is the viral overlord of Manhattan.]] Alternatively [[FridgeHorror if you stop to think about it,]] what is it that makes "Alex Mercer" not only a better person, but well-nigh unkillable? [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror He may have decided to share his invulnerability with Dana by giving her the virus that he has.]]]]Ragland?]]
7th May '17 5:16:12 PM nombretomado
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** There are two consecutive "Kill" events, both of which require the use of the rocket launcher. They are named, respectively, [[{{Starcraft}} "You Called The Thunder..." and "...Now Reap The Whirlwind."]]

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** There are two consecutive "Kill" events, both of which require the use of the rocket launcher. They are named, respectively, [[{{Starcraft}} [[VideoGame/StarCraft "You Called The Thunder..." and "...Now Reap The Whirlwind."]]
31st Mar '17 4:37:55 AM CrappyCookie
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** Hell, even going from a session of Prototype 2 back to Prototype 1 can mess up players, due to the differences in several mechanics such as stealth consumption and combat. One such example is that the grab button [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin grabs people]] instead of giving several button promps like it did in the sequel. Another change is the combat, as a player will expect to use the multi-weapon system from Prototype 2 but end up using a heavy attack instead.
** Another change between Prototype 1 and 2 is the movement. In Prototype 2, the engine was changed so that Heller would automatically jump when at the critical point of his jump's charge, while Mercer can hold his jumps indefinitely. This also ties directly into the air glide system, as the changes to the controls can be troubling for players trying to leap over a building (or several) [[InASingleBound in a single bound]].
29th Mar '17 6:09:28 AM Doug86
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** Alex Mercer's fate is remarkably similar to that that of [[spoiler: William Birkin]] from ResidentEvil2. [[spoiler: Both characters get gunned down, but use viruses to revive themselves into horrible monsters and infect their respective cities.]]

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** Alex Mercer's fate is remarkably similar to that that of [[spoiler: William Birkin]] from ResidentEvil2.''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''. [[spoiler: Both characters get gunned down, but use viruses to revive themselves into horrible monsters and infect their respective cities.]]
20th Mar '17 4:37:04 PM WarriorsGate
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* ShoutOut: ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' had the Zombie Genocider achievement, for killing 53,594 infected. ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' upped the ante with the Zombie Genocidest achievement, for killing 53,595 infected. ''Prototype'' has a Trail of Corpses achievement, for killing 53,596 infected.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
** The big twist, [[spoiler: you're just a sentient thing that believes it's a real person because you infected their body]], is right out of Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''ComicBook/SwampThing''.
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''VideoGame/DeadRising'' had the Zombie Genocider achievement, for killing 53,594 infected. ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' upped the ante with the Zombie Genocidest achievement, for killing 53,595 infected. ''Prototype'' has a Trail of Corpses achievement, for killing 53,596 infected.
10th Mar '17 4:23:29 AM TinMan
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The art director said he designed Greene's outfit to resemble fetish clothing.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
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The art director said he designed Greene's outfit to resemble fetish clothing.clothing.
** A chemical spray weapon being used to pin down an enemy and remove their cover, that is supposedly harmless to humans but is implied to actually have nasty side effects...are we talking about the bloodtox that Blackwatch deploys or [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Agent Orange]]?
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