Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
YMMV: Prototype 2
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Most bosses aren't difficult. Even the final boss is pretty easy, just so long as you don't use the exact same power he's using.
  • Broken Base: Since the earliest trailer the base was split between the people who were very upset at Alex being the villain and those who just wanted more Video Game Cruelty Potential. This continued on well past the game's release.
  • Creator Killer: The underperforming sales of this game were cited by Activision when they started layoffs at Radical Entertainment.
  • Contested Sequel: Did the changes to the gameplay make up for the story? Was replacing Mercer as protagonist and giving him a face heel turn a wise decision? It's spawned quite a bit of debate.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Blackwatch is full of psychos, but Starnes, the guy who makes jokes about celebrity-lookalike infected 'celebrity headshots' and claims infected females look "pretty hot if you put a bag on their heads," goes all the way around the block and to pure comedy.
  • Game Breaker: Immunity to bullets and finishers. The former renders at least 75% of the military impotent, and the latter makes Armor and helicopters a joke. Once you have the shields, as long as you've got decent timing and pick off the rocket launcher troops first, the military is pretty much just walking snack food. Good timing with the shields also renders Orions, Brawlers, and Evolved pushovers as well.
  • Epileptic Tree: Many (if not all) fans have come up with multiple reasons as to why Alex became the Rogue Protagonist. Most have come up with ideas that suggest that this was a separate version of Alex from the explosion that survived, with the chance of The Atoner Alex returning in a later game.
  • Even Better Sequel: Even if the story was more contested, many, if not all critics agreed that the gameplay was vastly improved from the original.
  • Franchise Killer: Not only were the game's sales poor enough to cause the developer to say a sequel was out of the question, the poor sales led to Activision shuttering the developer that created it, Radical Entertainment.
  • In Name Only: Both Alex and Blackwatch are essentially In Name Only characters of the first game.
  • Narm: The redesigned uniforms of the standard Blackwatch troops look rather silly.
    • The writer's attempts to make Blackwatch seem evil are so over the top that they almost seem like parodies at first, made more extreme due to the fact that they are supposed to be taken seriously. Yahtzee puts it best: "If you take the time to track down the collectible audio logs, you'll find that approximately one hundred percent of the things record someone at Blackwatch talking about how much he loves throwing schoolchildren into jet turbines and rubbing the greasy remnants into his have to wonder where Blackwatch could possibly be finding this seemingly inexhaustible supply of emotionless psychopaths".
    • Narm Charm: Besides the Blackwatch evil seeming hilarious (possibly intentional), there's also Heller's side of the dialogue during the final encounter with Mercer.
  • Player Punch: You may or may not feel anything about the eventual fate of Luis Guerra since all he does is just feed Heller information and provide off-screen assistance, just that he and Heller knew each other for a considerable time by the start of the game.
    • Mercer's status, as well. When Heller finally kills him, the player gets to look out of Mercer's eyes while being eviscerated!
    • When Maya is kidnapped by Galloway. James was SO CLOSE to saving his daughter, only for her to be snatched away from him.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: Several reviews have reach this conclusion - the plot is simplistic and overwrought (And ditches the conspiracy plot from the original), but the combat, graphics and other gameplay are tighter and more polished than in the first game. Some fans of the first game feel this way too, believing the gameplay to be as good or better as the first, but resenting the story developments.
  • Replacement Scrappy: A subset of the fanbase does not like James Heller, more or less because he replaces Mercer as the player character.
  • Sequel Escalation: At least compared to the first game, this one has concepts from the Hulk game not available in the first. Also, the ways in which powers can cause massive havoc has gone up despite several moves from the original being trimmed if only because they didn't take things over the top even higher.
    • At the same time, it seems to be deescalation as well. In the original, it was hinted that if the virus ever got off Manhattan Island, the world (or at least North America), would be a lost cause. In P2, the virus spreads to the Yellow and Green zones (Manhattan is the Red Zone)... but its hardly game over. Additionally, Blackwatch's plan to destroy Manhattan in the original involved a nuke, while in P2, their plan involves slow moving, poorly armored helicopters armed with thermobaric weapons.
  • That One Sidequest: The divebombing Radnet events can be this, depending on how they're set up. In particular, one in the yellow zone is set up in such a way that you need pixel-perfect aim to take out an 'X' formation of targets in one hit. The corners are just far enough apart that you'll only hit two out of four unless you hit the target dead center, forcing a second dive to hit the stragglers. This makes it nigh-impossible to pass the third round, meaning you'll just barely reach gold. Thankfully, if you're only interested in the Mercer Skin, you only need a bronze medal.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A lot of fans were disappointed that they were not playing as Alex. However, James Heller may have been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap as the developers started revealing his powers.
    • A lot of complaints from fans of the first game revolve around Alex's Zombie Apocalypse Take Over the World Assimilation Plot and personality as being completely different from his personality in the first game - with no explanation for his Face-Heel Turn being given in the game. Oh, and the ending, where Alex is torn limb from limb and consumed after being mocked and humiliated in battle, with the memory received just further hammering home his complete about-face in personality was also negatively received. Most of the fans were hoping that this was actually a Trailers Always Lie situation.
    • While for the most part the gameplay is an improvement over the first game, the reworked controls and new abilities meant ditching numerous old ones, including multiple kinds of Devastators (only the Tendril Barrage can be used), Musclemass, Armor (hinted to be DLC later on, though this turned out to merely be cosmetic so it does nothing but make the character look different), Patsy and numerous Awesome but Impractical moves that were either superfluous or not strong enough for their intended targets.
  • Villain Decay: Blackwatch. In the original, they were portrayed as a fanatical unit of utterly ruthless killers who would and did shoot fleeing, unarmed civilians and each other if it fulfilled their objectives, and wielded frightening power in the name of containing any outbreak and any witnesses to an outbreak. While they still engage in dog-kicking left and right, perhaps to an even greater degree than in the original, they're harder to take seriously after a few Blacknet missions, such as the one where you're picking up radio transmissions from a trooper referring to everyone as "Brah", a guy stating he only joined to kill people, or when you realise they're now beholden to Gentek rather than Gentek being created, funded and heavily controlled by Blackwatch. One can assume they've had to lower their hiring standards due to the high, uh, turnover.
    • At one point it's mentioned that there are 10,000 Blackwatch personnel in the city. In fact, while playing the game you see more Blackwatch than regular Marines, which is an inversion of the situation in the first game. Although it's partially explained that Marines are still supposedly treated as Infected-fodder by being deployed mainly in the Red Zone while Blackwatch personnel try to keep their (and Gentek's) mischief under wraps by enforcing a regime in areas under dominant military control.

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy