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Original Thread: Let's Play Prototype along with other random games [VLP]


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Prototype is a game about an ultra-powered jerkhole who runs around Manhattan while the military slaughters plague-ridden citizens in the streets. It's a lot of fun.

The Powers
Your character, Alex Mercer, is infected with the virus codenamed "Blacklight". It enables him to break science in many entertaining ways. He can manifest offensive and defensive items, like claws and shields. He can absorb humans into his body, stealing their memory and appearance. Super strength and super agility are part of the package. He can also parkour on anything, run up sheer vertical surfaces, and fly.

There are more complicated moves available, most of which involve the application of devastating force on a single human target which could easily be killed by the most basic punching attack. Some these advanced moves require you to mash several buttons in sequence, so people tend to complain about the controls. Whatever. I've played worse.

The Plot
This game uses a storytelling method that is very complicated, but also very simple. Cutscenes are mostly shown out of order, letting you see the past or the future of the plotline. Most of the backstory is told through the Web of Intrigue, a collection of 131 short movies. It's a complete mess, and the game makes no effort to clean it up for you. Many players, upon finishing the game, had no idea who the final boss was. We'll just try to explain things as we play through the game.

The HD Videos
We're putting these videos on Youtube to use the HD feature. This allows us to give you videos in 720P, which is an unprecedented amount of P. Enjoy the P.

If you have trouble watching the HD videos:
A. Wait for the video to load before watching it
B. Use to download the video
C. Don't watch the video in HD

If your processor can't quite handle the video, you can get better performance by downloading it and watching it in a real video playing program instead of a web browser. VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema, MPUI-hcb, and KMPlayer are all fine choices for playing back the videos you get from

If you have a netbook with an Intel Atom processor, you can play back 720P video if you have the right program. First, download MPUI-hcb and install it. Then, download these files and unzip them into c:\program files\MPUI, overwriting mplayer.exe and the config file. The result is a nice video player that manages smooth playback of 720P video on my Acer Aspire One.


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