Battle of the suspiciously similar superhero games: Infamous vs. Prototype

Two of the most buzzed about current games are the PS3 exclusive Infamous--an open-city game with a superpowered anti-hero--and Prototype--also an open-city game with a superpowered anti-hero. How deeply do the similarities go? We've created a handy chart

Hollywood brains occasionally act in unintended tandem, producing simultaneous movies about, say, dangerous volcano eruptions, or killer meteors threatening to wipe out mankind. It's all completely unintentional, at least according to the lawyers, so we shouldn't be surprised to see the same seemingly cloned concepts come to game consoles.

Two of the most buzzed about current games are the PS3 exclusive Infamous--an open-city game with a superpowered anti-hero--and Prototype--also an open-city game with a superpowered anti-hero. How deeply do the similarities go? We've created a handy chart to sort it all out.

Infamous vs. Prototype

Infamous
Prototype

NYC-inspired open city environment

Yes

Yes

Mysterious terrorist attack causes military to seal off the city

Yes

Yes

General chaos in streets/breakdown of public order

Yes

Yes

Protagonist searching for answers as to why he suddenly has superpowers

Yes

Yes

Required to fight both the military and mutated bad guys

Yes

Yes

Said superpowers upgradeable by earning XP

Yes

Yes

Can scale the sides of buildings, glide through the air, and jump really far

Yes

Yes

Drop by your friend's house to pick up missions

Yes

Yes

Dubious ethical choices required

Yes

Yes

City is fully populated with people you can't talk to and cars you can't drive

Yes

Yes

PS3 Exclusive?

Yes

No



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