Since inFamous 2′s unveiling by GameInformer Magazine, the Sucker Punch crew has been making the rounds at different media outlets. What are they talking about you ask? Well, inFamous 2! and how it’s so much better than the first installment. They said inFamous 2 wouldn’t be possible on the Xbox 360 and how now, apparently, the game’s really pushing the PS3 on all cylinders.
Even the prized Game of The Year trophy the men and women at Sucker Punch are eying, with the studio’s development director Chris Zimmerman, voicing that his team is “much better set up this time” to “take a big, hard swing at it.” Confident talk wouldn’t you say?
I guess it’s the recent gameplay footage released that gamers appreciated a lot causing Sucker Punch to feel so confident. And there’s nothing wrong in feeling good about your game, especially when fan reaction is so high, but there’s another title out in the wild, one that’s in many ways the same as inFamous, one that will most likely see a sequel release next year, just like inFamous 2.
I’m talking about Prototype 2; and although the title hasn’t been announced as of yet, there’s almost a guarantee it will. Sucker Punch had better look out, too, because I’m sure the game’s developer, Radical Entertainment, a studio that’s received critical praise for its experience in open world titles, are also taking notes and are eying that Game of The Year trophy just like everyone else.
So what can we expect? Better everything, I’d say in a nutshell. Radical Entertainment, or even the game’s publisher and IP owner, Activision, has been extremely hush-hush concerning Prototype 2. But don’t allow secrecy to fool you. The game has sold well over a million copies on Xbox 360 and as of March 2010, joined the console’s Platinum Hits lineup. It also sold a good amount of copies on the PS3, and as for the reviews, most were respectably high.
So don’t you, for one moment, think that Radical hasn’t been taking notes. They’ve seen, I’m sure, all the attention that their closest competitor for Prototype, Sucker Punch’s inFamous 2 has been garnering, and soon time news confirming the title’s existence will burst onto the scene like a Hiroshima bomb.
The two titles released in the same period last year, in the month of June, and I suspect the same scenario might again happen next year.
Who will be the winner at the end? We can’t tell as of yet because we’ve neither seen or heard nothing concerning Prototype 2. But when that time comes, and it will, rest assured the fight will be one for the ages; with both studios putting their all into the respective titles in hopes of winning Game of The Year. So if I resided at Sucker Puncher, I’d beware of Prototype 2 at my tail.
In the end though, there’s one group of people who stand to be the winners when the dust settles, and they are, you guessed it: we the gamers.
Competition breeds excellence, didn’t you know?
Radical Entertainment has been in the business for quite some time now, the studio’s roster includes Scarface: The World Is Yours, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and The Simpsons: Hit and Run. They’re also listed as “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” for 2008, proving that it’s a great place to work, also.
A GamesThirst Original.