Prototype 2

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Prototype 2
Prototype 2 cover.jpg
Release dates
July 24, 2012
Prototype 2 at Steam Charts
Prototype 2 at SteamDB
 Prototype 2 at Wikipedia
Prototype 2009
Prototype 2 2012

Key points

Disadvantage Widely criticised as being a very poor PC port with a very large number of issues.[1][2]
Disadvantage Poor sales of the game on console platforms has resulted in Radical Entertainment being essentially shut down. The long-term effects of this on support for the PC port remains to be seen.[3]
Information A controller is highly recommended.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Steam Forum thread with additional fixes - maintained by Suicidal.banana.


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail Steamicon.png Steamicon.png
Steam Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Steam.[4]

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location


[edit] Save game data location

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Activision\Prototype 2

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.png See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Silver.png See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV) Impossible Default is not very narrow even for large screens.
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Unknown
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Can be toggle between Off, Low and High.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Hackable Set refresh rate manually; see Widescreen resolution.
Information An in-depth look at the Prototype 2 settings is available on this GameSpy Port Authority article.

[edit] Windowed

Fix Windowed launch option[5]Link

  1. Right-click the game in the Steam Library.
  2. Choose Properties, then Set launch options.
  3. Add windowed and choose OK to save your changes.

[edit] Widescreen resolution

Disadvantage Resolution is natively capped at 1920x1080 and 1920x1200.

Fix Change resolution launch option[6]Link

  1. Right-click the game in the Steam Library.
  2. Choose Properties, then Set launch options.
  3. Add resolution=2560x1600@60 (resolution followed by refresh rate).
  4. Choose OK to save your changes.

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Unknown
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller support Native
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

[edit] Mouse acceleration

Disadvantage Mouse acceleration is tied to frame rate of the game, leading to extremely choppy control in periods of poor performance.[7]

Fix Controller useLink

A controller will bypass the mouse acceleration problem.

Fix Limit frame rate using Dxtory[8]Link

Using Dxtory to limit frame rate (for example, to 60 FPS) will limit mouse acceleration.

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

[edit] Issues unresolved

[edit] No shadows with AMD/ATI graphics cards

Disadvantage Prototype 2 has a similar bug as with Prototype, where shadows are not rendered properly on AMD ATI Radeon cards.[9]
Disadvantage This can lead to a very poor graphical quality.
Disadvantage There is no known fix for Prototype or Prototype 2.

[edit] Cannot complete Operation Flytrap

Continuation On some PC configurations it's impossible to complete the mission Operation Flytrap.

Fix Set core affinityLink

  1. Alt+tab out of the game
  2. Open task manager,
  3. Find prototype2.exe
  4. Right click -> Set Affinity... and uncheck all but one of the checkboxes.
  5. Go back into the game and restart the mission.

[edit] Performance degrades over time

Information Memory leak caused by a setting on x64 bit Windows to do with Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Physical Address Extension (PAE).

Fix Disable Data Execution Prevention[10][11]Link

Disadvantage This fix only extends memory space so that the crash occurs later on 32bit systems, and won't work on 64bit systems.
Disadvantage Disabling DEP will compromise system security in the long term.

To set DEP off and PAE on use these commands in a command window with admin rights:

  1. Start > cmd and run it with ctrl+shift+enter.
  2. Enter commands:

bcdedit /set nx AlwaysOff bcdedit /set pae ForceEnable

Information Additional information at Microsoft website.

Fix Alt+tab to release memory[12]Link

Alt+tabbing in and out of the game appears to release 500-600mb of RAM, delaying the onset of a memory leak crash temporarily.

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] No voice audio during gameplay

Information Bug caused by Dolby surround setups.[13]

Fix Set sound option to TVLink

  1. Go to options > audio.
  2. Set sound system to TV instead of Home Theater.

[edit] Glowing outlines on characters

Fix Disable antialiasing[14]Link

[edit] USB devices crash game

Information Some keyboards (and likely other input devices) may cause Prototype 2 to crash while attempting to load the game (brief black screen, follow by a crash-to-desktop).
Information Devices with additional USB ports for connecting peripherals may be responsible for the problem.

Fix Unplug USB devicesLink

Unplug the device(s) before starting the game, then plug them back in.

Fix Disable HID-compliant deviceLink

Disadvantage This may accidentally disable an input device.
  1. Open up the Task Manager.
  2. Disable one or more instances of HID-compliant consumer control device (not HID-compliant device).

[edit] Waypoints don't trigger and can't use airbridge

Information Seems to be sporadically caused by crashing in the middle of a mission

Fix Force a reload of your character by evolvingLink

Evolve by consuming/finding collectibles to proceed with missions.

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz, AMD Phenom X3 8750 Intel Core 2 Quad 2.7 GHz or better, AMD Phenom II X4 3 GHz or better
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB 10 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 4850
512 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 5850
1 GB of VRAM


  9. Screenshot showing difference between Nvidia and ATI - Steam Users' Forums

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