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Prototype 2 Bios: James Heller and Alex Mercer


As Prototype 2 creeps ever so closer to its April release, it’s time to divulge into the two main characters of the game. Alex Mercer, who was the protagonist of the predecessor, Prototype, does return in Prototype 2. However, he return as the antagonist of the game, a target of a revenge mission from Blackwater Sergeant James Heller. He blames Mercer for the death of his family and the destruction of New York. Heller will possess the Blacklight virus after receiving it from Mercer himself. It is a battle of epic proportions that will be fought in your Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in April.

Below are the bios of both Heller and Mercer, divulging deeper into the characters. Accompanying them are some art work of the two main characters, looking like they are ready for their confrontation.

First up, the protagonist of Prototype 2, Sgt. James Heller:

Sgt. James Heller was a U.S. military soldier who lived in New York during the first Blacklight viral outbreak and was stationed in the Middle East during the second outbreak.  His wife, Colette, and  daughter, Maya, were caught in the initial outbreak and killed.  Since Blackwatch claims that Alex Mercer caused the outbreak, Heller signed up for patrols in the severely infected Red Zone, hoping for a chance to find Mercer and avenge his beloved family.

Heller has military training.  Before he lost his family, Heller had a joyful life.  His relationships with Colette and Amaya were close and loving.  When they were killed, Heller became a man transformed: he grew grim, rude, and impatient — a dark shadow of his earlier personality.  Even so, he is kinder and more sympathetic than Alex Mercer.  Heller’s goals rarely or even convincingly exceed his own personal desires.

At the beginning of PROTOTYPE 2, Heller eventually confronts Mercer in the Red Zone and tries to kill him, naturally without success.  Mercer, impressed with Heller’s bravery and fortitude, infects Heller with the virus for reasons yet to be understood, and now the ultimate fate of humanity desperately hangs in the balance…

Here is a little bio on our protagonist of the first game and antagonist for the second, Alex Mercer:

Alex Mercer was a brilliant scientist who worked for Gentek (the scientific arm of Blackwatch) prior to the initial Blacklight viral outbreak in NYC.  He worked directly on the Blacklight virus, increasing its deadliness by 1000%.  When news-leaks threatened the security of their work, Blackwatch closed the Blacklight project and ordered the entire staff killed.  Mercer stole a sample of the virus and escaped but was later cornered at Penn Station in NYC.  Rather than surrender, Mercer smashed the vial releasing the Blacklight virus.  The Blackwatch soldiers gunned him down and he was pronounced dead.

However, Mercer’s body was infected with the stolen Blacklight virus and was soon reanimated, albeit with complete amnesia.  The virus granted him super human abilities.  He worked to discover his past and later saved the city by defeating Elizabeth Green and foiling Blackwatch’s attempt to nuke the city and its citizens.  Afterwards, Mercer left NYC and observed humanity, pondering his own status amongst them.

Alex Mercer is an anti-hero both in deed and personality.  Mercer’s motivations and plans are utterly personal, and rarely take any human cost into account.  Even throughout the initial outbreak event, Mercer killed and consumed innocent people without remorse.  His attitude is grim and impatient.  He’s never shown any significant affection for anyone except: his sister, Dana; and his one-time girlfriend, Karen Parker (whom he later killed for betraying him to Blackwatch).

In short, Alex Mercer does not make friends easily and his goals for both Sgt. James Heller and the human race remain shrouded in mystery.

Joshua Spudic
Joshua Spudic
Josh is the name, writing is my game... well my degree will say that. But, when uni gets me down (and it does), there is no better way that to grab a chair, sit back and slicing up some DarkspawnI started my gaming interest back in the good old 16 bit era with the Sega Mega Drive and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I was roughly five years old. To this day I still try to fire up the dusty companion and speed through the wacky and bright levels, jumping on some Badniks, collecting those damn Chaos Emeralds. Then I moved onto Sony's disk based console the Playstation (thanks to my uncle). Since then I have picked up each of Sony's consoles from the 5th to current generation that has been released in Australia (with more to come).In terms of writing about games, I am quite new to the field. I started out late last year with my own blog before deciding to move to greener pastures. I have written a few reviews for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable. Features as well. I hope I can flex my muscles while writing with Capsule Computers.If I'm not gaming, however, I'm writing narratives. I am currently trying to kickstart a high fantasy novel (which, hopefully, turns into a complex RPG) that I want done in five years or so. My passion of writing has been there for a long time and has flourished as I grew. I'm into the fantasy genre, both games and novels, and thoroughly enjoy a deep and complex RPG, whether it comes from the East or West.Oh and anime is awesome!