Who developed this???
My god. This game is AWFUL! I was so looking forward to a good spy game where you influence the outcome. But this is terrible. It looks like a N64 game! The controls are just terrible. TERRIBLE! You can't see anything and movement is horrible. You can have an enemy directly in your sights and it won't shoot him, but you can be off by 3 feet and he'll get hit. You can only take cover at certain times. You don't know where to go. I can't even describe how bad the controls are. The interface is terrible. The sound is OK. The storyline seemed to be good, but I traded the game in after a couple scenes. I got tired of dealing with the awful controls. I read a couple online reviews saying this game was bad. You get that with a lot of games, though, so I figured I'd try it out. Well, the reviews were right this time. This game is just a catastrophe. It's a shame, because the idea of the game is great. But it seems like they just rushed it to get it out there and it's a major major major failure.
good idea, didn't follow through
the concept had such amazing potential, and you get bits and pieces of the designers' aspirations, but unfortunately thats about all you get. the graphics are pathetic and could be run off a regular playstation practically, and only serve to highlight the game's many other shortcomings. the controls get dicey and I found myself getting detected by enemies simply because the camera locked up at a completely useless angle or I'd get hung up on invisible corners. the leveling system is awkward in the way you use points, and to my great frustration, it seems that no matter how many points I poured into my weapons skills, mike's marksmanship wouldn't improve and I could spend entire magazines trying to kill single enemies from starting the game to finishing it. the conversation controls don't hint enough at what you're going to make mike say, so I was left at times to chance that my vague selections wouldn't lead to people hating me. altogether, I wish I had saved my money.
Alpha Protocol is Metal Gear Solid
Alpha Protocol is a great game that can be very similar to Metal Gear Solid from the PS2. I don't understand the negative reviews? Maybe if you play it to be a shooter then the whole experience is different and not as enjoyable. Playing it as a SPY and using stealth makes this game feel very much like a sequel to the Medal Gear series of old. Finding alternate routes that avoid fighting the entire enemy force and sneaking around taking out the guards one by one while trying to remain unseen makes this game very enjoyable. The AI seems to be on par with other stealth games. The Guards have a few different states and really search for the player if they see another guard go down. In most reviews i see an over exaggeration of bugs in the game. I have not seen or run into any gameplay stoppers. I have seen a few minor graphic drop outs but every game has them so its hard to see why this game has gotten it's bad reputation. My Advise is if you liked Metal Gear Solid on the PS2 then try this game and play it as you would play a Metal Gear sequel and you will not be disappointed
THE Espionage RPG
I have to say, this game for me was put together brilliantly. The controls are easy to follow and easy to use. As much as I find myself wanting to sneak around and take them all out in the secret, if my cover is blown, I can still resort to my fire power. I enjoy the choice driven stances and outcomes that you the player get to decide. The weapons and armor customizing is also well put together. I still enjoy going through with casual outfit and shoulder gun holster for the feel of a rogue agent who is "just in the neighborhood". Choosing a back story at the beginning of the game to influence your attributes and progress is nice as well. I like the fact that with Freelancer you can begin the attribute distribution for yourself, as well as choosing Operative to choose your own three attributes to further advance. All and all I enjoy playing this game, it is a welcome break from games that are too linear and result in being too short of a game.
why bother to play when you can ?
I found it most irritating that people were reading the reviews and making comments about AP W/O even had touched the controls ? hey you type people if your just going to go on a trolling mindless adventure find a pack man site where you can have your head float around with your mouth chomping a hundred miles an hour and it's to noisy to hear anything but you ! I knew it ? what did you expect from that publisher ? it's all blah-blah-blah ! play the game you cry babies ! NO the game is not the greatest and all the prices on games are to high considering all the people shelling out money ! but , this game deserves more than a flush ! i'm saying "play the game" ! I think if you ask in a polite manner mommy will buy it for you and then you will be happy ! son - hows the new AP game ? you - it's good mommy ! see now you will be able to con her into buying you more games w/o lying ! but , make sure mommy checks out Game Informer under mature categories ! take care and have fun , lucky number today is 7 ! from TSN Hugh
For being an Espionage RPG (Stealthy RPG), it is a very good game as long as you prefer those types. You can take several approaches to conflicts in the game. For example, You see two guards walking around one area.
1. Watch their movements, wait for one to not be looking, and then eliminate each silently with takedowns.
2. Shoot them however, with whatever, whenever you want.
Gameplay wise, the game is alright. The AI is a little ridiculous at times, for example they will see you when they literally can't, or they won't when they should. Also they can't seem to see the dead bodies of their comrades sitting in front of them.. One fantastic concept that they have, is a skill advancement option. With nearly a dozen different options ranging from weapons, charisma, and core gameplay factors, you could always make different characters. Along with these skills, you get the option to change what your character, Michael Thorton, looks like. Although there are minimal options for this, it is always good to have as an option. Weapons can be customized to your likings as well, but is very confusing when starting to play.
With the sound, the game has surprisingly decent voice-overs. Then again, it's not hard to beat Just Cause 2's terribly awful voices. You will constantly be hearing the same person say the same things if they see you, or hear you. The gun sounds are usual, with silencers sounding like silencers should, etc.
The Graphics... where to begin? With the constantly odd changing of the depth in the cutscenes and aiming times, it's confusing to tell. The depth of field (bluriness) changes drastically in a heartbeat. The people look well with their skin textures, and the buildings are alright as well. The shadows could use a little bit of work, but you will hardly be paying attention while sneaking up on enemies. The explosions look fake up close, but do an alright job from a distance. The rendering takes a little while after loading, but it quickly fixes itself.
Overall, I'd say it's a good game for people that appreciate stealthiness. It all depends on people's perspectives.
Wait! I can help you!-If I let you live, right...
Alpha Protocol is a great RPG game. It has more action than Splinter Cell and has a load of guns to try. The graphics are something you would see in a really early 360 game, kind of like Crackdown, but slightly better. Alpha Protocol has a storyline that is really interesting. It keeps you interested and it makes you want to keep playing. Too bad that msot people will stop playing becasue quite frankly, its not fun to play. The shooting is clunky, the melee is good, but for some reason you can't block. The bad guys can! When it comes to guns in this game, there are a lot. And if you pre ordered, you get 2 extra guns. The shotgun lovers are going to try the shotgun, but it is pretty weak. People who want to play stealthy will sneak around. Its too bad that there are not and shadows to sneak around in. And if you where you spy suit, you could be crawling on the ground to sneak up behind someone and they will still hear you. The best way to get through the missions is to grab an assault rifle and destroy everyone. Assault rifles are so powerful at any range, and thats why you will use it through every level. When you get to an enemy one on one, you can pick your own choices, kind of like Rise Of The Argonauts. And when I just killed everyone in one level to get to one weapons dealer, I found it hard to press the button to shoot him because he was unarmed and weak. You will face many choices like this in the game, and they are the most fun you will have. Alpha does have a ton of replay value though. You can play the game once and not kill anyone, and the next playthrough you can kill everyone and the story will unfold differently. Alpha Protocol is a good game for anyone looking for a better version of Splinter Cell, and an embarassing version of Bond. Alpha Protocol gets a 7 out of 10. Check out my other reviews, and please mark if this review was helpful or not. I will be writing a review on some XBox 360 games soon. Destroy All Humans Path of The Furon or Splinter Cell Conviction.
Good but a bit Glitchy
I have to say at first I was a little afraid to get this game but finally I got it and well its not as bad as people say. Alot of people get this game thinking its going to be some high action RPG but its more of a slower paced game its not like a straight up shooter or stealth game. The graphics aren't the best in the world but they are decent enough. The controls are pretty easy and simple to use in any situation. The game isn't really long and the story isn't the best. The character customization doesn't go very far, you get to put a hat on and change the armor but other than that you get to mess with Thortan's hair and eyes. And for the challenge i can't really say, so far I have only beat the game on easy like three times but at some points it seems pretty tough. Overall I give this game a 7/10 because of some glitchy moments and some really bad jokes...but other than that the story keeps you guessing and the length is decent enough to make you want to play again. There isn't much replay value other than beating it on Recruit to get Veteran.
Pretty good, but not better than Mass Effect
This is a good 3rd Person RPG. Gameplay is well balanced, graphics arent the best but they are pretty good. Sometimes while doing missions, it gets hard to complete a mission without getting caught. Sometimes guards can see you from far distances and shooting a wall with a surpressed gun will automatically make it so guards know your exact location. Its a good game and you are able to gain reputation and relationships with people during the game like in Mass Effect. Only a few flaws in this game kept it from being game of the year.
DON'T BELIEVE THE NEGATIVE
I beg anyone that is interested in AP to please bypass all the negative reviews that this game has received. Some games that don't look like a carbon copy of others are sometimes considered not good. But AP is different. If you like spy games and RPG's, then here it is. Although you can, to compare this to either Metal Gear or Splinter Cell would just be an injustice. So here goes. When you start the game, you have 4 different classes that you can start as or the extra 2 which one class (recruit) starts you with a blank slate of skills. This is obviously the more challenging class to start as. However, if you beat the game with this class, you get access to the 2nd special class known as Veteran. This class actually gives you a bonus in all cateogories when you start. The combat is awesome. Depending on which class you start as (and especially recruit) you might find that your shots don't hit like they are suppose to. But if you level up in the areas of pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, then you will see a considerable shift in your precission when you shoot at someone. You can also use hand to hand combat in which it looks very similar to Snake's with the only difference being that you can upgrade your combat skills allowing you to have more than just a 3 hit combo and maximizing it so that you have up to a 7 hit combo. And it works even against enemies with armor. Dialog is extremely important in this game. You get files that give you a heads-up on the people that you talk to and some of their likes and dislikes. This is essential if you want the conversation to go the way you want it to. Afterall, you are a spy. The game also has Mass Effect dialog tree where you have to choose between being professinal, suave, or agressive with your responses. There is also a timer so you don't have all the time in the world to decide as you did in Mass Effect which makes conveersations flow more fluently. Based on those decisions, you may or may not have access to certains places to do missions. But that makes the game have a real good amount of replayability. The only problem that this game has is that it doesn't have a sequel coming which is disappointing because they could have really benefited from a sequel. However, there are multiple endings which bring the game to a close properly. Again, you can upgrade all of your skills from guns, to sabotage which involves mini-games like lock picking, or hacking computers, to your health and how much health packs heal you, to stealth and being able to be totally invisible to the enemy. People have criticized your characters pose when sneaking, but believe me, it is minor and petty. The graphics are solid enough to be good. It looks like a first generation PS3/360 game. It does not look like a last gen game. It is definitely worth a play through and you will be surprised. The story is the best part of the game and you see the results of what your decisions cause. I highly recommend it.