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Alpha Protocol by Sega




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  • Blood
  • Drug Reference
  • Intense Violence
  • Sexual Content
  • Strong Language
Alpha Protocol is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 65.
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  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Category: Role-Playing
  • Players:1 Player

Product Details:

The year is 2009. Worldwide political tensions are at a breaking point when a commercial airliner is shot down by a U.S. missile over Eastern Europe, killing all aboard. The U.S. government claims no involvement, and dispatches Agent Michael Thorton to investigate and bring those responsible to justice. As the first modern day spy role-playing game, Alpha Protocol offers unprecedented control over the development of Thorton's abilities and his interactions with other characters. Upgrade skills such as physical combat, weapons mastery, cutting-edge technology and even seduction as you grow in experience and complete missions.

  • Customizable Spy - Players continually develop their spy with advanced close-combat techniques, lethal marksmanship, the ability to wield ingenious spy gadgets, and much more.
  • Multiple Paths to Choose From - With no right or wrong decisions, players can constantly change the storyline based on the choices they make. Will they let a terrorist escape to follow a lead, or eliminate targets against the mission agenda? Demanding decisions are challenging and many.
  • Revolutionary Interaction System - With the Alpha Protocol "Ripple Effect" system, players can interact with allies and enemies in a variety of ways. Their choices will dynamically change the storyline and unlock new missions, weapons and alliances.
  • Complete Choice of Combat Style - An arsenal of weapons with a plethora of customizable add-ons allows players to create a personalized weapon load out for every mission. Cutting-edge technology, stealth maneuvers, ballistic explosives and more can be discovered and used!
  • No Time to Spare - Every decision and interaction in Alpha Protocol is made with a time-limit that steadily ebbs away. Players must think fast, act urgently, and then prepare for the consequences!
  • Real Modern-Day Setting - Players can live out real-world espionage within rich international settings such as Rome, Moscow, Taipei, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Developed by RPG Masterminds, Obsidian Entertainment - Founding Obsidian members have worked on RPG blockbusters including KOTOR II, Neverwinter Nights 2, Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment, and Fallout.


Game Details

Number of Players
1 Player

    Game Informer Rating:

    Rated 6.5 out of 10 by Game Informer.

    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Go buy this game Alpha Protocol is a great game I've it but its not without its faults. This best example of this is that Sega didn't marketed this game well nor game Obsidian Entertainment the budget they needed to make this game very polished. You play as Michael Thorton for a group called "Alpha Protocol" the ultimate secret agency for the US govt. Michael Thorton is tasked to track down the terrorists who blew up a American jetliner. Michael Thorton has to go to the middle east but a routine mission goes FUBAR and Michael Thorton is left for dead by Alpha Protocol he's by himself and he wants revenge but first he has find some new allies. Alpha Protocol is a RPG at heart which means you'll earning EXPs and dumping skill points into your guns,martial arts,stealth and hacking skills and unlocking new abilities with each one .You can do missions in any order depending how well you do them has a affect on this next mission. During scripted events Michael Thorton will have conversations with his teammates or enemies just like in Mass Effect but unlike mass effect you're on a timer and have to pick the right dialog choices to help progress the story by getting new clues,evidence,information and depending if you choose "professional" "sauve" "aggressive" or "sarcastic" dialog choices may have a positive or negative impact how they think of you and your skills as a agent. The graphics for this game run on the unreal engine and it shows thanks to tall the texture pops in between loading screens and overall art design is very inspiring either everyone looks kinda bland. Michael Thorton's looks can be customized(hair,eye color,clothes etc..) and also in between missions you can buy new gear weapons,intel and stock on gadgets or healing items. The sound for this game is not remarkable except for the voicing acting for Michael Thorton is "Josh Gilman" who voiced" Angeal Hewley" from "Final Fantasy VII:Crisis Core" on the psp and "Conrad Marburg" by the famous voice actor "Jim Cummings" who has voiced in tons of cartoons,video games and animated movies and "Nolan North" voicing "Steven Heck" the crazy loose cannon that agent Thorton has the recruited if he wants to bring down Alpha Protocol. This game has some nice replay values thanks to 3 different endings and depending on your actions some characters or live or die depending on what choices you made throughout the game. Just too bad Sega didn't believed in this game and gimped Obsidian Entertainment's marketing budget so this game was a flopped and now Sega won't published the sequel if we ever do get from Obsidian Entertainment in the future which really sucks because Alpha Protocol is good game that got way overlooked. Go and buy digital copy of this game and help support Obsidian Entertainment.
    Date published: 2014-09-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This game is underrated its awesome This game is a new look on the modern RPG. It has modern weapons in a modern setting. It's not like Mass Effect where it is in the future or like Skyrim that is in a medieval like fantasy world. It is a very addicting game with a rich story. It also has a awesome sound track. The only problem is that it sometimes freezes at the beginning. It took 3-4 times until the bug stops. But overall it is a amazing game. That bug only happened once. I reccomended getting this game. It is worth the 5 dollars.
    Date published: 2014-08-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A solidly middle of the road game The gameplay is average the graphics are average, In deed this game appears to be a perfectly average game nothing bad nothing good, How ever, it does boast one really great feature, and that is the dialog and it is great, If the price is in your safety zone for a 50/50 chance of this being something that will really grip you, Pick it up.
    Date published: 2013-11-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from This game SUCKS! I got it a while back and I started playing it. It wore off in less than two days. This game has no lasting appeal, and 'IT SUCKS. Very boring and the hacking sucks.
    Date published: 2013-11-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from This game was boring! I'm on my 3rd play through because the achievements are so whacked.The game isn't very hard,just multiple choices to get different achievements.Basically if you see this game just walk on by.I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.Its flat,boring and there is still glitches in the game.Nothing serious.The only reason I got it was for 4.99 and I was bored.And after my third play through I'm still at 40 of 50 achievements.Take my word for it,it was a waste of my time.
    Date published: 2013-08-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Espionage Experience After hearing about this game and all the bad rep it got amongst game reviewers, I decided to rent it from my local library to see how it was. Honestly, I was, for the most part, pleased with the game, despite a few things. First off, I really like the dialogue system. At first I did not care for it, but then I got into the flow of it and I came to adapt to it. And this dialogue system really does generate consequences to the overall story of the game. Plus, after adapting, I came to like the fact that my choice in stance was in real-time and that I couldn’t sit at my television trying to decide on a response for an hour, I had to come with my gut instinct. The combat system I had mixed feelings about. The pistol, I felt, had very little range, which is a problem for me because my main approach to the game was stealth with specializations in stealth, tech, and pistols. This meant that I had to get closer, which is not preferable when you have A.I. that is hyper-aware of your presence, even though they are not alert to you. The hand-to-hand system was kind of clunky to me and there were times that I’d be doing a martial arts combo and my guy would finish his combo when I was holding down B to do the power strike. I will say, though, one thing that discouraged me about this game for a couple hours was the difficulty of the boss fights. On my boss fight in Rome, I had to stop for a bit because I was getting angry at the game for how difficult it was. It was HARD!!! Just know that. When you play this game, you are looking to have some semi- to very difficult boss fights. Thankfully, I encountered a bug on one of them, which leads me to the next topic. Throughout my time playing this game, I encountered two bugs, and I am a person that NEVER encounters bugs when I am playing a game. One was when I was ambushed and an enemy somehow got stuck where I couldn’t shoot, thus preventing me from progressing in the mission. Another occurred when I was fighting a boss that made him just run into a corner and stand there, allowing me to shoot him in the back with critical shots from my assault rifle. I wasn’t very impressed with the graphics, audio, or writing for the game. The game took a while to load simple textures sometimes for me, which really came to irritate me sometimes. The audio, while not being bad, didn’t really catch my attention, though I will say that gunfire was pretty powerful. I disliked either the writing or the voice acting for the game. I don’t know which it was, but what I am talking about is some pieces of conversations feel kind of slapped into place, as if the character was previously in the middle of a sentence and that was where they had cut it to put in the game. Overall, this game is not as bad, in my opinion, as other reviewers made it out to be. I would say that it is a proverbial diamond in the rough. The game was a really cool and good concept, but it was, in my opinion poorly executed by Obsidian, especially considering the several months that it was pushed back. Despite the issues I had with the game, I still found stuff about the game that I did like and that made me, ultimately, enjoy my experience playing this game. I would recommend it as a rental first before you buy it, though. I know that I will be playing through it three times at least (once for my first run-through, second as a recruit, and third as a veteran). I will highly be anticipating a future, and hopefully better made, sequel.
    Date published: 2013-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better than the reviews I decided to pick this game up, even though the reviews I had seen all gave it a bad score. That turned out to be a good decision as it was a really fun game. The graphics are not the best but the gameplay is very fun, the story is really good, and I had a really good time playing it. The story changes a little bit depending on how you play it and your reputation with characters can also change. If you can look past the flaws it has, it is a real gem. For only $4.99, it is worth picking up to give it a try, especially if you are into RPGs.
    Date published: 2013-05-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from "alpha protocol best 5 bucks ive ever spent" like the main plot of this game ALPHA PROTOCOL denies any plausibility of ever existing and ironically it works both ways. the game itself is barely known to anyone except major RPG fans or gamers who play underground titles such as this one, making it one of the most underrated and one of the most unique experiences ive ever had in a game. THE PLOT: im not gonna lie the story is quite cliche, if you've ever watched a spy movie you know what your in for, but that to also works both ways because like a good spy movie you always have a interesting plot and alpha protocol does not fail on the delivery. you play as Michael Thornton a recruit who has been initiated into the secret underground program code named "ALPHA PROTOCOL" a program that allows operations that the government would never aprove. alpha protocol is allowed to carry out. and if alpha protocol is ever discovered it shuts down and practically becomes a ghost. THE GRAPHICS: to be honest i don't care about graphics in my games and this one applies, but it dosent really seem like obsidian did much with the graphics in this game. you get texture pop ups some clipping not to mention when close up to a person sometimes they're facial features get blurred, the environments are bland and carry no weight to them what so ever. GAMEPLAY: if i was to sum up what alpha protocol was in terms of a game i would call it a stealth action RPG, if you took deus ex human revolution combat and stealth and took tell tale games the walking dead's choice style you have alpha protocol. COMBAT: the combat is quite different and i think that's what really brought this game to its all time low. you see its an RPG not call of duty it dosent take one hit to kill an enemy. in fact it takes quite a bit but that's how RPG's have always worked you have to work for your kill and that's exactly what alpha protocol does. mind you its not the most stylish but it gets the job done. STEALTH: stealth plays a huge role in alpha protocol mainly because the game wants you to use tactics and cunning to get the job done of course you have the option to shoot up the place but once those alarms are triggered. then you will regret it. not only are the guards strong but their weapons they carry are tougher than they are so taking a stealth approach is key to getting the job done, besides nothings more fun than taking your knife and jabbing it in some dudes jugular. now like deus ex their are the options to use multiple pathways to get to your objective but not nearly as much. you could for example instead of running from cover guns blazing you could look for a locked door and pick it to get in a different way its both fast and effective. THE CHOICE SYSTEM: like any good RPG. ALPHA PROTOCOL revolves around the choices you make whether that be shoot the terrorist you were sent to kill in the face and lose the chance of a potential ally for the rest of the game or side with him and gain a ally, also not only will these effect the player himself but also it effects how the story pans out, people will remember you by the choices you make and it may either help you or leave you in the dirt deciding on what options you pick, you have three options "professional" "suave" and "aggressive" with the occasional "special" option when available each with their own choices and consequences not to mention like the walking dead you have a timer in your conversations putting the player on edge when it comes to an important decision. also you gain like or dislike points with the choices you make so make sure you analyze your target well enough to know how to approach them. LIFE or DEATH you decide but live with the consequences. THE WOMEN: when i started playing the game it didn't take me long to realize their was a romance sub plot in the game. if you talk to the women with the correct responses you can gain their loyalty and may also become a potential lover, unfortunately the love scenes are a total bust except for one. you will no which one when you see it, but hey nothing feels more epic than the chance to play bond am i right! THE VERDICT: for 5 dollars you cant go wrong, even if you play just one playthrough i can guarantee you will have a unique experience unlike any game you've ever played. DO NOT JUDGE THIS GAME BY THE TERRIBLE REVIEWS IT GOT, ive beaten this game twice now and still see a lot of re playability unlike most games now a days. Alpha protocol is an amazing spy experience that put the player in the boots of a rooky spy and by the end of this game you will fell like james bond. Don't let this one sneak past you. ALPHA PROTOCOL: 9/10 A truly amazing experience
    Date published: 2013-04-30
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