Glad About Delay
I must say I was looking forward to an espionage RPG. I enjoy shows and movies such as Burn Notice and the Bourne trilogy, and being able to live situations similar to them (and more) was quite attractive to me. I watched trailers and game play videos and was immediately drawn in, exited for the release. However, as I watched more I saw there was much work to be done to make it a dead-on spy RPG. The melee seemed bland for the most part (simple punching, as opposed to brutal take downs such as in Bourne Conspiracy or the upcoming Splinter Cell Conviction), a lack of open world (most game play seemed linear, but hopefully there will be some type of open world aspect), and some minor visual/graphic glitches (which would probably would have been fixed before first release or with patches after). For the most part the game looks like incredible fun, but on to the main point: maybe with this delay they will maximize the possibilities of this game, making the perfect espionage RPG.
Great game for some people
When I fist got the game and started playing it, i thought it was the most complete waste of time and money ever. Then after you progress through the intro section, it becomes a whole new game, this one seeming fun. Obsidian really screwed up the intro to the game but after that, it get's amazingly fun. You have to like the spy/RPG games a little bit to truly enjoy this game but you don't have to be obsessed with them. The customization is very good and there is a scattered but descent storyline. The awsome feature of the choices you make affecting everything also makes for a fun experience, the downside to the game though as on certain missions it loads constantly but even on those it is on parts were there is nothing going on. The achievment points you get are pretty sizable and add as another bonus. There is no online or multiplayer on this game, first person only. Overall, this game is really good and i would recomend it to people with a semi interest in spy/RPG games.
This game was one of those that I held off on buying, even though I was excited when I first saw previews of it. I was going to wait until a used copy came out, to lessen the impact if it wasn't very good. First of all, I'm not a Role Playing kind of guy. I like shooters- Modern Warfare, Battlefield Bad Company, etc. Granted, Alpha Protocol is not in the same league as far as the shooting dynamics go, and the AI I've seen hang out in a corner while you shoot them to death. But the action is straightforward, the controls are pretty much what you see in the top shooter games, and the action is abundant. Some will complain that the graphics aren't very good. I didn't think they were too bad, not as good as the top shooters, but I think the story line and characterization make up for the slightly dated graphics. It's not my favorite game, but I would put it in my top ten or so. If you want a game that has good action, but also allows customization of the weapons, I would recommend Alpha Protocol. It is a lot of fun.
Alpha Protocol - A Great RPG Despite Its Flaws
Alpha Protocol, the latest IP from veteran developer Obsidian, is an Action/RPG that is a hybrid blend of different RPG mechanics and gameplay. You play as Michael Thorton. Michael is a great main character to play as. You unfold the story in the exact way you want to. The complex dialogue system offers so many options for any single scene, or entire story, to play out. You meet an interesting group of characters along the way. If you like a great story and cast of characters, Alpha Protocol is a no brainer. It's top notch in this department. The gameplay offers skill trees, a targeting reticle based on a risk vs. reward system, etc. It blends action and role-playing nicely. It does have its issues, though, such as texture pop-in, some graphical oddities, screen tear, etc., so it's not a perfect package; however, if you're willing to overlook its faults, you'll find a gem and a half with Alpha Protocol. This one comes highly recommended.
What in the WORLD !
After a near wait on this game I was really looking forward to its release. When I first received the hint book in the mail 3 days prior to the game being released, I looked it over real good and said to myself "this game is going to fail.... EPIC fail" and I must say I dont like being right when it comes to games I hand out hard earned cash for. Never have I seen a game fail and be totally horrible on all levels than this game, the other was ODST.. but this? Whatever any of you do, dont purchase it, rent it or even go near it. This game totally failed, it attempted to copy great games like Splinter CELL! and Mass Effect with its role playing choices. I was totally sickened with the graphics, story line, sound and all the above with this total circle of trash. I have filed a complaint with gamestop requesting my cash back and will for now and in the future stay clear of any sega games... as should everyone.
GameInfomer was mistaken!
I have a tought time understanding why gameinformer gave this game such a bad rating. This game is quite a bit similar to mass effect 2 and it got a 9.5. I thought this game had quite a few high points and only around two flaws. The story is kind of corny and over used in the fact of a new agent gets betrayed and becomes an enemy of his nation, in this case the united states and michael thorton isn't exactly the coolest main character around. The overall gameplay and controls are almost that of mass effect 2. The graphics don't exactly look like they belong on a 360, more like wii graphics, but i have never really personally cared about how good the graphics of a game are. I would definitely encouraging renting this game before buying it but it is still a very good playthrough if you're looking for something to take a break from modern warfare 2 multiplayer for a little while, as i was.
The worst RPG ever.
I can remember how much I waited for this game and how excited I was when I finally came along the extra cash to pick it up. I bought it, and couldn't believe how bad it was. This was a bigger disappointment than Rouge Warrior. The whole story is about a rouge agent who goes around the world to uncover clues about the location of some missiles. Brain dead AI and horrible level design are made up for by impossible final bosses. Somewhat amusing shootouts quickly turn into desperate bouts of scavenging for first aid kits and ammo and avoiding the laser-sighted pistol that all of them hold that takes away half the strength of your flak jacket. Graphics are horrible and would have looked bad in 2007, and this game came out in 2009! Gun shots are tinny and explosions are underpowered. Never buy this game, if you want an RPS, buy Mass Effect or Borderlands or Fallout, but not this!
ALPHA BETA GAMMA PROTOCOL
I was very reluctant when purchasing this game at my local gamestop you know after all of the bad reviews and the fact that the sales person didn't suggest that I buy. But I went against these suggestions and I suggest that everyone else do the same because I have acually had a lot of fun playing this game. The graphics are not that good I will say but they aren't so terrible that you cannot enjoy the game. The controls are good you can pretty much do what ever you want with the controls besisdes jump. You can interact with anything that has a little symbol above it which ends up being a lot when you look at each mission. The character customization isn't that great you can only change the hat, beard, eyes, glasses, hat, and change you armor. The storyline is where this game shines there is so much depth and some twists that this game never get boring and you will replay it a couple of times just to get all of the choices because you decide everything in this game, who to talk to who to like even who to sleep with. This game is awesome and makes me hope that they will soon be making a Beta Protocol sequel.
Better then the reviews
I was very nervous about getting this game after all, it got well rather poor ratings on multiple reviews. After about 3 days of debating i finally decided to take a stab at it and found that it really is actualy a good game. It gameplay is similar to that of Mass Effect 2 which was a game i loved. The speech options can completely change the story and the out come of the game. The combat is great fun everything from the hand to hand to the shooting to the gadgets. There are many way to customize not only your charaters apperence but also you can add many attachments to your weapons to take many different approaches to objectives. One down side i experinced when i first played it was it would take some time for the characters faces and the scenery to clear up after doing something such as goiing to a new area or changing your apperence, but after i installed the game to my hd i had no more problems with any of that. Over all this is a really good game for those who like mass effect or any type of RPG and feel like they need to get away from fantasy and sci-fi i strongly suggest this game. Nice work Odsidean.
Despite technical issues this can be a fun game
Yes, this game has its fair share of issues - subpar graphics, poor camera, coverage doesn't always work well, etc. But I felt this was more than made up by the positives. Playing as a spy there are many different ways to approach a situation, and this is not only the "stealth or combat" approach to enemies but also in the many different conversations you'll have. There will be numerous times where your answers will have far reaching consequences and you will have to make decisions as to who will be your allies as making friends with some people will automatically make you enemies with others. The RPG aspects work well and offer a good amount of customization as to what skills you want your character to specialize in. Anyone that enjoys adventure games and has the patience to deal with the negative issues can have a good time with this game.