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.
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.
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.
Very underrated game
The bad reviews made me very skeptical. However, if you don't go into the game with huge expectations, then it will suprise you. If you like mass effect, kotor, dragon age type games then you will enjoy this one. It is not as good as the previous games i mentioned, but still very good.
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.
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.
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 game Alpha Protocol has is prime example of a great idea mixed with mixed ending results. Certain parts of the game look decent to good but the majority of the game does not hold a candle to other titles. The gameplay is a mixed bad, neither great nor neither terrible. It is a fine line in between and is merely average. Is the game fun to play ? The answer is yes but with the bugs and other issues that can effect the gameplay it can get annoying. But with that being said underneath is a fun game if you can look past the games greater flaws. The story is actually pretty decent, nothing over the top great but enjoyable nonetheless. I give lasting appeal a higher score because there are various ways to play the game and various things you can do differently to change the story. Your choices in the conversation scenarios can make or break whether an NPC likes or dislikes you. You can customize your inventory which includes guns, tactical suits, grenades and buy several other things like intel. What is also fun is customizing your agents face with beards, hats and glasses. The reason I mention this is because you can make your character look ridiculously stupid or make him look fairly realistic. Its got enough content and if you can look past the bugs then you might enjoy it. You will enjoy it even better if you get it dirt cheap like I did.
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.