Reviews by Lightningstrike
Three Years Later the gem is revealedLightningstrike | July 1, 2013 | Review of Alpha Protocol - PC
Alpha Protocol has long been derided by much of the gaming community for its horribly buggy state of release. However, 3 years after launch many of the game breakers have been fixed and the game can now be considered playable. The game underneath is an excellent spy adventure that any fan of Bond, Bourne, or Bauer should be able to enjoy. The conversation system, which focuses on forging a personality for your Agent instead of making long reaching decisions, though there are several of those, allows the player immerse themselves in AP's world of espionage adventure. The core gameplay besides the conversations is the combat. Combat is broken. Any build that doesn't focus on stealth and pistols is going to have a difficult time progressing, so keep that in mind if you intend to play AP as an action shooter. The main draw will have to be the story though. The excellent writing that Obsidian is known for is present in full force in AP. As your relationships with other charcters changes, you will see new options and bonuses open up as you progress, even if they are results of another character hating you. Overall AP is a solid Spy game with clunky, boring combat and a great conversation system that will entertain so long as you keep your expectations from soaring too high. A wholly original experience that you won't find anywhere else in the gaming world today.