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"Alpha Protocol is an excellent hybrid between a straightforward third person shooter, a tactical game like the Tom Clancy series, and a plot-driven epic like Mass Effect; it is unlike anything else on the market." - RPGamer
"the story strands that bind it all together are excitingly unique to each other." - PCGamer UK
In the world of espionage, nothing is as it seems in this blockbuster RPG thriller, Alpha Protocol™. Players will assume the role of Michael Thorton, a highly skilled – yet inexperienced - government operative trained to eliminate threats to national security. When a mission goes horribly wrong, Thorton is the only one with the information, skills, and audacity to stop an impending international catastrophe. To do so, he will utilize the very government directive that the enemy sought to use to against him - Alpha Protocol.
Set in modern day, Alpha Protocol gives players complete control not only of Thorton’s actions but his personality and attitude as well, all of which will determine the future of the world as we know it. Blending fast-paced modern combat, significant character advancement and innovative RPG features, Alpha Protocol brings a fresh new perspective to the genre.
With a story rivaling the best spy-thriller novels and an immersive, ultra-realistic espionage world, Alpha Protocol will redefine the RPG genre for the next-gen gamer. The title is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment – creators of Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II The Sith Lords™ and Neverwinter Nights 2™.
Redefined RPG – Classless system gives players the ability to mold Thorton into the secret agent they want him to become with lethal close combat techniques, marksman skills proficiency with gadgets and much more.
The International Spy – Players will travel around the world to international safe house locations to obtain information and mission objectives and conduct meetings with a growing list of contacts.
Dialogue Stance System – With an innovative real-time dialogue system, characters will remember conversations and the relationships with allies; enemies will be determined by their attitude and the dialogue response chosen by the player.
One of the best RPG's I've ever played.MafuMafu | June 13, 2014 | See all MafuMafu's reviews »
It's no surprise if you hadn't heard of this game. But, you should feel sorry. Because you're missing a great game. Despite a couple of flaws (Hey! Nobody is perfect!) this games takes the RPG genre to a whole new level. SEGA made a mistake by not spending more in publicity, because this game is a true gem. Very underrated, sadly. The conversation system is an improvement of the one in the Mass Effect series. In this game, you can't spend time thinking what to say. You have to think fast and live with the consequences. It's a great shooter that fulfill every gamer tastes. Either you want to be a bloodthirsty soldier or a shadow operative, you can have tons of fun. And, remember: Every decision you take, has it's consequences.
Unfairly Overlookedbwrussell | May 22, 2014 | See all bwrussell's reviews »
Perhaps it's proximity to the release of Mass Effect 2 is somewhat to blame for this, despite their similarities ME2 was building on an already successful IP. Given the relative success of each franchise it would be easy to write Alpha Protocol off as less worthy of your time but that would be a mistake.
As much as the Mass Effect series is lauded for it's reactive story, branching dialog, and RPG elements, Alpha Protocol actually does some of that better. While the story itself is good, not great, the feeling of agency in the world is second only to The Walking Dead. While a number of the choices are obvious, and sometimes even tell you some of the consequences, there are a lot of very subtle ones that you don't realize you're making. For example, the order that you choose to do the missions will have a large effect on how the story unfolds but without replaying the game it's hard to see exactly how. When you start to realize this every choice begins to carry more weight, the true consequences unknown. It's this depth and replay-ability where Alpha Protocol really shines.
The espionage setting works well and combined with the RPG elements it really delivers the feeling of a lone agent in the field. The open tech tree, with the three major disciplines being assault, stealth, and technician, allows you to build a character best suited for how you want to enjoy the game. The game play strikes a good balance between the three meaning no character is ever out of a fight.
Really the best praise I can level at this game is that, even years after I first played it, I still am drawn to come back and play it yet again, just to see how else I can unravel the plot. With a wide appeal, fans of third person shooters, stealth games, and RPG-lite action games will find something intriguing here, and one of the most reactive stories in gaming to date, Alpha Protocol really is a hidden gem worthy of your attention.
An overlooked gemparanoidandroid | April 8, 2014 | See all paranoidandroid's reviews »
Take the choices and RPG elements of Mass Effect and the gameplay of Metal Gear Solid and you get Alpha Protocol.
A surprisingly good game with a dialogue tree and choice system that actually dramatically changes the story. It may, in fact, be the most dynamic choice system I have ever seen in a game before.
The story is your typical espionage story, but still very enjoyable. The stealth and shooting mechanics are both pretty well done and a wide variety of ways to complete a mission. This game may also have the distinction of the most OP pistol in a game ever. The first Halo has nothing on Alpha Protocol's pistol when the right perks are equipped, meaning you can finish any boss in a matter of seconds.
Overall, this overlooked game definitely deserves more attention as it really is a very unique.
A cult classic RPGAkiMatti | April 8, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
There are not a lot of RPG games where you play as an espionage agent, even less those that are well made. Alpha Protocol delivers on ALMOST all fronts. While lacking some polish the core of the game is a solid RPG with some new ideas thrown into the mix.
You can customize and choose what kind of character you will be playing and this will really impact to the way you will be playing the game. A technician won't be as good of a shooter as a straight up commando. The interactions with the npc's also matter as the way you deal with them affects what kind of relationships you will end up having with them. Your decisions really matter!
Whether you are a stealth freak or a shooter fanatic, you can build the game and your character around your preference. The controls work well enough to lend themselves to either approach.
The graphics have also stood the test of time fairly well (I'm writing this in 2014).
Give it a chance if you are into RPG games. You likely won't regret it.
good game for its timedamienjameswebb | March 2, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
Alpha Protocol was an odd game to play. it was a spy action/thriller type of game... with a hint of RPG thrown in for good measure. i didn't really know how to play this game at first... was it an RPG? an action shooter? It was kind of an awkward play. Either way, the gameplay was smooth and the graphics were nice for a game from its time. i never ended up finishing it, however, as it felt sluggish at times for me story wise and i couldn't really get into it.
it can run very well on laptops as long as you comp the graphics a little, but it will still look good and play smooth. and the broadness of your character customization and re-play ability with different methods is really what makes this game a strong one.