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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.
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.
A brilliant title that needs more lovetaigatsu | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »
To this day, Alpha Protocol manages to remain a massively underrated title. A fantastic piece of spy fiction, it's greatest strength lies in its verisimilitude and the depth of its reactivity. The sheer scope of conversation and the variety of character builds to try out means that you can play the game several times over and see find things that surprise you.
The world of espionage and intrigue is a breath of fresh air for an RPG, while the characters are varied and believable, and all respond realistically the wide variety of conversational approaches you can take with them. Not enough can be said about the dialogue in this game - each conversation can be played out in several different approaches, and how you treat each person effects how they respond to you and how they will interact with you in the future. One of the sharpest things said to describe the game is that while the beginning and the end remain the same, what happens in between can vary wildly.
Game play does suffer from a few weak points. It plays like a third person action shooter, but without the polish and precision that kind of game requires. Certain mechanics are bugged, broken or unbalanced. Combat can be either laborious at times, or rendered ridiculously simple by exploiting certain skills. It was designed with consoles in mind, so a gamepad is almost required - activities like hacking or locking picking are almost impossible without one.
Don't overlook this one; it's an absolute gem. If you're willing to overlook some rough edges, you'll find one of the most unique and compelling RPGs of the last decade.
Mediocrechataolauj | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »
This one is a pretty good RPG game. I wouldn't say it's top notch or anything. Deus Ex: Human Revolution would be better than this one in my opinion. The stealth is good as well for what it's worth.
I didn't really the story that much. I really just kept playing because of the RPG elements that were offered. It's one of those games where I finish just because I don't want to waste anymore time on it. It's just me though. I guess I'm not a fan of RPG mixed with stealth.