Is Alpha Protocol worth 10 Bucks?

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#1 Posted by MrPilkington (722 posts) -

My local Wall-Mart has a bin where they are liquidating a ton of games. One such game is Alpha Protocol and it's on sale for 10 bucks. Even though the game was very poorly received in it's reviews, is it worth 10 bucks for something to play over a weekend?

#2 Posted by MayorFeedback (674 posts) -

Worth asking in the Alpha Protocol forum? Yes?

Also, yes.

#3 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Yes.

#4 Posted by laserbolts (5322 posts) -

Nope

#5 Posted by HubrisRanger (489 posts) -

Alpha Protocol is a hidden gem. Buy it and enjoy it to get a hint of what truely branching story design could be like. Just know, all that mechanical criticism you've heard is totally true.

#6 Posted by TekZero (2672 posts) -

Yes.

#7 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

This game is an RPG and not a shooter.
 
An ARR PEE GEE
 
Got that? Great, now go buy it.

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#8 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Yes yes a  thousand times yes.

#9 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

Yes, it's a really amazing RPG. Exactly the sort of thing Bioware should be doing.

The story is rather disappointing, so don't expect much from it in that regard. But there's a lot of branching paths and optional objectives, even just saying certain things to characters changes what happens through the story and impacts how characters you meet will react to you. It's really cool how much is affected by how you play and what you do, it's really fluid and I've never seen any other game come close to matching it. Shame it got such harsh reviews that immediately turned everyone off from buying it.

#10 Posted by BonOrbitz (2193 posts) -

For $10 I'm willing to give it a go.

If Deadly Premonition was also $10 I'd give that a go to.

#11 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

Yes.
 
Hell yes.

#12 Posted by MrPilkington (722 posts) -

@bonorbitz said:

For $10 I'm willing to give it a go.

If Deadly Premonition was also $10 I'd give that a go to.

Yeah, deadly Premonition was one of those cult classics that I want to get a hold of as well.

#13 Posted by oraknabo (1464 posts) -

Are they doing this in other Wal-Marts? I've been meaning to get this, but I haven't had the spare $25 for it. I might be able to get it at $10 though.

#14 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11739 posts) -

Even as someone who wasn't a huge fan of Alpha Protocol for a myriad of reasons that I've already repeated far too many times, it's at least an interesting failure. I would say for $10 go for it. It's one of the few games that actually succeeds on incorporating some serious dynamicism in all your choices and reacting to them accordingly. It's a pity that that's the only thing it succeeds on.

#15 Posted by MrPilkington (722 posts) -

@oraknabo said:

Are they doing this in other Wal-Marts? I've been meaning to get this, but I haven't had the spare $25 for it. I might be able to get it at $10 though.

I have no idea. It very well could be all Wall-Marts or not and just mine. There are others there too, like Modnation Racers and Blur...and crap like The Golden Compass.

#16 Posted by Zabant (1241 posts) -

Picked it up for a fiver. Finished two missions and didn't touch it again. 
 
That game is not worth my time.

#17 Posted by GlenTennis (3145 posts) -

I would buy it at $30, so yes.

#18 Posted by AdventFalls (73 posts) -

It's a bargain if you can manage expectations and get it under $30.

#19 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -

I bought it at full price when it was released and it was worth that, so YES.

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#20 Edited by BonOrbitz (2193 posts) -

@PainGod89 said:

@oraknabo said:

Are they doing this in other Wal-Marts? I've been meaning to get this, but I haven't had the spare $25 for it. I might be able to get it at $10 though.

I have no idea. It very well could be all Wall-Marts or not and just mine. There are others there too, like Modnation Racers and Blur...and crap like The Golden Compass.

Modnation Racers and Blur in the clearance bin? How much are those?

#21 Posted by Branthog (5562 posts) -

It is absolutely worth $10. The game is not horrible nor is it completely broken. It's a good game that could have been a great game, with a little more thought and polish put into it. I encountered a couple points of frustration (especially early on) and came out of the game thinking that I would like to see them iterate on the idea with a sequel (or the same concept, with a different story). Ideally, they'd apply something like this to a James Bond style game.

Actually, I'd say it's easily worth $20, even.

#22 Posted by lazyturtle (1229 posts) -

I had a lot of fun playing the game. It wasn't the best game I've ever played, but unless you are game snob I think you'll enjoy it..especially @ $10.

#23 Edited by PenguinDust (12517 posts) -

I've played it and it's a troubled game with many problems but it also does some really interesting things and they are worth experiencing.  For $10 I'd definitely pick a copy up.

#24 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

If I saw it for ten bucks I would pick it up.

#25 Posted by Nelander (177 posts) -

I wish it had sold enough for them to make a sequel. I wonder what they would have named it?. AP 2, beta protocol, omega directive, alpha supremacy ?

#26 Posted by HatKing (5950 posts) -

Uhm... I'm going to check out my Walmart's clearance bin tonight. haha... 
 
Yeah, that's a pretty good deal.

#27 Posted by Grumbel (910 posts) -
Alpha Protocol is totally worth it. Can't comment on technical issue of the console versions, as I played the PC one which didn't really had any major issues. But I found much of the complaining about the gameplay completely baffling. It is a spy RPG and plays exactly how you expect a spy RPG to play like. It doesn't try to be overly realistic, so some of the powers feel a little magical, but they all make perfect sense mechanically and in turn the game offers a ton of fun, freedom and variety, not only in its branching story, but also in the gameplay itself. So anybody who can accept that this isn't a brainless third person shooter and that you have to hold your aim for a few seconds to make a precise shot (like in any other spy game), go buy it, its great.
#28 Posted by PeasForFees (2411 posts) -
@PainGod89: I got it for £4 and I found it to be absolutely brilliant, it's worth three times that. 
#29 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

Indeed it is.

#30 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4750 posts) -

Yes.

I want to time travel so I can go back and pay full price for it.

#31 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

Ya, $10 is about right.

#32 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

yes.

#33 Posted by Yummylee (21652 posts) -

I'd say yes even if it was $20.

#34 Posted by Jimbo (9811 posts) -

It was the 4th best game of 2010.

#35 Posted by JTMosh (258 posts) -

It's worth $10 just to hear Nolan North's brilliant performance as Steven Heck.

The game is actually pretty fun, too. Although, even though there are a ton of options when it comes to customizing your character, it seemed to me that there were only a few truly viable paths to take, namely the stealth and pistol branches.

#36 Posted by damswedon (3191 posts) -

Yeah just play it as a crappy stealth game from last gen.

#37 Posted by DystopiaX (5310 posts) -

Yeah it's pretty good. THe combat sucks but there's something solid under there.

#38 Posted by shinigami420 (640 posts) -

NO

SPOILERS

ITS SHIT

#39 Posted by Droop (1870 posts) -

It's worth 60, so yes.

#40 Posted by pweidman (2334 posts) -

Amazingly positive feedback for AP here.

Ordered on Amazon for $12.52.

#41 Posted by Lemegeton (780 posts) -

if you spend points early on in assault rifles and stick with them the mechanical problems with the shooting are not as bad.
 and the branching story is def worth 10 bucks

#42 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

It's just barely worth it. It's a cheap enough price point to make you forgive the absolutely shitty AI.

#43 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11021 posts) -

Yes. The shooting and stuff is pretty bad (and don't let people trick you into thinking that RPG-ing stuff like how well he aims is a good thing, because it's not), but the story and writing is pretty decent. 

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#44 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3782 posts) -

It's totally worth it. Because of the freedom of choices you have, the game comes with a bit of jank, and it only really works if you play it Splinter Cell style (emphasis on stealth, pistols/assault rifles, and melee), but it's conditionally a lot of fun. I enjoyed it more than Dragon Age II at least.

#45 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@HubrisRanger said:

Alpha Protocol is a hidden gem. Buy it and enjoy it to get a hint of what truely branching story design could be like. Just know, all that mechanical criticism you've heard is totally true.

What he said. Play it on easy to avoid the crappy shooting and pump all points into stealth until you can walk by anyone without alerting them. And enjoy some good Nolan North.

#46 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11739 posts) -
@JTMosh said:

The game is actually pretty fun, too. Although, even though there are a ton of options when it comes to customizing your character, it seemed to me that there were only a few truly viable paths to take, namely the stealth and pistol branches.

Are you attempting to trick the OP? Going stealth is the fast ticket to total frustration in this game and one of the reasons I don't like it that much. Sure, you can stab people to your heart's content but the second you get into a boss fight your stealth skills become worthless, the damage output of your pistol is negligible and the boss takes half your health with a single melee attack. Because they randomly decide to charge you with melee attacks.
#47 Posted by Ferros (220 posts) -
@Lemegeton said:
if you spend points early on in assault rifles and stick with them the mechanical problems with the shooting are not as bad.  and the branching story is def worth 10 bucks
What I was going to say has already been said. After hearing all the complaints about the shooting I specced heavily into assault rifles early in the game and had very few issues with most of it. I'd call Alpha Protocol an interesting failure and for $10 bucks I'd say you'll get your moneys worth.
#48 Posted by Stete (737 posts) -

Yes, it has some issues but its definitely worth 10 bucks.

#49 Posted by Karkarov (3102 posts) -

I paid full retail for it and don't regret it at all so do I think it is worth 10... uh yeah.  It had alot of small technical problems with it yes that when taken as a whole turned alot of people off.  The problem came from the fact that this game is like Ventilaator said on page 1, an RPG.  People wanted to play it like it was a shooter but it is not a shooter, not even a little bit.  Think mass effect 1 but even more rpg'y than that.  Stick to only one or two progression paths and play based on those paths strengths and the game is fine.

#50 Posted by theoldhouse (439 posts) -

everyone should get blur 
 
and alpha protocol for 10 is a good deal

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