Which difficulty will be the most fun?

#1 Edited by Eristocrat (439 posts) -

Just got Alpha Protocol from gamefly and wanted to hear from people who liked it how best to enjoy it.  Is the gunplay in this game broken enough where I should just play on easy and experience the story or is normal difficulty not too bad? 
 
Also, any tips for paths to upgrade/not to upgrade?

#2 Edited by AlexW00d (6185 posts) -

It's not broken. It's just dice roll. Use the skills and you'll play fine. 
 
Also, pistol, stealth, health, and martial arts. those were my skills.

#3 Posted by Animasta (14648 posts) -

pistol stealth martial arts, I would suggest recruit and easy as your first run, then you can do normal and veteran later.

#4 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Bosses are BS. Play it on easy and get to the good parts of the game quicker.

#5 Posted by Getz (2989 posts) -

play it on easy dude. Swallow your pride, and just experience the other parts of the game with less frustration in between. Also, pistols and stealth seem to be the easiest way to get through the game since you can sneak up on people and headshot them.

#6 Edited by Fudge91 (199 posts) -

Dont spend all points in unarmed & stealth,  you'll encounter some parts that require gunplay. My tip stick with pistols & stealth as your main skills, later on you'll be able to pull of headshots from behind cover and stay invisible for a long time, very efficient  (overpowerd almost) Also normal difficulity is very doable if you're familiar with rpg's.

#7 Posted by Vorbis (2749 posts) -

Easy.  
Recruit.
Stealth. 
Pistols.

#8 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

Didn't feel that challenging on normal, mind you. Any average player could do it.

#9 Posted by Yummylee (21251 posts) -

Normal mode is fine. Hard mode, though, is best taken on with the Veteran origin since it can be a fucking nightmare.

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#10 Posted by Tennmuerti (8003 posts) -

Play it on normal it's just fine.
There is only 1 boss in the whole game who is of any difficult.
 
Also any weapon works as long as you max the skill.
You don't have to be stealthy if you don't want to.

#11 Posted by fugie7 (1108 posts) -

play it on easy or normal. you'll have a good time in those modes

#12 Edited by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Normal.
 
@Tennmuerti said:

" Play it on normal it's just fine. There is only 1 boss in the whole game who is of any difficult.  Also any weapon works as long as you max the skill. You don't have to be stealthy if you don't want to. "

 
#13 Posted by SteamPunkJin (1286 posts) -

This thread makes me feel like I should start my game over, I did recruit on Hard and always seem to get stuck when it comes down to the boss - then I have to just reload at the safe house and hope there are side missions to do to boost the XP. You probably shouldn't do what I did....

#14 Posted by Yummylee (21251 posts) -
@SteamPunkJin said:
" This thread makes me feel like I should start my game over, I did recruit on Hard and always seem to get stuck when it comes down to the boss - then I have to just reload at the safe house and hope there are side missions to do to boost the XP. You probably shouldn't do what I did.... "
That's literally the situation I kept finding myself in! I was even playing on recruit, too, and I unexplainably piled my points into the shotgun/submachine skills with regards to my weapons of choice for that playthrough. 
 
Instead I completed it on normal as a recruit, then completed hard mode now with the unlocked veteran origin. Dramatically easier, just from being able to start out with all the necessities like stealth instantly giving you the ability to forever see the guards via the arrow icons.
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#15 Edited by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

Play it on Easy. For the love of God, play it on Easy. It's a much better experience. 
 
OR - If you're on Normal, don't do the Moscow missions until everything else is completed. That boss fight is a bitch if you're not leveled up enough.

#16 Posted by Tennmuerti (8003 posts) -
@Azteck: yes
#17 Posted by Grillbar (1797 posts) -
@Eristocrat: 
 
well if you go all out and treat the shooting like an 3rd person shooter and dont use the assult rifle then the shooting feels broken, since none of the other weapons work for that. 
if you do it stealth or atleast kinda stealth then then its okay. 
i played it semi stealth on normal and had no problem so you can do that without problems just started on hard and its still not that big a challange aslong as you dont go full assault on them.the only problem your gonna have in the game on the harder diff's are the bosses and even those can get done with ease if you do it right and spec you char right. 
so basicly i think you should go any path you want the first time, and upgrade in toughness, stealth and or pistol (pistol is really great for bosses)
#18 Posted by xyzygy (9892 posts) -

Only play Hard with Veteran. So I recommend play Recruit on Normal and then Veteran on Hard. Stealth, Pistols and Health are a must. My character went into a lot of other weird skills which I didn't use and it made the game a bit harder for me (the way a real RPG should work)

#19 Posted by Eristocrat (439 posts) -

Thanks for the advice everybody, always nice to know you can count on fellow bombers for info.

#20 Posted by septim (774 posts) -

My advice is to play on easy. The gameplay is not the highlight of AP. Also there are some seriously unbalanced parts of the game. A couple bosses in particular. Just come to experience the story. 
 
If you find dispatching fools to a breeze, just think that's probably exactly how Bond feels.

#21 Posted by Animasta (14648 posts) -
@PrivateIronTFU said:
" Play it on Easy. For the love of God, play it on Easy. It's a much better experience.  OR - If you're on Normal, don't do the Moscow missions until everything else is completed. That boss fight is a bitch if you're not leveled up enough. "
and doing taipei before the moscow boss makes him much easier :P
#22 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -
@Laketown said:
" @PrivateIronTFU said:
" Play it on Easy. For the love of God, play it on Easy. It's a much better experience.  OR - If you're on Normal, don't do the Moscow missions until everything else is completed. That boss fight is a bitch if you're not leveled up enough. "
and doing taipei before the moscow boss makes him much easier :P "
Very true.
#23 Posted by Eaxis (899 posts) -

I completed the game on normal as a recruit. I was level 8 when I met Brayko. I saw a tip on youtube on how to beat him, and Then it was easy from there. I love stealth games and I really enjoyed taking out 6 guys in a row just using invisibility and punching them in the throat. Upgrade stealth, pistols and martial art.
#24 Posted by yinstarrunner (1182 posts) -

Normal wasn't too bad.  Take Stealth, pistols, and whatever else you want.  Those are the two big ones.
 
IMPORTANT THOUGH: You NEED to put two points in your sabotage skill (I think that's what it's called).  You'll thank me later.

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