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Alpha Protocol: The game I hate to hate. 0

Alpha Protocol makes me cry inside. To witness so much wasted potential for this to become one of the greatest games of 2010 and a great mark for other modern shooter RPGs to follow is truly one of this generation's most disheartening tragedies. What founded these tears, specifically, are thanks to how poorly it plays, the astonishingly sub-par graphics, clumsy animations, bugs, glitchs and just the overall coat of crap that reaches across to every corner.Alpha Protocol is an Action/RPG very aki...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

A game of interesting choices 0

First I'll get the bad out of the way: I had to restart a mission once due to a broke in-mission checkpoint. Sometimes the conversation options are deceptive. The bosses are very frustrating and violate the importance of choice. The game has about 3 too many characters and primary conspiracy is both bland and confusing. The visual character customization options consist of hat and/or beard. Okay, those are the things that are wrong.  But, Alpha Protocol is a game that does one thing extremely ri...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The game was flawed but the ending was sweet! 0

Seriously, I loved the ending to this game. Despite all of it's issues I truly, truly dug the ending to this game.   I don't mean the "hahaha, the game's over and I don't have to play it anymore" sort of thing. I mean the actual ending to the game was pretty awesome.   You play as Super Secret Agent Michael Thorton. Well, not really super secret, most people seem to know who you are, or do they? Whatever the case may be, you work for Alpha Protocol who actually is a secret agency and does things...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Gem of a game 0

Bravo Alpha Protocol bravo. This game is great and I am only writing this to clear up some of the misinformation about this time. For one I never ran into a bug in this game and as far as I can tell no patch was released so maybe the bug is a very rare thing but is always solved by restarting the mission and no missions take that long *refering to the doors locking bug people seem to talk about*. Second the shooting is just fine in this game in the review by Jeff he talks about how the shooting ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Oh wow 0

Alpha Protocol is such a frustrating game. For every moment where its misguided action gameplay rears its ugly head, there's a moment where you're confronted with a subtle consequence of a subtle action in the distant past that makes you wonder just how the hell Obsidian did it. It's like watching an incredible magic trick being carried out by a piece of crap.   When I first booted the game up, I literally laughed out loud at elements of its presentation, like the protagonist's insane crouch-wal...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A good start for future spy RPGs 0

What Alpha Protocol is is a great stepping stone that future developers can look to for creating an espionage RPG. You've got what any secret government agent should have: stealth, hand-to-hand combat, gadgets, guns, and probably the most overlooked aspect in any Bond or Bourne film is the relationships you have with others and the choices you make.  The game stars agent Michael Thorton, a recruit to the government agency Alpha Protocol. You go through your firearms, gizmos and stealth trainings...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Valiant, Yet Failed, Effort 0

 Obsidian takes their crack at a game genre that has been amazingly underrepresented: spy-based RPG. After a somewhat elongated development cycle, Alpha Protocol has been launched.In this title, you are Michael Thornton, a blank slate you can develop into almost any type of character you desire. You can be a debonair ladies man...or an arrogant prick. You can be as sneaky as a ninja...or run into rooms, guns ablazing. You can rely on sheer firepower...or you can use other gadgets to get y...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Good ideas need good gameplay to ultimately matter 0

I want to like Alpha Protocol. The premise of an espionage RPG is great, and there are some meaningful and brilliant ideas in terms of the game's conversational cause-and-effect system. But everything else about the game is so ridiculously subpar that it's hard to recommend this game to anyone except game industry scholars looking for some great ideas for a better game.The premise of Alpha Protocol begins its bland tailspin into bargain bin doom. The player is enlisted in a bland black ops group...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Should you let this Sneak by? 0

You ever wonder what constitutes a bad video game? Yeah there are really terrible games out there like “Survivor: The Interactive Game”, “Superman 64” and even “E.T The Extra-Terrestrial.”  that are notoriously bad. But there are also games that fall into the shady gray area, something about the games are endearing , but it has major flaws that hold it back from being considered good. “Alpha Protocol” is one of those games. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the makers of “Star Wars: K...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol, with its intriguing story, multiple methods of completion, and astounding customization, is...good. 0

Alpha Protocol is one of those games that is almost there, but fails, and fails hard, on a few aspects that mark the game as bad. Despite this, I gave Alpha Protocol an 8.0 for a few reasons as follows.Story-wise, Alpha Protocol is hard to beat. You've got your secret agent, Michael Thorton, tasked with taking down a corrupt arms-dealer accused of selling to terrorists and starting a cold war to boost their profits. The plot might sound a little "24-ish," and certainly its been done to death be...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Should you answer the call to get Alpha Protocol? 0

  So I traveled the globe, made some friends, a few enemies, chose to save a damsel in distress over a large amount of civilians in the roman museum to see if I could get a shot at love (let’s just say it went horribly wrong), found the gal that was right for me only to have her killed in the end, and then sought revenge on the people responsible for all the madness in the first place allowing me to rightfully save the world. Now this is one of a million ways you can choose to play the game onc...

12 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol 0

Review at a Glance  2.5 / 5       : Overall     3 / 5       : Story     1 / 5       : Controls     4 / 5       : Music/Sfx     2 / 5       : Voice Over 2.5 / 5       : Replay Value      3 / 5      : OriginalityIn Depth ReviewOverall:  Alpha Protocol is just so frustrating, well the little bit you get to play between load-screens.  It rewards you with just enough to keep you playing, but after you finish you wonder why you put yourself through all that.  It has some good aspects to it, but you ha...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol Review 0

Alpha Protocol is the latest RPG to be added Obsidian's library, and it's their first original IP. The game has you playing as Michael Thorton, a super-secret super-spy for a super-secret government agency. Despite cliche's out the wazzoo, the story of Alpha Protocol is one of the greatest aspects of the game and the choices you make throughout affect the eventual outcome of the game.  I'll start with the negative points first. Alpha Protocol is a traditional RPG in the shoes of an action RPG. W...

20 out of 23 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol - A REAL RPG 0

Ignore the reviews, any fan of RPG's MUST play this game. If you can look past the texture pop-in, stiff animations, and various bugs, there is a hidden gem to be played.  Let's start with the positives, the dialogue system is one of the best in gaming. Dialogue choices actually effect the overall story and how certain characters view you. It doesn't have empty choices that lead nowhere (Mass Effect, etc.). It also has a great cast of characters and an intriguing storyline. The RPG elements in t...

34 out of 43 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol Review 0

Alpha Protocol is a game that sounds really good, in theory. Playing as an international super-spy with lots of cool gadgets and resources, a branching storyline that changes with almost every choice you make, and a blend of stealth, third person shooting and RPG elements all sound like lots of fun. It's just too bad that in practice, the game isn't fun at all. In Alpha Protocol you fill the shoes of Micheal Thorton, a man who, as the game starts, is being inducted into a top-secret government o...

33 out of 43 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol Review- The WarpZone 0

By Tom Price   The spy game genre is one that generally falls into two categories. There’s the Metal Gear/Splinter Cell side, consisting of lurking around in shadows and covertly accomplishing missions. And then there is the James Bond side, a shooter with a spy skin thrown over it. But consider that large portions of any good James Bond movie has just as much talking as it does sneaking and straight up action. The same goes for Alpha Protocol, with a mix of action and intrigue to mix up mission...

5 out of 7 found this review helpful.

alpha protocol still in the alpha stage 0

I was really excited for Alpha Protocol at first and I'm sure I would have been more merciful on it had it come out when it was supposed to. But when you push the release date this much and deliver a product like this, you better hope that your pre-orders don't get canceled. I canceled my pre-order and opted for a much better game.  I'm really happy about my decision to buy Red Dead Redemption instead of Alpha Protocol. I have had nothing but a purely fun time with RDR which can't be said for ...

11 out of 16 found this review helpful.

More than enough fun to make up for it's flaws. 0

 ProsIt's an RPG! With spies! That counts for something in my book.Likable characters.Handles dialogue in a way that forces you to think on your feet.ConsIt's more RPG than shooter, which is a problem when it comes time to shoot something.Technical issues. Doors not opening when they're supposed to, helicopters not blowing the heck up when they're supposed to and so on.Not great AI has your foes often staring at walls or running around in circles.Alpha Protocol puts you in the boots of...

6 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Ambition Over Technical Execution 0

Alpha Protocol is not a game without problems. Graphical hitches, awkward animation, and an annoying checkpoint system constantly interfere with the globe-trotting, espionage experience. Ultimately, these and other issues remain relegated to mere interruptions to what is otherwise an excellent role-playing game.   Many Useful Skills to Choose The cornerstone to Alpha Protocol's success is its obsession with presenting the player with choices and more importantly, recognizing and rewarding th...

2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Compelling spy yarn sabotaged by dated gameplay 0

Ugh. This is one of those games I'm just torn about. I was beyond impressed with the dialogue and choice system, as well as the rich narrative. Yet these amazing highs make the clunky gameplay all the more heartbreaking.  You play as agent Mike Thorton, an operative who is recruited by an agency with shadowy ties to the US government. Your first mission out goes tits up and you are left to pick up the pieces. What at first seems to be a standard spy story evolves into a dense narrative that mana...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ugly, clunkly and not very fun 0

I finally got around to trying out "Alpha Protocol" and it was two hours into the game that I realized how spoiled I was with "Mass Effect 2." BioWare cleaned up a lot of nagging issues from the first game, such as texture pop-up, cleaning up the inventory and bumping up the visuals. Obsidian Entertainment is no stranger to using pre-existing BioWare tech, as they've developed the infamous sequel to "Knights of the Old Republic." The problem with "Alpha Protocol" is that it's running under the t...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A few minor issues can't spoil this great spy adventure 0

 Alpha Protocol is a RPG/stealth/shooter mix developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2010. The game takes a lot of inspiration from Biowares Mass Effect, using a similar mix of third person shooter elements along with a dialog driven story. Unlike Mass Effect the game doesn't take place in a Sci-Fi universe, but instead in contemporary times, putting you into the role of the special agent Michael Thorton, who went rogue after an incident on his first mission and is now fighting again...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

An underrated gem 0

Alpha Protocol was a long delayed game, and when it came out it was bashed by many reviews for bad shooting and dumb ai, plus glitches. After playing it though i feel the game does not deserve the hate it gets. People compare Alpha Protocol to Mass Effect, while part of that is true, the most distinct comparison i can make is Deus Ex, because of the many was you can approach the game, such as stealth, shooting, and talking. I can forgive the shooting because this not a 3rd person shooter it is a...

0 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Alpah Protocol comes pretty close to being a really cool game. 0

          First of all the shooting isn't great. It's certainly playable but not up to par with ME2 or Splinter Cell. The game doesn't look horrible or anything, the visuals are good enough for me although there is a lot of screen tearing. It's a bummer you can't customize your dude more. I like the story and the RPG stuff though. Choosing new skills and buying gun upgrades is fun. The choice system is cool in concept. It actually tells you what differences your choices made at the end of the mi...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

AP Review 0

 Yes, this game is full of bugs, sometimes feeling unfinished. It also has graphics comparable to a poor looking PSone game and poor enemy AI. But if you can look past this Alpha Protocol is one of the deepest and most compelling experiences to be found. Nothing can match the feeling of perfectly time your run to dart across a room full of enemies undetected, silently tranquillizing and knocking out enemies with badass finishing moves. Exploration is also awarded, with many things scattered abou...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A flawed but fun game. 0

The game has flaws; a few bugs in the abilities (I use the ability to be invisible and the enemies still fill me with lead). BUT, the story is akin to a true spy film, with twist and turns everywhere, and reprecussions for almost everything you do (do you kill this guy and lose information that can make another mission easier or do you let him go and risk the lives of millions, believe it or not that is actually one of the options). The combat is not the best nor is it it the worst, with an asso...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Better than expected 0

Alpha protocol is just like Mass Effect 2.   The two games are blindingly similar. It's almost uncanny. The same critiques can be levied towards both games - the high notes are a bit different, but AP is ME2 - on crack.  The basic plot in both games is trite and sterile. Maybe more so in AP than in ME2, but neither is something to write home about. The story of AP is completely run-of-the-mill stuff, but - just like ME2 - the game is saved by well written and interesting characters.  Your avatar...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Exciting but inherently flawed 0

Alpha Protocol is a game where you sneak through mansions unseen silently eliminating guards, hacking computers, and stealing information. You prevent political assassinations all from the shadows like a good spy would. There has been a void of stealth-action games and Alpha Protocol attempts to fill that void while throwing in several interesting mechanics of its own.  The story of the game focuses around a new recruit to the top secret Alpha Protocol organization named Michael Thorton. Aft...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol. Overlooked but good. 0

So-so game play, great story.  Immersible and truly reacts to what you do in the game world, unlike some other RPGs.  Not very customizable either.  Game really picks up after the beginning Saudi Missions, with some of the Taiwan missions being very very good.  I played through it twice.  I'm not the type to really finish games now days if they don't really grip me.   Voice acting is okay.  It would have been very nice if Obsidian had the opportunity to completely finish the game as there are so...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Alpha Protocol review 0

 I recently picked up Alpha Protocol during the Steam holiday sale for 7.5 euros and I thought I'd write about it. I'm surprised how bad this game was received, maybe this will convince more people to check it out. Or maybe not. Whatever the case, I'd like to get this out of my system and perhaps some of you find it at least a bit informative.  The game is an action RPG hybrid in the vein of the Mass Effect series. You play as Michael Thorton- a new recruit at Alpha Protocol (an agency so secret...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Far from perfect, but close to fun 0

Well if you're anything like I was a week ago. You've already heard of this game and are just looking for a reason to finally shell out some clams for it or erase it's existence from your mind. I don't think anyone could honestly say they love this game, but if you're a true fan of RPGs then you've gotta give this game one play through at the very least. Is it riddled with flaws like you've heard? Yes it is, but I feel the fun factor out weighs it's flaws. A story that changes depending on your ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Not for a lack of trying, Alpha Protocol doesn't fully deliver. 0

I really, really love Obsidian, but if there's one undeniable fact, it's that they get completely boned by their publishers nearly every release. After essentially creating the Fallout franchise (with the best entry in the franchise, in my opinion) before they were known as Obsidian, they returned to make New Vegas, which was fantastic, but is treated like a spin-off instead of the true third entry that it is. Knight of the Old Republic 2 could have been just as good, if not better than, the ori...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Half-good? Almost. 0

After retrospective coverage of the game on the Bombcast and a tempting pricepoint at my local store, I ended up buying this. With the basic concept being the much touted "Mass Effect with spies" , despite knowing full well of the middling reception the game had already received elsewhere I figured it was worth a shot.A co worker who also was interested in picking this up but never did asked me to tell him what I thought of it when I'd finished. In the end I told him it's almost the very definit...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This game feels like its alpha 0

Alpha protocol has a very unique premise in which it combines third action stealth gameplay with the rich and deep RPG elements.  While its originality is that makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd its execution is lacking. There are moments in the game that are very enjoyable but are hampered by technical glitches and bad game design mechanics. But on top of that a fairy annoying performance of voice acting by the main characters in which even the subtitles it's difficult to follow the ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Good modern day RPG without Orcs or Robots 0

I really enjoyed this game. It was a nice break from the usual sci-fi or fantasy theme of most RPGs. I liked how it forces you to make quick decisions in the moment and then prevents you from quick reloading if you didn’t like the outcome. There were only a couple times when I felt a dialog option misrepresented what the character ended up saying. The voice acting was great and the story kept me engaged to the end, even if it was fairly standard spy fare. If you change up your play style and mak...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Pros and Cons: Alpha Protocol 0

2 STARS in case the dumb star rating's not working.Eight months ago, I was just about to leave to pick up Alpha Protocol on the day of its release when Sega decided to postpone it until June 1. I was so pumped for this game and just before I got a hold of it, it was taken away. Now, I'm renting the game to see how it has turned out, and I'm glad I chose not to buy it.Pros:Dialogue system adds some urgency to your choices.The choices you make have some deep impact on how the rest of the game play...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Which JB are you 0

Jason Bourne, James Bond, Jack Bauer which one are you.   1st off Alpha Protocol is buggy. From camera looking through walls to doors no longer being able to be opened again. The game is buggy.   2nd issue Alpha Protocol is campy. Overdone characters mixed with some more realistic ones makes the game a mixed bag of all three of the JB story styles.   3rd and final note. This game was fun and that's the important part. The two issues above are ignored once you get into the fast paced engaging, no...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Michael "Thornton" can't shoot. 0

Michael Thorton Can't Shoot:  Or, How I learned to love Alpha Protocol  I won't lie to you- you cannot play this game and expect the refined experience you might get out of Mass Effect 2, Call of Duty, or any other blockbuster hit. Guns fire erratically, the AI was programmed by the monkeys we usually hire to write the works of Shakespeare, and the game has more bugs then the worlds largest ant farm. In fact, you will sometimes be lucky if the floor of the next room loads correctly. Through all ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Pen mightier than the sword, story than the shooting 0

Alpha Protocol can be an awesome game.Requirements for enjoyment:1) Play on novice difficulty, there is no point in being frustrated by stronger enemies. Even if you do this, some bosses may be pain in the ass.2) Specialise in at least one offensive skill, preferably pistols or assault rifles. Some fights can't be avoided.3) Don't try to take sneaky approach too seriously, unless you dumped a lot of skill points into the stealth. If you get spotted, don't load every time, just shoot your way out...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Pile of Shame Review - Alpha Protocol 0

Release Date: July 1, 2010Completion Date: July 6, 2012Price: $6.76 - Amazon Prime (PC)Your history plays a role in how people treat you during the first quarter of the game. I chose Freelancer.A look at how you can improve your skills. Martial Arts, Pistols, and Assault Rifles were my route.Dialogue decisions really do play a huge role in how the story plays out.The beginning levels originally turned me off to the game. The level design in all of AP is rudimentary, but I got over it about halfw...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A fun spy RPG, with a few issues 0

Do you like cheesy spy movies, how about 'Burn Notice', or the RPG-lite elements in Mass Effect? If you answered yes to any, or all of these then you might also like Alpha Protocol. Alpha Protocol is a third person-RPG-shooter that places a focus on stealth and dialogue choices. There quite a bit of fun to be have with this game, even though, it has a few technical issues.Nothing to see here, just us trash cans.In Alpha Protocol you play as Michael Thorton, not to be confused with Michael Westen...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Five Word Review 0

Full-length reviews present an off-putting challenge for me. I labor over word, sentence, and grammatical choices to the point of exhaustion. These five-word reviews are my solace; I hope you appreciate the brevity.UnderwhelmingEngagingLooseAspirationalChoiceful...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Story and gameplay is classic Obsidian 0

I can't think of a single developer that has had more backstage drama and issues then Obsidian. Obsidian's track record so far has been spotty at best with them producing what should be great games but they're continually hampered by either delays or publisher problems. Not to mention on a technical level they're all over the place with bugs, hit-or-miss graphics and even outright crashes so I got to wondering: are they just a dev team that can't catch a break? Or are they just seriously that ba...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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