Alpha Protocol - A REAL RPG
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 the game are top-notch, you actually feel like your character is getting powerful unlike recent RPGs that have come out. With that said, starting off can be really discouraging since enemies can detect you from a mile away (if you're trying to be stealthy) and it seems like the character hasn't touched a weapon in his life. But as you level up, you get more powerful and it feels satisfying.
The only negative things I have to say about the game is the various bugs that you encounter, the medicore AI, stiff animations, and the amazingly bad texture pop-in.
When you buy the game, don't expect a SHOOTER. Right on the box it says the espionage RPG. It's an RPG first, a shooter second. Alpha Protocol is an underrated RPG and I hope people look past the negative reviews it's been getting across the board and see for yourself how great the game is.