Conclusion: Obsidian has clearly got the ability to produce really superb AAA titles but seems to lack the clout of their rival Bioware in terms of being able to say when a game is ready or not. The tragedy of Alpha Protocol is that, hidden behind the mass of technical failings is a superb action RPG bristling with choice and driven by some inspired storytelling.
Excerpt: Close your eyes and imagine the following: Mass Effect flirts with Splinter Cell. After a few drinks, one thing leads to another and the two get down and dirty. A few months later (what is the gestation period for games?) a little bundle of joy pops out, and the couple decides to name it Alpha Protocol. At first glance the little one seems like it has the best parts of its parents. But as with all drunken mishaps a few of the required genes never made it into the pool.
Summary: Alpha Protocol is all ambition with little follow through. This espionage-RPG attempts to draw players into a world of lock picking, Saudi terrorists, and secret government conspiracies, but does it so ineffectively it is hard to maintain interest past the first mission.
Pros: The control players have on how the story plays out, An overall interesting concept, The dialogue system
Cons: The wretched cover mechanics, The enormous amount of visual and animation glitches, The poor camera perspectives
Conclusion: Alpha Protocol had so much potential. It had all the elements planned out perfect to make this a great game. Regretfully, it seemed like the game didn’t get enough time to finish up as what you get feels like three-fourth of what was planned. Still the story is strong with this one and it may interest you enough to make you look beyond the game’s faults. For me, there were too many things to forgive and not enough forgiveness to go around.
Excerpt: We really enjoy the stories of persevering studios, those that managed to work through a series of setbacks and delays to eventually provide gamers with a polished and appreciated product. You will often hear about these feel-good results for years after the embattled developer releases an impressive title, but the failures fade into obscurity.
Obsidian's spy RPG finally sneaks out, but is it ready for action?
1 June 2010
Conclusion: Obsidian's Alpha Protocol offers an original setting and the power of choice. It's a game where you decide the fate of a majority of the cast, giving you the sense that the story is guided as much by you as it is by the designers. With a number of ways to customize the experience – you can play as a stealth agent with a silenced pistol or bullet-spraying berserker – it initially seems like everything should be in place for an entertaining role-playing experience.
Excerpt: An espionage RPG is enticing in concept, and given how the genre has shaken out during the past few years, it's easy to imagine one being really cool. So here comes Alpha Protocol, a game that certainly looks the part, and whose developer boasts a solid RPG pedigree. Is it a mission worth completing, or should you have a cyanide pill handy? You are agent Michael Thorton, a new recruit at Alpha Protocol, a super-secret government agency.
Summary: Published by SEGA and developed by Obsidian Entertainment comes Alpha Protocol: The Espionage RPG. The story revolves around Mike Thorton, a new recruit to Alpha Protocol and a tool ripe for shaping. It's a story of death, destruction, intrigue, friendships and betrayal, but mostly death and destruction - it's more Jason Bourne than James Bond.
Pros: Intriguing and compelling story, When it's working, stealth action is fun, Wealth of locales
Cons: The mini-games, The screen tearing, The boss fights
Summary: Alpha Protocol ne tient malheureusement pas ses promesses. Si les dialogues à choix multiples sont une des réussites du jeu, le reste n’atteint pas la même qualité. Avec un gameplay lourd et contraignant et un aspect RPG mal calibré, on ne peut que constater le manque de finition, malgré les nombreux reports d’Obsidian.
Pros: - Dialogues efficaces et bien pensés - Une intrigue bien ficelée - Des combats au corps à corps dynamiques
Cons: - Un gameplay lourd et contraignant - Des graphismes dépassés - L’infiltration ne sert presque à rien - Le mode de visée