Excerpt: There are plenty of great moments in Alpha Protocol . In a split second, rouge agent Michael Thorton needs to decide whether to save the life of the Taiwanese president or the hundreds of people in the crowd. Earlier in the game, Thorton chooses whether to execute a known arms dealer, arrest him or let him go for a bribe. There are ramifications for such decisions. For every intriguing decision, three times as many stupid moments arise from the weak gameplay.
Excerpt: Alpha Protocol is a single-player role-playing game focusing on international espionage. In this third-person tactical shooter, players take on the role of Michael Thorton, a character who can be good, bad or just the guy with the gun. As Agent Thorton, players begin by investigating an act of terrorism only to find that the rabbit hole is much deeper than anyone suspected. However, as a role-playing game, Alpha Protocol stumbles in several key areas.
Excerpt: Alpha Protocol is a single-player role-playing game focusing on international espionage. In this third-person tactical shooter, players take on the role of Michael Thorton, a character who can be good, bad or just the guy with the gun. As Agent Thorton, players begin by investigating an act of terrorism only to find that the rabbit hole is much deeper than anyone suspected.
Violent, sexy spy game has players make moral decisions.
Common Sense Media
5 September 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Alpha Protocol is a violent action game featuring plenty of combat, frank sexuality, scattered but strong profanity, and a scene with drugs. Blood is seen frequently in firefights, though there’s no gore. The protagonist can be a traditional hero with a noble and suave demeanor, but the game’s complex narrative allows players to make moral decisions by deciding whether to be mean and aggressive when talking to non-player characters, flirt with...
Excerpt: With presentation-heavy franchises like the Splinter Cell series, it�s probably tough for a new spy thriller to break through and become wildly popular. Obsidian is attempting to do that with their action RPG-style title Alpha Protocol. Straight of a cheesy Robert Ludlum novel, the story is molded around Michael Thorton, a Jack Bauer style of character that�s not directly linked to the United States government, but operates with in best interest through a covert...
Excerpt: Obsidian’s made a name for itself over the years for taking on the daunting task of producing sequels to complex, high profile role-playing games. First it was Knights of the Old Republic II, then Neverwinter Nights 2, and soon we’ll see what the studio is able to do with Fallout: New Vegas. With Alpha Protocol, though, we get an entirely new game. There aren’t any preconceived notions: no established fan base, no gameplay systems that need to be preserved.
Summary: : Alpha Protocol is a solid, if unspectacular, effort from Obsidian Entertainment, and there’s plenty of fun to be had with the game, but it isn’t as impressive as it could or should have been overall. The story is strong and interesting, the visuals are acceptable for the most part, and the audio is generally good all around. The game is simple enough to learn and play, but offers a good amount of depth in its interesting and well designed RPG elements.