Alpha Protocol Review

Alpha protocol is a third-person role playing video game based on espionage. The developers of the game are Obsidian Entertainment and it has been published by well-known brand Sega. The game revolves around its protagonist Michael Thorton, who is a field agent, and his adventures. The game was scheduled to be released on 27th October, 2009, but its launch was later shifted to 27th Ma, 2010 in Australia, 28th May,2010 in Europe, and 1st June, 2010 in North America.
The game designed by Chris Parker (project designer) and Chris Avellone (lead animator), was released for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and uses the unreal engine 3 game engine.

COMBAT

Alpha Protocol is a third person game, therefore it allows the player to see the main character and his surroundings. Thorton being a CIA operative, the players get to use a wide range of fire arms and melee combat using a martial art form known as Kenpo, along with many spy gadgets.

In addition to the elements of action , the players earn certain points , known as advancement points which can be used for upgrading skills from a choice of ten skills, for example one the skills allows the player to scan group of hostiles in slow motion, before dashing out of his cover and blasting them with his gun, much faster than he normally does.

DIALOGUE SYSTEM

The game features numerous non playing characters with whom the players can interact.

The conversations which take place in real time allow a limited time frame for the players to respond at decision points, during the conversations which are important for the storyline and the players character. The dialogue system of the game allows the player to choose from 3 options, which are loosely based on characters like James Bond (suave), Jason Bourne (professional), and Jack Bauer (aggressive), sometimes a fourth option is also available , which terminates the conversation in between, and each NPC responds differently to these options. Since each conversation occurs once per playthrough, a number of playthrough will be required to experience them all.

CUSTOMIZATION

The game allows the players to customize Thornton’s looks by editing facial hear, head wear, eye wear, eye colour etc. The weapons and gadgets are also customizable with options like adding silencers, bigger magazines, etc.

RECEPTION

The game, priced at $52-$64, (depending upon the country where it is being sold), got average reception from gamers and gaming sites over the world.

The game bagged 7/10 from Eurogamer, which said the game lacked finishing and polish.

Other less forgiving game review sites such as Destructoid gave it 2/10. The game received 6/10 from Metacritic. The story line of the game is very impressive but the gameplay and combat is not appealing enough, and thus, the game is recommended only for RPG fanatics, who like to explore the intricacies of the game rather than its gameplay.

Top Fall 2010 Video Game Releases for RPG Fans

Video games in the RPG (Role-Playing Game) genre are among the most popular with hardcore video gamers since they offer a lengthy, deep gaming experience often taking at least 20 hours to complete with plenty of sidequests and other incentives to continue playing long after the final boss has been defeated. With winter and the holiday shopping season right around the corner, video game publishers are starting to push out their crop of great video games for fall 2010. Check out our guide to the top fall 2010 RPG releases.
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (Nintendo DS)

The Golden Sun series started off on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. At the time, it seriously pushed the handheld’s graphical limitations with quality 3D graphics seemingly on-par with console RPGs of the PlayStation One era. Battle scenes featured graphically-intensive summons that could blast away an entire party of monsters in a single blast. Other unique quirks included the ability to use magical abilities outside of battle to solve environmental puzzles. Since 2003, however, the series has remained dormant. On November 29, 2010, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn will bring the RPG series to the Nintendo DS with a whole new cast of characters. You’ll play as the children of the original protagonists’ in a world set 30 years after Golden Sun: The Lost Age.

Fable III (Xbox 360 and PC)

The third iteration in the Fable series aims to do what its predecessors have set out to do along: create a fantasy universe where the player has a real impact on the storyline and the world through a series of complex moral decisions and character growth. Players can rule as a benevolent, kindly king or a cruel and greedy monarch with no regard for his people’s well-being. While the beginning of the game is spent seizing the thrown from another corrupt king, the bulk of the game will focus on your role as leader and making important decisions for the progress of your kingdom.

Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC)

Fallout: New Vegas will be the fourth game in the Fallout RPG series. Unlike traditional RPGs, Fallout doesn’t take place in a fantasy setting filled with mythical beasts, deep dungeons, and mysterious forests. Instead, it places you in the middle of a post-apocalyptic, wartorn setting. In the case of Fallout: New Vegas, you’ll be exploring a desert wasteland, the center of which is the ruins of Las Vegas. In addition to typical RPG elements like upgrading abilities and leveling up, Fallout: New Vegas features an extra-challenging hardcore mode which challenges players with tasks like consistently eating, sleeping, and drinking to avoid fatigue or death as well as limits on ammunition and cash carried.