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Alpha Protocol

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
64
3.4
Windows
66
3.6
Xbox 360
62
3.1

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 7 3.4
Windows 30 3.6
Xbox 360 9 3.1
Combined MobyScore 46 3.4


The Press Says

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90
WindowsCanardPC
Alpha Protocol, de loin, pourrait apparaître un peu bancal. Mais, en y jouant, en rentrant dedans, en oubliant la réalisation technique un peu à la ramasse – mais pas non plus traumatisante – et l'effet un peu étrange des compétences holistiques appliquées à ce qui a l'air d'être un TPS, on découvre un vrai grand jeu de rôle, original et malin. Chez Obsidian, on a fait un pari sur le futur et sur l’intelligence des joueurs, reste plus qu’à savoir si ça valait le coup…
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Character customization is bafflingly basic and bosses can be annoyingly cheap. On the other hand, the game is gorgeous, with top-notch production values and voice work. It's fun to develop relationships between Mike and the game's various other characters. The stealth gameplay is pretty good, if a little too easy sometimes. The game makes you feel like a real spy, complete with all the research-based legwork. In those respects, there are few games like it. Whether or not you like Alpha Protocol is probably going to depend on your proclivity for spy lore itself. But if you've ever wanted to be a secret agent, you could do a hell of a lot worse.
86
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
Character customization is bafflingly basic and bosses can be annoyingly cheap. On the other hand, the game is gorgeous, with top-notch production values and voice work. It's fun to develop relationships between Mike and the game's various other characters. The stealth gameplay is pretty good, if a little too easy sometimes. The game makes you feel like a real spy, complete with all the research-based legwork. In those respects, there are few games like it. Whether or not you like Alpha Protocol is probably going to depend on your proclivity for spy lore itself. But if you've ever wanted to be a secret agent, you could do a hell of a lot worse.
84
PlayStation 3Vandal Online
Alpha Protocol es un gran juego, que quizás no llegue con toda la expectación que merezca, y que puede ser considerado uno de los tapados de este año precisamente por esto. La apuesta de Obsidian y Sega es arriesgada y valiente, intentando sintetizar varios géneros en un juego con acción, exploración, rol y libertad de movimiento, que se queda lejos de títulos como Metal Gear o Splinter Cell en lo que se refiere a narrativa cinemática y epicidad de la historia, pero que los ridiculiza en libertad de acción y a la hora de darnos la sensación de ser un espía. Esperemos que no pase desapercibido, aunque su mayor problema es que para muchos puede quedarse demasiado a medio camino en los numerosos géneros que toca. A nosotros nos ha parecido uno de los juegos más innovadores y meritorios de los últimos meses.
83
Xbox 3601UP
Finally, it's probably worth mentioning that Alpha Protocol isn't a terribly long game. You could probably blow through the main plot in about a dozen hours, depending on how sidetracked you want to get with optional missions. That's not actually a bad thing, though. So much of the dialogue and story changes depend on your choices that it's absolutely worth revisiting at least once after the credits roll.
83
WindowsComputerGames.ro
Just like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines before it, Alpha Protocol is a diamond in the rough, yet another chance to create an excellent RPG, but ultimately sabotaged by technical issues and questionable design decisions. Maybe after the n-th community patch (as I doubt it will receive any consistent post-release support) it will get better, but at this point, a pleasant experience in its company depends on sheer luck as much as player skill. It’s rather short for an RPG (about 15 hours), but it has a well above average replay value thanks to the various things that can be changed around depending on your decisions. Don’t go expecting any miracles in this regard, because it could have been better, but you’ll need at least two playthroughs to see the various major branches and the more subtle differences. Which says a lot about what Alpha Protocol could have been.
83
PlayStation 31UP
Finally, it's probably worth mentioning that Alpha Protocol isn't a terribly long game. You could probably blow through the main plot in about a dozen hours, depending on how sidetracked you want to get with optional missions. That's not actually a bad thing, though. So much of the dialogue and story changes depend on your choices that it's absolutely worth revisiting at least once after the credits roll.
83
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ja, Alpha Protocol kommt nicht an Mass Effect 2 ran. Das macht aber nichts, denn Spaß macht das Spionleben mit Mike allemal. Der Typ ist herrlich: nett, cool, gemein, ganz wie ich es will und wie es die Situation erfordert. Ohne dabei aufgesetzt zu wirken, sondern oft mit einer gehörigen Portion Selbstironie in der exzellenten (englischen) Stimme. So einem Charakter folge ich gerne durch ein Abenteuer, selbst wenn es mich mit einer doofen Gegner-KI und reichlich antiquierter Optik belästigt. Aber KI und Grafik sind ja auch nicht die Kernelemente eines Rollenspiels, sondern das Rollenspiel. Und das kann Alpha Protocol!
82
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Das Spiel haut Ihnen Ihre Entscheidungen, gerade im späteren Spielverlauf, gnadenlos um die Ohren. Das Gameplay ist unglaublich vielfältig und ändert sich so dynamisch, dass ein zweites oder drittes Durchspielen komplett anders ausfällt. Die Dialoge und Charaktere sind zudem einfallsreich und unterhaltend. Technisch müssen Sie bei Alpha Protocol allerdings Abstriche machen. Die Grafik ist teilweise kantig und veraltet, das Speicherpunktesystem ist ein Ärgernis und die Künstliche Intelligenz hat ihren Namen oft nicht verdient. Die an sich schon auf Dauer nervigen Minispielchen werden auf dem PC zudem zum Hauptfrustpunkt, da sie eindeutig auf die Bedienung mit dem Gamepad ausgelegt sind. Trotzdem: Alpha Protocol ist ein rundum gelungenes Rollenspiel mit beeindruckender Entscheidungsfreiheit und abwechslungsreichem Gameplay.
81
Xbox 360Game Chronicles
I really enjoyed Alpha Protocol, perhaps even a bit more so than its technically superior Mass Effect 2 or Dragon Age competition. All of these games have pretty much the same gameplay style and level of complexity, but what really sells it for me is that I love a good spy drama, and Alpha Protocol delivers all the action and immersion of that genre while making me the star of my own espionage movie.
80
Xbox 360Gamers Daily News
It’s a good game with a lot to do. There are some areas that it could have used some improvements to get rid of that linear on-rails feel. Many should like it.
80
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
Despite some glaring flaws in Alpha Protocol, I had some good times with the game, unfortunately getting to these pieces of the required suffering through some of the poorly developed aspects. The story and dialogue options are excellent and often lead towards compelling as you often feel as though the world is in the balance and your words will influence the survival of those around you. The gameplay however will try your patience now and again, but never becomes annoying enough to be called unplayable. For those of you willing to take the leap and play Alpha Protocol, you’ll certainly find reward in the games branching plot, but it’s hard to say that it will leave you wanting to go through a second play through to explore different outcomes.
80
PlayStation 33D Juegos
Si pasamos por alto algunos problemas como su poca intuitividad y su pobre apartado gráfico, podemos descubrir en Alpha Protocol un videojuego francamente interesante en todos los sentidos. Buena historia, campaña larga y muy rejugable y, sobre todo, la lograda sensación de que realmente somos nosotros quienes trazamos nuestro camino: Algo fundamental en un RPG como el que nos ocupa.
80
PlayStation 3TheSixthAxis
You might think based on the objective outline above that Alpha Protocol is probably worth a 6 or 7, and can be safely skipped over. I would ask you to think a little deeper about whether average graphics and niggles with the cover system are deal-breakers. The two people I asked for their impressions during my time reviewing Alpha Protocol both dismissed it as boring because it had too much dialogue and reading material, and not enough action. Normally I hate those kinds of games so I felt their pain, but for some reason Alpha Protocol grabbed me and kept me engaged. For me, the versatility of the story, the way the flow of the game can be altered and the fact it kept me interested enough to finish it and then play it again far outweighed any issues I had with the controls.
80
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
From the beginning of the game, till the ending, I was relatively pleased with how important and impactful the decisions I made were. Not only my overall attitude with my handlers, but my decisions of whom to kill, whom to let live, and how to make alliances truly affected the game world. This really helped make me feel like my entire experience repaid me for my actions. If you are familiar with Obsidian games, you will have a somewhat decent idea of what to expect as far as the rough edges go. Despite some issues, Alpha Protocol is a fairly re-playable game and even a map-exploring completionist can expect to spend thirteen hours or so playing through the game one time.
80
Xbox 360GamersGlobal
Die oben stehende Wertung ist im Laufe des Tests immer weiter abgebröckelt -- zu Beginn wirkt Alpha Protocol noch ungeheuer faszinierend. Dass trotz spürbarer KI- und Bedienungsmängel und der alles andere als optimalen Balance immer noch eine 8.0 herauskommt, spricht für die inneren Werte des Spiels. Dank Fertigkeitensystem, schlauem Waffen- und Upgradeprinzip und vor allem abwechslungsreichen Missionen ist die Zeit als Agent Thornton überaus lohnend. Nur wäre eben noch deutlich mehr drin gewesen. Unverständlich finden wir insbesondere das Fehlen einer deutschen Synchronisation. Schlussendlich ist Alpha Protocol kein Titel "für die Masse", sondern ein Spiel für Liebhaber, die bei den Designmängeln ein Auge zudrücken, um die ziemlich einzigartige Agentenatmosphäre und Entscheidungsfreiheit zu genießen.
80
WindowsGamersGlobal
Die oben stehende Wertung ist im Laufe des Tests immer weiter abgebröckelt -- zu Beginn wirkt Alpha Protocol noch ungeheuer faszinierend. Dass trotz spürbarer KI- und Bedienungsmängel und der alles andere als optimalen Balance immer noch eine 8.0 herauskommt, spricht für die inneren Werte des Spiels. Dank Fertigkeitensystem, schlauem Waffen- und Upgradeprinzip und vor allem abwechslungsreichen Missionen ist die Zeit als Agent Thornton überaus lohnend. Nur wäre eben noch deutlich mehr drin gewesen. Unverständlich finden wir insbesondere das Fehlen einer deutschen Synchronisation. Schlussendlich ist Alpha Protocol kein Titel "für die Masse", sondern ein Spiel für Liebhaber, die bei den Designmängeln ein Auge zudrücken, um die ziemlich einzigartige Agentenatmosphäre und Entscheidungsfreiheit zu genießen.
80
PlayStation 3GamersGlobal
Die oben stehende Wertung ist im Laufe des Tests immer weiter abgebröckelt -- zu Beginn wirkt Alpha Protocol noch ungeheuer faszinierend. Dass trotz spürbarer KI- und Bedienungsmängel und der alles andere als optimalen Balance immer noch eine 8.0 herauskommt, spricht für die inneren Werte des Spiels. Dank Fertigkeitensystem, schlauem Waffen- und Upgradeprinzip und vor allem abwechslungsreichen Missionen ist die Zeit als Agent Thornton überaus lohnend. Nur wäre eben noch deutlich mehr drin gewesen. Unverständlich finden wir insbesondere das Fehlen einer deutschen Synchronisation. Schlussendlich ist Alpha Protocol kein Titel "für die Masse", sondern ein Spiel für Liebhaber, die bei den Designmängeln ein Auge zudrücken, um die ziemlich einzigartige Agentenatmosphäre und Entscheidungsfreiheit zu genießen.
78
WindowsLevel
E defect în aproape orice mod imaginabil, majoritatea stricăciunilor nu pot fi reparate de patch-uri, veți plânge când veți vedea cât potențial s-a irosit, dar pre legea mea, mi-a oferit mai multe decât Fallout 3 și Mass Effect 2 la un loc și, ca în cazul Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, mor de ciudă că nu-i pot da o notă mai mare.
75
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
If you can ignore these shortcomings and take the game at face value, then Alpha Protocol offers an encompassing adventure that will keep you intrigued and glued to the TV. Like any cheesy spy flick, the game has all the right ingredients to keep you entertained. It's a shame the overall levels of polish aren't as ambitious as the rest of the game. For gamers who are after another third person action game, you might be left a little underwhelmed at the lack of skills in the opening moments of the game. However, give it a chance and you'll be rewarded. If patience isn't your forte, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. For RPG fans, there's a fair bit of action to sink your teeth into, namely some aggressive boss fights, but with all the tinkering you can do with the character, you'll find a rewarding game that allows for multiple ways of approaching tasks.
75
Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
Alpha Protocol, for the most part, can be a somewhat enjoyable game. The storyline was great but the notable issues like the voice acting, less than spectacular graphics, and frustrating glitches, really bring this title down a few notches. The game almost seemed rushed when it could have used a little bit more time to iron out any wrinkles which would have produced a higher quality RPG that could rival some of the top RPG’s out on shelves right now. With hints of a sequel dropped into the story, hopefully the developers will take note of the downfalls and improve on them with the end result being a great follow up to this title.
73
WindowsRPGFan
If players can overcome this intense list of problems born out of sloppiness and carelessness, Alpha Protocol can be an entertaining game. It can't be taken seriously and there are many games that offer more fun with better graphics, audio, and competent writing. In fact, there's no reason to play Alpha Protocol until you've beaten its progenitors. For the best stealth experience, play Thief. For multiple ways to accomplish missions, play Deus Ex. For third-person shooting in an RPG framework, play Mass Effect. In other words, for those still interested, Alpha Protocol should be low on the to-play list. Not Alpha, but Omega. Dead last.
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Xbox 360RPGFan
If players can overcome this intense list of problems born out of sloppiness and carelessness, Alpha Protocol can be an entertaining game. It can't be taken seriously and there are many games that offer more fun with better graphics, audio, and competent writing. In fact, there's no reason to play Alpha Protocol until you've beaten its progenitors. For the best stealth experience, play Thief. For multiple ways to accomplish missions, play Deus Ex. For third-person shooting in an RPG framework, play Mass Effect. In other words, for those still interested, Alpha Protocol should be low on the to-play list. Not Alpha, but Omega. Dead last.
73
PlayStation 3RPGFan
If players can overcome this intense list of problems born out of sloppiness and carelessness, Alpha Protocol can be an entertaining game. It can't be taken seriously and there are many games that offer more fun with better graphics, audio, and competent writing. In fact, there's no reason to play Alpha Protocol until you've beaten its progenitors. For the best stealth experience, play Thief. For multiple ways to accomplish missions, play Deus Ex. For third-person shooting in an RPG framework, play Mass Effect. In other words, for those still interested, Alpha Protocol should be low on the to-play list. Not Alpha, but Omega. Dead last.
72
WindowsMana Pool
Those of you looking for something different in the RPG genre and who don’t mind sneaking around or shooting people in the face (or strangling them from behind, or using stun grenades, or tranq. pistols, or … well you get the idea, there’s a lot of different playstyles you can use) you are the people who should try Alpha Protocol, because inside the flawed exterior, you can see that the developers had a good vision for what their game should be, and it mostly works pretty well – with the odd rough edge – as long as you are prepared to give it a chance to shine. So my challenge to you is this. This isn’t the best game you ever played, but it is fun, it’s got some interesting ideas, and for the price, you might just find that its actually pretty fun to be international secret agent, whichever way you choose to play him.
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PlayStation 3SegaFan.com
Una intentona de renovar los juegos de espionaje y los RPG occidentales, casi nada, por parte de Obsidian que se queda un poco en tierra de nadie. Los cambios prometidos están ahí, pero tal vez no son del calado esperado, la parte técnica no acompaña y el control no es todo lo bueno que sería deseable. Tras un proceso de producción tan largo, es inevitable sentirse un tanto decepcionado por el resultado final.
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Xbox 360GameFocus
I would love to sit here and say more about Obsidian’s step into the original IP realm, but honestly, I don’t think much more needs to be said. Is the game terrible? No. Although in this post-Mass Effect 2 world, it certainly falls below the expectation that BioWare as set in the minds of gamers. With that said, Alpha Protocol does offer some nice role-playing opportunities with an interesting story and plenty of different ways to optimize your character. It’s unfortunate the gameplay mechanics hurt things as much as they did as this could very well have been the next big RPG franchise.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Buried beneath the poor shooter mechanics, Alpha Protocol does exactly what it says on the box, and that’s make choice your weapon. With a great dialogue mechanic and more choice than your local Tesco megastore, the title is ultimately a letdown in every department except these key disciplines. A title that true RPG aficionados may treasure, but everyone else best steer clear. A cult hit if ever there was one, and one that I truly enjoyed.
70
WindowsLegendra
Alpha Protocol n'est pas beau, parfois buggé et se dote d'un gameplay excellent sur le papier qui n'arrive pas à passer l'épreuve du feu à cause, principalement, d'une IA déplorable. Malgré tout, une fois une partie terminée, on n'est pas soulagé d'en avoir fini, on n'envoie pas valdinguer la boîte du jeu en signe de victoire définitive, car la première chose que l'on pense à faire... c'est relancer une partie. Car derrière cette barrière de défauts se cache un vrai scenario évolutif, doublé d'un système de dialogue excellent, permettant d'être maître de son destin en permanence. Ajoutez à cela des personnages véritablement attachants, un humour souvent décapant et une diversité de tons et de thèmes abordés toujours bien rendue. Vous découvrirez alors une partie du grand jeu de rôle intelligent et stimulant que promettait Obsidian pour son premier projet véritablement couillu.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
But, if you're willing to put in the effort, it can steadily win you over. Obsidian can't really compete with the bigger boys in the RPG field, then, but it's carved out a little space to call its own. With ambition instead of budget, and integrity instead of polish, in the end the choice of whether to persevere or not is pretty easy to make.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
While its obvious Obsidian poured their hearts and souls into the game, especially its RPG elements, it would have benefited from more polish than passion. There's plenty of reason to recommend Alpha Protocol, but for many, its easy-target shortcomings will no doubt cast a dark shadow over its better ideas. Despite its flaws, I was won over by its varied gameplay, conspiracy-heavy, character-driven story, and engaging mix of action, stealth, and role-playing elements. It doesn't match Mass Effect 2's Game of the Year-like quality, but it does make me want to assassinate, neck-snap, interrogate, hack, zip-line, and globe-trot my way to its other possible endings.
70
Xbox 360Worth Playing
Alpha Protocol does one thing really well, and it may be the absolute best game in the genre for what it does. The fluid and engaging plot is designed in such a way that you can have completely different and surprising outcomes to a lot of plotlines. The writing is sometimes a bit unpolished but does the job, and while Michael Thorton can be a complete ass much of the time, there's something about him that is oddly likable. Unfortunately, aside from the one thing that it does really well, everything else in the game ranges from mediocre to broken. Almost all of the RPG mechanics are badly designed, the level design is linear and straightforward to a fault, the graphics are mediocre, and the voice acting ranges between good and awful.
70
Xbox 360HonestGamers
A wonderful RPG masquerading as a lousy action game. It left me desperate for a sequel, but even more desperate for it to be handled by someone who knows what they're doing.
70
PlayStation 3Impulse Gamer
At the end of the day, I dearly wanted to like Alpha Protocol, especially after some of the cool trailers and hype over the year. The game definitely needed more refining to smooth out the gameplay and how Thorton interacts with his environment, including some of the graphical issues. This review may sound a touch negative but it’s not all bad as the storyline is quite good and there are some great boss battles along the way and their choice system is pretty damn impressive.
70
PlayStation 3PlayStation Lifestyle
Alpha Protocol does have its flaws in almost every corner, with its frustrating mini-games to the way the game handles combat as well as pretty poor AI. However, this game is a fresh take and face on a new franchise which includes an involving storyline paired with a new twist on character interaction making Alpha Protocol a fairly enjoyable game. Obsidian Entertainment has succeeded in some aspects with blending a healthy dose of 3rd person action and complex RPG elements into one immersive and intriguing experience along with a high degree of freedom - something which should be experienced by anyone remotely interested in RPGs or stealth games.
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PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Denmark)
Overordnet havde jeg det dog sjovt med Alpha Protocol. Det er et ganske fint lille RPG, og især historien og de mange valgmuligheder gør sig positivt bemærket. Det er et godt spil, men jeg sidder tilbage med en følelse af, at det burde have været endnu bedre. På den måde lever det ikke op til mine forventninger, men jeg vil stadig mene at det er et bekendtskab værd. Og jeg skal helt sikkert grave nogle gamle savegames frem igen, for at se mere om, hvad der ellers kan ske, når jeg træffer nogle lidt andre valg, og redder nogle andre personer, for så godt er spillet.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.pt
Alpha Protocol embora seja um jogo interessante como história, peca por ser demasiado fora do tempo. Gráficos datados, jogabilidade presa e inconstante, pequenos erros de polimento final e muita coisa ainda por ser feita. Se colocarmos tudo isso de lado e assumirmos que o jogo tem esses erros e quisermos viver com eles, no final é um jogo gratificante.
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PlayStation 3GamingEvolution
Alpha Protocol is a 2010 release of Ubisoft’s 2007 release of Haze. While the game didn’t live up to the hype it was given, it does feature several next-generation elements that simply weren’t executed perfectly. While I’m able to overlook faults within the game if I like what I’m playing, many will see these same faults as a reason to avoid the game altogether. With no support for multiplayer at all, you really have to be fan for games like Mass Effect, while also open to invest time into a game that won’t win any awards for visual presentation. Alpha Protocol is a title that just didn’t have enough time and money put behind it for it to have all its ideas fleshed out fully. For those who have already purchased the game, I say stick with it to the end as it is worth the ride. For those who haven’t picked up the game, I recommend a rental only if you are both into shooters and RPGs as you may not enjoy the experience.
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Xbox 360games xtreme
Alpha Protocol is worth a buy if you’re a die-hard fan of the genre, it has some great ideas. However the bugs make it tricky to get into, which means: rent the game.
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Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Alpha Protocol suffers from a lack of focus and an insistence on eccentricities over basic, solid action. It's a core problem that winds up looming over almost every firefight or action situation. Even though the developers talked about Mass Effect's signature mix of third-person shooter action and RPG elements being the inspiration, the formula just wasn't applied properly here. Alpha Protocol can occasionally - even often - be lots of fun due to its unusual cast, and its innovative use of RPG systems under the surface will satisfyingly dictate the many outcomes the player can get, but ultimately it just doesn't work as a whole. Obsidian, I'm looking for you guys to redeem yourselves with Fallout: New Vegas. Make it happen so that all my kind and loving words over the years aren't for nothing.
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Xbox 360Play.tm
Alpha Protocol isn't a bad game, it just often happens to feel like one when you're playing it. There's a distinct impression that whenever Obsidian rolled up to a design crossroads during development they ended up invariably choosing the wrong path. Some bits are so bad I'd find myself pausing and seriously questioning why I was still playing, before realising that for all its many faults I was compelled to see it through to the end. Alpha Protocol is poorly designed and rough around the edges but it's also engrossing, charming and inventive.
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Xbox 360Game Vortex
If anything, Alpha Protocol is best left as a rental, but only if you're curious about the storytelling system.
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Xbox 360411mania.com
For all its promise, Alpha Protocol fails to live up to what it could have been. That's frustrating when you consider how much it gets right. The conversation pieces are the best parts, making you think of your actions in advance to get the best results. Seeing how people react to what you do, good and bad, is something few RPGs are able to do well and this manages to succeed. If the same care had gone into fixing the AI and streamlining combat, not to mention improve the visuals to the current generation, we would have had a truly terrific game. As it is, it's a noble effort that does entertain but for a full-price game, it ends up lacking. The mission isn't impossible but it's difficult to like it as you might have if it had just been improved a bit more.
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PlayStation 3Atomic Gamer
Alpha Protocol suffers from a lack of focus and an insistence on eccentricities over basic, solid action. It's a core problem that winds up looming over almost every firefight or action situation. Even though the developers talked about Mass Effect's signature mix of third-person shooter action and RPG elements being the inspiration, the formula just wasn't applied properly here. Alpha Protocol can occasionally - even often - be lots of fun due to its unusual cast, and its innovative use of RPG systems under the surface will satisfyingly dictate the many outcomes the player can get, but ultimately it just doesn't work as a whole. Obsidian, I'm looking for you guys to redeem yourselves with Fallout: New Vegas. Make it happen so that all my kind and loving words over the years aren't for nothing.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
If there’s one thing that is certain about Alpha Protocol, it’s that you’re going to have an opinion on it that at least one-third of gamers will disagree with. Ignore the RPG part and you might trade in the game after two hours; ignore the third-person shooter part and you might replay the game three times over. In short, it needs a sequel to get everything right. Look beyond its obvious faults and Alpha Protocol isn’t frustratingly bad, but frustratingly good; that is, if you care to look that hard.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
If there’s one thing that is certain about Alpha Protocol, it’s that you’re going to have an opinion on it that at least one-third of gamers will disagree with. Ignore the RPG part and you might trade in the game after two hours; ignore the third-person shooter part and you might replay the game three times over. In short, it needs a sequel to get everything right. Look beyond its obvious faults and Alpha Protocol isn’t frustratingly bad, but frustratingly good; that is, if you care to look that hard.
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PlayStation 3PlayLipse.fr
Et c’est vraiment dommage car en passant outre ces défauts, on découvre une excellente expérience que l’on a envie de suivre jusqu’au bout, et même de recommencer. Tous les éléments pour faire un bon action/RPG sur l’espionnage sont là même si certains sont mal intégrés. Enfin, le soft reste jouable une fois que l’on s’accommode des défauts liés au gameplay, l’évolution est intéressante et on parvient même à s’amuser, surtout que le tout n’est pas des plus linéaires. Maintenant vous avez donc le choix : vous arrêter à l’enrobage et laisser passer une bonne expérience comme on n’en fait plus beaucoup, ou passer outre et découvrir un titre « beau intérieurement » avec notamment des dialogues de qualité ou encore l’approche infiltration qui est à préférer à l’action pure et dure.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Ultimately, however, Alpha Protocol is a game riddled with missed potential. Just like Agent Thorton, Alpha Protocol performs much better on paper than out in the field.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
With a history including games like Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2, the team at Obsidian Entertainment knows role-playing. Alpha Protocol isn’t necessarily a counter-point to that expertise; the RPG systems under the hood are solid. I just wish that I could experience them in the context of a compelling espionage adventure, not a last-gen third-person shooter.
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Xbox 360Gamer Limit
It could have been a lot worse, but for all its worth, the game simply doesn't deliver enough of an experience to keep the player wanting more. A dull experience rife with technical flaws and badly-combined mechanics.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
If you can look past the negatives, 'Alpha Protocol' has some intrigue that will pull you in, and quite possibly interesting enough to play through twice. However, that is only if you can accept the lackluster mechanics, broken action sequences and dull production values. I'm not totally discounting 'Alpha Protocol.' It deserves an "A" for effort. However, as a buy or a rental, this one comes down to a cautious rental.
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Xbox 360Entertainment Depot, The
Alpha Protocol isn’t going to do much for many people, but for a few out there, it will offer a truly unique experience. How much you get out of it will depend on which aspect your interests lie. If you’re going in for the stealth and combat, then you would be better served with other titles; however, if you’re going in more to play in a world full of dynamic relationships and interesting plot twists, then you’ve found your title. Even then, however, you’re going to need to be a patient person – its problems are as frustrating as they are heartbreaking.

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Xbox 360RealGamer
As a pure role-playing game, for me Alpha Protocol doesn’t really cut it. Despite some good elements it seems too structured and restrictive, especially when compared to other RPG’s - a key fact which may put many role-playing fans off. Alpha Protocol maybe a role-playing game in name, but for me it felt far to much like an average third person shooter.
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Xbox 360GamingExcellence
All of this comes together into a generally underwhelming package. Alpha Protocol could have been a really good game, easily on par with Mass Effect, but it fails in almost every way. Even the simplest of aspects to the game are pretty badly flawed and it's pretty inexcusable. This is a game that was supposed to release in October of last year and then had a six month delay at the last minute to be bettered up. If this is the finished product it definitely makes one wonder what the extra time was spent doing since this is just a fairly bland product.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Ultimately, however, Alpha Protocol is a game riddled with missed potential. Just like Agent Thorton, Alpha Protocol performs much better on paper than out in the field.
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PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
'Alpha Protocol – The Espionage RPG’ might need some personal, psychological help. It is obvious that we are dealing with a classic case of a split personality. In one hand, you have an interesting role-playing game with some innovative and standout features, and in the other you have a broken action game that seems light years behind the competition. ‘Alpha Protocol’ sure makes it hard to enjoy, and the second you start to capture a vibe, it breaks. If you can look past the negatives, ‘Alpha Protocol’ has some intrigue that will pull you in, and quite possibly interesting enough to play through twice. However, that is only if you can accept the lackluster mechanics, broken action sequences and dull production values. I'm not totally discounting 'Alpha Protocol.' It deserves an "A" for effort. However, as a buy or a rental, this one comes down to a cautious rental.
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PlayStation 3Strategy Informer
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. Each glimmer of hope that you see through the cracked venir of graphical glitches and all to regular system crashes will spur you to play your way through the game and maybe even try it again to explore some alternative character choices. Still, you will be haunted all the way by the game that could have been had Obsidian been given more time.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Alpha Protocol is not a terrible game by any stretch of the imagination. Instead it is a collection of truly next-generation ideas wrapped in a last generation package. It is hard to ignore all the faults and technical hiccups the game brings with it, even if the dialogue system is truly revolutionary. If you know what you are getting into before taking the plunge the game definitely can satisfy your number crunching RPG need. Everything is based on stats and dice rolls, and as mentioned the branching story and interactive dialogue truly is amazing to see pan out. Alpha Protocol is a game with fantastic ideas that simply falls victim to the staples of poor game design and shoddy production values.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
With a history including games like Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2, the team at Obsidian Entertainment knows role-playing. Alpha Protocol isn’t necessarily a counter-point to that expertise; the RPG systems under the hood are solid. I just wish that I could experience them in the context of a compelling espionage adventure, not a last-gen third-person shooter.
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PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
All of this comes together into a generally underwhelming package. Alpha Protocol could have been a really good game, easily on par with Mass Effect, but it fails in almost every way. Even the simplest of aspects to the game are pretty badly flawed and it's pretty inexcusable. This is a game that was supposed to release in October of last year and then had a six month delay at the last minute to be bettered up. If this is the finished product it definitely makes one wonder what the extra time was spent doing since this is just a fairly bland product.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Le problème d'un RPG/Action, c'est précisément d'arriver à mélanger deux genres qui n'ont pas grand-chose en commun. Or, Alpha Protocol est en rupture constante, d'un côté on trouve une progression dans laquelle le joueur est habilement impliqué, effectuant des choix souvent décisifs, de l'autre un gameplay qui n'arrive pas à s'adapter à différentes approches et se montre donc bancal, frustrant, bâtard, dans lequel on ne sait jamais sur quel pied danser et qui souffre d'écueils déplorables. Dommage, car avec un équilibrage de meilleure qualité et des finitions plus soignées, les aspects purement RPG d'Alpha Protocol auraient pu donner tout leur potentiel en impactant efficacement les mécaniques de jeu.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Le problème d'un RPG/Action, c'est précisément d'arriver à mélanger deux genres qui n'ont pas grand-chose en commun. Or, Alpha Protocol est en rupture constante, d'un côté on trouve une progression dans laquelle le joueur est habilement impliqué, effectuant des choix souvent décisifs, de l'autre un gameplay qui n'arrive pas à s'adapter à différentes approches et se montre donc bancal, frustrant, bâtard, dans lequel on ne sait jamais sur quel pied danser et qui souffre d'écueils déplorables. Dommage, car avec un équilibrage de meilleure qualité et des finitions plus soignées, les aspects purement RPG d'Alpha Protocol auraient pu donner tout leur potentiel en impactant efficacement les mécaniques de jeu.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Le problème d'un RPG/Action, c'est précisément d'arriver à mélanger deux genres qui n'ont pas grand-chose en commun. Or, Alpha Protocol est en rupture constante, d'un côté on trouve une progression dans laquelle le joueur est habilement impliqué, effectuant des choix souvent décisifs, de l'autre un gameplay qui n'arrive pas à s'adapter à différentes approches et se montre donc bancal, frustrant, bâtard, dans lequel on ne sait jamais sur quel pied danser et qui souffre d'écueils déplorables. Dommage, car avec un équilibrage de meilleure qualité et des finitions plus soignées, les aspects purement RPG d'Alpha Protocol auraient pu donner tout leur potentiel en impactant efficacement les mécaniques de jeu.
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
The days when you could forgive RPGs of being deficient when it comes to gameplay are long past. Alpha Protocol's minute-to-minute action should have been on par with the traditional RPG stuff, but it's nowhere near close. It's hard to recommend it to any but the most patient. If you've got a high threshold of tolerance for busted gameplay, the extracurricular stuff can redeem the experience. But that's a big if.
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
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.
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Xbox 360IGN
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. But Obsidian fumbled this one, badly in spots. A more rounded cast of characters could have helped out immensely because it's difficult to build up any emotional investment with the stereotypical personalities wrapped up in this twisting tale of conspiracy and global domination. Imbalanced skills, glitches, dim-witted enemies, and repetitive encounters further undercut the entertainment, making Alpha Protocol a game you can safely pass by.
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PlayStation 3PSFocus
Helaas bevat Alpha Protocol te veel minpunten om een goede voldoende te scoren. Het enige dat ons weerhoud om deze game een onvoldoende te geven, is dat het je toch weet te vermaken en het je per gamesessie enkele uren weet zoet te houden. Het is de eerste game in zijn genre en wat ons betreft mogen er best meer games met dit thema gemaakt worden. Het combineren van spionnenwerk, actie en RPG-elementen weet te vermaken, maar helaas is de afwerking en kwaliteit toch ondermaats. Het vele malen uitstellen van Alpha Protocol is de game niet ten goede gekomen, maar hopelijk zal men ooit een vervolg maken waarin alle minpunten zijn weggewerkt.
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PlayStation 3IGN
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. But Obsidian fumbled this one, badly in spots. A more rounded cast of characters could have helped out immensely because it's difficult to build up any emotional investment with the stereotypical personalities wrapped up in this twisting tale of conspiracy and global domination. Imbalanced skills, glitches, dim-witted enemies, and repetitive encounters further undercut the entertainment, making Alpha Protocol a game you can safely pass by.
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Xbox 360SegaFan.com
En resumen, Alpha Protocol es una clarísima oportunidad desperdiciada, demasiados errores de diseño lastran todo el producto, pero no lo hacen injugable, aunque si molesto. Recomendable para los aficionados a la ambientación de espionaje y a los que busquen algo realmente distinto en la mezcla de juegos de rol y acción.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een interessant maar mislukt experiment: Alpha Protocol laat je met een leeg gevoel achter en is Obsidians grootste miskleun.
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WindowsFactornews
Peut-être qu'avec un tripotée de patchs non-officiel, Alpha Protocol finira par être débuggué. Mais il faudra aussi patcher le gameplay. Et pourtant le dernier titre d'Obsidian parvient à être attachant et mise tout sur la narration. C'est un beau gâchis.
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Xbox 360@Gamer
Ultimately, Alpha Protocol is too ambitious for its own good. While it succeeds in some areas, it misses the mark in others. If you're tolerant enough to endure a repetitive mission structure and so-so shooting, the absorbing story and memorable characters are enough to satisfy the espionage-obsessed.
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Windows@Gamer
Ultimately, Alpha Protocol is too ambitious for its own good. While it succeeds in some areas, it misses the mark in others. If you're tolerant enough to endure a repetitive mission structure and so-so shooting, the absorbing story and memorable characters are enough to satisfy the espionage-obsessed.
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PlayStation 3@Gamer
Ultimately, Alpha Protocol is too ambitious for its own good. While it succeeds in some areas, it misses the mark in others. If you're tolerant enough to endure a repetitive mission structure and so-so shooting, the absorbing story and memorable characters are enough to satisfy the espionage-obsessed.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
On paper, Alpha Protocol sounds incredibly alluring, combining the best elements of the role-playing and action genres with a refreshing concept. In executing that concept, however, the game falls apart at the seams. Ignoring the dialogue system, Obsidian's latest plays like a substandard third-person shooter. Despite its myriad of shortcomings there's a moderate amount of fun to be had with Alpha Protocol. It's a game that's more enjoyable than it probably should be, a game that's better than the sum of its parts. There's a lot of potential hiding under the flawed shell, and although Obsidian has failed to coax it out this time around, I hope somebody does the concept justice in the future.
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Xbox 360Giant Bomb
If you decide to play Alpha Protocol, just know that your main enemies over the course of its 15-or-so hours will be its collection of misery-inducing technical issues and the clash between its action and role-playing elements. There are parts of Alpha Protocol that I feel are totally amazing and absolutely worth seeing, but you'll have to trudge through a lot of very disappointing stuff just to see it.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
I hope we get to see Alpha Protocol 2 because, hopefully, they will have all of the bugs ironed out for it. This could turn out to be a great series if it was given the proper attention and care by both publisher and developer. As it stands right now though I can’t really recommend that anyone buy this game. Wait a couple of months until the price drops and then try it out if you are still curious. If you don’t want to wait that long you could always rent it to see what you think about Alpha Protocol. There are some really good things about this game. Unfortunately they are marred by other aspects of the game which are a technical mess.
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Xbox 360D+PAD Magazine
What Obsidian has crafted is a decent first attempt that shamelessly borrows elements from some heavy-hitting titles in an attempt to make them its own. While we refrain from using the term ‘unique’ in any capacity, somehow the result feels fresh enough to warrant at least a single playthrough.
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Xbox 360Console Obsession
As an RPG, Alpha Protocol does a respectable job, and its most considerable strength is undoubtedly its open narrative, but, when it comes to the action side, things begin to falter slightly, ultimately leaving Obsidian’s game as a likeable but deeply flawed hybrid of a game that is worth – be it via a reduced price or through a rental – a look, but one that really is crying out for a sequel that could refine the mechanics and better reach the potential of an espionage RPG.
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Xbox 360XBox Evolved
Alpha Protocol manages to provide a fairly captivating web of intrigue while attempting to provide players with real choices and repercussions. Amid it all, the game wants to provide a strong crossover of RPG elements, which meet an action shooter somewhere in the middle, while catering to a variety of play styles. The game tries, but it fails more often than it accomplishes. It doesn't help that the experience is ultimately tarnished by a number of bugs, poor presentation, laughable A.I. opponents, silly plot developments, and a terribly imbalanced stat system.
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Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
I had high expectations for Alpha Protocol and really hoped it was going to be a blockbuster but with my objective reviewer hat firmly in place, I just cannot ignore the game many faults. I believe this opinion would be shared by the majority of gamers; however, Alpha Protocol is an original RPG that makes a refreshing and welcomed departure from Science Fiction and Fantasy settings. Alpha Protocol does many things right and succeeds where it count for an RPG but falls short elsewhere. I hope for the sake of future RPGs that Alpha Protocol is successful enough to warrant a sequel and that Obsidian learn from their mistakes and build on what could be a great franchise. If you are a hard core fan of RPGs you could conservatively add another 10 points to the final score but for the average gamer I would recommend to try before you buy.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk
It’s frustrating to see a game with such an amazing story and intricate level of decisions that affect the outcome of relationships to be hampered by poor gameplay, a lacking graphical engine and clichéd characters. The main campaign roughly takes 14 to 18 hours, dependent on the amount of time you spend scouring the levels for intel. I would recommend renting it first to see if the story is enough to capture your attention, despite the rest of the problems in the game.
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
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.
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PlayStation 3D+PAD Magazine
While we refrain from using the term ‘unique’ in any capacity, somehow the result feels fresh enough to warrant at least a single playthrough. The tutorial is cack-handed and off-putting, motivations can be tough to follow and the shooting is some of the worst we’ve seen in recent times until sufficiently levelled-up. On the basis of such hefty criticism based on so many development mistakes, Alpha Protocol may sound like a title to avoid, yet there’s something about it – be it in the pacing of the middle stages or in the tale itself, which escalates as choices made begin to unravel – that results in a troubled experience positively bursting with sequel potential. Flawed yet fun, Alpha Protocol is a choice-based shooter with enough appeal for the story-driven gamer. Everyone else should choose to rent, even if it’s just to watch Thorton mince.
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PlayStation 3Gamer.nl
Alpha Protocol doet op het eerste gezicht meer fout dan goed, met knullige animaties en een verouderd uiterlijk. Later laat het ook zijn betere kanten zien, zoals de sterke personages en de interessante mogelijkheden tot het ontwikkelen van je eigen personage. Toch laat de game teveel steken vallen om de fouten door de vingers te zien.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
On paper, Alpha Protocol sounds incredibly alluring, combining the best elements of the role-playing and action genres with a refreshing concept. In executing that concept, however, the game falls apart at the seams. Ignoring the dialogue system, Obsidian's latest plays like a substandard third-person shooter. Despite its myriad of shortcomings there's a moderate amount of fun to be had with Alpha Protocol. It's a game that's more enjoyable than it probably should be, a game that's better than the sum of its parts. There's a lot of potential hiding under the flawed shell, and although Obsidian has failed to coax it out this time around, I hope somebody does the concept justice in the future.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.it
Se speravate che Alpha Protocol potesse rivelarsi una variante contemporanea e incentrata sullo spionaggio dello splendido Mass Effect, sfortunatamente dovrete scontrarvi con il muro della delusione, visto che i numerosi problemi del titolo Obsidian rendono il gioco adatto unicamente per gli appassionati irriducibili.
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PlayStation 3Giant Bomb
If you decide to play Alpha Protocol, just know that your main enemies over the course of its 15-or-so hours will be its collection of misery-inducing technical issues and the clash between its action and role-playing elements. There are parts of Alpha Protocol that I feel are totally amazing and absolutely worth seeing, but you'll have to trudge through a lot of very disappointing stuff just to see it.
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PlayStation 3PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Ultimately, Alpha Protocol is a title suffering from so many quality control issues that it's remarkable that it made it onto shelves in such an unpolished state. But beneath the glitches and somewhat bland gameplay lies a spy tale which makes us wonder if Tom Clancy is on Obsidian's payroll as it weaves a tale of international espionage at its finest; full of double-crosses, cheesy Europeans and more intrigue than you can poke a stick at - with a side helping of plot cliche for emphasis. Alpha Protocol is a commendable attempt at story-driven, role-playing action which sadly doesn't live up to its promise, leaving many of us to wonder at what it could have been with a little more polish.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Alpha Protocol's ambitions are commendable, and if you're a role-playing fanatic, you'll enjoy investigating its intricacies. It's unfortunate that its various ingredients are so undercooked. The flaky cover system, the mediocre production values, the fundamental blemishes gone unchecked--these elements add up quickly and drag the experience down. The elaborate storytelling and character progression are impressive. It's too bad that the gawky, glitchy gameplay can't rise to the same standard.
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WindowsGameSpot
Alpha Protocol's ambitions are commendable, and if you're a role-playing fanatic, you'll enjoy investigating its intricacies. It's unfortunate that its various ingredients are so undercooked. The flaky cover system, the mediocre production values, the fundamental blemishes gone unchecked--these elements add up quickly and drag the experience down. The elaborate storytelling and character progression are impressive. It's too bad that the gawky, glitchy gameplay can't rise to the same standard.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Alpha Protocol's ambitions are commendable, and if you're a role-playing fanatic, you'll enjoy investigating its intricacies. It's unfortunate that its various ingredients are so undercooked. The flaky cover system, the mediocre production values, the fundamental blemishes gone unchecked--these elements add up quickly and drag the experience down. The elaborate storytelling and character progression are impressive. It's too bad that the gawky, glitchy gameplay can't rise to the same standard.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Alpha Protocol has a brilliant concept, but the lack of polish and generally poor execution of basic gameplay mechanics keeps it from reaching it's real potential.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
But hey, it works out well. It’s really a blessing because it’s the only thing that kept me playing for a while. Eventually, though, all the severe problems began to pile up and infect most every movement I made. Nothing seems catastrophically bad but at the same time, nothing seems right, either. This game feels and looks very, very outdated and anyone who plays it will recall many games that did something better; we’ve seen far better role-playing, action, and stealth mechanics and in all honesty, I doubt this game would’ve been considered anything special even four or five years ago. We’ve already heard bad things about the development process and in the end, this is one project that should’ve been nixed. I just can’t figure out why someone somewhere didn’t stand up and say this would bomb…I mean, it’s painfully obvious. I just don’t get it.
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
Few compliments aside, there's not much I can find in this game that warrants a recommendation. In fact, I advise you to avoid it all together. The only reason why I've completed it, is because I enjoyed taking various paths through an intriguing narrative, simultaneously shaping my own plot. Otherwise, the whole thing is a major downer, with flawed combat, dreadful AI and bugs of all sorts. It's a technical shambles, overshadowing an excellent concept pathetically executed.
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Xbox 360GameZone
If Obsidian Entertainment truly was attempting to create a spoof, then they should have taken the ball and ran with it. With unexplainable duffel bags of money and dossier information lying about levels, Alpha Protocol could have been a hilarious title to enjoy from beginning till end. The list of technical issues plagued the title right from the on-start and continued until the ugly ending. Whether it was one enemy mysteriously multiplying into three enemies before my eyes (maybe he was Marvel’s Multiple Man?) or enemies running in circles around platforms for no good reason besides chasing their own tail, Alpha Protocol is a good lesson of how not to create a video game. I laughed, I cried, but with Alpha Protocol, I didn’t have a good ole’ time.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
So yeah, the game has issues, maybe more so than it has positive points to speak of. It's a real shame though, because the positive aspects of Alpha Protocol are quite cool, and really rival the stuff that Bethesda or Bioware have been doing in similar aspects. If the gameplay could match the quality of the plot or dialogue options then you'd have a real winner here, but as it stands Alpha Protocol isn't a title I'd want to revisit anytime soon.
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PlayStation 3Console Monster
Alpha Protocol is a series of highs mixed in with too many lows – it’s a bit like snorting cocaine; sensational until the comedown and the septum wears away. When it's working it’s brilliant fun, making you feel like a spy, the rest of the time is an exercise in either manic depression or frustration. There are certainly hints at the end of the game for a sequel. Perhaps if there is, Obsidian Entertainment can fix the many problems with the game design; if they can achieve this, then Alpha Protocol 2 could be a killer game. As it stands, there are far too many issues with the current title that destroy much of the enjoyment on offer. There is rough diamond hiding here with lots of interesting ideas and had it been buffed a little more it could have been a corker, but it's just not enough. Ultimately this is a very infuriating game.
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PlayStation 3XGN
Hoewel Alpha Protocol zeker potentie had, mist het aan afwerking. Er is gewoon te weinig aandacht aan de details besteed. Zo loopt je personage erg houterig en is de AI erg matig te noemen. Ook zul je met grote regelmaat vervelende bugs tegen het lijf lopen. De verhaallijn is wel erg goed uitgewerkt en ook heb je de mogelijkheid om het verhaal op tal van punten te beïnvloeden met je keuzes. Al met al is Alpha Protocol een tegenvallende titel geworden, die je met wat overweging uit de budgetbak zou kunnen plukken.
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PlayStation 3The A.V. Club
Protocol flops hardest in its action sequences. The convoluted controls never feel natural; even switching guns is a clumsy chore. The camera pushes in too close, limiting your vision. And the behavior of your bumbling enemies can hardly be called “artificial intelligence.” The game complements their Keystone Kops hijinks with hilarious graphical glitches, like Day-Glo madness glittering across the hero’s torso, or an entire mansion wing disappearing altogether. Moments like these—not the less-frequent flashes of ingenuity—define the tone of Alpha Protocol, a game daunted by its potential and resigned to falling short.
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Xbox 360Gamervision
It’s rare that a developer can so perfectly nail one aspect of a game while completely failing at so many others, but that’s the case here. It’s as if the RPG elements and dialogue system were developed by a respectable studio under a normal development cycle, and the core gameplay was slapped together over a weekend by unpaid interns. I would love to be able to recommend that people at least try the game out, only to see the dialogue system in action, but with so many elements of the title so fatally flawed, I simply can’t. So far, it’s the biggest disappointment of 2010 for me, and it’ll be tough for any other game this year to surpass it.
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Xbox 360Gaming Target
There's much more worth mentioning here - the lobotomized AI, the nonexistent collision detection, the bare-minimum sound design, and cliché characterizations - that make Alpha Protocol feel like a four-year old game. Not even a bug-free release or patches to help make it more playable would save it. If that were so, and the asking price was thirty dollars, I feel I could recommend the game. Sadly, this isn't the case, and there are so many games under sixty dollars that succeed where Alpha Protocol failed - GTA IV, Mass Effect 2, Mercenaries 2, and Splinter Cell to name a few. The developer couldn't finish it; in fact, it doesn't even seem like they played it. Why should you?
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PlayStation 3Gaming Target
There's much more worth mentioning here - the lobotomized AI, the nonexistent collision detection, the bare-minimum sound design, and cliché characterizations - that make Alpha Protocol feel like a four-year old game. Not even a bug-free release or patches to help make it more playable would save it. If that were so, and the asking price was thirty dollars, I feel I could recommend the game. Sadly, this isn't the case, and there are so many games under sixty dollars that succeed where Alpha Protocol failed - GTA IV, Mass Effect 2, Mercenaries 2, and Splinter Cell to name a few. The developer couldn't finish it; in fact, it doesn't even seem like they played it. Why should you?
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
How on earth did she creep back into the plot, and as a supposed ally? No explanation was given. Then again, no explanation is needed. It’s just one of the many baffling elements of a game that tried - and failed – at doing too much.
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WindowsCheat Happens
Every time Alpha Protocol begins to gain any momentum it shoots itself in the foot with another weird glitch or gameplay shortcut. With all of its aspirations, Sega and Obsidian’s espionage adventure title could have been something special, but instead it’s a broken and frustrating experience that feels like a broken promise.
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Xbox 360Mygamer.com
Alpha Protocol sounds like a great game that has it all – the combination of a high action stealth adventure but with the level progression and dialog options of an RPG. However, just about everything about this game screams “rush job” even though it was in development for quite sometime and experienced numerous delays. Simply put, the entire game is one huge mess that is caked with technical problems which makes the game boarderline unplayable and definitely not entertaining.
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Xbox 360GamersHell.com
From a critical standpoint, I find myself returning to the aforementioned essay test allusion in so much as Alpha Protocol gets points from having its name on the box and some sort of data on the disc. The dialogue sequences may shift seamlessly as you make your choices, leading to somewhat different outcomes (one faction may ally with you while another becomes your adversary, and vice versa), but any skillful design qualities are muddled beneath a slog of shortcomings too many to list and too exasperating to warrant a suggestion of try-it-for-yourself.
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PlayStation 3Kombo.com
AP has the appearance of a high budget, high quality title but fails in execution from being toppled over with the weight of what it tried to accomplish. Ideas were stacked on ideas without any real care to finish or remotely polish anything. The game is a RPG but that can't excuse it for featuring poor shooting mechanics since it was obviously an area of gameplay the developers wanted to include. Something went horribly and drastically wrong during the development of AP because all that is left over now the game is complete are a bunch of unfinished ideas that had potential but were squashed under mountains of technical deficiencies that make it hard to pick out the good parts.
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Xbox 360GameGavel.com
It’s got so much potential that it is almost a great game based simply on how many things it tries to pull off, but that same ambition is it’s own detriment. The game’s supports buckle under the weight of it’s own ideas, and at the end of the day, this title is crushed by it’s own inability to bring ambition to the point of fruition. It also seriously takes Mass Effect’s previous reigning crown of “Blurriest Game of All Time” on Xbox 360. But in case you needed that in one sentence… I want a sequel.
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PlayStation 3GameGavel.com
It’s got so much potential that it is almost a great game based simply on how many things it tries to pull off, but that same ambition is it’s own detriment. The game’s supports buckle under the weight of it’s own ideas, and at the end of the day, this title is crushed by it’s own inability to bring ambition to the point of fruition. And in case you needed that in one sentence… I want a sequel.
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WindowsGameGavel.com
It’s got so much potential that it is almost a great game based simply on how many things it tries to pull off, but that same ambition is it’s own detriment. The game’s supports buckle under the weight of it’s own ideas, and at the end of the day, this title is crushed by it’s own inability to bring ambition to the point of fruition. The PC version of this game is plagued with even more glitches (as if that were possible) and is at times almost unplayable because of a severe camera glitch. This glitch can only be corrected by buying an Xbox 360 controller for Windows, but otherwise, it can make the game almost impossible to finish. But in case you needed that in one sentence… I want a sequel.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
I could go on like this for quite a while, if I thought it necessary. Alpha Protocol fails on multiple levels, from its completely inappropriate boss fights down to its absurd Looney Toons-style stealth creep. Nothing about this game suggests its makers have any acquaintance with sound design principles or even quality control. Flawed in its conception, impoverished in its design, and thoroughly inept in its execution, Alpha Protocol is an unmitigated disaster.
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WindowsGaming since 198x
Bref, c'est vraiment un jeu de merde. Les quelques éléments intéressants sont perdus dans une masse de bugs et de mauvais choix. Le jeu n'arrive pas à se décider s'il veut être un jeu d'infiltration, un jeu d'action ou un RPG et il en ressort un gameplay déséquilibré et horriblement frustrant. Au moins, le jeu porte bien son nom. Il n'a jamais dû passer en Beta parce que je ne vois pas comment certains détails ont pu passer à côté des testeurs. Si vous trouvez une copie du jeu, soyez écologique, recyclez le disque en dessous de verre.
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Xbox 360Gaming since 198x
Bref, c'est vraiment un jeu de merde. Les quelques éléments intéressants sont perdus dans une masse de bugs et de mauvais choix. Le jeu n'arrive pas à se décider s'il veut être un jeu d'infiltration, un jeu d'action ou un RPG et il en ressort un gameplay déséquilibré et horriblement frustrant. Au moins, le jeu porte bien son nom. Il n'a jamais dû passer en Beta parce que je ne vois pas comment certains détails ont pu passer à côté des testeurs. Si vous trouvez une copie du jeu, soyez écologique, recyclez le disque en dessous de verre.