Spy RPG, Stealth, Action
[PC], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Alpha Protocol is probably the first Spy RPG game, that gives you almost complete control over it's gameplay & story. It is one of the best
choice-based games I've ever played. The player is almost always given the choice to decide what they want to do next, and how they want to
proceed the story. The choice of conversation is vast, and can make modest to drastic changes to the story, or can increase or decrease your
reputation with the person you're talking with. The game even has multiple romance options, which are all great unlike other games. The
gameplay is flexible to user's likings, You can play it stealthily, or as a 3rd-person shooter, or a balance of both. Almost everything can be
adjusted to your liking.
9/10 The presentation is one of the best I've ever seen. The choice-based cutscenes are very well done, and the pacing & progress in the
story is pretty cool. The movie-like presentation, and your constant interaction in it keeps your interests up.
7/10 The graphics are honestly outdated, and aren't likely to impress anyone. The atmospheres are fine though. And the character designs &
facial animation are great, almost all the characters look nice and realistic, and match up with their personality. The main character "Mike
Thorton" is pretty cool, and the chicks in the game are all hot & pretty.
9/10 The Music department is pretty fine, the Theme Music & the BGMs are well-suited for the game's aroma, and the sound effects are pretty
decent too. The best part are the dialogues, they are excellent. The voice-actors have done a marvelous job. You can play the game multiple
times, without feeling the need to skip the dialogues.
8/10 As i said before, the gameplay is quite flexible, to the user's preferences. At the start of the game, you're given the option to choose
your specialty, If you wanna play stealthily, select Spy, if you wanna play Straight-up shooter, select Commando, if you wanna play Tactical
shooter, select Engineer. As you level up, you can invest your experience in the skills of any other fields, but you won't be able to master
the arts of the other fields. Unfortunately, the gameplay has some bugs & issues, and the Enemy AI is inconsistent, but these things really don't bother you much.
The game has some nice mini-games that you need to play in-order to pick locks, deactivate alarms, and hack into computers. The stealth & shooting mechanics
are pretty good, but since it's an RPG game, they're adjusted to suit the genre. Doing the missions, and dealing with different people and
situations awards you with money, which can be used to purchase stuff. There are loads of guns and armors to choose from, along with many cool
gadgets you can purchase and use. The skills & abilities in the games are pretty cool too, and depending on which field you chose, provide
their benefits and drawbacks.
9/10 The game is non-linear, and has multiple difficulty settings, along with the fact that it has multiple endings, and the choice-based
gameplay allows you to enjoy the game multiple times without getting bored. The best part is, that finishing the game the first time unlocks
the Veteran mode, which gives you loads of skill points at the beginning of the game, giving you an upper hand over the enemies, and also
unlocks an occasional additional "Veteran" conversation option.
This is easily one of the most underrated, and over-criticized games ever. The game has a pretty decent story, good gameplay, and a great
presentation, all it lacks is polish...