Developer: Obsidian Entertainment (NWN2: Mask of The Betrayer, Knights of The Old Republic 2, Fallout New Vegas)
Genre: Action RPG
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, & Playstation 3
Release Date: |EU May 28th| NA June 1st|
Rating:|NA M 18+|Pegi 18+|
Available via Digital Distribution and Retail
The Modern Day Espionage RPG
"In 2010, a commercial passenger airliner crashes in Eastern Europe, killing all on board the craft. The cause of accident is soon made evident: It was shot down by a surface-to-air missile of American origin. International tensions soar to a breaking point, yet the U.S. government claims no involvement with the crash. Desperate to prevent a global conflict and to investigate the attack, the U.S. government turns to its Central Intelligence Agency to handle the matter with the utmost secrecy. Calling upon rookie field agent Michael Thorton*, they place him undercover in "alpha protocol" status. A classification usually intended for more tenured agents, Alpha Protocol places the agent in a state of unaffiliation with any government or organization, in order to prevent association if the agent is captured by enemy combatants."
*Yes the main character is customizable
Alpha Protocol is played from a third-person perspective, allowing the player to see Thorton and his surroundings at all times. As Thorton is a trained CIA operative, the tools at the player's disposal include numerous firearms, hand to hand combat using Kenpo, and spy gadgets.
Conversations occur in real-time, giving the player a limited amount of time to respond at key "decision points" during dialogue. The dialog system in the game - known as the "DSS" or Dialogue Stance system - allows the player to choose from three different attitudes, or "stances," when speaking to an NPC. Modeled loosely off of the holy trinity of J.B's; Jason Bourne (Professional), Jack Bauer (Aggressive) and James Bond (Suave).
AP also uses a "hub" system in between missions where you can gather intel and prep for the next mission of your choosing. Not all missions will be critical to progressing the story but will affect the way other missions play out or change the way characters you come across will interact with you.
MUST SEE PAX Panel, "But Thou Must." If you watch only one video, it needs to be this.
A Man Alone Trailer
Small World Trailer
Michael is a lover, not a fighter!
GT Walkthrough of the Dialog Stance System.
"When players pre-order Alpha Protocol at Best Buy they will guarantee that their copy will have the code to download the exclusive "Stealth Weapons Pack." This pack contains the Hamilton Marksman High-Accuracy Pistol, the Samael Typhoon High Recoil Control SMG and a bonus arsenal of ammo and mines, all designed to make every agent's mission that much more fun â and deadly for anyone that gets in their way."
Gamestop has the assault pack:
Pre-ordering via steam nets you a free copy of Space Siege:
-- Bleh, the main character looks so generic. I'm used to charismatic protagonists like Sam Fisher and that dude from Gears of War!
-- LOL, is this a Wii game? I'm not a graphics whore but GoldenEye looks better than this crap. PC release? Well, that explains it.
-- Ugh, I don't like stupid dialogue in my shooters. Can I skip it? (That Russian chick looks totally hot though.)
-- According to my own thorough analysis, Alpha Protocol will bomb and is DOA. I know this because everybody on my friends list is playing either Red Dead Redemption or Alan Wake. Also, my buddy cleans the floor at GameStop, and he knows stuff, too!
-- Obsidian? Wasn't that an Elder Scrolls game?
RPG Gamer 4/5
-1080p 60fps 8xAA 16xAF, faster load times, and likely better detail/effects settings
-Mods and community patches
-Choice of controls
-Choice between convenient digital distribution platforms or retail release
-Option to play at desk, or at big comfy couch simply with an hdmi cable and either usb extension cables or wireless control devices.
EviLore said:Alpha Protocol's creative director is Chris Avellone. Avellone's credits in the video game industry include:
-Planescape: Torment, lead designer
-Fallout 2, designer of New Reno
-Knights of the Old Republic 2, lead designer
-Neverwinter Nights 2 and Mask of the Betrayer, senior designer
Every CRPG fan should be excited for this one.
Thanks to Sloane, Evilore & Subversus