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Alpha Protocol (PS3)
Alpha Protocol is an "Espionage RPG" built on what resembles - but surprisingly isn't - the Mass Effect engine. Whilst it might give PC and Xbox 360 gamers a distinct sense of déjà vu, it's something of a first for our PS3 brethren.
The Story: It’s always refreshing to have an RPG that isn’t a fantasy frolic or a space opera. Alpha Protocol’s story is fantastic and features a great, varied cast.
Trim: The game is focussed, with no pointless sidequests or collectibles thrown in just to fill time.
Controls: In the minigames, in particular, Obsidian has expertly played to the strengths of the controller – like with using the spring-loaded triggers to give lockpicking a more visceral feel.
Choice: You’ll often find yourself wondering if you made the ‘right’ decision. It's likely that all these roads lead more-or-less to Rome, but there’s still a palpable tension involved in much of the decision making.
Viagra: Boss battles here, as in many games, seem to only serve the purpose of making the game longer and harder without adding any real content. Their immersiveness relies solely on the game's setting, and Alpha Protocol’s quasi-realism doesn't help in this regard.
Glitches: Reloading a checkpoint resurrecting every bad guy on a level, a guard sliding into a computer desk and becoming invincible, etcetera, etcetera. Minor issues, but it's all evidence pointing to a severe…
Lack of Polish: It’s a sad trend with Obsidian games – they weave compelling stories but always seem to fall short in the QA department. Sadly, Alpha Protocol is no exception.
Alpha Protocol is many different shades of grey, much like the world of espionage it seeks to emulate. If you’re able to look past the game’s many, but small, foibles you'll find an RPG well worth playing.
Reviewed by: Corey White
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