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June 22nd, 2010, 18:56
A few sites more have reviewed Obsidian's spy-rpg, Alpha Protocol. The Adreneline Vault gives it a 2/5 and here's an excerpt:
Unfortunately, Alpha Protocol feels like an extension of what Obsidian has been doing all along. In my intro, I mentioned that they have garnered fame stepping in to handle many sophomore outings. Thatís what this game feels like Ė a shadow copy of better games Ė most specifically Mass Effect. The cinematic approach to the narrative mimics Mass Effectís radial dialogue choices but the key difference is that Mass Effect tells a densely plotted, compelling tale where the narrative in Alpha Protocol is all over the map. A good story is key to a great role playing experience. Without it, thereís no real reason to invest in all the grinding required to build your character. Unfortunately, Obsidian steps into a fertile landscape and then simply decorates it in cliché Ė never bringing anything new or unique to their retelling.
Computer Games Romania is more positive with 83/100 - here's a snop from the beginning:
And in some ways, Alpha Protocol is way more of an important RPG than Knights of the Old Republic II or Neverwinter Nights 2 were in their day. For the latter they only had to carry on the torch, already having a solid base to work on. But this time, Chris Avellone and co went 100% on their own Ė new setting, new characters, design decisions and so on. If something didnít appeal to the players, they couldnít go ďUhm, you know, itís because of George Lucas / Wizards of the Coast. We would have done it if we could haveĒ. This time, they pretty much had full discretion to create an RPG as they saw fit.
Even though some will say otherwise, I firmly believe that RPG will remain (probably forever) niche games. Iím talking here about true RPGs, not any title where you have some experience points and abilities and bang, itís an {insert genre here}/RPG. Truth be told, itís Dungeons & Dragonsí fault that we, gamers, are classically viewed as geeks rolling dices in basements.
The rest of the review is a pretty interesting read that deals with the game in-depth.
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