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Alpha Protocol – hands-on

The classes mirror those you’d find in a fantasy RPG – the Field class is like a thief, the Soldier is a warrior type and the Tech Specialist is akin to a mage. The best class is the Freelancer – a blank canvas where you’re given 31 Exp Points to play with, so you are able to create the kind of character you want.

Whatever your choices while assigning XP, using Perks and Skills and making dialogue choices, the game will react to them. We found this out in one of the first missions proper. A trip to a Moscow train station began with an ambush by a Russian agent called Sie. The familiar dialogue screen opened up and we soon discovered she likes her men to be aggressive, so picking speech paths that were antagonistic got us on her good side and she agreed to help with the mission. If we’d chosen different answers to her questions she would have attacked, meaning we’d need to take on the Russians on top of the terrorists we’d come to fight.

These decisions affect the whole game. Our new alliance with Sie will affect how other characters view us, as well as who appears in future missions and what will be facing us. For example, if we’d chosen to go to Taipei before Russia, then the contacts made there could have provided backup against Sie. Everything you do affects how missions are carried out and this then influences what happens at the end of the game.

The idea of ‘reactivity’ is what will push Alpha Protocol forward. You can’t replay missions or go back and talk to characters – once you’ve made your choices the game adjusts and pushes on. And yes, you can sauce-up female spies and get your Bond-on, so best make the right moves the first time around.

Aug 28, 2009

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17 comments

  • ayreon - May 28, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    What's the score, eh, GameSpot? Alpha protocol score at Gamespot LOOOL :) http://bit.ly/c3JcJR
  • ayreon - May 28, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    First video review has been out! (7.5/10) LOL, should be 9/10 at least! Fantastic story! http://bit.ly/bIhUQJ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yDhZYoWk2E
  • ayreon - May 27, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Offical Alpha Protocol review from Gladriel.com has been out! Video review is also coming in 24 hours! http://www.gladriel.com/reviewFull/content/1581/Alpha-Protocol-review/
  • DoUgHbOy0187 - October 23, 2009 4:13 a.m.

    this game got pushed back tell next YEAR
  • leaderdude - October 1, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    i have been hearing alot of rumors that alpha protocol has been pushed back but on the officail website it says comming out october but on gamestop my preorder says it isnt comming out till 2010 does any one know whats really happening?
  • effrijim - September 14, 2009 5:26 a.m.

    Bad news, the release date has been pushed back to 10/27/09.
  • Batman - September 2, 2009 midnight

    I have this pre ordered so I'm putting my faith in Obsidian .I really hope it turns out good.
  • Batman - September 1, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    @Mittenz: LOL It's so true.
  • Mittenz - August 31, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    @Liquidocelot32: Notice how nobody can NOT say first without mentioning how they're not going to say first. WHAT'S THE POINT? JUST DONT MENTION IT!
  • Selectedpayload - August 29, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    Totally gonna get my Bond-on. With everyone.
  • Liquidocleot32 - August 29, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    Notice how u can post a comment first without saying first
  • Batman - September 2, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    Now its fixed..but to not seem like I'm spamming which i am anyway sorry i better say something about the game, I love the fact that this game is gonna be pretty long and it should have great replay value
  • Batman - September 2, 2009 12:01 a.m.

    LOL wtf my above comment says i posted it 11 months ago when i just posted it like a minute ago.
  • FreekinIdiot - September 1, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    I must say i'm quite intrigued by this. i'm all for rpg's and the experience the games bring so a spy version seems like a breath of fresh air. I suppose it's still a little early to tell though, what does anyone else think? Excited by spy rpgs?
  • crumbdunky - August 31, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    Not sold on this one yet. Playing through Mass Effect again now to get a decent character to save(last one was trapped in a dead 360!)and don't see what AP will offer that ME doesn't already do either as well or better and with ME2 looking so good IDK if I'll end up getting this.
  • dweller - August 30, 2009 6 p.m.

    I'm interested in this but I'll wait for a review or a demo to persuade me. Obsidian have made some great games and some great games delving in mediocrity.
  • Liquidocleot32 - August 29, 2009 12:24 a.m.

    I'm unsure about this, I think it sounds like mass effect, but not in space, ill have to read the review before I buy it

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