Alpha Protocol didn't quite manage to set the critical world on fire- and SEGA's sales figures suggest that it isn't exactly flying off the shelves. However, it's actually quite a brave stab at a new kind of RPG... and whilst a few major flaws let it down, it's still probably worth a look if you're between triple-A titles. Play.com have now lowered their price to £14.99, which will save you just under £2 compared to ShopTo.
Alpha Protocol attempts to provide a game experience that sits somewhere between James Bond and Mass Effect- and in many ways, it succeeds. Whilst many critics brandish accusing fingers at the limp and flaccid gunplay, this actually forces you to use stealth, guile and the shadows to kill your enemies and fulfil your mission objectives. Having said that, being unable to drop targets at point blank range with a shotgun is a little disconcerting. Mass Effect 2 this ain’t.
As well as satisfying stealth, Alpha Protocol's conversation mechanics are absolutely fantastic. The order, depth and manner in which you talk to the myriad characters affect both the story, it's delivery and the gameplay experience itself. It's good to talk... and the dynamic system ensures that no playthroughs are quite the same.
Unfortunately the weak gunplay, some seriously patchy graphics and a slew of bugs stop Alpha Protocol from fulfilling its potential. Why not take a sneaky look at Brendan's full review to get the full picture?