SEGAs newest game puts you in the shoes of Michael Thorton, an American CIA agent who for some yet unknown reason gets betrayed on his last mission. Luckily a secret agency called Alpha Protocol exists and they make it possible to disappear from the Earth’s surface, find out the truth about what happened and in the meantime let you retrieve some missing nukes. We can’t tell more about the story yet as the amount of time we got to play was barely enough to uncover the tip of a giant ice berg. The full game is good for 20 to 30 hours of gaming, depending on the choices you make and the missions you accept.
Having conversations is typical for RPGs and so are the choices of classes for your character. However, the names this time differ from the classic prototypes with the powerful warrior now being a soldier, the mage being a tech specialist and the hunter being more focused on stealth work. They all have their own different stats divided over nine categories: Stealth, Pistols, Submachine Guns, Assault Rifles, Shotguns, Sabotage, technical knowledge, power and Martial Arts.With each new level your character reaches you get new points to divide and the more you specialise in one sector, the more extras you earn. This way investing in stealth for instance gives the possibility to walk more quietly while Sabotage gives better hacking skills. How you spend your points will also strongly affect the way of playing and especially on how loud (action) or quiet (stealth) you’ll work.
Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to discover more, but what we got to see was already a pleasant surprise. Especially the conversation system and the possible consequences of your actions are a nice touch and result in a large replayability. We did spot some downpoints in the version we got to play but then we were told that this version was already two months old and when we got to see a slightly newer (but still unfinished) version we already saw a huge improvement.Another aspect that made our confidence in this title grow is the fact that Obsidian aren’t rookies in the game scene with previous top titles like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights II. Hopefully the remaining issues will be solved upon release so we’ll soon be able to review yet another top title!