Alpha.Protocol.PAL.RF.XBOX360-iMARS

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May 25, 2010
  1. FAST6191
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    Backfill of all the latest releases should be coming up later (they were in the <a href="http://gbatemp.net/t228397-22nd-may-2010-xbox-360-releases" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/t228397-22nd-may-2010-xbox-360-releases</a> anyhow) but another big release hit, normally this would be the last big release before the Autumn/fall but this summer looks pretty good as far as such things go. A hands on/preview: <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2010/05/18/alpha-protocols-michael-thorton-goes-globetrotting-in-latest-tr/" target="_blank">http://www.joystiq.com/2010/05/18/alpha-pr...g-in-latest-tr/</a>

    For me while I have been more than happy to play most of the releases of late this is about the only one I personally have been waiting for.

    <b>Alpha.Protocol.PAL.RF.XBOX360-iMARS</b> short form "imars-apx"
    Region free.

    The developers (Obsidian entertainment) have previously worked on neverwinter nights 2 + expansions, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II and are doing the upcoming Fallout: New Vegas as well).


    Gamefaqs blurb:
    In the world of espionage, nothing is as it seems in Obsidian Entertainment's blockbuster role-playing game (RPG) thriller Alpha Protocol. Assume the role of Michael Thorton, a highly skilled government operative trained to eliminate threats to national security. When a mission goes horribly wrong, Thorton is the only one with the information, skills, and audacity to stop an impending international catastrophe. To do so, he will utilize the very government directive that the enemy sought to use against him--Alpha Protocol.

    Set in the modern day, Alpha Protocol gives you complete control not only of Thorton's actions but also of his personality and attitude, all of which will determine the future of the world as we know it. Blending fast-paced modern combat, significant character advancement, and innovative RPG features, Alpha Protocol brings a fresh new perspective to the genre.
    A trailer:
    <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HDuZ9LIer6o&rel=1"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HDuZ9LIer6o&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

    Some boxart I stole from Amazon:
    <img src="http://pix.gbatemp.net/32303/alphaprotocol.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

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    Nice looking forward to this hope it's good!
     
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    Hmm, very interested in this game. Really dig Obsidian's work. To those who get it early, please let us know your thoughts.
     
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    Saw a friend who grabbed this earlier so I played for an hour or two- it being an RPG as it were means pretty much just training and basics. The story is pretty good although such things will probably end up being compared to the likes of deus ex (the skills in this game are like a cross between deus ex skills and augmentations) where it may fall a bit short, it does however remain to be seen how the choices will cause things to play out (I assume we have all heard the "game changing choices" line before only to have it really matter in all of two choices- good news though is that the choices are three ways rather than the binary good and evil).

    Controls- tighter than just about any third person game this side of splinter cell and I might revise that as I get a bit more used to them. I did not get a chance for much hand to hand though (I specialised in other things)
    Graphics- not a problem but leave a little bit to be desired compared to some of the other offerings these last few months. The same could be said of most console games these days though- it will probably look amazing on PC however. They seem to be going for an improved version of second sight and kotor is how I would call it.
    minigames- not sure how well they will hold up over the course of the game but so far so good (better than those of fallout and most similar titles).

    I doubt it will be a system seller or game of similar magnitude to last summer's Batman but it will have many fans and will probably end up reasonably hard to find second hand in a few years. I suppose it is yet more evidence to the theory that the end of a console generation is where the good stuff starts to come to the fore.
     
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    Great. Thanks for the impressions. [​IMG]

    Does the game have a certain level of jank to it, though? I saw some videos that displayed odd animations and glitches, especially on the 1UP Game Night. There also seemed to be a lot of screen tear, which is annoying, but but nothing major.

    I usually tend to like games with a degree of jank to 'em. And I love RPGs, especially stuff along the lines of Deus Ex.
     
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    Usually I find running a 360 over VGA with a "nonstandard" (1280x1024) resolution is the perfect recipe for tearing- I saw none.

    Re: the other animations, unless I am looking for it I tend to notice those sorts of things only after about 3 or 4 hours however I reckon I can comment a little bit; what I saw had some of the usual "floaty" animations of third person games and it certainly was not as good as the recent splinter cell and nothing close to the rainbow 6 vegas games (FPS games I know) when it came to wall hugging. I have certainly seen far worse though- on a par with if not slightly better than gears of war or army of two (including sequels to both) on that front. I went the stealth route for the most part but there was a bit of the body snatchers going on.

    The next game even remotely like this will probably be Dead Rising 2 (street date is last day of August) with the possible exception of singularity, Mafia 2 and Sniper: Ghost Warrior which are more regular shooting/story type games.
     
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    Well damn, I think you definitely sold me on this game. I had it pre-ordered already, but I was thinking of canning my pre-order for it over some things I've heard.

    Although, I truly know this is one I'd definitely enjoy, especially from the things you've said.
     
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    Fantastic game. Reviewers are fucked up. [​IMG]
     

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