by Brendan Griffiths
previewed on PC
The level of modification for the weapons looks like it won’t disappoint. Using the internet store at one of your many exotic safe houses across the globe (like any self-respecting super spy has) you can buy various silencers, lighter gun barrels, bigger ammo clips, targeting sights and grips amongst others extras. These will have an effect on your weapons damage, recoil, accuracy, ammo and stability. You also have four slots for body armour modification. It’s all these little stat tweaks that have allowed Obsidian to claim this to be a spy-RPG and why not? Already it seems to be like choosing weapons and armour in a JRPG by weighing up the pros and cons of each item.
You can change the clothes you wear and add hats, beards and sunglasses, but elements of the story are open to change too. When talking to characters you are able to choose how to respond. Will you try and befriend them, coaxing out little bits of information at a time and possibly forming an alliance? Or will you go for slamming their head into the bar until they squeal and possibly burn your bridges? It will be interesting to see how much depth there is to this part of the game and how much it can affect future allies, enemies, mission opportunities and even the final outcome as Obsidian have already mentioned there will be numerous endings.
One bit of trivia you might be interested in is that Nolan North, the voice behind Drake of Uncharted and the Prince of Prince of Persia (2008) has a role. It is not your character though so don’t expect any wisecrack talking options as you are probably going to be very straight laced. Here’s hoping that North’s character, Steven Heck, is given some decent lines worthy of gaming’s number one voice actor.
Alpha Protocol has apparently been put back to at least spring next year, most likely because of bound-to-be-huge-at-Christmas games like Uncharted 2 and Modern Warfare 2 that. That and the controversy ignited after the minutes of a Sony / Sega meeting were leaked suggesting the game wasn’t quite ready for its original October release (one guy’s opinion at said meeting by the way). What’s the deal with Sony and leaks lately? Sort it out guys.
Well if we have to wait a bit longer for Alpha Protocol, then so be it as we don’t need another rush job like Wet. This looks to be an immensely promising title that should provide an RPG style depth to the third person action genre that will be worth waiting for. Jason Bourne for the win all the way in case you haven’t decided which JB to be yet.