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Offline The E

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So, this was part of the Steam summer sale, so I got it.

And so far, I have been enjoying it quite a lot. It's no Mass Effect, and it's sometimes incredibly infuriating (Camera controls are a bit weird, enemy AI seems to work only when it wants to, weapon SFX and music are decidedly mediocre....), but it's also quite rewarding in a way. It has that Deus Ex-ish principle of giving you multiple approaches, and it is actually smart enough to take previous player actions into account when you deal with NPCs.
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I rate AP a hell of a lot higher than ME, though ME2 is better than AP.
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Well, I would rate it about as high, if it weren't for the simple issue of Obsidian being really, atrociously bad at QA testing. I haven't come across truly game-breaking bugs so far, but glitches abound. As it is, it's still a good game, but it's just not as good as it could and by all rights should have been.
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Offline Unknown Target

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Why is this being compared to Mass Effect? What are the similarities?

 
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What he said. Just as Mass Effects' narrative is shaped by the player actions, so is Alpha Protocols'. But Alpha Protocol goes a bit beyond ME in that Mike Thorton has a much wider array of choices, and that AP does a good job of keeping track of where you've been previously, and establishing a good feedback loop between your decisions, and the way the story unfolds.
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Offline Ravenholme

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See, I agree with mxlm but I preferred ME1 to ME2 (The writing of the overarching plot was far better than the atrocity that was ME2's overarching plot - the individual character stories) and I wasn't happy with some of the changes made in ME2 compared to ME1. For me it roughly goes ME 1 > AP = ME2.

I had a blast with AP, it would've been great if Obsidian could actually QA there games properly.
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Offline Luis Dias

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To say that AP = ME2 immediately disqualifies you from any further gaming analysis.

I won't even rate mxlm's words for the risk of collapsing the universe.

 

Offline Ravenholme

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To say that AP = ME2 immediately disqualifies you from any further gaming analysis.

I won't even rate mxlm's words for the risk of collapsing the universe.

Or you know, people rate things in different ways, and have these things called Opinions. And in my opinion, well written story and innovation pay for a lot. AP managed one of those (Fairly innovative take on the ME formula, and half-suceeded on the plot front, definitely on the execution of it), whereas ME2 failed in both regards. ME1 had both, because it was breaking a mold and had a well written space opera plot.
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I've had this game on my radar for a while. It seems to have its fair share of problems, but anything remotely like Deus Ex is worth a look.

 

Offline Luis Dias

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ME2 is not badly written. The script is robust. However, many people didn't like the main story. I didn't find it "astonishing" but it's not a bad story. It's cohesive, has a point and clearly shows what the reapers are all about and their intentions in ME universe. This leaves out pretty much 80% of the whole game which is about building relationships and get to know pretty much good characters throughout the game, and get side sci-fi stories all the way.

AP has a pathetic main story (and oh boy how badly it starts) and the characters are dull, uninspiring and one couldn't care less about their fates. AP has a pathetic combat mechanic, even ME was better than this, and its 4 years old. AP has dull graphics and the whole game is just hurried to finish.

Not that it isn't worth 5 bucks. It is well worth that price. Not much higher though....


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ME2's plot is borderline retarded.  There, I said it.

 
 

Offline NGTM-1R

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ME2's plot is borderline retarded.  There, I said it.

Explain.
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Offline BloodEagle

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ME2's plot is borderline retarded.  There, I said it.

Explain.

No.

But I'll point you to a couple of sources (same author) that better explain it than I ever could.

One. Two.

 

Offline NGTM-1R

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They, like Luis Dias, do not comprehend a limited viewpoint, among other narrative functions.
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Offline Ravenholme

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They, like Luis Dias, do not comprehend a limited viewpoint, among other narrative functions.

See the individual arcs for the characters were good. The overarching plot was godawful compared to ME1's. Borderline retarded is an excellent description.
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Offline Luis Dias

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LOL @ NGTM-1R. Stop trolling me.

Raven, what did you think was so bad in ME2's plot?

 

Offline The E

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This is a thread about Alpha Protocol. ME2 thread is elsewhere.
Let there be light
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Let there be monsters and let there be pain
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Offline Luis Dias

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Trying to make a base reference point so we can trash AP's plot to the shredder.