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The Tragedy of Alpha Protocol

GVMERS – More often than not, western role-playing games emphasize two genres—fantasy and science fiction. Developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Sega dared to pursue a different path with their self-proclaimed espionage RPG Alpha Protocol. Yet, in its ambitious attempt to forge a new style of role-playing title, Obsidian faced myriad challenges that ultimately diminished the overall quality of the final product. In turn, Alpha Protocol garnered lukewarm reviews upon release and, consequently, failed to move the needle on the sales charts.

Much of the project’s developmental woes stemmed from poor leadership on the part of both Obsidian and Sega, though the latter especially struggled to find its footing while assisting with the production and budgetary process. Despite the ups and downs, however, Obsidian still managed to deliver a Jason Bourne-style adventure that eventually gained cult status amongst a group of players who saw past Alpha Protocol’s numerous flaws.

Unrefined gunplay, a clunky cover system, and unpolished combat encounters significantly hindered the gameplay mechanics. Enemy AI didn’t fare any better, culminating in a stealth experience that felt half-baked at best and completely uninspired at its worst. These shortcomings aside, the reactivity of Alpha Protocol’s game-world, coupled with its branching narrative paths, turned the 2010 title into a modern cult classic, one that fans are eager to see return as a sequel. Unfortunately, the lackluster sales performance caused Sega to abandon the spy property before it had even spent a few months on the market.

This is the tragedy of Alpha Protocol.

The Outer Worlds Switch Review: Ambitious But Ultimately Not Good Enough

Digital Foundry – Not much has been seen of The Outer Worlds prior to launch – but with developer Virtuos claiming any current-gen console game can be ported to Switch, and with 1080p docked and 720p mobile resolutions announced, we were hopeful of a good conversion. Ultimately, the ambition is there, but the cuts are too many and the final pay-off simply isn’t good enough.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (First Thoughts) – Happy Console Gamer

Final Fantasy VII Remake/demo is an upcoming action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. The game is a remake of the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. Square Enix plans to release the game in episodic installments, with the first scheduled for release on April 10, 2020 for the PlayStation 4 with timed exclusivity until April 10, 2021.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 – E3/Gamescom Demo With Ka’ai Cluney

We sat down with Hardsuit Labs Creative Director Ka’ai Cluney and asked him to provide insight and commentary on this pre-alpha gameplay demo build from May 2019, first shown at E3 and more recently at Gamescom.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will launch on PC and consoles in 2020 and is now available for pre-order. To learn more about Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, please visit www.bloodlines2.com.