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.
Watch the brand new trailer showcasing the world, characters, story, and action of Cyberpunk 2077! Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world, action-adventure story from CD PROJEKT RED, is coming to Xbox One November 19th, 2020.
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.
PeteDorr – I pick out a stack of PS2 RPG’s from my collection that are $20 or under on US eBay. There are lots of underappreciated games in here that rarely get mentioned as a recommendation by others, so let me know if you end up giving them a try after watching this!
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.