Alpha Protocol…

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Every so often, TGI 2.0 features a game and a couple of accompanying images to bring back a smile or a cringe moment from yesteryear, and Alpha Protocol is in the spotlight.

It’s 2010, and Alpha Protocol – The Espionage RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment is released for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game was inspired by characters such as Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne, Ian Fleming’s James (Roger Moore or Sean Connery – you can comment, if you like) Bond and Jack Bauer, the protagonist of the Fox television series 24. Off tangent moment, the wife and I and actually watched Kiefer Sutherland and his band sing at KGH Blackburn some years back, before Covid (in his white suit and cowboy hat). He was rather good to be honest and the warm-up act – sorry I forgot their name, was spot on. An all-girl band.

Anyway, back to Michael Thorton, fundamentally the game was ambitious, too ambitious and that was Alpha Protocol’s Achilles heel, the polarising factor in regard to how it faired with reviews. Flaky gun play, poor AI, combat repetitiveness and an overall lack of polish. Did you play the game, and get stressed at its quirks, wishful thinking – with today’s technological advancements would a reboot or remaster excite you?

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