…And gave it a respectable 7/10, complaining about the game’s overall lack of polish and balance while complimenting its ability to keep you playing despite these issues. Obsidian Entertainment has never been great at polish; the company is much more about design and writing than technology, but they’re nowhere near as bad as Troika used to be. For some people, the fact that Chris Avellone (Baldur’s Gate, Fallout, Planescape Torment, KOTOR 2) is lead designer and writer on this game is more than enough to warrant a purchase, reviews be damned. I am one of those people.
And for what it’s worth, Chris is also a really nice guy. I sat on a panel with him at a conference about a year ago, and I’ve been meaning to post the video here if I can ever get it from the conference people.
UPDATE: 1UP’s Scott Sharkey awarded Alpha Protocol a B+ and a good deal of reasoned praise and gentle criticism. Meanwhile, Destructoid’s Jim Sterling brutalized the game with a 2/10. Which do you agree with? Your weapon is choice!
UPDATE UPDATE: John Walker of RPS has posted thoughts on his first hour with the game, and they’re not pretty. It looks like the PC version is especially… flawed. We’ll see more as the day goes on.
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