AP Letters 5 – Grand Finale

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Jul 212013
 
AP Letters 5 - Grand Finale

Hey Brad, So, at last, we come to the end of Alpha Protocol, and it is terrible. It doesn’t seem that bad at first. The level begins with a number of “conversation” missions, and even at this late point the conversations keep Mike’s relationships growing. My Mike kept things professional with Mina and Scarlet, knowing he was a target. Then he walked into the airport and gave himself up to Darcy. This leads into the conversation with Leland we’ve been having interspersed between missions the whole game. Leland offers Mike a job, apparently unaware that Mike’s whole purpose in visiting [Read more…]

Alpha Protocol letters 4 – plot thickeners

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Jul 152013
 
Alpha Protocol letters 4 - plot thickeners

Hey Brad, It’s a little strange that our Taipei experiences were so similar. I think you’re right that part of it has to do with making similar tactical choices overall. My Mike is aggressive and a bit murder-y, but I still play him with an awareness that he needs allies. That at least accounts for our similarity when it comes to G22. As for Hong Shi, I spent that conversation looking for a way to murder him and somehow ended up besties. He gave me a sword! In Rome, however, our paths diverge. Let me just say that the people [Read more…]

Alpha Protocol letters 3 – Aw, Heck

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Jul 102013
 
Alpha Protocol letters 3 - Aw, Heck

Hey Brad, Since we came to Taipei from different starting points, I’m eager to discuss changes in the way this segment played out. I think, however, that any discussion of Taipei has to start with Steven Heck, who is in many ways the best character in the game. Heck’s a case where the writers absolutely made the most of the idea that in espionage nothing is as it appears. He apparently lives in a dump and sounds like someone who has been haunting alt.conspiracy since 1994. So, clearly not an actual spy, right? But our first moments in Taipei involve [Read more…]

Alpha Protocol letters 2 – Nice Place

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Jul 012013
 
Alpha Protocol letters 2 - Nice Place

Hey Brad, I don’t know how swank the Rome apartment is, but I have to say the Moscow flat is pretty classy. I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of decorating the dining room with Nasri’s glass eye, but I guess when you shoot a guy in the face you want to keep a part of that face around as a memento. Or something. Thorton’s mission here seems pretty straightforward — find out who trafficked those missiles through the city — but the characters he encounters are a bizarre mix. On the one hand, we have Grigori, Albatross, and Surkov, [Read more…]