If you like a bit of everything in a role-playing game – action, adventure, intrigue, a rich narrative, choices with actual weight, and a bit of romance – we’ve got a treat for you this week. Alpha Protocol is now available on SHIELD devices, and it’s free for all GeForce NOW members to enjoy!
Alpha Protocol is the latest game we’ve added to GeForce NOW via our deal with SEGA, joining several Sonic-themed titles and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine in our membership library. The game was developed by Obisidian Entertainment, makers of such hits as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Fallout: New Vegas.
Backed by that kind of track record, and the fact that it’s packing all the elements named above and more, Alpha Protocol is a sure-fire hit for action-adventure and role-playing fans.
Alpha Protocol is a spy thriller game that could easily be starring Tom Cruise as Michael Thorton, a special field agent forced to go rogue to unravel a sinister plot that threatens the entire world. The game’s real-world locations, such as Rome, Moscow and Taipei, and modern-day weapons and technology are a welcome change of pace from standard sword-carrying RPG-faire.
Your missions range from gathering data and destroying vital targets to assassinating bad guys. Before each mission, you’ll get the opportunity to review intelligence and choose your gear. And you’ll have a great deal of latitude in how you decide to achieve mission objectives. Often you can go full stealth mode – a la Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell series – or you can choose a more direct, Rambo-style approach or go with something in-between.
For many fans, Alpha Protocol’s conversation system is the star of the show. Compared favorably with Mass Effect in this regard, Alpha Protocol’s dialog options present you with many ways to deal with the characters you’ll meet in the game, and your choices will have real, often tangible,l consequences. Act professionally and you might get some vital info or assistance down the road. Or you can choose responses that anger a potential new ally and turn them into an enemy. Of course, taking them out at the start is always an option, too.
And in true Mission Impossible style, you may even have to weigh the consequences of prioritizing a potential romantic interest over your mission objectives. It all depends, really, on the culmination of your choices exactly how Alpha Protocol’s story will play out, which is what gives it a lot of appeal amongst its fans. Play the game through to the end once and you just might find yourself going back for another, completely different, experience.
To play,navigate to the GeForce NOW menu within SHIELD Hub on your SHIELD Android TV, portable or tablet. You’ll find Alpha Protocol in the New For Members category.
GeForce NOW is the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Members enjoy access to a library of 70-plus games they can play on-demand, plus the option to purchase new games and play them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, then just $7.99 per month.
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