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I recently bought Alpha Protocol on the cheap and it is a stupid game. Everything about it is lacking, although I expected as much from the reviews and scuttlebutt.

The thing that really bugs me is that Obsidian get a lot of credit for their writing. I do not understand this. I’ve always found them to be the ‘good ideas’ team, but definitely not star writers or storytellers.

Here’s a quick list of some of the dumbest highlights of Alpha Protocol’s story:

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Let me begin by saying: I hate Fallout 3.

I found it to be an incredibly dull game that was even boring to look at. A game that consisted of tiny bits of bad dialogue and genuine questing, wedged between bland hours of killing raiders or mutants in sewers and subways and other boring copy/paste dungeons. Bethesda had even removed everything that made Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion enjoyable.

The weird part is that I seem to be the only one. Even a good chunk of the die-hard original Fallout fans (who decried how the Bethesda-made Fallout 3 wasn’t like the old games and didn’t mesh story-wise) praised the game as a standalone gaming experience.

Personally, I didn’t play the original Fallout games until after Fallout 3, and I still enjoyed them more their younger brother from another mother.

Then Obsidian comes along to make Fallout: New Vegas. My interest was sustained entirely by the connections (Marcus the super mutant is in it!) to Fallout 2. It certainly didn’t help that Obsidian were responsible for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords – one of the worst games I have ever played.

Then, given the reputation of Obsidian for developing badly designed, downright broken games (Alpha Protocol, etc.) and only having a few good story ideas to their name…Combing this with Fallout 3 could only end badly, right?

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