2010’s Alpha Protocol remains as one of the strangest additions to Obsidian Entertainment’s catalog of games. Releasing to extremely mixed reviews, the title was lambasted for its bug-ridden gameplay and downright awkward presentation. As with most Obsidian titles, Alpha Protocol has achieved cult status with time. The game’s story begins on very familiar terms for gamers: you play a secret agent who must save the world.
Initially, the story screams of mundanity; Alpha Protocol’s mixed start, however, is part of its charm. As the game’s story unfolds, it quickly becomes an amazingly nuanced satire of spy tropes. Combined with Obsidian’s touch for player choice and dialogue trees, it’s easy to forget about how bland the gameplay is in such a funny, wide-reaching, and immersive world.