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  1. Alpha Protocol is WORTH playing.


    In fact it is the only game I played in recent memory where upon after finishing it,  I immediately started a new game with a radically different character build and dialog choice path in mind...TWICE! This CHANGES things a lot.  A LOT.  Your choices completely alter the narrative of the game!  IIRC It's IMPOSSIBLE to see every plot point in a single play through.  One door closes, three other doors open.  


    People who hated Alpha Protocol are usually people who were expecting a MASS EFFECT 2 clone or something similar.  I say to them,  THEIR LOSS!


    Alpha Protocol is an RPG first, with action elements second.  People have a hard time coping with this after ME2 which sheds a lot of the RPG for instant action-based gameplay shoot'em up brain death.  I'd argue Mass Effect goes TOO FAR.  The entire game in a nutshell is a space dungeon cover shooter that never changes its core gameplay from start to end ad nauseam.  Alpha Protocol?  You start out as a rookie who can't shoot the back side of a barn and by the end your guy can head shot 6 people simultaneously without leaving cover.  THAT'S REAL PROGRESS!


    This isn't to say the game is without its faults.  Some poor level design, clunky controls, and one annoying as hell helicopter boss.  I hate that thing!  But you should play it!


    People also hate on the mini-games but 1) They can be TOTALLY bypassed with items 2) made COMPLETELY trivial with skill increases 3) Are designed to be completed VERY quickly!  Unlike that painful planet scanning slog in ME2!  I thought the AP mini-game design was sublime.  

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  2. What exactly is Microsoft's 'certification'?  Is it looking for bugs?  Does it apply to PC games as well?


    After the game is done* in QA it is passed on to one last group that makes sure it passes the technical standards for the given platform (this group is also refered to as Format or Quality Control) It is the last line of defense before the games goldmaster is sent to manufacturing to be mass produced then shipped off to retailers. If they find something bad enough, the game could be sent back to QA which will then continue to test it while the programers try and fix the issue and submit a new final build. QA will test the new final build to confirm the fix and then submit it to "certification" again.


    This applies to console platforms. I'm not sure if PC games go through the same process.


    *Misnomer -- games are never really done in QA, and are almost always released before they should be.

  3. Starcraft


    Nothing like it before or since.


    Total Annihilation has much higher claim to that phrase.


    The fact that it isnt even in the poll shames the thread starters repertoire of RTSs.

  4. The Blight is the EVIL disease, but theirs also Corpus which apparently is a lot worse.


    Anyway a long time ago in Morrowind not so far away some power mongering dwarven dude made some totally sweet technogaget tools that can be used to create living god dudes (with the assistance of some long dead gods heart) Anyway the leader of the Darkelf dudes at the time was like "wtf hell no!" They end up fighting or something, Dwarvens did something with da tools and vanished into the ethereal. Tools corrupt Darkelf dudes best friend, they fight, Darkelf dude die. Blah Blah! Ancient history. Top remaining elf dudes used the tools to become Tribunal. This pisses off some old bitch god so they make you old Darkelf dude reincarnate. Now kill the foozles!


    BTW the corrupted best friend dude is the main antagonist. He created the blight, invades peoples dreams, and lives in a volcano. He basically continues what old dwarven dude started.

  5. 1. Planescape: Torment - "What can change the nature of a man?" The Story, Characters, and Dialogue stand triumphant over all. The setting stands alone as the most unique and surreal.


    2. Fallout - A Post Nuclear RPG Masterpiece: Open-ended, satisfying turn-based combat, SPECIAL rockz0rz my soxz0rz!


    3. Total Annihilation -

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