First off: some housekeeping:
After nine months of absence, Nerdwatch is finally back. We’ve got a new website, new software, and most importantly: new content.
And with that out of the way, let’s talk about our next series of updates.
For our upcoming Let’s Play series, we’re going to be running through a game that many of you probably heard about in passing, but more likely than not never picked up for yourself.
That game is Alpha Protocol, a spy-thriller action RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, who are better known for their work on Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and Fallout: New Vegas.
For anyone familiar with those games, you’ll recall that they were buggy, poorly-polished, and in some cases blatantly incomplete. Yet you’ll also know that at the core of those games there was an ever-burning ember of creativity and smart writing. This is Obsidian in a nutshell: a company with great aspirations and incredible ideas, but unable to fulfill them due either to publisher pressure for meeting deadlines or a lack of development skill… and more often than not a bit of both.
Alpha Protocol is no different; it’s a game in which you can see the brilliance that surrounds its core idea, but you need to squint past the fog of poor controls, glitches, and downright bad mechanics. Nevertheless, it’s a game that we here at Nerdwatch admire for its audacity and there are times when it does, at least momentarily, reach out and touch its potential. For all these reasons, it’s the game that we chose to play for our second official season.
We’ll be bringing you new episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting next week. Stay tuned.