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Low Metacritic Score Means no Alpha Protocol Sequel

Alpha Protocol is one of those odd games that was apparently just destined to fail. The concept, an action-espionage meets Mass Effect RPG, sounded too good to be true from the get-go. Though developer Obsidian's track record is otherwise excellent, even one of the poor folks who worked on the game couldn't keep from panning it: "The blame is still mostly Obsidian's because the execution was absolutely terrible, and it was obvious 2 years ago that this game should have been scrapped," wrote one anonymous internet commenter who claimed to work at Obsidian. NowSega has announced that in light of the generally negative reception of Alpha Protocol, there is no hope at all for a sequel. Hit the jump for more details. Read More

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E3 2010: Finally, Fallout: New Vegas Gameplay

Yes, it's real folks. After months of waiting, Bethesda has revealed the first official gameplay for one of the most anticipated RPGs of the year, Fallout: New Vegas. And unsurprisingly, it looks just like the original Fallout 3, but with a Vegas coat of paint. Waking up after an assassination attempt, the player's character has no idea who he is or where he comes from - just that he wants revenge. And what better place to get it than in the city of sin? Read More

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Square Enix Announces Dungeon Siege III, Coming to Consoles

With the ongoing reinvigoration of western-developed RPGs, classic franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Diablo are finding a new lease on life, not to mention critical acclaim. Now, another classic RPG series is finding its way into our hearts, as Square Enix has announced Dungeon Siege III. This announcement currently comes with its share of surprises. First, the game will be developed by Obsidian Entertainment, who most recently released the mediocre Alpha Protocol, while original creator Chris Taylor and his team at Gas Powered Games will remain advisors on the project. Second, it'll be the first installment to release on consoles as well as PC, as the game will be hitting the Xbox 360 and PS3. Finally, it'll be the first time we've heard from the Dungeon Siege series since Uwe Boll tried killing it off in his 2007 film adaptation. The biggest surprise of all, though? The game, a sequel to one of the most popular western-developed RPG series ever, will be published by the biggest Japanese RPG powerhouse. Read More

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Possible Alpha Protocol Dev Says Game Should Have Been Canned

Alpha Protocol - a game that showed so much promise, but was marred by development issues and endless delays - was recently released to some rather negative reviews. One such review from Joystiq has caused a self-proclaimed Alpha Protocol dev to speak out in defense of the title's dev team, while lashing out at the title itself and its executive producer. Hit the jump for all the juicy details. Read More

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Mass Effect 2 Knows Way Too Much About Your Choices

When the original Mass Effect touted the ability for players to choose how certain events would play out over the course of the series the experiment was met with interest and skepticism. After all, it was the height of the "morality movement" in gaming and suddenly titles like Mass Effect and KotoR were making a big deal about good and evil. BioWare promised that the decisions made in the original space opera would have ramifications down the line, but we never knew just how numerous they would be. According to a recent panel at GDC, the number of imported choices from the first game to the second was over 700. Hit the break to read more about this impressive feat. Read More

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Alpha Protocol Delayed to Spring 2010

Joining a multitude of other games originally set to be released this holiday season, Sega officially announced in its website today that Obsidian Entertainment's spy RPG Alpha Protocol has been delayed until Spring 2010. The delay confirms word from retailers such as Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy, all of which had already moved the game to the new date. However, some retailers already have a new date for the game - May 6th of 2010. We'll have to wait for official word from Sega to see if the new date holds true. Read More

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Leaked SEGA Document Prompts Alpha Protocol Developers to Respond

It came as a surprise yesterday when we learned that a sensitive document had been leaked from SEGA, one which covered a conversation between members of their staff and Sony Computer Entertainment America's Senior Vice-President of Public Relations, Rob Dyer. But perhaps even more surprising is that developer Obsidian has actually spoken out in response to comments in the document that were made about their upcoming role-playing game, Alpha Protocol. Read More

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Leaked SEGA Document Describes Game Line-Up, Motion Control Date, and PSN Imports

It appears that the SEGA-Sony document which was leaked earlier today ("allegedly," Kotaku notes) was a doozie. In addition to the talk of PlayStation 2/Dreamcast games on the PlayStation 3, it seems that the document was a veritable treasure trove of other information as well. Kotaku reports that the document, now removed from its home at Objectif-Sega, "covers everything from Aliens and Bayonetta to Sonic and something called Vanquish." That's quite a bit of ground, as they clarify that "every major Sega game is mentioned in the document, often with details that appear to be either upcoming plans or at least ideas about what would the companies might pursue." Read More

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In Alpha Protocol You Choose Your Pre-Order Bonus

Okay, not so much choosing the bonus as simply choosing the retailer. Alpha Protocol pre-orders will land their purchasers some in-game goodies that should help in this choice-based espionage RPG. The pre-orders are split between two sellers; GameStop and Gamecrazy. Here's the thing, in order to choose your package you'll have to decide how you'll attempt to make your way through Alpha Protocol. GameStop's in-game extras are beefier and more explosive weaponry. Gamecrazy, on the other hand, will give pre-ordering folks more tactical and silent weapons. So you're picking between Assault style and Stealth. Am I speaking your language? Head over to the SEGA America Blog to read about the exact equipment load-outs and make up your mind from there. And if you're looking for impressions on Alpha Protocol, read up on Brad Hilderbrand's time with the title at E3. Alpha Protocol is slated to ship ship for the 360, PS3 and PC on October 6th. Read More

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Latest RPG from Obsidian will Hit Store Shelves October 6

If you're an RPG fan who's growing impatient for 2010's Mass Effect 2 and Final Fantasy XIII, fear not, for esteemed developer Obsidian Entertainment has something to tied you over. The sci-fi and stealth inspired RPG entitled Alpha Protocol will be released on October 6, and it looks promising. Read More