What first greets you when load up Alpha Protocol is some shoddy loading screens and clinky menus. Indeed, when you venture into the game itself, you see that it looks truly awful. Despite these obvious flaws, AP really is a gem of a role-player, with some great Mass-Effect style dialogue and some good shooting sections. The levels of customisation are very deep and due to the many choices to be made in the story, it offers good replay value. The cover system and shooting are agreeably chunky and if the Bond style 'spying' isn't your style, you can go sneaky. Obsidian obviously have a flair for the dialogue, with truly Mass Effect equalling choices and consequences. If you can ignore the obvious flaws and concentrate on the strengths, you'll find a role player of real excellence.