1UP: Alpha Protocol 'First-Look' Preview

1UP's E3 demonstration illustrated the game's dialog system (once again, similar to Mass Effect) where you can choose the tone of your response. The twist here is that there's a timer for all responses, so the dialog keeps running at its natural pace (if you take too long to decide whether to act tough or play nice, it'll default to your last selection). The way you treat people has a direct effect on your interactions with them later on, as there's a faction system in place to govern friends and foes. If you're in good standing with the U.S. military, for example, it'll be significantly easier to gain access to the embassy where your mission objective resides (and the terrorists laying in wait will understandably welcome you with a bit more hostility).

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