PlayStation 3 owners may never get Mass Effect , but they will get something that may be similar: Alpha Protocol .
However, the latter is dubbed "The Espionage RPG," and Sega has explained the concept as "James Bond meets Jack Bauer meets Jason Bourne," which is immensely intriguing on all accounts. It's more "spy" than "sci-fi" in relation to Mass Effect , but there will most certainly be a deep role-playing element built around a fairly straightforward action mechanic. And now, according to Joystiq , Sega of America has announced that Alpha Protocol will launch on October 6 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It's not surprising to see such a project from Obsidian Entertainment, as they're the same guys who brought us Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2 . Hence, we assume they know what they're doing in this genre. You can check out our preview , too; it's a little old, but it still gives you the baseline information you desire. For RPG fans, this one should definitely be on your list this fall, especially if you're a fan of the setting.
It's just another promising title to look out for in 2009, and being a fan of RPGs, I'm actually hoping it's nothing like Mass Effect …which I hated. Sorry.
Related Game(s): Alpha Protocol