#5 Alpha Protocol: The Spy Who Loved Me

Have you got what it takes to smooth talk the ladies?

We've already considered armed conflict, stealth and gadgets as essential parts of the super spy's armoury, but there's one more vital component which no successful operative can ignore and that's the language d'amour; or to put it another way, the ability to sweet talk the laydeez into giving you just what you require.

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Perhaps you need to ahem pump them for information, maybe you need to convert them to your cause, or possibly you need to seduce them to secure practical benefits like the weapons or muscle at their disposal. Many of Alpha Protocol's most intriguing encounters are based on how well you do with the fairer sex and the choices that open up for you in game.

"The things I do for my country"
Naturally it's here that suave, smooth talking operatives come to the fore. But be warned, whether you're a Bond level Lothario or an Austin Powers-style Spy Who Shagged Me, choose your bed mates with care, as hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

  • Mina Tang
  • Age: 27
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Intelligence Analyst
  • Base of Ops: Classified
  • Could be: Vesper Lynd (Casino Royale)

Mina Tang is one of the first women you'll discover in the game, not surprising as she acts as your initial handler back at orientation and she's the voice in your ear from day one. Recruited from the NSA into Alpha Protocol, Mina is a multi-skilled agent though she specialises more in analysis and tactics rather than operational assignments and will prove useful for gaining valuable intelligence and tactical info.

A colleague of Alan Park, Mina also occasionally trains agents in firearms basics, but it was her data analysis skills which led to the discovery of missing missile prototypes which led to operation Desert Spear, the mission to deal with Sheikh Ali Shaheed. To win her, you'll have to use all your espionage skills to fend off a local rival if you want any chance of an office romance. Despite her background and apparent loyalty, there's something about Mina that just doesn't sit right.

Mina Tang is voiced by Adrienne Wilkinson who also appeared as voice talent in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath as the Zone Raider.

  • Scarlet Lake
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 5"7
  • Nationality: American
  • Base of operations: Tapei
  • Could be: Tiffanny Case (Diamonds Are Forever) or Strawberry Fields (Quantum of Solace)

'A new problem or a new opportunity?' ponders Thorton when he first encounters this fiery red-headed news reporter on a plane out to Taiwan, although Scarlet Lake initially sees him as just another good opportunity for a headline. One of the hottest news room talents around, Lake is a good example of why they say redheads are complicated, however in the end, Lake begins to see Thorton as much more than just another routine assignment. But is Lake everything she appears to be and who's she really working for? You'll need all your suavest lines and smoothest seduction skills to ultimately find out, but this is one newshound definitely worth getting to know.

Scarlet Lake is voiced by Courtenay Taylor, who played Jack and Subject Zero in Mass Effect 2 and also stared as Farinden in Dragon Age: Origins.

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