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I don't always pay attention very well when an NPC is talking (In fact, there's one talking to me in the background while I'm typing this question). Usually, it's because I'm thinking about the words the character is saying rather than looking at the screen. This means that I often miss the personality indicators lighting up to tell me whether a person is an alpha, beta, or omega personality type, and when I get to a speech challenge, I often need to guess to figure out which personality the person has.

It would be nice if there was a way to identify what sort of person I'm talking to based on their words and voice rather than looking at an indicator. I presume Human Revolution is the kind of game where the designers took something like that into account and made the various personalities fit. With that in mind...

How can you tell just by listening to a person's dialogue if they are an Alpha, Beta, or Omega?

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Sometimes listening only to a person's dialogue won't reveal their personality - Chet Wagner is a pure Omega and as far as I know you can only learn that through Detective Chase, who explains that Chet is not exactly a choirboy (indicating the rebellious nature of Omegas). – Sadly Not Aug 24 '12 at 4:48
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Think of the personality types this way:

  • Alpha = leader, making decisions, respected.
  • Beta = follower, doing what they were told, fitting in.
  • Omega = outcast/criminal, rebelling against the team hierarchy.

The characters that I've interacted with tend to float between a couple of these, and answering with only a single type during the multiple choices in a conversation may not be the best way to go.

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I took it as the Omega being a follower, and the beta being a narcissist. – gnometorule Oct 23 '15 at 18:14

Alpha means the first one, as in the leader of a group.
Beta means the second one, as in a follower, second leader, or dictator.
Omega means the last one, such as an outcast, criminal, or a troublemaker.

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This doesn't really add anything that the existing answer hasn't covered, try not to duplicate material :) – Rory May 29 '13 at 16:29
I actually adds the logical connection between letter and type. – waste Mar 13 at 14:06

Alpha - leader, egotistical, authoritarian - must be placated/ego stroked

Beta - second in command, strong willed, diplomatic - needs to be persuaded/shown benefits

Omega - soldier, humble, suggestible - will cave in to aggression/"tough love"

Omegas are not outcasts or criminals by default. These are personality types, they don't reflect personal beliefs, social hierarchy, or life choices. A gangster can just as easily be an alpha as a cop can be an omega. Characters are not limited to just one of these types either. There are even some characters that are all three; upon whom the social enhancer's pheromones are useless, but get some interesting responses. You just have to talk to people, watch their expressions, and do a little digging into their background in order to get what you want without the aug. It's not easy. However, there are certain conversation options that are only available if you have the social enhancer, so the aug is worth getting.

You know what, it's a lot easier if you think of it like South Park characters.

Alpha - Cartman

Beta - Stan

Omega - Butters

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