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Scheduled release date:

June 14, 2011

Publisher:

EA

Developer:

Spicy Horse

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action/Adventure

Sometimes, it makes me cringe to see what various artists and designers have done to our precious “Alice in Wonderland” setting. But there’s always this darker part of me that revels in the twisted new environment, loaded with nightmarish versions of all our favorite Wonderland characters. Even Alice is a ruthless blade-wielding warrior, suffering from awful memories of her family’s death and her damaging abuse. …well, we need such a background to justify her outlook. From what we’ve seen of Alice: Madness Returns, the game looks absolutely incredible; the animations are smooth and the detail is downright amazing in some respects.

Furthermore, it’s important to realize that we won’t just be visiting Wonderland in this long-awaited sequel. We’ll also move through the other side of Victorian England, a part of the city that is rife with vice and dirt, where the hobos and prostitutes wander the streets and give humanity a shadowy, depressing tinge. Such an environment isn’t good for an unstable little girl, who had to go through some questionable therapy and now has insane hallucinations. Maybe the player will never know how many of Alice’s foes are actually real, and if that’s the case, we should always be on the edge of our seats. Uncertainty, especially when it comes to sanity, is powerful. And totally chilling...

That being said, I’m pretty sure her ability to disappear in a cloud of butterflies to avoid incoming attack isn’t normal. Then again, it only takes place in a land where nothing is normal so it’s still difficult to tell if it’s all in her head… At any rate, this is a third-person action/adventure title that boasts fairly standard combat elements; Alice will have various combos and skills at her disposal, and there will be plenty of diverse enemies to test her ability and resolve. The world appears to be deep, colorful and immersive, and one in which Alice can explore and even stumble across certain secrets. Even so, at its core, the game should be mostly linear as we follow the engaging storyline penned by R.J. Berg.

We’ll travel along, beating on freakish adversaries, doing some platforming, and even solving a few puzzles here and there. As is always the case with games in this genre, we have to concern ourselves with camera functionality and the responsiveness and accessibility of the control, but the gameplay sequences we’ve seen thus far have been quite promising. Fans of American McGee’s Alice have been waiting for a long time for a follow-up effort and even if you never played the first title, there’s a lot to like in Alice: Madness Returns. This could be one of the better releases in June, and definitely one of the more involving and immersive.

5/23/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

hellish_devil
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 9:45:51 PM
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Psyched for this, I love how it is turning out, mostly the visual design and the detail of level put into making this Wondeland.

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Shams
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 9:51:09 PM

My thoughts exactly.

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mastiffchild
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 8:12:21 PM

I was totally with you guys until ?i watched a couple of game play vids-Alice runs and moves like she's got a broom stuck up her arse! I know it shouldn't be a game killer but I think it's REALLY wonky and off-putting. That apart the realisation of a more twisted Wonderland is cool as is Alice herself and I'm thinking the game is basic hack and slash for the most part from what I've seen and I dare say I'll get used to the odd movement if they haven't sorted it out but, seriously, she looked a bit wrong and not how they might intend.

It seemed you have to use different approacbes for different(even basic)enemies with them having qweak spots etc byut you'd hope there'sa lot ore to it than combos and hitting enemies where they glow. Hoping fora bigger hook in the gameplay because with Kratos you have the variety of weapons and the fact his default blades are plain cool to look at and all we've seen Alice using is a blade(a kitchen knife by the looks) and a gun. I just want more inspired weaponry and combat and this could still be amazing even WITH the anal broom scenario.

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sirbob6
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 9:48:05 PM
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I can't wait. A friend of mine and I loved the original and we can't wait for the next one.

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Douchebaguette
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 10:05:27 PM
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What the...

Why haven't I heard of this. Quite creepy. Though there is something about it which is drawing me in.

I need to find out more.

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Pandacastro
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 10:08:45 PM
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Can this alice be in kingdom hearts 3?

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 10:13:48 PM
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Wow, I want this!

She's sinisterly sexy, and since it's in Victorian England, maybe she can do a little paybacks with some slice & dice on Jack the ripper

BTW, Just wondering....what system(s) was American Mcgee's Alice on, was it PC only?
Because I don't remember ever seeing it on either the PS2, or original Xbox.

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sirbob6
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 10:19:33 PM

I am pretty sure it was PC only.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 3:28:48 AM

There's supposed to be a downloadable copy with every new purchase of Madness Returns. Or are you just asking for your collection, rather than any desire to play it? If the latter is true, sirbob is correct.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 9:05:19 AM

How about if one day u buy it used, do u still get the first game free?

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 9:21:44 AM

Nope... EA's online pass is a f**k you to that idea.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 9:53:10 AM

Is in their a better words to use than the words f*** you.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 9:49:47 PM

Thanks for the 411 guys.

Lawless, yes on both counts, cause I wanted it in my consoles collections, and I also looked forward to playing it.

But I'm not a PC gamer, my rig is an old obsolete HP Windows XP junker now that's been causing me constant grief, a DVD drive that refuses to recognize itself, painfully super-slow 20 minute start-ups & up to 5 minute page loadings, numerous freezing's, and throwing me off of pages, etc, etc, etc.

It's done everything it effen can to drive me completely bonkers, except for giving me the middle-finger(yet).

So that's why I've amply renamed my PC, "Ghost In The Machine"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 10:30:08 PM
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It's no surprise that this story has been twisted so many times since it was penned by a suspected pedophile. There is even a condition known as "Alice in Wonderland Syndrome" that causes terrifying distortions of reality.

Oh yeah and I can't wait for the game, I pre0ordered this bad boy. I can't decided if I wanna go through the included first one first or not but I probably should.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 3:24:40 AM

The first one is included? That's excellent cause I've not even heard of these games before but that trailer looked absolutely stunning. Looks like Bioshock'ish qualities over the artwork.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 10:54:59 AM

Yup last I heard they are packing in the first game, which is extra great because it never released on xbox1 or PS2.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 11:39:52 AM

But what was the first one released on then? Ps1? I've searched for "Alice" on gamerankings but get all sorts of results.

Man I love that trailer! This is one of the few times I've played a trailer more than a couple of times. Hoping for another BioShock experience.

Edit: I've checked out the gamespot videos now, and omg... This looks totally awsome!


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BIGRED15
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 12:43:48 AM
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You know this may be one of the most "different games of the year. But if you think about it, Alice and wonderland's narrative probably has a much better place in a darker light, rather than that of disney's cute' everything is peachy and, who cares if someone close to the antagonist dies, the story ends happily anyway, kind of world (i hope everyone else notices that trend in disney movies)

This is a strange outlook on a classic movie, but hell, it might work.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 3:29:35 AM

*Novel* not movie.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 3:31:45 AM
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I want this game so much that it hurts. I can't afford to buy it anytime soon. With L.A. Noire this weekend, and inFamous 2 and WKC II (hopefully) in two weeks time... I need more money if I want more games. Thank goodness that I have a ridiculously large backlog to work through between the new releases that I'll make an exception to purchase.
Peace.

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___________
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 4:12:27 AM
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this is going to be another one of those guilty pleasures.
hopefully it does not suck this time, all the others have!

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Lairfan
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 3:46:52 PM
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Never played the first one, but I'll definitely check this one out. The atmosphere and dark/crazed vision of Wonderland is really cool IMO, and could make for one hell of a unique experience.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 3:58:43 PM

Yeah go check out the other vids for this game too, "unique" is the word for the artwork indeed. This is the surprise of the year so far for me... *If* it turns out to be good.

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Jonesy555
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 7:29:03 PM
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Gonna have NO life this summer. First, Hunted comes out on the 31st of this month, infamous 2 the next week, then THIS the following week and Catherine in July. Can't wait!

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 9:58:04 PM
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Every time I watch this trailer, I keep getting the though that it has a strange "Tim Burton" type feel to it.

And I sooo like Tim Burton's movies

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 5:32:01 AM

You are right! *Very* Tim Burton indeed.

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 10:52:14 AM
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Never played the first one

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