Sunday, July 17, 2011
Alice: Madness Returns Game Review
Alice: Madness Returns delves deep into the dark and violent side of the imagination, creating a nightmarish Wonderland where Alice must face the demons that haunt her visions. Visit the grim reality of Victorian London and then travel to the beautiful yet ghastly Wonderland to uncover the root of Alice's madness and discover the
truth behind a deadly secret, kept hidden for years.
Eleven years ago a horrific fire took Alice s family from her and left her mind horrifically scarred. Afterwards she was confined to Rutledge Asylum, where she struggled to confront her demons by slipping further into her fantasy world of Wonderland. Now, after ten years, she has finally secured her release yet she still bears the heavy psychological burden of that tragic event.
With her mind in tatters, she is unable to resolve the fear prompted by her strange memories, dreams, and visions. Perhaps she'll do better in Wonderland. She always has. She travels there, seeking what the "real" world can't provide: security, knowledge, and the truth about the past But in her absence, Wonderland too has suffered. Something has gone horribly wrong, and now a great evil is descending upon what once was her beautiful refuge. Can Alice save Wonderland and herself from the
madness that consumes them both?
Intense 3rd person action: Use multiple upgradeable melee weapons including the explosive Teapot Cannon, the punishing Hobby Horse, and the classic Vorpal Blade
Explore a dark and shattered Wonderland: Encounter familiar but now strange characters, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar and the Red Queen
Magical abilities: Obtain peculiar abilities in Wonderland such as floating with Alice's dress, shrinking, or growing to towering sizes in order to crush enemies
Interactive puzzles: Intuitive and rewarding puzzles such as transforming obstacles, musical memories, chess, and picture blocks
The Complete Collection, with an enhanced edition of the first Alice title
Today I have a special lesson for you newbies: "Never underestimate young civilians". Even in the fiercest of battles fighters try to find something worth living for and when they see a child, or even worse a girl, on the battlefield they immediatly let their guard down. That's a classic grave mistake. Countless cultures have exploited this reaction by training children to be deadly vanguard units. Today of course their is no need to do that with the advancements in robotics and antimatter reactors they can just destroy the whole planet or create robotic infiltrators but you have to learn by your ancestors' mistakes ;)
Alice madness returns is a tottaly awesome game, I got stuck playing it all day long and even at the times I started getting bored something extrordinary popped up and caught my interest all over it again. They even have samurai killerbees :D
Graphics: The graphics are still flawed but they are way better than the original game ( American McGee's Alice ) that Johnny reviewed. Their are many cool animations though that really make up for most of the graphics flaws, and I didn't experience even 1 single graphics related bug which is something most uncommon. I especially likes the physics in this game, you can actually see Alice's hair and clothes moving aroung as she moves or falls :D And the second best thing is the world. Yiota already posted something about the artwork, I think it was a graphic novel or something, and I have to say that it tottaly rocks. It has this dark, bloody, moody, semi-insane, psycho, pyromaniac style that I love in action games. Also the graphics are highly adjustable so even a low end machine can run it, I think, haven't actually tried it but I know that the graphics can get really low or really high from the settings.
Gameplay: Although many say this game is an adventure I think it is an action-sided action/adventure because the fighting and running around parts of the game are much more than the riddle and puzzle solving parts. That said I loved the gameplay. It had very easy controls and some very cool animations on moves such as a vampiric-like evasion action that turns Alice in a cloud of black butterflies and moves a bit away and then reasembles :D
Story: This game has one of the most twisted and dark storylines ever, it rulez ;) Alice's home and family were burned soon after she returned from the first storyline and now her wonderland is all messed up, bloody and dark filled with monsters. And to fix herself she must fix her wonderland. Along the progress of the game she unlocks memories of her past, weapons and cool costumes.
Bottomline: buy it now.
Buy Alice Madness Returns @ Amazon.co.uk
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