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.

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  1. So I have to admit, of all the game reviews this one excites me the most. I have actually been debating on buying this game, but no one I know has played it yet so I was hesitant. After reading your review I say.. Screw the flaws I am buying this game on my next day off.

  2. I forgot to say, again, that I played it on PC so I don't know if the Xbox game will be as good, but judging by other games I have seen it should be better.

  3. I agree with Silvestro on this one. Its a bit of a shame that game creators have been paying less attention to PC and more to consoles.

  4. And I know for a fact the converting an Xbox game to PC or vice versa is very easy, the engine is the same one created by microsoft they just have to change the input devices and maybe some adjustment options because the PC hardware is not standard issue as the Xbox hardware.

  5. Well mostly I dont understand why they focus so much on consoles. If you think about it, a console will eventually be outdated so the games will be lost in time, but the PC is always upgradable so nothing goes to waste. Hell I play games that were created before I even knew gaming. Well that is a lie, but you get the point

  6. Firstly: Since I find you both guys here, I'd like to apologise for not making comments on the game reviews, but I'm not a gamer. And I feel a little bad because you guys are making comments on my reviews. Sorry Johnny and Silvestro.
    Secondly: The pic looks scary as well as the story.
    Lastly: Aren't the console games more expensive?? So I think that everyone is looking for the profit of buying a game. Also, can't you upload and download a game through Internet?? If so, then the companies are losing money.

  7. @Nina: well they are more expensive but you can also download games illegally on consoles now as well. It all started when they made the consoles able to use the internet. Plus if they had games CHEAPER then people would not download them illegally but instead by them. I know that most of the people that download games illegally do that because they are simply not willing to give 30-40-50 euros for a game that within the next 6 months it will drop.

  8. Most people that I know about download the game illegally, play it a bit or even finish it and if it is a worthy game they buy it just to reward the developers and to make them think about making a sequel. And the console game piracy was developing long before the release of internet enabled consoles, I knew people who downloaded illegal copies on PS1 ;)

  9. I dont know what you are talking about silvestro :P Illegal copies on ps1 :P I dont know what that means ;) :P

  10. I think it is a matter of preference. I tend to enjoy my console more, but that may just be because I work on a comp all day for my job, All I know is either way this game looks epic and I will be getting it as soon as I can.

  11. and a late comment from me...

    > as far as i know all the games are pretty much the same in all consoles. it happened to me to play games to both PC and PS and they didn't have many differences.

    > On the illegal aspect. Many illegal games have bugs, so you can easily get annoyed by it. And i think that many people buying original copies of games,even though they can download the game. Most games usually don't cost more than 20 euros. At least at PC. The console games are the expensive ones. Like really expensive. I buy games to my brother only at Christmas and Easter.

    > I need to admit that i enjoy the consoles more. The only games i like playing on PC are adventures ones. Recently i tried Assassins Creed too but only because i have an XBOX controller attached. It's way easier to play with a controller than keyboard and mouse at the same time.

  12. @Yiota: The gamepad use depents greatly on the game, for example playing an RPG or RTS game with gamepad is too difficult but action, adventure and FPS games are way easier than keyboard and mouse.


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