Gory game based on children's character is for adults only.
Common Sense Media
21 August 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that despite starring a familiar children’s literature character, Alice: Madness Returns is absolutely not intended for kids. The game’s heroine is an adult version of the classic Alice who is struggling with her sanity, and the Wonderland she visits is infested with creatures and hazards looking to kill her. She defends herself using a knife, a machine gun-like pepper grinder, and other weapons that create bloody carnage.
Excerpt: Despite some problematic platforming and a tendency towards tedium, Alice: Madness Returns is a worthy follow-up to the original. It also stands on its own as an enjoyable action-platformer with a twisted story and gorgeous visual design, so even if you have no experience with the original game, it is still worth checking out.
Excerpt: The original American McGee’s Alice was a twisted turn on Alice in Wonderland, where institutionalised young Alice Liddell descends into a mental world of her favourite book after witnessing her parents die in a housefire. For a game that didn’t exactly register on a global scale, there are definite ripples caused by the aesthetic that have permeated popular culture.
Excerpt: I'm not sure I should like Alice: Madness Returns as much as I do. Spicy Horse's Xbox 360, PS3 and PC follow-up to 2000's original twisted tale at times feels a few months of QA Testing away from release, graphically struggling to compete with anything that's hit stores in the last two years, and rather bloated in terms of length, but it's still somehow incredibly likeable.
Conclusion: Alice: Madness Returns is a delightful diversion from the norm. The platforming is entertaining and the combat is great. While it outstays its welcome in the game mechanic department, the visuals never let up. It proves that art outshines the greatest graphical technique. And when you buy the game new, you get the complete American McGee’s Alice as a bonus. Two games for the price of one. They aren’t the most stellar titles but the value proposition is a strong one.
Review: Alice: Madness Returns (Microsoft Xbox 360)
2 August 2011
Summary: : Alice: Madness Returns is a game that manages to hit all of the right aesthetic and conceptual notes, but can’t carry that into the mechanical side of things, making for a game that’s great to see, but isn’t always great to play. The story is exceptional in both direct and implied storytelling, the visuals are artistically and conceptually fantastic, and the audio is a joy to listen to.
Conclusion: and turns Alice into a committed inmate in an insane asylum who escapes into the twisted and violent Wonderland inside her psyche in order to overcome the trauma of losing her family in a fire. The original PC game earned a strong cult following, which banned together in angry protest when plans for a live movie adaption were scrapped in favor of Disney’s less-gruesome adaption.
Excerpt: I never expected to see a sequel to American McGee's Alice. It was a charming platformer that, in spite of its flaws, spoke to me. The imaginative reinterpretation of the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland pulled me in with its grim mood and macabre visuals. No wonder I was so enchanted by it--I was a teenager, and it spoke to my emo self. Since Alice's release, a lot has changed. I've grown older--and so have games.
Alice Madness Returns: PhysX and 3D Vision Tested on all NVIDIA GeForce GTX 500 Series Video Cards
Hi Tech Legion
29 July 2011
Summary: The dreamlike world definitely benefits from the excellent 3D vision performance. EA games are often hit or miss when it comes to stereoscopic compatibility at launch, and some of their recent games have been disappointing in 3D, but Alice works extremely well, despite not released as a 3D Vision ready title.