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'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: Such as beating the game on Nightmare mode and only using Alice's Hysteria Mode once through an entire playthrough. There are also chapter based achievements and a beating the game achievement for the original Alice which are not independent they actually tie into the 1k of Madness Returns so if you rent it you will have to pay $10 to download it.
Gory game based on children's character is for adults only.
Common Sense Media
7 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: In Alice: Madness Returns, the heroine of American McGee's Alice has not escaped the demons she worked so hard to banish. The Wonderland of her imagination has been mangled into a dark and demonic caricature, filled with even more torturous hallucinations than she last encountered. Alice's mind is a dark place indeed, and in this long-awaited sequel, we discover that the real world isn't any sunnier.
Pros: Beautifully dark and creepy version of Wonderland, Smooth, graceful controls, Unusual weapons make for fun combat, A good length, with lots of hidden objects and areas to locate
Cons: Gameplay doesn't evolve, leading to tedium, Puzzles and other attempts to vary the pace are rarely fun, Audiovisual glitches can distract
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.
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.
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.