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Jun 14, 2011Alice: Madness Returns reminds me a lot of classic N64 platformers like Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie in the best of ways. By mixing a dark reimagining of a literary classic with stylish combat and rock-solid platforming, EA and Spicy Horse have created a gaming experience quite unlike any other. At any rate, its miles better than the lacklustre Tim Burton movie released last year. This is one rabbit hole worth tumbling down.
PC Games (Russia)Jul 21, 2011It's not perfect, but it's as close to the definition of masterpiece as it could be. A thrilling and exciting adventure to the dark corners of Wonderland. [August 2011, p.83]
PC PowerPlayAug 8, 2011Combat is flawed, but does little to detract from the game's breathtaking depiction of lunacy. [Sept 2011, p.61]
Jul 26, 2011As the title might suggest, Alice is maddening. Somewhere wrapped in a straightjacket and thrown in the dark recesses of Madness Returns is one of the best games of the generation. But it's floating amidst a sea of inadequacies that prevent it from reaching its true potential.
LEVEL (Czech Republic)Jul 30, 2011Beautiful and rich fairy world is full of imaginative tasks and minigames. Excellent sound and visuals are spoiled by camera positioning and a weird checkpoint system but it should not discourage you from this interesting game. [July 2011]
PC FormatAug 8, 2011Despite its fantastic visualisation of Wonderland, repetitive gameplay means it fails to muster a chortle. [Sept 2011, p.100]
Jul 2, 2011Great game, consisting of a mixture of prince of Persia warrior within and devil may cry. Games of this kind are rare, but on the PC andGreat game, consisting of a mixture of prince of Persia warrior within and devil may cry. Games of this kind are rare, but on the PC and completely exclusive. Fans of slasher genre and "unusual" action games need to educate.… Expand
Jul 30, 2011As a big fan of the first Alice, I had my doubts. But Madness Returns outshines the first one in every way. There is a HUGE PsychonautsAs a big fan of the first Alice, I had my doubts. But Madness Returns outshines the first one in every way. There is a HUGE Psychonauts influence here (and at one point the developers pay homage in a laugh-out-loud manner). The exploration is amazing, the story is more mature and compelling, the combat is more intense than MANY of the top line FPS games out there.… Expand
Jun 15, 2011If there's one thing I expected with the second game, it was not to be disappointed.
And it delivered.
It delivered oh so well. Where do IIf there's one thing I expected with the second game, it was not to be disappointed.
And it delivered.
It delivered oh so well.
Where do I even begin?
This new iteration of Alice appears to be bigger and better in every way.
There is a plethora of collectibles, bonus objectives, the so-called "memories", etc., but none of them are boring or tedious to get.There is a huge variety of clothing for Alice as well.
The intro cinematic is macabre, moody, dark, pulls you in the moment it starts and sets the mood perfectly.
The music..Let's just say that while I was disappointed at first that Chris Vrenna is only doing one track for the new game, the new composer nails it perfectly and does a fantastic job. Most of the pieces are outstanding in their own, like the main theme, some of the battle music.They do a flawless job of enhancing the atmosphere without being intrusive.
They're errie yet beautiful.They juggle your mood from sadness to hope.The style of music itself is somewhat different from the original game, but the QUALITY is in no way worse.
The controls are fluid and require little getting used to, they just seem natural and aren't that hard to master.The camera is great, rotation is very helpful and the ability to go intro first person is a great touch.Alice's movements are great, her motion capture is very well done, her facial expressions are great.
Mostly every NPc you encounter actually has something to say - not random gibberish, mind you.And Alice often responds.
Which brings us to the next major strong point of the game - the vocie acting and dialogue.
I'd lie through my teeth if I said I didn't expect both to be top-notch, but I was still very, very pleased with what they did.
The dialogue is witty, doesn't feel forced, lines are often cryptic and metaphoric, they perfectly fit with the dark tone the game sets by shrouding a lot of what is said in mystery. The vocie acting..It's just perfect, I can't say much about that.There are fcew NPCs that aren't on par, but the ones who stand out the most are Alice and Dr. Bumby (for me, at least.)
The game has a great variety of characters, all unique, all interesting, all with their separate personalities and you're often left wondering what are their real intentions.
Combat has been flawless so far. I loved how McGee and his team preserved the core original style, but brought much innovation into the sequel's.Weapons are over-the-top, extremely fun to use and original.
What I love even more is that fighting requires tactic - you can't win by just sitting and spamming one attack in one place. The game knows the player wants a challenge and rightfully delivers.
Every weapon, naturally, has its own tactics, much like in the original game.
The graphics, while not being exactly groundbreaking (but who said they have to be?) are quite something - Alice herself, the locations, enemies all look gorgeous and there is extreme attention to detail in a lot of departments. Of course, there are the occasional blurry textures absolutely every game has, but that is is no way adetriment to the enjoyment of how good the twisted, yet beautiful Wonderland and its inhabitants look.Alice in particular is quite detailed, her hair flows around very naturally while jumping/running and her movements are believable and more or less realistic. The game utilizes the Unreal engine and does a very good job at using its potential.
The gameplay is everything I expected and much, much more.
A platforming game in a gorgeous setting with detailed environments and interesting puzzles that seem to find the perfect balance - as in, they're not that hard to figure out, but the game won't spoonfeed you what to do, either. And I love that. And finally, the storyline.
It's just fantastic.Deep, immersive, gritty, macabre, enchanting, depressing.
It's flawlessly paced, flawlessly told and perfectly presented.
Helping Alice overcome her sorrow, guilt and escape from the depths of her madness is something you truly take to heart if you let the world of the game suck you in (which it has no trouble doing.)
In the spirit of keeping this spoiler-free, let's just say that the game offers everything the original did and much more, and does an even better job at doing it.
Overall, this game is more or less a shining gem that every fan of platforming adventure, mingled with tactical combat needs to try out.
It's beautiful, dark, thrilling, and a stunning journey to the depths of insanity.
Perfect score for being a perfect game.… Expand
Jun 21, 2011It's not _that_ Alice. She is looking like a Frankenstein's monster in all senses.
That Alice died together with the queen of hearts. TenIt's not _that_ Alice. She is looking like a Frankenstein's monster in all senses.
That Alice died together with the queen of hearts. Ten years have been passed. She became older, sharper, darker and more... mature. Good news: main characters and some levels still have _that_ spooky madness spirit. The main attractor - great game atmosphere is not lost.
Bad news: game-play is not solid. It looks like a mishmash of quite unrelated parts. If in the first part most of small puzzles were entertaining, in this game they are boring and disturbing. Great art and design. Quite faded game-play. That's why she is good but not one of the best.… Expand
Jul 25, 2016Alice is lovely, the combat system is very well made and the game environment is quite nice. There's some old school elements, like there'sAlice is lovely, the combat system is very well made and the game environment is quite nice. There's some old school elements, like there's too much platform jumping, and not so many battles, what was a shame, because they put some nice effort into the battle system. The game is not so bloody as I expected, the enemies could be a little less oily and a little more meaty. The end came at the right time, just before I started to get bored, and was a little too easy because there were almost no punishment for dying, which I don't complain, I'm kinda old for that old school hardship.
It could have bosses too, kinda disappointing that all the time we fight only normal enemies. That's some old school element I missed. It's really worth playing, but not worth replaying, I'd say. Although its a memorable game, if a person, like me, liked the first one will certainly like this too.… Expand
Jun 28, 2011I am a huge fan of the original and I loved most aspects of this game. While not photo-realistic the art design was fantastic and the physxI am a huge fan of the original and I loved most aspects of this game. While not photo-realistic the art design was fantastic and the physx effects (such as Alices hair) where amazing. The story was fairly well written, though a bit choppy in places and the game-play was a lot of fun. A worthy sequel, that being said I do have a few complaints. The lack of boss fights buged me a bit, the end of each chapter felt a bit weak because of it. Some chapters were a bit long, 3 and 5 in particular tended to drag on a be a bit repetitive. The weapons were decent, though I would have liked to see a larger arsenal. The game was reminiscent of Zelda in that you receive new weapons/tools each level but that stops halfway though (instead you get mini-games, which are fun, but not the same). The ending was a mixed bag, while the writing was interesting I felt it was a bit rushed and had a "wait that was it?" feel to it after all the buildup. Still I recommend this game to fans of the original, anyone who loves a good twisted story, and anyone who loves a good adventure. Still hope they make an American McGee movie, the Tim Burton movie was a bit weak and not nearly twisted enough.… Expand
Aug 15, 2011Way too long and repetitive. People who rate this game a ten have to be out of their minds..how can you sit through such boring gameplay. YouWay too long and repetitive. People who rate this game a ten have to be out of their minds..how can you sit through such boring gameplay. You have seen everything after the first few hours. It never gets refreshing after that..Sure, some of the stages have been designed nicely but it's always the same "jump", "push a switch", "kill enemies" -> repeat ad nauseum.… Expand