Alice: Madness Returns

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  • Alice: Madness Returns

    Done, other than a few minor gripes it was pretty cool. a little more spit and polish would have made the game a jillion times better though

    Doom_Peddler said 3 days ago 2 comments Like this (1) Report
    • I love this game to pieces, love Alice as a character too, there are some awesome cosplays and fan art about.

      Sebastian_Hoff said 3 days ago

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    • It was good there was just some poor game design. nothing game breaking but it needed to be addressed

      Doom_Peddler said 3 days ago

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  • Alice: Madness Returns

    I can't lie. I like the game but it has some piss poor lazy game design in places that i wonder if someone on QA or Dev got fired for it.

    Doom_Peddler said 1 week ago 4 comments Like this Report
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    • never noticed any problems like that when I played, maybe a fault in your copy? From what I remember my only issue was the odd awkward camera angle.

      Sebastian_Hoff said 1 week ago

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    • I also experienced texture pop-in's with the game. Especially just after prolonged loading times and entering new areas. The games level design is very imaginative and great to look at . However as far as gameplay goes it is very limited compared to other 3D platformers. It can get very repetitive, due no real definitive break or change in the players acquired approach to the game. The main reason for this is there is no real boss battles, which is unusual for a game in this genre. Another reason comes down to the fact that the weapons have no real ''strategic weight or variance'' to take on differing classes of enemies (I always just played with the pepper-grinder.)

      CalumB90 said 1 week ago

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  • Alice: Madness Returns

    think i'm gonna knock this one out next

    Doom_Peddler said 1 week ago 3 comments Like this (2) Report
  • Alice: Madness Returns

    I did not realize a copy of the first alice came with this. pretty effin sweet

    Doom_Peddler said 2 months ago 8 comments Like this Report
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    • I really need to go through this and Alice again.

      XxFewestlightxX said 2 months ago

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    • I sold off my console copy, but rebought it during a Steam sale. I totally abused Steam's screenshot feature. And a simple tweak of the config file unlocks the dress and weapon DLC, although there isn't a way to unlock the original Alice as far as I know.

      mufujifi_ said 2 months ago

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  • Alice: Madness Returns

    about to start this :)

    nathan123487 said 2 months ago 2 comments Like this (2) Report
    • Good game with really nice level design, however the down side to this is after a couple of hours it does start to become a bit repetitive. With the gameplay starting to drag you do start to become aware of other issues, such as many load times and the occasional slow rendering when entering a new area. However it's still worth a play.

      CalumB90 said 2 months ago

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    • Are there puzzles in this game?

      CobStory said 2 months ago

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  • Alice: Madness Returns

    So, uhh, i defeated all enemies, and the Red Light cage didnt open :c

    RenBx said 3 months ago 1 comment Like this Report
    • Died and went back to last checkpoint but the last CP was when I defeated all enemies :c

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  • Alice: Madness Returns

    Finished American McGee's Alice; was a bit of a challenge, enough so that I quit sometime back and refused to play it until now. But now that's finished I can go onto getting the last achievements for Madness ... [+] Finished American McGee's Alice; was a bit of a challenge, enough so that I quit sometime back and refused to play it until now. But now that's finished I can go onto getting the last achievements for Madness Returns.

    Also, I feel completely stupid for the fact that I only found the save function and how it could used when I was at The Land of Brimstone and Fire... oh, and *expletive deleted* The Land of Brimstone and Fire <_<

    XxFewestlightxX said 4 months ago 3 comments Like this (2) Report
  • Alice: Madness Returns

    Finally got the art book in the mail after 4 weeks, man this thing is beautiful

  • Alice: Madness Returns

    I so loved this game that I'm playing it again... and I don't even play this kinda games, so twisted yet beautiful <3

    Toxik_Berry said 6 months ago 3 comments Like this (3) Report
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    • I am in the same boat here, I loved the game as well. Even a bonus of having the first game as well. Loved the dark story and the way it was twisted as well.

      Rinjubei said 6 months ago

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    • I think they're gonna release that sequel.. but I'm not a 100% sure about it.. some friend told me a while ago.. I wish there was, besides being made mostly for a female audience, it is a really cool game, the cinematics, the gameplay, the story... I loved American McGee's but Madness Returns just blew me away...

      Toxik_Berry said 6 months ago

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  • Alice: Madness Returns

    While I search on eBay for things to spend my money on all willy-nilly, I also feel like it'd be time to churn out some reviews I've had on the backshelf; the really far backshelf where I keep ... [+] While I search on eBay for things to spend my money on all willy-nilly, I also feel like it'd be time to churn out some reviews I've had on the backshelf; the really far backshelf where I keep the things that might stab me if I even as much think about them *pulls out knife from my back* and that was Alice: Madness Returns, so here we go.

    Alice: Madness Returns is the sequel to the once PC exclusive game Alice (or American McGee's Alice if you prefer) which essentially in it's own right served as an adaptation and sequel to the lovely books which have been butchered by Disney on two occasions now; once with unnecessary musical numbers, and a second time with their own adaptation/sequel featuring Johnny Depp with another strange headpiece or hairstyle... again. Anyway enough about Johnny Depp and hats, and more about the game.

    As said Alice: Madness Returns is the sequel to the unauthorized sequel of some very nice books, in which you play as the lovely bright eyed cheery doll-like girl known as Alice Liddell... hold up I've done it again haven't I...

    Third time's the goddamn charm!

    Alice: Madness Returns is the sequel to Alice, which was released by EA in the year 2000. Madness Returns follows up on the events after Alice had defeated the Queen of Hearts, and Wonderland was meant to go back to normal-for-Wonderland again. But things didn't go according to the semi-deranged plan, and Alice is still crazy as ever. As Alice slowly goes of the deep-end again it would seem that Wonderland has also begun to lose the plot once more... if it's even possible for Wonderland to lose it even more. Anyway, as Alice has some form of connection to Wonderland, and on often occasion has her emotional or internal state reflect as physical manifestations in Wonderland (big spoilers for the end of Alice by the way) the madwoman has to return so she can sort things out, so as to save it and herself. From this point on you will set out on a quest to find what is the cause of it all, and hopefully put an end to it all.

    At the heart of all things it can be rather hard to classify what Madness Returns is in terms of gameplay; as to whether it's a Platformer or Hack and Slash, as it tries to juggle both really (I checked Wikipedia, it's apparently a Platformer). With credit given that it is a very well done, if not basic Platformer at times, and certainly one of the most entertaining experiences I've had with the genre in a while, apart from my recent completion of Rayman 3 HD. It does well, and I can say that it was very nice considering the fact I never encountered the problem of camera angles that seem to curse a number of them; but again, it is somewhat basic. As to the combat, this game does exceptionally well in some areas; the combat is top notch, and flows together really well, but the enemies weren't very challenging in the end, bar a few of the much larger enemies, and the combat itself was very basic; I'd just string together some flashy non-stop Vorpaltastic murder and call it a day with a spot of ballistic death from my Teapot. Even the final boss battle felt as though there was little to no challenge in the end, despite how delightful it was actually fighting it... until I went for that painful achievement. I'm guessing the true hardship comes from playing this in Nightmare difficulty, which I endeavored to do once I had completed it once, but this was with New Game +, so it's only mildly harder. My biggest problem, and I cannot get past this; a game like this deserves to have more boss fights, despite how easy it can be. Overall there is a single proper boss battle, right at the end; I suspect there may have been more, but these were replaced by cutscenes instead, so at the end of each chapter you're feeling slightly let down as to the fact that everything you've done, is pointless. The toughest battles like a boss, are meant to be a test of your skills and tools that you've acquired, and the lack of these fights, and the one battle you do have... it just isn't satisfying, heck, it actually pushed me away from it at times. I do however give it major kudos to how strangely beautiful it is fighting however, and the same goes to the platforming; the visual design is twisted, and it's downright amazing because of it.

    This brings me to one of the highlights of the game; the visuals and environmental design. Ranging from breathtaking scenery which feels peacefully idyllic, to the dark and gritty which suits the underlying tone of how dark this game really is, to things in between, you can really get caught up in the strange, twisted, and honestly wonderful places you'll find and see. I'm not kidding, I spent a good 40 minutes in about each chapter just looking at things because they were that nice... in a dark sinister way... but that's the kind of stuff I like, it's why DmC: Devil May Cry or Dishonored has so much appeal to me. Aside from a few graphical glitches, where the textures don't fully render and you've got blurry images of things, it really is some nice scenery. It can be said of most things in the game also; as mentioned earlier the combat, the level design, character and weapon design, hell even the various dresses you can give to Alice are very nice to look at (no, not like that). Overall it really does present something so dark and somewhat beautiful at the same time, it's maddening.

    Now, the story; as mentioned earlier it takes place after the events of the original game, and now Alice must contend with the threats of Wonderland as to save herself from insanity and Wonderland too. Solving the mystery as to why everything has gone to hell, and why she is worsening is essentially the main plot, and when it focuses on these aspects it does very well. It's filled with plot twists here and there, and honestly the reveal of why this all happened ties everything together quite nicely, and was the biggest shock of the game to me. That said, it's something you need to play the entire way through to understand, because unless you do, it can be very confusing at times, because it does go off into what appear to be non-related issues, but do fit into the greater picture later. If you haven't played the first, it's not that big a problem either, because the amount of back-story is well expanded upon, and if I recall there is somewhere, where you can just read a summary of the first game.

    Anyway, because I am tired, and I can't honestly put out a proper, or apparently professional review I'll sum it up now; this game has a lot of things it could have done better, they're good, but they could have been better. More boss battles would have made a great difference; and a story while great, it levels on the same obscurity alongside the second half of Series 6/7 of Doctor Who. It's highlight is still the level/environment design, and the adaptation of it all, that, and it is greatly better than the console ports of Alice, much greater.

    7/10 - You should try this at least once.

    XxFewestlightxX said 7 months ago 4 comments Like this Report
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    • I got around to playing it after I wrote this, still just as great as the first time. Even with it's flaws, this is one of my favourite games without question; easily taking a spot in my top 10 :P

      XxFewestlightxX said 7 months ago

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    • @Sebastian_Hoff (very late reply) there is a lot to love about it, and that is awesome; I'd love to have my own copy of the art book, because as I said in this, it's one of my highlights for it. As for Alice: Otherlands, I am excited, a bit wary given that it will be an animated film at first, but I trust them, I do. Would have been nice to see OZombie as well, but perhaps much later down the line.

      XxFewestlightxX said 7 months ago

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