Alice: Madness Returns was originally released in 2011 for PS3 and is an action-adventure video game which acts as a sequel to American McGees Alice. Original releases came with a code allowing players to download a free updated copy of the first game.
Graphics: Probably my favourite thing about these games is the macabre yet absolutely stunning visuals. A mixture of 2D and 3D scenes with a creepy gothic twist, the graphics are definitely a big selling point of this game for me!
Music: I actually found the music to be quite a letdown. While eerie at times it is mostly just background noise that does it’s job but doesn’t add anything to the game.
Cinematics: The cut-scenes were the part I looked forward to most while playing the game (I find this in most games) however, some were badly written and felt a bit pointless. Nevertheless, the visuals usually make up for this.
Story: At first I found the story difficult to get in to as it feels a bit erratic (which should probably be expected given the basis of the game) but after a while playing I found I got used to the style of storytelling and began to quite like it. The story itself I think could have had more depth and the characters could have been developed a lot more.
Controls: I found the controls easy to use and adapted very quickly to them.
Gameplay: Overall, I found the game-play was pleasing if not slightly bizarre which I think suits this type of game given it’s subject matter.
There is a definite feel of feminity which runs throughout the game, which may put some male players off (for example, Alice bursting into butterflies when she dies). Overall, I enjoyed this game but definitely don’t think it would appeal to everyone.
This post contains my personal opinions and views on the game. I am in no way a gaming expert, just a girl who enjoys her games!