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American McGee's Alice (PC/Mac/Xbox360/PS3)

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1 American McGee's Alice (PC/Mac/Xbox360/PS3) on Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:08 pm

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This series is fairly old- dating back to 2000. It's a Third-Person Action Puzzle Platformer series, with the first game called American McGee's Alice and it's 2011 sequel called Alice:Madness Returns.

As you can imagine, the story revolves around Alice- from Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Except she's all grown up and developed into a sharp tongued cynic with a sharp edged Vorpal Blade


Synopsis- Via Wiki-


American McGee's Alice-
Shortly after her second adventure, Through the Looking-Glass, Alice's house is burnt down by an accidental fire, killing her family and leaving her as the only survivor. As time progresses Alice loses touch with reality. She is institutionalized in Rutledge Asylum, where she is observed and treated by Dr. Heironymous Wilson. Alice's only possession in Rutledge is a stuffed rabbit. Ten years after Alice was committed to Rutledge, she finds herself sucked back into a Wonderland that has been twisted by her own broken mind. The White Rabbit summons Alice to aid a radically altered Wonderland, which became a twisted version of itself as it came under the horrible rule of the Queen of Hearts. The Cheshire Cat serves as Alice's companion throughout the game, frequently appearing to guide her with cryptic comments.



As for the sequel

Alice-Madness Returns

Alice: Madness Returns takes place shortly after the events of its predecessor.[5][6] Alice was released from Rutledge Asylum at the end of the original game and now lives at an orphanage in Victorian London under the care of a psychiatrist named Doctor Angus Bumby, who uses hypnotism to help his child patients to forget their harsh memories. Still haunted by her family's death in the house fire ten years ago, Alice continues to have hallucinations.



What do I like about this game?
For starters, the interpretation of the source material

For those of you who don't know, Alice in Wonderland , though meant for children, has certain bits that can be interpreted as 'messed up'.
I mean, for starters, Lewis Carrol apparently wrote it to get a pedo-opportunity with a 10 year old girl he knew.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll Read the Carroll Myth

All the characters and locations from the books make the transition to video game with a fair bit of accuracy.
In game the place called 'Wonderland' basically refers to Alice's subconscious mind. Her insanity makes the place insane.

I'd give it

Story- 8/10- Brilliantly written psychological thriller
Graphics-6/10- Good detail in the character models and scenery, but some bits are repetitive.
Gameplay-6/10- Certain sequences stand out, but mostly it's repetitive Hack-Slash-Jumping Puzzle-Repeat.

It's worth playing, in my opinion, for the Story alone. The original game is too old to find in shops now, so it's being bundles along with Madness Returns, which is available in stores now.


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