You know, I really love video games that make me sit back and really think about them … like think about the hidden meaning in them and such. That coupled with beautiful in-game environments and what game do you get? Alice: Madness Returns.
Seriously, who doesn’t love Alice in Wonderland? It has so many odd things that most people find interesting. No matter who you are, I’m sure you can find something you like from the series. :)
Sorry if this turns out to sound review-ish. I’ve just been interested in this game lately so I feel like talking about it. ^^
Madness Returns puts a really fresh, new spin on the series, adding that horror feel to the game, though just enough to send chills down your spine, but not enough to make you too scared to keep playing. Plus the environments are so beautiful. The game designers really outdone themselves in that department, down to the smallest details. It’s jut so fantastic. Even the characters are highly imaginative, just how I would imagine a trip to Wonderland. BD
It is a platforming game, and the controls are way better then its previous game “American McGee’s Alice.” Naturally, the controls are great and simple, just how I like my games. I have to say though, the fighting and puzzle sequences do start to get tedious after about 3/4 of your way through the game, but don’t let that stop you. It’s a great game.
Now to the storyline…
You play as a mentally unstable girl named Alice Liddell. Her family died in a mysterious fire that happened in the night. Alice was of course the only survivor. She suffered burns and I believe she was in a coma for a very long time. She had to stay in an asylum for around 10 years or so, and the stay was not at all pleasant to her. Your goal of the game is to unlock Alice’s suppressed memories in order to find out what happened that night of the fire so she can clear her name, put the past behind her and then work toward real mental recovery.
Meanwhile, the goal you have in Wonderland is to save the crazy world from an out-of-control train. I think all the Wonderland parts are going on in her mind, and it is kinda like a story about self-discovery and recovery, but I don’t wanna give too much away. Just go see for yourselves. ^^
Anyways, I don’t want this to turn into a full review or anything, so I’m just putting my thoughts out there for ya.
I’ve had this game since it came out, and I know my copy for PS3 came with a code for the first game from the PSN Network for free, so two games for the price of one. You just can’t beat that. >w<
Here’s a link to the interactive story. It tells a lot of the backstory without giving away too many spoilers. It’s worth a gander, eh?
***Note*** The story only contains Spoilers for the first Game, but it just tells the jist of the story-line and its good to read if you plan on playing the 2nd game before the first one.
Hope you found this somewhat interesting. I know I did. ^^