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Welcome Back to Alice's Mad World

By , Kevin Parrish - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments
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Wonderland, as twisted as we always thought it to be.

Seasoned PC gamers will remember fondly the Quake-engine powered Alice game, helmed by the former id Software designer American McGee. McGee's first entry--American McGee's Alice--hit the PC ten years ago and told an awesomely dark, deranged tale full of monsters, sharp weapons, and blood. That was back in the year 2000, and now more than a decade later, it's getting a sequel.

Electronic Arts and Spicy Horse Games have announced Alice: Madness Returns, designed with the same dark style of the original, but now featuring entirely new visuals, story and game design. Like the first game, it'll be on the PC, but this time it'll also hit the consoles PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 – all in 2011.

"Alice is a classic fiction, infinitely rich with memorable characters, places and experiences. Our approach to Alice: Madness Returns takes this colorful world and reinvents it with psychotic personalities and pervasive insanity," said American McGee, Spicy Horse Games Co-Founder and Senior Creative Director. "We can't wait to share our vision with Alice in Wonderland fans and gamers around the world."

The new chapter takes place ten years after the conclusion of the original title. Alice struggles to recover from the "emotional trauma" of losing her entire family in a fatal fire. She has spent the last decade locked in an insane asylum, however a psychiatrist sets her free, thinking that the girl's nightmarish hallucinations could be conquered with a little hands-on expertise. No longer confined, Alice sets out to determine the real reason behind her family's death, leaving the real world behind and entering the twisted realm of Wonderland.

Alice: Madness Returns Teaser

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    haze4peace , July 20, 2010 10:40 PM
    The first alice game was fantastic for its time. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. I hope it lives up to the original.
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    restatement3dofted , July 20, 2010 11:11 PM
    American McGee's Alice was (and still is) one of my favorite games. Dark, twisted, innovative, absorbing... Loved everything about it. Can't wait for round two.
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    sliem , July 20, 2010 10:37 PM
    I played Alice long ago... forgot the game's name. It was entertaining.
    The movie is awesome though (Johnny Depp).
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    haze4peace , July 20, 2010 10:40 PM
    The first alice game was fantastic for its time. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. I hope it lives up to the original.
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    TeKEffect , July 20, 2010 10:45 PM
    The movie was far from awesome.. The game does look interesting though
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    bearracuda , July 20, 2010 10:49 PM
    Alright, I'm gonna beat everyone to the punch on this one:

    "Real" gamers play on all 4 platforms! They go where the games are at, cuz they don't want to miss infamous, zelda, gears of war, -or- crysis.

    They also don't want to miss this deliciously twisted rendition of their least favorite classic disney movie. I'm ready to stab some rabbits and rip some cards clove from spade!!
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    cyberkuberiah , July 20, 2010 10:51 PM
    i think ill check the demo out for sure !
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    Lutfij , July 20, 2010 10:51 PM
    looks great...and twisted!!!
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    wolfseeker2828 , July 20, 2010 10:51 PM
    That teaser scared the crap outta me...
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    restatement3dofted , July 20, 2010 11:11 PM
    American McGee's Alice was (and still is) one of my favorite games. Dark, twisted, innovative, absorbing... Loved everything about it. Can't wait for round two.
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    Darkerson , July 20, 2010 11:23 PM
    This looks really cool. Cant wait for it to come out!
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    adikos , July 20, 2010 11:27 PM
    i remember this old game, still have it and the box art cause i loved it. i recently fired it up and played through it about a year ago, excited to see a sequel is coming.
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    zybch , July 20, 2010 11:28 PM
    Why are there still endless remakes of this crappy story? Don't get me wrong, I loved the original alice game, but every damn year we see yet another movie or miniseries based on this slipshod bastard of a novel that was badly plotted and written back in the day, and hasn't change since.
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    adikos , July 20, 2010 11:31 PM
    I forgot to add that this game had wonderful quotes throughout that were quite memorable and twisted. I have some written down at home, thought i'd see some on wiki there arent. surprisingly however, seems old copies of the game sell for 100+ bucks, considering i still have the box and manual i might have to part with it lol.
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    LORD_ORION , July 21, 2010 12:04 AM
    The most memorable part of that game was the end boss... was pretty freaky for the time.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 21, 2010 1:06 AM
    Alice is one of my all time favorite games. When I first heard about the sequel I almost couldn't believe my ears, it's been like a fantasy of mine that I thought for certain would never come true. There are few games more deserving of a second installment, and I'm glad to see American McGee picking up this classic once again. Here's hoping it turns out to be just as kick ass and significant as the original.

    These are the first in game screen shots I've seen, and I have to admit it's looking pretty good. Any word yet on what engine it's running on?
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    christop , July 21, 2010 2:00 AM
    That looks killer!!
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    mook33 , July 21, 2010 2:56 AM
    Alice was one of the most engrossing environments I'd ever played through -- and the artistic style was downright awesome.
    The enemy AI in the game, however, was awful.

    I am absolutely excited for this second installment -- even if the AI is just as bad (which I'm hoping it won't!)

    On a side-note...I'm STILL searching for the old ads / ad campaign for the first game ... the dark poems and illustrations in magazines, etc, were awesome. One had the Alice and the Mad Hatter at opposite ends of the long tea-table, Alice holding a knife under the table, the Hatter with a gun. Awesome stuff, and I miss it! Needless to say, haven't been able to track them down. :(  Anyone have some leads on that by chance, or have the old magazines they can scan from that time period?

    PS - I think I still have my game box in storage somewhere, too -- great stuff. :) 
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    CoryInJapan , July 21, 2010 3:11 AM
    sliemI played Alice long ago... forgot the game's name. It was entertaining.The movie is awesome though (Johnny Depp).

    Correction...THe original Alice cartoon was awesome.The New one sucked.
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    jmchien , July 21, 2010 4:58 AM
    the last Alice game was the last time I played on pc... i'm so in
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    dEAne , July 21, 2010 8:51 AM
    my niece will love this game, but I don't know if my grandma will allow her to play it, It's kind little violence to me.
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    dannyboy3210 , July 21, 2010 12:13 PM
    Oo, the creepy video is awesome.
    I don't normally like horror games, but this time I might make an acception...
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