Alice Launch Trailer Is Messed Up, Amazing

By Quintin Smith on June 3rd, 2011 at 9:14 am.

Louise never reacted well when her flatmates used all the milk

You’re late! For a very important date! The trailer after the jump has been waiting just forever for you. And look at you! Straighten that pinny! Tighten those bows! What is that in your hair? Give me strength. Alright, off you go. And do try and remember your manners.

I’ve been hearing worrying things about the quality of the platforming and combat in this one, but I’m not personally worried. If the game can just maintain a steady stream of ominous, fantastical imagery, you better believe I’ll soldier through any mediocre puzzles or irritating jumping puzzles. Look at that disturbing vibrating rabbit-man at 0:27! The disturbing tooth creature at 1:18! Whatever the crap that thing is at 1:19! The range of dresses! Ooh yes, I’m looking forward to this.

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80 Comments »

  1. Stevostin says:

    I was starting to think “oh, this is a dated 3D…” but yes, visuals are incredible. If the gaming is mediocre, all we could thing is how great it would be to have a design genious like AMG working with a gaming genius ^^

  2. KauhuK says:

    MADNESS? NO, THIS IS Alice: Madness Returns. Looks disturbingly good. Too bad my budget cant allow me to get this one, at least for now.

  3. Dzamir says:

    THIS IS MADNESS!!

  4. JackShandy says:

    Beautiful. Like a more overt Psychonauts. And was that a giant enemy crab I saw there?

    EDIT: The trailer really should have gone:

    “Madness is a place.

    And it is wondrous.

  5. TrouserDemon says:

    I am reminded very much of Psychonauts, except with a darker art style.

  6. Justoffscreen says:

    I am going to play the hell out of this, oh yes.

  7. fuggles says:

    In honesty the first alice had pretty crappy gameplay, but was interesting for the visuals and level designs. Glad to see the sequel is remaining true to the original!

  8. Alexander Norris says:

    I’m puzzled as to why Alice is an Ultramarine, but this looks pretty good!

    (Although the seven comments that are supposed to be on here are invisible?)

  9. Zetetic says:

    Madness is actually a pop-ska band.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      That was always my remedy against the SPARTAAAA meme.

      They: This is madness!
      Me. THIS IS… ONE STEP BEYOOOOOND!

  10. Arclight says:

    Delightfull, in a slightly disturbing way.

  11. Premium User Badge MonkeyMonster says:

    Blimey… twisted platforming tasty nutness with a cat. What more could you want? Though will it hug you if you have nightmares?

  12. skyturnedred says:

    Just the right amount of disturbing.

  13. Isometric says:

    It looks truly wonderful especially the giant alice stomping around

  14. Premium User Badge mrwonko says:

    Purrfect!

  15. Hidden_7 says:

    Me and my friend where having a think about this. Games boasting “a range of dresses” are few and far between, aren’t they?

    We came up with The Elder Scrolls games, the two recent Fallouts, Final Fantasy X-2 (dress based combat), and then hit a wall. Bloodlines had some skirts, but no dresses I don’t think? Tomb Raider legend had one dress?

    Surely there must be more games where the selection of dresses could be described as “sundry” musn’t there?

  16. Zetetic says:

    Madness is not knowing whether or not your comment referencing the invisibility of comments is original.

  17. Avenger says:

    Hmm Spicy Horse… I wonder how that tastes

  18. Zetetic says:

    Madness is testing before deployment.

  19. Avenger says:

    Comment testing.. comment testing. comment testing I am just testing to see if the comment system works

  20. Mallika says:

    Oh god that looks absolutely amazing…especially all the weird and horrific things you come across. I hope the gameplay won’t disappoint.

  21. JackShandy says:

    We’re all just throwing words into the abyss now.

    I’d like to thank Rock, Paper Shotgun for this lovely work of invisible art. It’s certainly made me deeply consider of my broader place within the internet.

  22. Zetetic says:

    Madness is hitting the ‘Opinion, Away!’ button, forever.

  23. PopeBob says:

    Even though the original never held much of my interest, I’ll probably give this one a go. Looks to be quite interesting visually to an extent beyond the first game’s dated, quirky styling.

  24. Formanovo says:

    You guys should play my school project while waiting for this game:

    http://www.tdne.dk/Octave/

    We were greatly inspired by the first Alice, style-wise

  25. MuscleHorse says:

    That’s amazing! How did you put a video in an article?

  26. Coins says:

    On one hand, I really like it. It looks mad! On the other hand, some passages look like they’re trying just a tiny bit too hard.

    • BooleanBob says:

      What are you talking about Coins! Clearly it is DARKIER and EDGIERER. We all know there’s nothing try-hard about that!

    • JackShandy says:

      Nothing edgier than scathing Victorian satire of modern mathematics.

  27. CaspianRoach says:

    This looks very promising. Can’t wait to get all dressess for my Alice! What? This game is not about dress collecting?

  28. Vexing Vision says:

    Hmm, can’t see any of the other comments? How come?

    Anyway, I’m with Quinns on this – I don’t care how bad the gameplay is, I need to play this for the story and the images.

  29. The Dark One says:

    Something about the movement of the characters made me think that someone planned on making this game for the Xbox/PS2 era but only got around to developing it now. Considering the last platformer I played was Psychonauts, I don’t think this is really a problem for me.

  30. TheLordHimself says:

    I sort of feel like it looks like it should have come out 3 years ago. It looks a bit dated… but nevertheless interesting.

  31. Meat Circus says:

    Oh, I can no longer view comments.

    What a shame.

  32. 4026 says:

    Wait, this is launching? Now? That crept up on me.

    EDIT: Wikipedia clarifies: it’ll actually be out (in the UK) on the 16th June.

  33. thegooseking says:

    Mediocre puzzles and irritating jumping challenges being overruled by amazing atmosphere and imagery sounds pretty much like the previous game. Which wouldn’t be so terrible.

  34. Premium User Badge Mungrul says:

    I already have it, but it’s nice to see that they’re offering a free copy of American McGee’s Alice for pre-orders.

  35. Rii says:

    Graphically it looks a bit shit; that aside it also looks rather wonderful, although I’m not sure I’m down with an emaciated Cheshire Cat. Definitely looking forward to a WIT on this.

  36. Alethron says:

    Looks really interesting. I haven’t played the first one, but at first glance it reminds me a little of Psychonauts, which I loved, and haven’t played anything like since. I really hope this one turns out well.

  37. mbp says:

    I can’t seem to view comments today. I see that there is 37 comments on this post. I am allowed to make a comment but no matter what I click I cannot make a comment.

    Awesome looking game by the way

  38. Baka says:

    *comment test*

  39. Freud says:

    It looks amazing. Who cares if textures are a bit blurry and characters blocky when the art created is as fantastic as this trailer seems to promise?

    As I didn’t play the original and it is very hard to judge if gameplay is of the same caliber as the art direction, I’ll just wait to see wot others think.

  40. SaturnineTenshi says:

    I’m sorry, but I thought here nipples were bleeding at first.

  41. neolith says:

    Whoa – that looks promising!

  42. raptormesh says:

    Now that’s pretty darn alluring. Love her hair and other parts.

  43. Archroy says:

    I dont like the voices as much as I want to. It sounds like the voice actors are trying to emulate the first game (which was amazing, especially the Cat’s voice!) but juuust falling short.

    That aside, this looks like it will be a terrific game. Awaiting eagerly.

  44. Premium User Badge VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    Like the first, this one has some wonderfully grotesque visual art. Hopefully unlike the first this one will not feature horrible floaty jumping, terrible collision detection, or appalling combat mechanics. It might actually be good.

  45. Chalee says:

    ONE STEP BEYOND!

  46. rapchee says:

    rated M for Madness

  47. Drake Sigar says:

    Yes. YEEEEEEEEEEEES!

  48. cHeal says:

    The voice acting is laughable.

    The rest looks good.

  49. Radiant says:

    That is two sequels away from an episode of Miami Ink.

  50. Jake says:

    Ah the art direction is really great, I was worried the graphics would be disappointing – the opening shot of the character model looks really dated – but the environments look so imaginative it makes up for it. I hope it is genuinely dark and twisted rather than teenage and emo though, it could go either way.