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Alice: Madness Returns

6 months ago

Feature: You talkin' to me?

Have You Played… Alice: Madness Returns?

When your name is Alice you either get people singing that song at you, you know, that song (none of us think it is funny please don’t do it), or cracks about Alice In Wonderland. I was either going to have to play all this American McGee nonsense or insist that I would never ever play it ever. In fact, I played Alice: Madness Returns…

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6 years ago

Feature: A Looking Glass Game

Little China Doll: How Spicy Horse Imagined Alice: Madness Returns

This is the latest in a series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills. Alice: Madness Returns is a very special action game, a piece of Lewis Carroll fan fiction conceived by an American (named American, naturally) and illustrated largely by the Chinese, a people not known for their absurdism. Unfortunately it's also a classic…

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8 years ago

Alice Doesn’t Live Here: BigHead Bash

There's probably some irony in the latest title from a man whose name appeared in big huge letters on the front of so many game boxes involving the word 'BigHead', but I'll be damned if I can tell what it is. BigHead BASH is the latest move from American McGee and his Spicy Horse studio, and it's a forthcoming social network game. I don't know…

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Feature: Rabbiting on

Alice: Madness Returns review

The semi-sequel to American McGee's Alice arrived last week. A timely return to a gothic wonderland, or is too late, too late for a very important date with our hard drives? Come on, down the rabbit hole with you and let's find out... Alice 2 is, I think, pretty much what an only casual observer of videogames believes almost all videogames are like. Mad monsters,…

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Crysis 2 Pulled From Steam?

"Where were you when the war began, Daddy?" "Well, little Ignatius H. Meer III, I was at my PC, staring vacantly at Twitter. Probably eating some crisps as I did. I'll never forget that dark, terrible day. The day that EA decided they could fight Steam." "Daddy? Why are you crying, Daddy?" Crysis 2 has disappeared from Steam, and is now described as being "Origin…

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9 years ago

Alice: Madness Returns Shots Are (Yes!) Mad

I'll just do a little checklist here. We've got enormous teapots pouring out molten metal, a glutinous tar baby, Alice poking around a Victorian imagining of the Orient with a unicorn on a stick, and a Chesire cat who's stayed largely unchanged from how he appeared in the first American McGee's Alice even though he was killed in that game. Spoiler! It'll be swell if…

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Alice: Madness Returns Footage Is Gorgeous

Back in the year 2000 (which was ELEVEN YEARS AGO, fact fans), I enjoyed American McGee's Alice comprehensively, like you might a bacon sandwich. Foremost in my mind are the environments- the game was a tour through a tattered and bucking dreamscape, with unholy vistas around every other corner. Finally we have some in-game footage of this summer's sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, and it gives…

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Alice Returns New Trailer, Notes, Make-Up

More on Alice: Madness Returns from the Tokyo Game Show. It's been quiet since its announcement, but the there's new "stuff" including a genuinely somewhat messed up trailer, which you'll find below. And since it's been ages since I've done one, I've written a second-by-second analysis of the trailer for your delectation. Also, linked to someone doing Alice Make-up. And the Sisters' of Mercy, because…

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