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Beautifully demented return to wonderland,
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This review is from: Alice: Madness Returns - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I've been waiting for this game to release since I first heard news of it last year and now that I'm playing it, it didn't disappoint. This is a platforming action game and both aspects are done really well. It's visually rich with tons of detail and the camera work is done well. The backgrounds vary from vivid and serenely beautiful to dark, gritty and gory. Even the costume changes as you make it to new locations are nice little touches that add to all the attention to detail that was paid to the graphics. Even when you fall and die it looks cool. Standing out are the parts with the motion comic-like cutscenes that are dark and violent. Sort of like reading rainbow on a very bad acid trip.
Platforming feels solid. Double jumping not only looks beautiful with a cool graphical flourish but the "float" ability that allows you to glide and string multiple double jumps together is useful and cool to look at. The fighting is also done really well. I like dedicated melee and ranged buttons that allow the combat to flow seamlessly instead of constantly switching weapons back & forth as the situation and enemies demand a major improvement over the first. Theres also a dodge/dash ability that's both very useful and is awesome to look at. Locking on to enemies to and being able to change to another target during battle is very useful and also an upgrade from the first game.
Exploration is rewarded and encouraged which I love. It's not just a straight road through the game. There are items & memories to find if you go off the beaten path. Your first power is "shrink sense" which is sort like detective mode from Batman Arkham Asylum. It lets you shrink down in size to access new paths that only your smaller size allows you to access, but also gives everything a UV glow so you can see hidden signs and platforms you normally would have missed. Collecting teeth to upgrade weapons, finding other items and snouts to unlock hidden paths feel very rewarding. You can go into first person mode for more precise aiming to take out enemies or to aim at pig snouts to unlock new paths.
This game is everything I wanted from the first one and more. I bought the original when it first released and I'm on my second copy I just loved it so much. My only problem with the original was I"m not a PC gamer and using a keyboard and mouse was something I'm not use to. Being able to play the new game with a console controller and getting a free download of the original to play on my xbox with a controller is amazing.
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Initial post: Jun 16, 2011 6:42:26 AM PDT
neil nardiello says:
The Xbox version comes with a free copy of the original inside the box or a code to download it free from xbox live?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2011 1:11:06 PM PDT
T. Granillo says:
Code to download, but still a totally free complete game. An amazing game at that. But it won't do anygood if you aren't connected to the internet.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2011 11:33:35 AM PDT
It's the EA "Online Pass" for the game. Since it's a single player game, the incentive is the free original download. Kind of sucks, but EAs attempt to curve the sale of used games that they do not profit from. Can't blame them thanks to Game Stop and others not giving these companies a kickback.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2011 10:58:21 AM PDT
The original is also $9.99 dl from XBL in the event that you get the game secondhand without the code in it. I agree, amazingly fun to play, and I hate action games. I'm more of a FPS gamer. I loved and still own the original Alice and was looking forward to this for over a year.
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