Many years ago, Alice was traumatized and was sent to the insane asylum in the outskirts of jolly ol' England after the death of her parents in a house fire. One faithful night, a nurse gives Alice a stuffed old rabbit from the girl's childhood, only to hear a plead for help from the White Rabbit, transporting her to a twisted version of Wonderland ruled by the Queen of Hearts. Guided by her friends and much needed advice from an anorexic and tattooed Cheshire Cat, she finds her way to the Queen of Hearts' castle. Will she regain her sanity and save Wonderland? Or with the death of the Queen of Hearts destroy her?
That was the plotline for the first game released for the PC years ago, where a few of us were just innocent kids where our Wonderland was bright and colorful with no danger (except for a Queen of Hearts who cut off everyone's heads if it didn't go her way). Now, Alice's Madness Returns (so much pun XD) after years of fans waiting for a sequel, it finally comes back.
Eleven years ago a horrific fire took Alice’s family from her and left her terribly burned—and her mind terribly scarred. Afterwards she was confined to Rutledge Asylum, struggling to come to terms with her demons by slipping into her fantasy world of Wonderland. Now, after ten years, she has finally secured her release--yet she still bears the heavy psychological burden of that tragic event.
In Alice: Madness Returns, Alice is released from the asylum to a London psychiatrist’s care. As nightmarish hallucinations continue to haunt her and invade her reality, she seeks to understand her torment in order to recover herself. Her mind in tatters, she is unable to resolve the fear and neuroses prompted by her strange memories, dreams, and visions. Her relocation to London seems only to add to their number and intensity.
Perhaps she’ll do better in Wonderland. She always has. She travels there, seeking what the “real” world can’t provide: security, knowledge, and the truth about the past. But in her absence, Wonderland too has suffered. Something has gone horribly wrong, and now a great evil is descending upon what once was her beautiful refuge.
Can Alice save Wonderland—and herself—from the madness that consumes them both?
I liked Tim Burton's Alice but American McGee tops, hands down :)
Just the idea of making a beloved icon into something so twisted and dark is just EPIC in my point of view :)
But the real question is, will this game top the first game and will it overcome the fans' expectations? Or will it suck so bad that it will make the fans bash at the game for centuries? (I know, a bit over dramatic, but come on.)
Alice: Madness Returns is said to be released next Spring.
I've seen the screenshots for this game just recently, and it has me really, REALLY excited. Absolutely gorgeous, every shot, with so much more gorey detail than the first Alice. <3
Yeah, I'm excited as hell because I've been waiting years for an Alice sequel (which has the potential to be a big hit, not so much the movie) but there is one thing that makes me wonder...if Alice has to fight the Heart Cards again (and she does), does this mean that the Queen of Hearts is back?
I'm hoping that the story will greatly differ from the first game, and not just a disguised remake with better graphics.
I've begun to just worship everything American McGee produces and well, Alice is just so fucking awesome and I couldn't be more excited over madness returns! It will hopefully be 10 times more awesome since there's better technology out now. And Tim Burton, fuck that guy's version of Alice in Wonderland, McGee needs to do it since that's the only guy that could make it right!!
I try to keep out the cynicism as much as possible but does anyone but me think it's kind of an odd coincidence that they announce this sequel pretty quickly after the new movie just made over a billion dollars worldwide?