It was way back in October of 2000 when Electronic Arts released American McGee’s Alice on the PC and Mac. The game introduced players to a strange and twisted take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The game was generally well-received and was noted for having very impressive visuals at the time.
Earlier this year, EA revealed that American McGee, along with a new development team, was working on a sequel called Alice: Madess Returns. Thanks to a new trailer released by EA, fans can now mark June 14, 2011, as the day they can continue Alice’s further decent into madness.
The new trailer shows that we may get a chance to experience some gameplay outside of Wonderland. An insane trailer from back in September showed Alice in the real world getting pulled into a portal of flames by something with tentacles, and now this new trailer shows some actual gameplay in what appears to be the real world, or at least this game’s equivalent.
The sections outside of Wonderland appear to be dark and drab with muted colors, and you can obviously tell when the trailer switches to Wonderland by how brightly it is colored. How these two worlds will play into the game has yet to be revealed, but it could open up some interesting puzzles if it turns out players have to do something in one world to change the other.
The game appears to be a mix of platforming, shooting, and melee combat. Judging by the combat seen in the trailer, we could be looking at a control scheme similar to the Ratchet and Clank series, with more emphasis placed on the melee combat.
The strange and unique visuals that one would expect from the Alice in Wonderland stories appear to be intact, with some interesting environments and enemies. It appears that players will at least visit the Queen of Hearts’ castle, but it’s hard to determine where or what the other areas shown in the trailer are. One thing that is for sure — you probably won’t complain about every area looking the same, like you could with the first Dead Space.
As a fan of the Alice that released almost eleven years ago, this game is something I am curious about. The gameplay shown in the trailers hasn’t sold me, and neither has the fact that it will be the first major game made by Spicy Horse Games that isn’t episodic. Hopefully, everything will come together and the game will turn out great and be worth the eleven year wait. The story, settings, and environment seem to be on the right track, but it remains to be seen if the same can be said about the gameplay.
Alice: Madness Returns will be released on June 14, 2011, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.