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There are a few bad things to be said about the game, to be certain. Despite worlds built with expansive vistas and an assortment of little nooks and crannies, it feels very linear, with most of those nooks blocked by invisible walls and attempts at full exploration prevented by either high walls or bottomless pits. Up close the textures tend to look a little rough, but personally that doesn't bother me. Graphics are great, but they're hardly everything, and the game does a great job of animating Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Hatter, etc.
Overall it plays like an old-school platformer in many ways, with the inclusion of mostly-invisible platforms making an interesting addition. Alice can't grab the edge of ledges, which was troublesome in places where it's necessary to milk every inch of her impressive jumping/floating ability to reach the next location. The only thing I really didn't like overall was the difficulty in targeting the enemies I wanted to, but it didn't hold me back overall.
I greatly enjoyed the storyline and the worlds - though the underwater world seemed very out of place and childish, bereft of the creepy factor the other worlds maintained faithfully. Snippets of time where Alice was awake in the real world were a sometimes relieving break from the wierdness, but I wish more happened in between realms of madness.
I was disappointed in the final boss, but overall I found the fights were dynamic and required a decent amount of strategy to finish without entering Hysteria (I did manage to complete my goal of playing the whole game without using Hysteria though), and there was a good variety of enemies requiring different methods to defeat. The minigames felt forced in places, but the puzzles were fun nonetheless.
Madness Returns was a nostalgic reminder of old platforming, with excellent writing and appropriately creepy (and sometimes nonsensical) dialogue. There was enough of a variety to keep me interested, while maintaining the dreamy feel. 9/10
Though I haven't played the first game, "Alice: The Madness Returns" does a good job on quickly bringing you up to speed. This is a dark, twisted version of Wonderland, and for the most part it makes for a fun trip. The designs of the world and the creatures inhabiting it are imaginative, and while the graphics aren't perfect (there are some rather noticeable glitches throughout) they work fairly well at bringing Wonderland and London to life. Controls work well, especially in combat. Combat will test you, as you learn new abilities and gain new weapons, you'll need to use everything you have at your disposal. No enemy is insurmountable, but they aren't all pushovers either. The platforming bits are generally fine, though an occasional bad camera angle can cause you to miss a jump. Checkpoints are generous, however, so you're never put too far back. The timed puzzles can get maddening, though, but with patience all can be beaten. The story is well written, and the voice acting is quite good. This is a long game compared to most coming out- it may take upwards of 15 hours or so to complete one playthrough. There's plenty of collectibles to look for, and two trips through may be needed to get them all. This game may not appeal to everyone, but if you're looking for a bit of a different action-adventure game, check this one out. You might be glad you followed the Rabbit down the hole after all.
This game is beautiful, albeit repetitive, but so are all other slashing games it just comes with the territory. If you enjoyed the first game, you will LOVE this one. If you're new to the series, and you enjoy third person hack and slash games(though Alice's battle system isn't complex at all compared to Bayonetta, or DMC), and an enjoyable story that takes you through beautiful and terrifying worlds, then you will enjoy this game.
We've come to an impasse when it comes to 'professionally' criticizing video games. I never really payed attention to reviews or critic scores when I was younger, but I notice now that they rarely reliable. There isn't a game out there these days that didn't have a small following at a some time. If the story and gameplay interest you, then give it a try. Don't let a number scare you.
It's not like your game queue is that full anyways.
While no game is perfect, and thus undeserving of a 10, I still give this game one, because I enjoyed every minute of it. That in and of it self is perfection in a way.