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Alice Sequel Includes Original As Free DLC?

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When I was a young lad, I had two great aesthetic passions: the wonderfully trippy, and the truly, excruciatingly dark. Alice mixed the twain beautifully, offering an utterly contorted and perverted perspective on the "Wonderland" we all knew as kids -- presenting a "bad trip" odyssey that would have no doubt found Walt Disney desperately pawing at the rotary dial of his gold-plated, old timey phone while one of his many man-servants hurriedly recited the number of the local clergyman.

With the new Alice a couple of months away, and screenshots aplenty, I once again find myself giddy at the prospect of returning to the ruined doomscape of American McGee's lovely little nightmare. My copy of the original game has long since gone missing, so it was much to my glee to read that Mr. McGee himself told CVG that players will be able to obtain the original Alice, via a digital download code provided to those who purchase Alice: Madness Returns. In addition to the original game, you can doll up your heroine with the latest DLC styles -- no doubt they will range from "unsettling" to "cutesy yet unsettling" -- but it's not just the superficial: according to the CVG article, "Those dresses come with special abilities and enhance how you play through the game."

An EA rep declined to comment, beyond telling Joystiq that "Unfortunately, we do not have information in regards to Alice: Madness Returns including the original Alice game." One can be reasonable sure that the rep is simply doing his corporate duty by staying silent on the matter, given that McGee is most likely aware of what's happening with his project. Perhaps not, or perhaps he's simply being willfully deceptive, in which case he surely qualifies as what my friends over in England (depending on your news source of choice, you may also know of this place as "not America") would describe as "an absolute tosser." My money's on the former.

5 Comments

Silver Phoenix said:

Fix your "Inclucces" typo.

Keith said:

Aesthetically, Alice was awesome. But in all honesty, it wasn't that fun. The controls were horrible, and it was essentially a very uninspired third-person action/shooter. I am willing to wait and see how this sequel turns out, but my gut feeling is not so positive.

Chiron said:

@Keith, the original Alice wasn't a shooter at all, it was a platform game.
In the new game the combat system has inproved though but its still gonna be a platform game mainly.

Keith said:

Chiron - A lot of the weapons in the game had a ranged attack and the game was built using the same engine as Quake III, so to me it had a strong "shooter" feel. It definitely had platforming sections too, but I think you can understand my word choice.

Briker Ed said:

I liked the original game, but it felt a bit too shooter(ish) for me too. I mean, I did a fair amount of exploring and whatnot, but couldn't shake the same 'shooter' feel like Keith.
Will be picking the sequel most definitely cause, bottom line, I enjoyed the first game.

Btw I always compared Alice to Evil Twin, for a few (obvious) reasons. Have to say, I liked Evil Twin better, mainly for the gameworld design (still remember going down to those huge.... things! that pull a city by chains through an ocean). Just a thought that popped into my mind....

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