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American McGee's (First) Alice Coming To Consoles Via Online Pass

Electronic Arts dodging the traditional downloadable route, at least for now.

Recent speculation that the original Alice game, American McGee’s Alice, was headed to consoles in some fashion was confirmed today. In a press release, EA announced that each sealed copy of the sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, is shipping with a one-time use Online Pass that’ll give access to a downloadable version of the original game, day and date with the release of Madness on June 14. 

There's a couple of catches to be aware of. The original Alice, at least initially, will not only require an Online Pass, but the Madness Returns disc. Also, Alice won’t be available on XBLM and PSN in a traditional sense--you’ll need to download it through Madness Returns’ menu.


== TEASER ==Designer American McGee actually broke this news a few days ago. "There's also going to be a pretty significant release, which is the original Alice brought over to the consoles,"  McGee told CVG in an interview. "A person who's purchased Madness Returns gets a download code and is able to bring Alice onto their console and play through the entire original game alongside playing Madness Returns."

What will you get with the PC version, you ask? EA neglected to talk about any PC-specific perks for Madness Returns. As of right now, the only way you can play the original Alice is via a mouse, keyboard, and computer (or Mac).  

An Online Pass comes free with every console copy of the game. If you buy used and your pass has been used as well, you'll be able to get a fresh one for $10.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Recent speculation that the original Alice game, American McGee’s Alice, was headed to consoles in some fashion was confirmed today. In a press release, EA announced that each sealed copy of the sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, is shipping with a one-time use Online Pass that’ll give access to a downloadable version of the original game, day and date with the release of Madness on June 14. 

There's a couple of catches to be aware of. The original Alice, at least initially, will not only require an Online Pass, but the Madness Returns disc. Also, Alice won’t be available on XBLM and PSN in a traditional sense--you’ll need to download it through Madness Returns’ menu.


== TEASER ==Designer American McGee actually broke this news a few days ago. "There's also going to be a pretty significant release, which is the original Alice brought over to the consoles,"  McGee told CVG in an interview. "A person who's purchased Madness Returns gets a download code and is able to bring Alice onto their console and play through the entire original game alongside playing Madness Returns."

What will you get with the PC version, you ask? EA neglected to talk about any PC-specific perks for Madness Returns. As of right now, the only way you can play the original Alice is via a mouse, keyboard, and computer (or Mac).  

An Online Pass comes free with every console copy of the game. If you buy used and your pass has been used as well, you'll be able to get a fresh one for $10.
Edited by ThePhantomnaut

Alice 1 was not a good game, "nostalgia aside."

Posted by benjaebe

Sick. This is how you do a Project $10 right. I wonder if they're just porting it or remastering it at all.

Posted by crusader8463

Neat I guess. I wouldn't be surprised if PC got nothing like usual.

Posted by phrosnite

I really hope the new game is as good as it looks because it looks AWESOME! I want to play the first but I don't care thtat much. The second game is what has me psyched...

Posted by Yummylee

Pretty nifty. I definitely plan to get Madness Returns and this'll be a neat bonus, whether it's dated or not. Always wanted to try it out for myself and this is a great opportunity to finally do so.

Posted by brocool

Still not happy that game companies are doing this, ffs games cost $60 to begin with.

Posted by Sargus

I curious whether or not it will have achievements/trophies...

Posted by Chubbaluphigous

It looks like it is going to be a direct port.  I remember starting the original Alice back when it came out.  The controls were terrible with a mouse.  Here's to hoping that the game plays better with a controller.  


...If they did this for the PC version I would probably still play it on the PC again anyway.... That is probably the wrong choice though.
Posted by TheAdmin

Recent speculation the original Alice game

Do you mean recent speculation That  the Alice game? 

Posted by benjaebe
@brocool said:
" Still not happy that game companies are doing this, ffs games cost $60 to begin with. "
What...what are you even talking about? How does them giving you the first Alice, for free with a new copy, make you not happy?
Posted by Sin4profit

i may buy into this and actually finish the first Alice game on the console.

Posted by Sogeman

With this the game just got on my Radar. I'll still wait for a price drop.

Posted by TorMasturba
@benjaebe said:
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                @brocool said:
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                Still not happy that game companies are doing this, ffs games cost $60 to begin with.
            "
What...what are you even talking about? How does them giving you the first Alice, for free with a new copy, make you not happy?
            "

Agreed, and the way you wrote your response made me giggle. :-)
Posted by Axersia

I was planning on getting this game day 1 anyway, but this is a nice bonus. Perhaps now I can actually get around to beating the game. I always loved the soundtrack and overall style of the original Alice, but playing a platformer with FPS controls certainly wasn't the most optimal experience. Hopefully they fix that stuff for the console release.

Posted by Solh0und

I wonder if I should get this or MK after Brink comes out.

Posted by phish09

I'd rather if the new Alice game didn't come with this and was $10 cheaper instead. 

Edited by SiN13

So they are calling it an online pass but does it actually have some sort of online mode?

Posted by tourgen

Too lazy to tack on a half-hearted multiplayer in a vain attempt to curb used sales, EA decided to toss in a crappy port worth approximately $0 instead.  Bold.

Posted by Vestigial_Man

I had no interest in this before now but I would buy this just to support the trend of free copies of older games with new ones. 

Posted by ProfessorEss

Never really liked the original Alice, can't seem to get myself to care about the new Alice, and with all the other upcoming games and my huge backlog I don't see me getting around to any of this.

Posted by JoeRosa
@phish09 said:
" I'd rather if the new Alice game didn't come with this and was $10 cheaper instead.  "
Think of all the people that want to play this but are not able to. It is really expensive to buy a copy. This is a good deal. If you want to pay 10$ less go buy it used and support gamestop more.
Edited by phish09
@JoeRosa said:

" @phish09 said:

" I'd rather if the new Alice game didn't come with this and was $10 cheaper instead.  "
Think of all the people that want to play this but are not able to. It is really expensive to buy a copy. This is a good deal. If you want to pay 10$ less go buy it used and support gamestop more. "
I agree with you that it's a good deal for the people who want to play it, but what about those of us who have already bought and played the OG Alice?  It's like they are building $10 into the price of the game for a game I already own and have no interest in playing or buying again.  I won't buy it used from Gamestop, since I just don't buy used games, but because of this, I'll definitely wait until it drops in price before I buy it.
Posted by kerse
@phish09 said:
" I'd rather if the new Alice game didn't come with this and was $10 cheaper instead.  "
It would be 60 with or without it anyways.
Posted by Beechbone
@Sargus said:
" I curious whether or not it will have achievements/trophies... "
Achievements are mandatory on 360 so we can assume yes. Remember, Quake 4 on 360 comes with XBLA release of Quake 2, and it featured full set of its own achievements.
Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

I kinda would've liked the original before the sequel, just so I could play it and hopefully finish it before the release of the sequel. But, after watching the Quick Look, I am pretty interested in this game. Getting the original with the purchase of the sequel is good though. (just wish it would've been released before hand though, on PSN/XBLM for mostly selfish reasons).

Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

I still have my copy of Alice, I still like it...have not played it in like 5+ years maybe that is for the best.

Posted by chronicsmoke

Nice!!! I didnt play the first so this will be a nice bounus when I pick this game up

Posted by JoeRosa
@phish09 said:
" @JoeRosa said:

" @phish09 said:

" I'd rather if the new Alice game didn't come with this and was $10 cheaper instead.  "
Think of all the people that want to play this but are not able to. It is really expensive to buy a copy. This is a good deal. If you want to pay 10$ less go buy it used and support gamestop more. "
I agree with you that it's a good deal for the people who want to play it, but what about those of us who have already bought and played the OG Alice?  It's like they are building $10 into the price of the game for a game I already own and have no interest in playing or buying again.  I won't buy it used from Gamestop, since I just don't buy used games, but because of this, I'll definitely wait until it drops in price before I buy it. "
The game will be 60$ regardless. It's nice that they include things like this. I am sure there will be coupons and gift cards with purchase from Amazon or Toysrus, which would seem like you are spending less.
Posted by WilliamRLBaker
@ThePhantomnaut said:
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                    Alice 1 was not a good game, "nostalgia aside."

                   

                "

So glad someone else thinks so.
Posted by RobinOttens

It's always nice when you get previous games in a series packed in as extras with the new game. I'm not too keen on those catches though. Then again, I won't be playing this untill long after release anyway.

Posted by Axersia

 Here's a riddle: When is a croquet mallet like a billy club?

Posted by MisterMouse

that is a really cool addition actually.

Posted by Xshinobi

A PC release of a EA game gets the shaft. Big surprise.  Guessing this wouldn't have dlc support either. Just like every other EA game on the PC. I wonder why they even release games on that platform. 

Posted by ptys

This game looks like the goods, I'm not really interested in playing the original though, just don't have the time anymore and from what Vinny said, don't think I'd want to.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

That's actually not too bad of a deal. I still have my original PC copy somewhere, so I'm good without the added bonus since I'd play the new game on PC anyway.

I just wish it would get a little lovin' too. Whatever the game looks cool anyway, plus maybe they'll release it at 49.99 instead?.....Maybe?

Posted by Xpgamer7

I've been sold for a while anyway. Good news for me.

Posted by ImperiousRix

Was looking forward to this game, and I'm feeling them including something like this in it.

My purchase is nearly cemented!
Posted by radioactivez0r

As long as it's not a Limited Edition-style release where only the first run gets the code for the first game, I can deal with it.  Of course, I too still have the original discs so I'll probably wait a couple weeks to see how the first game even plays on consoles.

Posted by JarenFace

Man, I'm probably the biggest Alice fan in general around these parts, and as much as I adore OG Alice, I agree with the few people here saying that it hasn't aged well.

I still give it a run through every now and then, but by my gaming standards today parts of it aren't that enjoyable - garden maze sections I'm especially looking at you.

Regardless, it's a nice bonus especially if I can get some achievoes out of it.

Posted by Radio_Resistance

For all the console folk unimpressed by the offering, just so you know, the first game on PC was (and still is) a rarity. There are some people selling their copies on EBay for pretty outrageous prices, but before Madness Returns was announced, you had people asking where they could find AMA because it was essentially a collector's item. Even moreso if you had the original box/Psychiatrist's Journal... which I do have, somewhere in my house xP.

Posted by SomeDeliCook

So I'm buying the sequel and once I have it I can play the first game........?


Sounds better than not being able to play the first one at all. I never played the first one, just saw a video of the first few levels. Looked amazing, just never got around to trying it myself, and low and behold, its been many years since it came out.
Posted by BlazeHedgehog

This method of sale seems a bit silly.

Posted by Apollo87

I think this is the proper way of using something like an online pass, sure, the game may not be good, but at least you're getting a "bonus", besides, this is the first time they've done this in a single player game so I think they'll eventually get better at this kind of offers.


I know it's a way of milking money from the costumer but there have been far worse ways of doing such thing.
Posted by DeF

nice twist ... cause a few weeks ago I looked into "alternative ways" *cough* to play the first one before getting the new one but their official solution sounds even better :)

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Posted by Taklulas
@tourgen said:
" Too lazy to tack on a half-hearted multiplayer in a vain attempt to curb used sales, EA decided to toss in a crappy port worth approximately $0 instead.  Bold. "
^ This. People can just pirate the first game ffs. I know I did.
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Posted by Forsythia


I don't get why people complain about this. The game was going to be $60,00 regardless, and now the complete first game is included.

 

And to think that there are people who would rather have a tacked on multiplayer mode instead of this. I'm quite baffled actually.

Posted by swfcfan

I am kinda amazed that people are complaining about E.A including the original game for FREE to people who buy the game new, its not like their locking access to the new game if you trade it in!

Anyway this is great news for me as I own the original game but I always found the  mouse & keyboard control set up awkward.

Posted by Tordah

I hope they bring the first one to Steam as well.

Posted by TimedExposure

I've always loved the style of this game, and cannot wait to play it on my console XD

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