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Quick Look: Alice: Madness Returns

Long Island Vinny presents California Ryan's Quick Look of American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jun. 15 2011

Cast: Ryan, Vinny

Posted by: Steve

193 Comments

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Yay

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Edited By sergelgar

was looking forward to this

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Edited By Clockwork_saint

yooo

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Edited By Darkstar_Pug

Fucking EA and their piece of shit Origin.

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WOOO!

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Edited By efbiaye

so close, yet so far...

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Edited By nobu

can't wait!

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Edited By benpack

Best deck ever.

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Edited By RobotHamster

Fucking EA...

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Been waiting for this!

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Edited By Vexxan

Fuck yes, let's see what this game can do!

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LI Vinny is gonna kick your ass at Mortal Kombat.

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Edited By MysteriousBob

I believe the 'Vorpal Blade' is from the Jabberwocky. 
 
Its also the best weapon in Symphony of the Night.

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Edited By wapostyle

The original game looks fine to me...

I'm not getting the hating on the old look.

Maybe it doesn't bother me because I still play a lot of old games.

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Edited By ImBigInJapan

I'm not sure Vinny completely understands what 'droll' means.

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Edited By NekuSakuraba

Let's do this!

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The "can only see invisible platforms when shrunk" thing totally confuses me. I know it's Wonderland, and logic doesn't really have a place, but... why put that in the game?

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Origin is crap. EA has lost me as a customer till they start supporting steam again.

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Edited By elcalavera

This QL might have finally sold me on Alice. Think I'll get this and Child of Eden this week.

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Nobody seems to use origin or have even tried it and are already bitching about it. It's fine for what it it's and works without any trouble at all. Haters gonna hate, it's kinda adorable. Like little kids crying when people won't listen to them and then they make up pathetic little lies ^_^

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vorpal blade was from the Jabberwocky.
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Zack Lee.
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Edited By kollay

"It might look something... like this."

Dulidodulidodulidodulidodulido.

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Edited By benjaebe

Awesome quick look, can't wait to play the game as soon as I can pick it up. Love the description also.

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We green?
 
Super-green.

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@ZeForgotten said:

Nobody seems to use origin or have even tried it and are already bitching about it. It's fine for what it it's and works without any trouble at all. Haters gonna hate, it's kinda adorable. Like little kids crying when people won't listen to them and then they make up pathetic little lies ^_^

Isn't it funny how when Steam first came out then bitching and complaining sounded identical? Now, Steam is the Jesus of everything for some reason.

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Edited By buckybit

Vinny: "Great job."

Isn't that now "Great job, JEREMY" ?

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Combat looks amazing!

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Edited By AssInAss

This just confirms my purchase, looks great in all aspects. And yes, finally a 3D platformer that makes no bones about it.

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@CosmicQueso said:

@ZeForgotten said:

Nobody seems to use origin or have even tried it and are already bitching about it. It's fine for what it it's and works without any trouble at all. Haters gonna hate, it's kinda adorable. Like little kids crying when people won't listen to them and then they make up pathetic little lies ^_^

Isn't it funny how when Steam first came out then bitching and complaining sounded identical? Now, Steam is the Jesus of everything for some reason.

It is funny, yes. Actually if you look at it in some weird way and compare the two. When steam started it was horse shit. When EA Download Manager came out it was at least working without flaws... +1 to EA

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@ImBigInJapan said:

               

I'm not sure Vinny completely understands what 'droll' means.


           

I was about to write the same comment...
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@CosmicQueso said:

@ZeForgotten said:

Nobody seems to use origin or have even tried it and are already bitching about it. It's fine for what it it's and works without any trouble at all. Haters gonna hate, it's kinda adorable. Like little kids crying when people won't listen to them and then they make up pathetic little lies ^_^

Isn't it funny how when Steam first came out then bitching and complaining sounded identical? Now, Steam is the Jesus of everything for some reason.

the complaints and whining are different though.

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Edited By captainanderson

Two Ryan and Vinny Quick Looks of weird-ass games in one day? Christmas came early.

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yeeeesssss

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Oh my God, Ryan, you have a complete lack of awareness in your surroundings. Like just after hitting a switch trigger you're lost.   
 
About the game tho, looks great. Can't think of the last straight platforming game that came out, part from Mario or Ratchet and Clank.  

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Okay, yeah. If you're going to incorporate platforming in your game, ledge clinging needs to be in it.

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Great QL, been expecting this one but keeping in the dark on seeing much of it until it came out to just dive right into it.  Madness returns & Alice herself looks lovely.
 
Really enjoyed the original American McGee's Alice & highly recommend that game as well as the soundtrack (well all but the 2nd to the last song- Happy Ending, just breaks the atmosphere of the rest of the soundtrack).
 
Also enjoyed this great trailer from the original.
     

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The platform stuff in this game gets boring fast... it doesn't evolve. The combat is good though and the visuals are great... Definitely buying it when the price drops.

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Edited By MEATBALL

This should be turning up today, I haven't really been sure what to expect out of the game for a while now, but I wanted to support a publisher like EA actually giving a game like this a chance and I'm a sucker for this sort of art direction even if it has become a massive cliche.

Edit: Between what I've seen from reviews (even if they haven't been terribly kind) and this Quick Look I can really see this is a game I'm going to enjoy now. Call me crazy, but I love these kind of games. Hell, I even got a lot of enjoyment out of Epic Mickey and this game looks markedly better than that.

Also, hooray for Vinny & Ryan Quick Looks!

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This game looks awesome. It seems like it's been a long time since a 3D platformer came out.

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Oh nice, this actually looks like a Darksiders/Zelda hybrid. I liked the first Alice so I may be checking this out.

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The Italian Stallion sure is spicy.

Wait, what

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Edited By SonicBoyster

Nobody wants to use Origin because nobody wants to run two fucking game GUIs at the same time.
 
I'm also tired of Giantbomb crew being shown what to do by a game, either visually or through text, and then constantly going "Oh God I can't figure out where to go/what to do/how to do this!"  I understand you're trying to talk, but you're also being more than slightly retarded.  If you're too tired to actually see things on the screen don't do the quicklook.  I love, love love love quicklooks.  But between two guys watching the same screen I want one guy pretending the shit going on with said screen is relevant!

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I love that pepper grinder Gatling gun concept. That's so cool.

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I had absolutely no interest in this game, nor had any idea what it was about before the QL. Now I am ready to buy it. The aesthetics are so damn impressive and interesting, and it looks like a fun game. I look forward to the review.

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"Super Green." Thank you Ruby Rhod.

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Man, I don't think Ryan could finish a video game without a pathfinder. I understand he's talking and trying to think of important information about the game, but man. It's like he's never played a game before. He'll jump to a platform and then rather than going to the next visible one in reach, he swings the camera around and pauses and seems like he's completely lost.

Check out 30:10. "Where am I supposed to go here?" Meanwhile there's one path forward.

Also, what a bunch of idiocy about Origin. Vinny never stops talking about how much he hates discs, but he's so committed to not using Origin, he'll go buy a disc. Are we supposed to believe he's never used a single other online retailer other than Steam? That's just being Goddamn petulant.

When I think about it, it's exactly like their opinions about Uplay. Basically, they don't like anything if it isn't called Steam. Good thing Ryan or Vinny don't plan on playing any Blizzard products to see battle.net integration.

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Dark, gothicy Alice? Yo, Jan Svankmajer made Alice all dark in his 1988 movie:

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Edited By Sergotron

You know what, this game is looking a lot better than I was expecting. I played threw the original and look forward to exploring threw that world again.