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[ARS] "The time has come," the walrus said: Alice hands-on, interview, impressions

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Here's what you do when you're a single person covering a gaming event and you're focused on one game. During the canned speeches where gaming celebrities read marketing copy off a teleprompter, you begin to inch towards the back of the room where the single hands-on station for that game happens to be, left unattended while people pretend to be interested in the live action press release taking place in front of them. You sit down, and when the PR person turns on the system, you grab the controller and thank them profusely.

Within seconds of my picking up the controller and diving into Alice: Madness Returns, the floor of the Game Developer's Conference was filled with people wanting to get their first look at the sequel to one of gaming's biggest cult hits. American McGee told the crowd the original sold over one million copies, yet it took this long for EA to greenlight the sequel. The crowd "ooohed" and "aaahed" as I played the game, and we all drank in the artwork and design. I had an interview to do very soon, and I was sure I wouldn't get a chance to see much of the game before the controller was taken from me, but for that moment, it was just me and Alice.

Here's the short version of this story: the game plays just as good as it looks.
Bout damn time, and yes, yes yes!

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I'm one of the older kids, and I <3'd American McGee's Alice very much. Unbelievably imaginative. Story, concepts, graphics...They really don't make them like that anymore. (Improved graphics engines are a curse as well as a blessing, in a way. All bling, no heart/mind.) As for this sequel...we'll see.

edit: btw thanks for bringing that to my attention. +1
Edited by seward - 3/12/11 at 9:21pm
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My ex always kinda looked and reminded me of Alice in this.
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damn the trailer was better than I thought it would be. very nice
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Are they kidding with that shadow on the curtain-thing? Yuck!
    
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my water just broke at my desk at work.....and im a man.....whos not pregnant in anyway....

thats how excited i am about this game....
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The time has come...
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I'm glad I still have my old Alice CD-ROM, didn't realize it was a rare title. Should be released on steam. Like, now.
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Looks really cool, games like these are the ones I am inclined to buy these days...I'm over games like call of duty that are just a reskinned version of the same game. I like interesting titles like this, and this has me very intrigued!

For the first time in probably...3 years..."I can't wait for this"
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