Alice: Madness Returns

It’s an action/adventure game, released in 2011 by Spice Horse and EA that can be bought and downloaded from steam, which, in my opinion, is one of the best alternatives in PC gaming, from here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/19680/

Alice is an orphan whose parents died in a fire and Dr. Bumby, the doctor in her orphanage, is trying to make her forget her memories, theoretically to help her feel better.

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She lives a real sad life with no friends nor any happiness so she tries to find shelter in her hallucinations about Wonderland, but her special place isn’t as good as it was before, it has changed, pollution has taken over it, things aren’t as friendly as they used to be.

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As you get deeper and deeper into Wonderland, trying to solve what’s wrong to fix it, which is also helping her figure out what’s wrong in her real life, you have different weapons, such as the “Vorpal Blade” and the “Pepper Grinder“, to face strange creatures who are taking over her hallucination.

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This game gets a little repetitive after a while, always jumping, left-clicking, sometimes right-clicking… The game creators didn’t invest much effort in gameplay. As for the graphics, they look pretty good and consistent with the idea of a really dark Wonderland. The music is very rich and varies depending on what’s going on in the screen. The story is pretty decent, with a slight turn of events further into the game that caught me off guard.

Summarizing:

  • Gameplay: Fair;
  • Graphics: Very good;
  • Difficulty: Fair (you can select different ones, but it’s either too easy or impossible);
  • Story: Good.

Would I recommend this game?
It really depends, if your intentions are to download this game and play nonstop to the end of it, you probably won’t be able to do it, since it gets too repetitive. I recommend this game for occasional players, who likes to play a little of this, a little of that, instead of doing a marathon. It gets interesting if you play it once in a while.

DmC – Devil May Cry

It’s an action/adventure and Hack and Slash game made by Capcom and Ninja theory, that can be bought and downloaded from steam, which, in my opinion, is one of the best alternatives in PC gaming, from here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/220440/

The story is about a half demon, half angel (a Nephilim, according to the game) person named Dante.

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At the beginning of the story, Dante doesn’t know who nor what he is exactly, but he knows he’s different. Further and further into the game, he starts discovering himself, his origins and finds out about an evil demon who’s trying to rule the world, so he gets “recruited” by the people who’s trying to stop that from happening.

In the game, you keep switching between normal world and demon world (Limbo). In the human world, nothing really exciting happens (at least until chapter 14, in which I stopped for now), all the action is reserved to Limbo where you need to fight and kill some demons, usually real gross ones, to proceed into the game.2014-09-14_00005

Here’s some ugly boss in the part I left off.

Something I really liked in this game is that you have a decent amount of different moves, that you learn as you go further into it, and weapons to use, which makes it more interesting and challenging, allowing you to perform some good combos. It gets harder and harder each step you take, combining that with new demons and obstacles. Something that caught my attention is that the more creative you are in fighting, which means, the more you vary your moves, it increases your score and rewards at the end of each level/chapter.

One of the only downsides I found in this game was that you can’t skip the story videos (edit: I lied, after trying all keyboard keys, backspace skips it), so if you want to redo a part of the game, if you want to complete 100% in a chapter for example, you have to watch it all over again.

Summarizing (from Very bad to Very good):

  • Gameplay: Very good;
  • Graphics: Good enough (it’s and old game remake);
  • Difficulty: Very good, you’re able to chose between several levels of difficulty which is very important in this genre;
  • Story: Good, you eventually know what you’re doing and why.

Would I recommend this game?

Yes, anyone who already likes this genre of game would enjoy playing this game, who doesn’t, should give it a try.

Applied Science (Indie)

It is a FPS (First Person Shooter) game that can be found at
http://www.indiedb.com/games/applied-science/downloads/applied-science1

Even though it’s an Indie game, it lacks too much in every aspect.

First things first, the setup. Everything runs smoothly until you close and try reopening the game if you changed the files directory. The default is set to be C:/UDK, but if you don’t want the game there, it won’t work because, even if you changed the location of the files during the installation, it looks for the files in the default path, in which they aren’t. I’m not sure if that’s a problem with the UDK settings, or from the game developer, but it’s worth pointing out.

Let’s talk about the main menu now, that looks like this:

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It looks pretty cool, until you start interacting with it. It’s really disappointing that the only adjustable setting is the resolution, you can’t change things like keyboard settings, volume and mouse sensibility, which is horrible, especially when the default sensibility is so high that you can’t aim properly at a FPS game. Now the Instructions menu, it doesn’t really give you any instructions on how to play the game itself, such as, what’s the objective of the game. It only says how to check your game IP when you’re hosting a server and how to start a game, which is pretty obvious, since the first option in the main menu is Start game.

Finally into the game, let’s hit Start Game and see what happens. No story, no instructions… it just drags you into some map, asking you to “Press [FIRE] to start!“. After that you’re pretty much on your own with 2 objectives, “Capture & hold” top and bottom points.

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Seems pretty fun, let’s try it… After walking a little around the map I see one capture point and after searching for a while I find the other one. OK, so I capture both points and wait for something to happen. Nothing. I then look around a little more and find that there are 2 bots at the enemy team base just standing there, probably chitchatting about how bored they are. And that’s it. The map can be resumed in the following image:
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  1. Red team base
  2. Blue team base
  3. Top capture point
  4. Bottom capture point

If the bots actually played, it would maybe have been a better experience as a single player. But it’s only playable with other people. Summarizing;

Pros:

  • looks like a fun game to play with your friends;
  • simple (maybe too simple);
  • easy to play.

Cons:

  • impossible to adjust crucial settings;
  • only one map available;
  • multiplayer game only.