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Is it worth playing the DLC first?

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With the DLC being the (presumably full) prequel of this game, it being free (at least from the UK psn store) and me never having played the original, I was just wondering if it's worth playing the DLC before the main game? Do you need to know anything from American McGee's Alice to help with this game or is Madness Returns fully enjoyable as a standalone game with no prior knowledge?

 

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Yes you can play the sequel without really missing out on too much, that being said the original is fun but VERY dated so take that into consideration

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The controls are very close to being as annoying as tank controls from Resident Evil.  It is pretty fun after you get use to it.  but yeah man you do fall a lot. If you want the 100% you know what you need to do though.

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I played the DLC afterwards. It has awful controls that makes it seem harder than it actually is. It was a struggle for me to even want to finish it. 

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I played the original game right before Madness Returns, and I actually thought it was well worth playing before the sequel. And yes, the controls are very clunky.

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If you want to understand the story play first the DLC, if not just start the game

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Sure, but like many have said the controls are awful and you will have to save after every jump and battle.

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Although it's been a couple of years since I played either of them, I would say however that I don't think it matters if you play them out of order. There are certainly narrative ties between the two, however I wouldn't say any knowledge of the original is vital - although it would help you understand the general premise for the Madness Returns.

 

I personally played the sequel first, and then returned to the original game a year or so later. I don't think my experience of the Madness Returns was any less having little knowledge of it's prequel.  

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You'll apreciate the story on the second more if you play the first before it, but take into consideration that the first game is meant to be played with a mouse and keyboard, and IT will frustrate you, but I really think it's worth it, it was one of my favorite games back in the day.

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Thanks for all the feedback. Doubt I'll get to it for awhile now with the Gamespy closure, but will definitely attempt the original game first. If I find it too frustrating as you've warned then I can always take a break and do Madness Returns instead and see if it makes me want to go back enough to put up with the controls.

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So i just ordered this game because i realised i had a discount about to get outdated so i just flipped a coin and went on a tight sticky shit stick and just ordered this game, later i went to see this thread and now i am afraid i made a bad purchase, was it the DLC with the shit controls or the main game?

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I did, but you need to know what you are getting in for - its VERY dated, and even at the time its controls were pretty twitchy - its from a time that a lot of 3rd person games were being built in unreal - at the time primarily a 1st person focused engine, and it really shows.

For plot its worth playing, and so if you can accept its flaws go for it, but don't expect a modern game,by any stretch of the imagination.

In a side note - The Madness Returns is a great game, have fun :)

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So i just ordered this game because i realised i had a discount about to get outdated so i just flipped a coin and went on a tight sticky shit stick and just ordered this game, later i went to see this thread and now i am afraid i made a bad purchase, was it the DLC with the shit controls or the main game?

 

The one with the frustrating gameplay is the first game, the DLC. Madness Returns plays like a dream, no worries there.

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The one with the frustrating gameplay is the first game, the DLC. Madness Returns plays like a dream, no worries there.

ah good thanks
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ah good thanks

 

Give it a try anyway, the story and setting makes it up for it.

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The only challenge in the entire game is the unexpected moments the game decides to take the wheel, purposefully driving you off the edge towards your death.

Literally you will WTF?, and get irritated over it...so do save whenever you feel is necessary.

 

Also there is no Difficulty trophies in the DLC, so go for Easy mode...the higher modes just add more enemies...which with these already fucken mechanics is something you don't want...especially those fucken Screaming mother Fuckers who can push you off the platform.

 

Also I would advice playing the DLC first for:

A)Get the Frustration out already.

B)The game is Called "Alice: Madness Returns" because it's the Sequel to the DLC Game that was First originally released on PC back in 2000. In the first game she feels guilt for how her family died in the fire, and in "Alice: Madness Returns" it takes place years after she was released from the Asylum now searching for who caused the fire that lead to her Madness in the first place.

Her own Wonderland helps Discover the "Truth" Locked in her memories revealing the true event around the Fire Incident.

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Rather play it, it's good game with good storyline but game play platform is annoying and does not do what you want at times. but it is great game lil more harder than madness but not so hard.

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The thing i hated the most about the first game is that you don't have much slots to save your game. Game was ok, i liked it and i loved that you could save anytime though.

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There is a word to describe American McGee's Alice gameplay on PS3 and that is... Atrocious. It took me 2 or 3 hours to beat that annoying Jabberwock. Never again. This is what one gets when playing a 3D platformer with shooting developed for mouse and keyboard. To add insult to injury it even heavily stutters. What a piece of junk. Anyone reading this that has yet to play it is highly suggested to play it on the easiest mode. harder isn't more challenging is just more infuriating.

 

Said that I played it after the Platinum on main game. I really don't see much added to the story, Alice Madness pretty well explains most things. Actually the first game even makes more sense after having played the second. I doubt I would have ever guessed Alice had been in a asylum otherwise.

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