Alice: Madness Returns has been rated by the good 'ol ESRB. In their detailed description of the game they revealed several key elements and potential plot points. They also let us know tea-pots were evil. Alice: Madness Returns will once again focus on Alice Little as she tries to cope with her past. Apparently part of the coping process involves attacking dolls with pepper-grinders and "in one sequence, young doll-like characters are depicted with bloody wounds that expose their brains." Sounds like a good M-rated time to me.
Attacking enemies will often involve bludgeoning them with knives and other weapons. These melee-style moves leave Alice covered in blood. The dialogue will have occasional references to prostitution as well, "‘I saw you down at the bloody whore house,’ ‘Where’d she be without me? On the streets selling her backside,’ and ‘Where’s me money?’/'Get those fat-a*s whores out on the street . . .’)."
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Alice Little, an asylum patient attempting to understand her past while struggling with an unbalanced psyche. As they traverse between the real world and Alice's imagination (i.e., Wonderland), players use pepper grinders, knives, and other weapons to attack fantastical enemies (e.g., trolls, puppets, living teapots, doll-like creatures) in melee-style combat. Battles are accompanied by cries of pain, slashing sounds, and large splashes of blood that stain Alice's body and the ground. Some enemies can be decapitated, and certain attacks cause them to explode into pieces; in one sequence, young doll-like characters are depicted with bloody wounds that expose their brains. During the course of the game, the dialogue contains occasional references to prostitution (e.g., 'I saw you down at the bloody whore house,' 'Where'd she be without me? On the streets selling her backside,' and 'Where's me money?'/'Get those fat-a*s whores out on the street . . .'). The words 'f**k' and 'c*nt' can be heard in dialogue.
Alice: Madness Returns will be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on June 14.
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