I honestly found myself very impressed with EA's long-awaited sequel to American Mc Gee
's Alice. While I understand the game's somewhat low ratings, there is also a good number of people who did not experience the first game and so find themselves believing that the newest one lacks in gameplay elements. However, despite its few flaws, the game does its job correctly - expanding upon Alice's mad tale, and giving us a firsthand look at what she went through during her days of insanity.
The graphics and the story bring a new kind of atmosphere to the game, showing us exactly what Alice's world in Victorian London was like, and the people she had to deal with during her insanity. The 'real' world looks amazing, as well as the corrupted Wonderland. With the two worlds you get to explore, you feel less like you're playing the game and more like you're actually a part of it, through the eyes of a cynical, sarcastic, and overall badass protagonist. Everything Alice does is entirely physics-based, and her hair, clothes, and movements are handled very realistically. Also, in this game, instead of everything being laid out for you, you play the game like a mystery, slowly uncovering more of Alice's tragic past as the game progresses. We even get to find out what started that fire.
Gameplay is very similar to the first game, although there are significantly more enemies, almost to a maddening extent. However, each enemy has a different way of killing it, which takes some of the monotony out of the playtime. One unique thing about the game is that it has some puzzles, but you are not required to do them. The autosave, a new feature, is somewhat lacking. You never touch a button to save; the game does everything, and you only get to save at certain points. It makes it a little irritating to not be able to save anywhere you like anymore. But the fighting is less clumsy than in the first game - it's smooth, the weapons are easier to select, and despite the PC's glitches and awkward mouse control, it's still very enjoyable.
Now, I love this game, despite its few frustrations. I do recommend it, especially if you're wanting an expansion of Alice's story after Rutledge. It's dark, angry, disturbing, and incredibly satisfying.