Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: The Art of Alice: Madness Returns by RJ Berg


Overall Impression

Source: NetGalley

Publication Date: May 2011

Short synopsis (Goodreads)Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic - Alice: Madness Returns!
Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse studio invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee's imagination for a look at this magnificent and disturbing world. With text by Madness Returns lead writer and executive producer R. J. Berg, and featuring an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the artwork behind this blockbuster interpretation of Lewis Carroll's enduring masterpiece.

My Review: Deliciously Macabre. This is something that you definitely need mood music to page through with. I listened to the soundtrack for Sherlock Holmes which added a nice creepy dark London feel to it. I wonder what Louis Carroll would think with all of the different versions of his fairytale people have come up with.

Even though this is a definitely too dark for children, it still has the fantastical keep-your-head-turning type of feel to it that holds true to Alice’s origins. If you read this too much it might start to mess with your head, but in a very fantastical creepy sort of way. It was nearly impossible to decipher the script and printing in Adobe Digital Editions, and while it would have been nice to learn more behind the scenes information, the pictures and artwork were the main attraction and make this book worth looking at all by themselves. Personally I think a lot of the detail and beauty of art gets lost when it translates to video game format.
While I won’t be playing this game I will still be enjoying the effort that went into it. 


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