Alice: Madness Returns will be following Alice as she tries to figure out her past and her own memories as she is stuck inside of a psychiatric ward in London. What we didn’t quite know yet is how the combat will be handled but that is all over now thanks to the ESRB rating that was released over the weekend. It appears there will even be a certain location that Alice will remember somewhere during the game’s progression.
The game will be rated M for Mature and apparently will contain a whorehouse or brothel incident that happened in Alice’s past as she slowly drifts into insanity. The entire ESRB rating can be found below, overall nothing too surprising to those who played the previous Alice re-imagining, and don’t be concerned about spoilers because there really aren’t any.
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.