Alice is pretty cool so far. It plays like the original but more refined. There's nothing innovative or unconventional about the gameplay, but the twisted Alice in Wonderland concept is enough to keep my interest so I'm a little biased as I love twisted takes on children tales or fairy tales. Plus, I like that the game has lots of collectibles, upgrades, level select and new game plus feature....or so I've been told. These are all things that I like to see in games.
I've been hearing great stuff about that game, just a question, which version are you playing? I've heard that the PS3 version haves some visual issues.
I got the 360 version since Lens of Truth and digital foundry rated it marginally higher. I should point out that my version comes with the Alice 1 download as well
From what I've played of Alice 2, there's nothing fundamentally wrong with it. I think the problem is just that it feels dated. It feels like a game that should have been released years ago as I've seen nothing so far to make it really compete with modern games. However, it's well designed, there are hidden items to find, combat is sound and you can upgrade weapons, the graphics are pretty cool and so is the voice acting and music. I may find something to rant about it as I get further into it as I do with so many games, but so far I have no issues with it other than it feeling dated.
The platforming isn't as flashy as modern games like Uncharted, Tomb Raider, etc. It's more like pre-Prince of Persia Sands of Time era platforming. The combat isn't more complicated than knowing when to dodge and when to shoot back or use a melee combo. The gameplay mechanics aren't bad at all, they just don't have as many bells and whistles as modern games. Alice 2 feels kind of retro. This could have been a PS 2 game though it might not have looked quite as pretty. I can't help but wonder if they realized that the game was behind the times and threw in the first Alice game to sweeten the deal
One thing I like with the game is that you have a glide and a TRIPLE jump. That really cuts down on platform jumping frustration.
Seriously. Screw you Shao Kahn I'm gonna play Animal Crossing.