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I really enjoyed this, but ......
on 1 July 2011
OK, I'll start with the positives. Graphically stunning. The levels are truly nightmarish in their depiction. A level where Alice jumps around on playing cards way up in the clouds is not for anyone nervous about heights. The storyline is engrossing, and the London sequences show us some truly grotesque characters. The foes you face are varied, and you have some pretty impressive weapons, especially when upgraded. Replayability factor is high. There is a lot to do and find, and you're unlikely to achieve it all in one playthrough. For example, you may find yourself with more than one path ahead. One of those may lead you to a collectible object or a side-game, while the other advances you through the level. Take the second option and a door closes behind you. With no way back, you'd have to play again to find out where the other path would have taken you and to do/collect what you missed the first time round. As a general warning, this game is NOT for children. Paedophilia and prostitution are recurrent themes, and the f-word is used on a number of occasions although none of this is unrealistic for 19th century London. There are a few niggles. There is no manual save function. The game autosaves at checkpoints, and as far as I can see you can only ever go back to your last save. If you die by falling off a ledge or by contacting some hazardous object, you are returned to the game somewhere nearby. If you die in combat however, you go back to the last checkpoint with everything to do again and there is an annoying 'do you want to continue?' screen (all that is missing is 'please insert another coin'). Some of the platform-jumping sequences are very difficult and frustrating, and seem to go on forever. The auto-targeting feature is problematic; using the Tab key to switch targets rarely seems to work. Another minor niggle is that although the London dialogue is obviously British-voiced, the subtitles use American spelling. I suppose I should be grateful they didn't set it in New York. On the whole, definitely worth buying. I've played through it twice, both on 'easy', and I'll play it again (probably still on easy).