Alice: Madness Returns: New DLC suggests that Alice might fail the Psychopath Test

According to the current LA Times bestseller The Psychopath Test, there's a 20-item checklist that will allow you to discern whether someone is psychotic. We'd like to think that maybe if such an efficient tool were available in the olden days, the business of working out whether someone was crazy might have been an easier one – but then we wouldn't get games like Alice: Madness Returns, released this week together with a bunch of day-one DLC.

The question is, do these added extras – which include perk-equipping dresses and destructive weapon additions – shed any light on the question of whether or not Alice is in fact insane?

The six new dresses, available in the Weapons of Madness and Dresses DLC Pack, include the Fleshmaiden, which allows you to use the Hysteria ability at any time, and the Checkmate, which doubles damage for all weapons. These would seem to indicate Glibness, Cunning and a Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth (Items 1, 2 and 4 on the Psychopath Checklist), not to mention Poor Behavioral Control, Impulsivity and Irresponsibility (items 11, 13 and 14). These are only two of the six items contained within the DLC: the pack also contains four weapons to restore health or double damage, ammo or armor.

Have you a tendency toward boredom or need for stimulus (item 11)? If so, will you be downloading these extras?

Jun 16, 2011


  • Triscuitable - June 16, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    It's official, Alice is now the insane (scratch that) version of Lady Gaga.
  • Sy87 - June 16, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    I am having loads of fun on the game been so preoccupied playing to much else. But good thing I took alittle break these look awesome and they add abilities maybe a cheating suit for Insane hehehe. Yes I am getting these definably.
  • birdman1041 - June 16, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Yes and yes. As CitizenThom said, for the second/third playthroughs. Didn't Lady Gaga wear the Fleshmaiden at the MTV Video Music Awards?
  • CitizenThom - June 16, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    I've been trying to figure out how the rope climbing goes on the original. Once I finish the original, I'll check out the DLC. I may wait for a second playthrough of Madness returns when the DLC probably would add more value.
  • Fuzunga - June 16, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Is that a... meat dress?
  • Kage_No_Shi - June 16, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    A big problem with the first game (included with the EA Origin service) is that there is no "Climb Up" key for keyboard-Mouse users. Somewhat important... Also, I see these in my game....Were they free? Or are they just previews and I can't actually use them?
  • therawski - June 16, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    Check and Mate! Amazon screwed up my shipping so they gave me $7
  • lilspooks3 - June 16, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    ah i cant wait XD... FIRST !!

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