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I don't know how or why I got so obsessed with this game.  I found it one day when it was already like 10 years old (coincidentally when it became a small trend on YouTube for a little while there), gave it a try, disliked the control scheme and jankiness... But then suddenly about midway through, something just clicked inside my brain and I couldn't put it down.  I mean, the art and music style is great, but I can't say that those are the specific things that clicked with me to get me hooked.  Something just sort of... happened.  Here I am with a minor obsession and to this day I can't explain why.


This seems like one of those games where people go "oh yeah... that game, I think I have that somewhere".  And then they keep coming back to it every now and again.  Kinda like that meme about Deus Ex, where someone will reinstall it if mentioned.


Anyone else have experience with this game?


Side note too: my current obsession is figuring out modding this game.  There were never any official modding tools released for it (Imagine making an Unreal Engine game and not having it be moddable... Cmon McGee, what the hell???) but I'm discovering more and more about how this game stores its cooked assets.  With various Unreal unpacking tools and a hex editor, some things can be done, like audio swaps.  I'd like some help, if anyone is interested and either understands Unreal Engine 3 or just has a knack for noticing patterns in things like hex editors.

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I wouldn't really call it obscure, but it's hard to get nowadays.


I played it some time after it came out, I think I rented a copy from our local library back then. I might also still have a disc around but, I don't think I want to go through all that work to get it running again.

I remember kind of liking it for the atmosphere, but I disliked the gameplay. I can absolutely understand that it's a game you can easily get obsessed with. It's from that short era where graphics in 3D games were decent and used creativly. Most of the time you only get one of the two. 

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Love this game and make art of it. ! I'm passionate about architecture and interior design, and I'm looking to kick off a project to collect and share house blueprints images and designs. It would be fantastic to create a collaborative database where we can inspire each other. Also, I've been playing "Alice: Madness Returns" on PC lately and I'm captivated by the game's visuals and design. I'd love to share some screenshots to discuss the artistic and architectural details of the game world. Hope you're as excited about this idea as I am!

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