Alice: Madness Returns
HDR ReShade & Windows 7/8/10 Crash-Fix
By Tore Andersen
Alice: Madness Returns, developed by Spicy Horse and published by Electronic Arts in 2011. A sequels to American McGee's Alice from 2000, following Alice on her return to "Wonderland". The game has a very distinct graphical style, designed by Thomas James McGee, best known for Quake and DooM 2. This small guide will show how to fix some compatibility issues with newer computer systems, and add a custom ReShade for slightly better image quality.
Windows 7/8/10 crash-fix
1: Crash Fix (DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack into the Alice game-folder. Overwrite.
2: Set compatibility mode
Open the Alice game-folder, and open "\Alice2\Binaries\Win32\". Right-click "AliceMadnessReturns.exe", and click the Compatibility tab. Set compatibility to Windows XP SP3.
3: Physx Fix
*Only needed if the game crashes at random, even after applying the above fixes
In-game, open the main menu and go to Configuration. Select Video, and set Physx to Low.
The game should now work perfectly on any version of Windows.
HDR ReShade (DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack into the Alice game-folder
*Note for Windows 10 "Creators update" users:
The Windows 10 Creators update introduced a wide variety of problems for games, especially when using custom renders like ENB or ReShade. Fortunately this can be fixed in two simple steps (LINK)
*See number 4: Fixing the Creators "update"
If this doesn't work on your OS, try downloading the ReShade core files from here (LINK)
After installation, delete everything but the dll file, then copy everything but the dll file from HDR ReShade, so you get the right settings, but keep the dll from the official ReShade installation.
If this doesn't work either, then there is still something in the Windows 10 Creators Update that blocks the custom dll. If you are unable to fix it, you will have to uninstall the ReShade and play without.
That's it, Alice: Madness Returns is ready to launch.
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Alice: Madness Returns is a 3rd-person action-adventure platform game
from Spicy Horse, published in 2011 by Electronic Arts. Madness Returns is a sequel
to American McGee's Alice from 2000. The game follows Alice Liddell, a girl suffering from
caused by a family tragedy. Alice lives in an orphanage for mentally traumatized
orphans, and is under supervision of Dr. Angus Bumby. To get rid of the trauma, she once again falls into Wonderland, where a new evil
force has corrupted it.
Alice believes that she is responsible for a fire that consumed her home and family, so she escapes into a twisted version of Wonderland.
A couple of years earlier, Alice was held at Rutledge Asylum for treatment, and she was actually able to conquer her doubts and fears. She was then released from the ward, and placed in the orphanage instead. This is where Madness Returns takes place. The year is 1875, the place is Victorian London. Alice still suffers from hallucinations and visions of Wonderland, but they are kept in check by doctor Angus.
One day, as Alice is walking outside of the orphanage, one of her hallucinations, a white cat, takes her to Wonderland once again. She arrives in a beautiful and magical forest with strange plants and flowers in vivid colors. Everything seems peaceful, but as moves through the landscape, the beauty becomes corrupted and twisted. Alice must fight several weird beings and she encounters all kinds of environments, both beautiful and scary.