Alice: Madness Returns

Alice: Madness Returns Achievements

Madness Prevails

Complete the Game on Nightmare Difficulty     

Nightmare difficulty is fairly difficult if you don't use New Game+ to keep your upgraded gear. Enemies will have more of health and deal massive amounts of damage per hit so be extremely careful while fighting. Complete all six chapters from start to finish on nightmare difficulty to unlock this achievement.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by AchieveMeNot
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 @ 05:16:04 PM

I think this will be a pain.

Comment #2 by Georgia Juggalo
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 12:29:07 AM

it will be. i just completed chapter 1 (of the 5) and it can be very difficult.

Comment #3 by warlockx5
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 04:33:06 AM

Can you start out on Nightmare or do you have to do a play-through on a lower difficulty first to unlock it?

Comment #4 by bigchiefwally
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 08:20:26 AM

you can start out at whatever difficulty you please, i think i'm going to play through on normal first, then play hard or nightmare later. it's a pretty tough game.

Comment #5 by TommyD758
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:56:53 AM

The game is a lot easier than I thought.

Comment #6 by Evilhamwaffle
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 08:05:28 PM

I'm playing through on Nightmare right now. (First play through) This is quite a difficult achievement. I am stuck in the last Radula Room of Chapter 2 at the moment. >:/

Comment #7 by trupein
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:03:21 PM

Best way is to play through on a lower difficulty because it has a
new game+ feature.

Comment #8 by psxgamer
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 02:17:53 PM

Can you change the difficulty anytime in the game? Meaning start with the hardest and if you get stuck, lower it.

Comment #9 by Vanguard1219
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 08:50:58 PM

I'd actually suggest attempting this on a 2nd playthrough, if only because having the "Classic" dress unlocked lets you regenerate health whenever you shrink.

Comment #10 by MurderTramp17
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 11:52:37 PM

it'll be so much easier to get the DLC and use the upgraded weapons and the fleshmaiden dress

Comment #11 by Ravenskull666
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 03:28:55 AM

Do you also have to play the original Alice on nightmare as well to get this cheevo?

Comment #12 by Evilhamwaffle
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 10:52:11 AM

@ Raven: No. Just beat Madness Returns.

Comment #13 by Rouge Outcast
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 12:35:23 AM

This is actually really easy to get. Just beat the game on like normal or easy to fully upgrade your weapons, then get the DLC. It'll give you better/stronger weapons and a dress called Fleshmaiden that lets you use Hysteria at anytime you want. I'm doing it this way and i'm almost done Chapter 3. It's not to bad

Comment #14 by zebookworm
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 11:29:16 PM

Just beat the game then you'll get all the unlocks for the weapons and yeah it's pretty easy :D

Comment #15 by xXEmoGirlXx
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 07:46:04 PM

yeaa.. when i looked at this i thought it was gonna be terrible. but after playing on normal and getting everything upgraded it is SO EASY. pretty sure i've died like once. and i'm on the 4th chapter.

great game btw. couldn't have asked for it to be better.

Comment #16 by Eiso3000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 10:57:27 AM

i've downloaded the DLC and i think it will be much easiyer with it.

Comment #17 by kittyvonlitter
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 08:40:15 AM

does anyone know if the achievements for completing the game are stackable? so if I did it on Nightmare would I get the normal + hard achievements? I've already played it on easy just to get a 1st playthru under my belt. Happy Gaming Everyone. :D

Comment #18 by Dalglish YNWA96
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 09:58:30 AM

I just completed chapter 1 on nightmare and to be honest wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but that is probably just me :)

Comment #19 by The13thRequiem
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 08:54:02 PM

I was just wondering, if you have done up to chapter 3 on Nightmare mode, but went back to an earlier chapter to pick up a last memory, would it still give the achievement if I now go back to the point I left it at?

Comment #20 by spawn666
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 08:17:54 AM

Kittyvonlitter the achievements are stackable.

Comment #21 by Mr PaNtsONhEaD
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 12:34:09 PM

If you do not want to play through the entire game again on Nightmare or find it too frustrating, you can "cheat" the achievement assuming you have completed the game once already.

Start a New Game + on Nightmare and exit out after the first autosave.
Go to Chapter Select, select the final part of Chapter 1 and complete it.
Play through the beginning of Chapter 2 until the first autosave.
Go to Chapter Select, select the final part of Chapter 2 and complete it.

Repeat the above for every chapter.

Comment #22 by Jinto
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 05:59:38 PM

If you change difficulty during the story will the achievements still unlock?
With games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Terminator Salvation if you
change the difficulty (doesn't matter to a easier or harder setting) during the
single player you DO NOT get the achievements for ANY of the difficulty
achievements. Is it the same in this game?

Comment #23 by EUGStickySticks
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 05:14:45 AM

Say if you had it on hard for a lev or 2 then u swich to normal you get it for normal when you beat the game.

Comment #24 by kittyvonlitter
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 08:42:00 AM

aha brilliant - cheers spawn you're a star! :D

Comment #25 by Kylemane1
Friday, July 01, 2011 @ 06:58:57 AM

If you use the DLC outfits will it cancel this achievement?

Comment #26 by pinkymckraken511
Saturday, July 02, 2011 @ 03:53:53 PM

@Kylemane the DLC will not cancel this achievement, good luck!

Comment #27 by jjo1510
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 11:33:43 PM

Was wondering if anybody else has been having problems getting this achievement. I have played the entire story once on Normal and then played New Game+ on Nightmare difficulty twice all the way through and still have yet to get this achievement. Just wondering if I'm doing something wrong here, any help would be appreciated?

Comment #28 by GOONS
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 11:39:34 PM

i got this achievement on my first playthrough on alice pain in the ass but i got it all i need to do is get everything else

Comment #29 by Dalglish YNWA96
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 07:06:18 PM

Follow the comment on #21, you can get this achievement and the achievement for completing it on hard in less than 10 mins. :)

Comment #30 by cool100
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 09:16:16 PM

i just got this game yesterday and im almost done it on one of the last hardest diffuclty this game is too easy but nightmare looks l
ike it will piss me off lol.....

Comment #31 by Comingcurse
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 10:51:13 PM

Thank you mrpantsonhead! Best. Cheat. Ever. I got the level headed and madness prevails achievements in aboot 15 mins. Now I will go through and clean up the few achievements I have left to get. For those who missed it, see comment #21. Again, I thank you :)

Comment #32 by TatteredRagDoll
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 11:48:02 PM

#21, thank you. My first playthrough was on hard, and had gotten almost all the achievements in said playthrough. After cleaning up the memories and snouts, this was all that was left. Again, thank you. Add another to my 100% completion list.

Comment #33 by Contender19
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 10:42:49 PM

can i play through on easy, and right at the last second change it to nightmare before i beat the game? will i get this if i do that?

Comment #34 by Stratospheree
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 07:34:40 AM

I first started the game on Easy, then did the little cheat with the chapter select on Nightmare mode, at the end it unlocked Normal and Hard as well the Nightmare play through achievement.

So in case people wondered if they could skip multiple play throughs, they can. That saved a bit of hassle.

Comment #35 by The Hickster
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 11:35:11 AM

Confirmed #21. Saved me a lot of time. Thanks!!!

Comment #36 by ShadowOfFateBay
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 06:30:41 PM

@21 thanks saved me so much time on an otherwise very long replay

Comment #37 by The Mad Hatt3r1
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 02:47:44 PM

just wanted to thank Mr PaNtsONhEaD, took me like 30 min and bluup :D

Comment #38 by thejohnhead
Sunday, July 24, 2011 @ 09:57:32 AM

I rocketed through this after finding you can skip the cinematic sequences by using the back button. Cheers #21

Comment #39 by LeBonhomme7h
Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ 12:15:11 AM

Comment #21 by Mr PaNtsONhEaD : I'm very happy. I did it in 10 minutes ;)

Comment #40 by NewSlang7
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:28:34 AM

This is very easy if you play through on normal first and upgrade all of your weapons. I played through on nightmare and collected all of my missing snouts and memories and it was really easy.

Comment #41 by driftingdoll
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:48:21 AM

Amazing! The strategy recommended by Comment #21 by Mr PaNtsONhEaD works perfectly. If you played the game on easy the first time, the achievements stack, so you should get the following achievements:

The Beginning of the End (at the end of chapter 1)
The Imaginative Endure
The Persistent Flourish
Madness Prevails

Comment #42 by stemanic
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 04:20:09 PM

Comment #21 by Mr PaNtsONhEaD : You are a legend. I did this in 10 mins no hassle, I even unlocked the "level headed" achievement into the bargain. Thanks.

Comment #43 by TeddyKnives
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 01:39:53 PM

Is it worth buying?

Comment #44 by Nooga
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 03:38:24 PM

Just wanted to add my thanks to Mr. Pants from comment #21.. worked like a charm... now the only achievements i have left to do are the 6 from American McGee's Alice... all the madness returns achievements are done =) Yay!

Comment #45 by Needle
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 11:05:57 AM

really really thanks for the advice!!!!!

Comment #46 by badmofo1104
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 06:14:32 PM

This game has been awesome, seems to be a pretty long game as well.

Comment #47 by Jolly
Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 08:42:06 PM

You're saying I didn't have to complete the whole game again?!! Son of a...!! Nightmare difficulty was a pain!!... *sigh* I should read comment #21 before.

^^ Thanks anyway.

Comment #48 by Skeezy Black
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 04:49:00 AM

Its really not that difficult on nightmare once you have the upgraded weapons...

Comment #49 by champion puffa
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 03:08:06 PM

seems a lil buggy the cheevos in this game. ive tried the cheat twice an it hasnt worked an didnt unlock even tho a couple others did. an also a few of the other cheevos i had to do twice specifically the vorpal blade an another weapon acquire cheevo along with complete vale of tears did not unlock even tho i completed them several times. they are story cheevos so cant be missed but my game bugged out so now i gotta get em again.

Comment #50 by ActionTansill
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 05:07:05 PM

i didnt have any problems w/ glitched achievements

Comment #51 by uratitmouse
Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 01:41:59 PM

i think its dumb that you can keep ypur upgraded weapons when u start a new game on nightmare but u start with only 4 roses...2 hits and ur dead...kinda dumb

Comment #52 by Munsty2
Monday, August 13, 2012 @ 10:30:53 AM

If you've already beaten the game. but, if you want to unlock the acheivements for the harder difficulties can you skip to the last boss and beat him or do you have to play the entire game all over again?

Comment #53 by V3 Zwello
Saturday, December 22, 2012 @ 11:07:41 PM

Credits goes to comment #21 for an easy walk though which had taken me just about 45 minutes ( I went for the 7 minutes on a vent achievement ) I did unlock this achievement as well as the other for beating the game on Hard. They do stack. Also, you could skip Alice's memories cut scenes by pressing start but I couldn't figure out how to skip through the other cut scenes, though they were well written and amusing.

Comment #54 by Kilzol
Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 04:45:29 AM

@#21 thanks for the tip, this will surely help greatly when i start working for the cheevos on this game

@#34 thanks a lot. i was wondering if i'd have to play through the game for each difficulty or not. much appreciated

Comment #55 by jmdelvalle22
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 11:59:00 PM

Everyone is asking the same question.. here's an idea... READ. You can find the answer within the first 15 posts. Except #21...

Comment #56 by Axios06
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 10:41:22 AM

I'm playing on Nightmare right now and I have to say, it's not as hard as I thought it would be.
As for comment #51, I have all my roses; not just four. Maybe the dress you chose limited her rose count? I believe that the Royal Suit does that.

Comment #57 by nomadski
Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 08:50:58 PM

Comment #21 Worked a treat. Great game but really didn't want to go thru everything again. Awesome.

Comment #58 by xrachee
Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 07:30:16 AM

#21. You are amazing.

Comment #59 by KitAngelwolf
Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 03:03:36 PM

Thanks for the trick #21. Completed it easily, only died once on first chapter before I read up on this site. Used the hatter dress because I had over 3k teeth to start nightmare with. >> Didn't come close to dying on final encounter, still had over 2k left.

Comment #60 by y12345678
Sunday, September 08, 2013 @ 09:11:06 AM

#21 thanks a lot

Comment #61 by Boo Songz
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 02:50:29 PM

Thanks @Mr PaNtsONhEaD #21 worked great for me.

Comment #62 by BlueMary117
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 07:42:05 AM

#21 worked good for me

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