Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Developer: GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE
Publisher: Warner Home Video Games
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360]
Rated: M for Mature
After 10 months of waiting for the release of Lollipop Chainsaw we finally get the chance to see what the fuss is all about. But was it worth all the hype, anticipation and the wait?
Lollipop Chainsaw is an action packed zombie game brought to us by the creative minds at Suda 51, Grasshopper Manufacture, and Kadokawa Games. They sought out to find some of the most creative people, but also the most unique to give us gamers the craziest, most fun and interesting gaming experience ever. And I must admit, they do succeed. It features everything a good game needs, zombies, action, over the top crazy kills with excessive blood and gore, and extreme potty mouth.
Lollipop Chainsaw features a newly turned 18 year old named Juliet who is not your average High School cheerleader, but is also a well trained zombie hunter. Equipped with her pom poms and trusty pink chainsaw, Juliet is a sexy yet deadly zombie-fighting machine. This isn’t your normal hack and slash zombie game, it also has a story.
While playing as Juliet not only are you completely mutilating your use to be friends and classmates, now turned zombies, but you are discovering more about Juliet. From her family and friends to her boyfriend Nick; who is not nearly headless, rather just a head. You get to experience some fun gameplay with excellent commentary combined.
The controls are quite simple and Lollipop Chainsaw could be classified as a button mashing game. The only difference is that it is really so much more. All you button mashers could play and be successful, but you better not expect to get a good grade. Yes that’s right, school is in session even when you are killing zombies.
Every stage of game play is accompanied with a score. That means if you want good grades, you better learn those combos! I know what you are all thinking, “what the dick” I am being graded on my zombie killing skills? But this is what makes you want to play over and over, unlike doing actual homework.
The one downfall I found with the controls was the doubling up of some of the buttons. For example the RT button is used for both your star meter as well as your shotgun. When your star meter is full you use the RT to equip a special timed super power that makes killing even the harder zombies much easier. However when using the shotgun you also use the RT. You aim with LT and shoot with the RT, so if your star meter is full you could accidentally initiate it when all you really wanted to do was shoot your shotgun.
As you play through the game you acquire coins and stars from killing zombies. The amount you get is dependent on the type of zombies you kill and how you kill them. You also get coins for destroying objects in the environment, like trashcans and palm trees, as well as rescuing fellow classmates. These coins can be used to buy new combos, Nick tickets, health, upgrades, as well as outfits for Juliet and music, but be warned you can only purchase these from Chop2shops that are located through out the stages so you better use them when you see them.
The stars however; as mentioned earlier, accumulate in a meter on the lower left side of your screen. Once full, you can use the RT to activate an extra burst of strength and zombie killing power.
The zombies are broken down into 3 categories. You have your regular zombies, mini boss zombies and Zombie bosses of Rock. The regular zombies are the easiest to kill and come in different varieties like bomber zombies and so on. Then you have the more difficult zombies, that I have opted to call mini bosses. These zombies are a little bit trickier, but luckily they have a health meter above their head. Last but not least are the Zombie bosses of Rock, also equipped with a health meter, are the most difficult zombies to kill; but by far the coolest looking.
Despite how cool these “Zombie bosses of Rock” look there was a downside. They kind of reminded me of watching a scary movie. Scary movies can be great but nobody likes when they think the bad guy is dead and really he isn’t. Now, you have to kill him again and again. This becomes very repetitive and in my opinion, a little much. Not a little much in the sense they were too difficult but rather just annoying. Honestly, I would rather have seen waves of zombies incorporated into the boss battles instead.
Overall, Lollipop Chainsaw is a very fun and unique game despite being annoyed by a few minor things. It is filled with great music, interesting characters, great voice work, and piles of destruction. Juliet’s chainsaw is pretty awesome, it is pink after all, and has some pretty sick upgrades. This coupled with Juliet’s cheerleading acrobatics give you piles of zombie slaughtering options. The story line is simple, cute, silly and kind of cheesy. But isn’t everything better with cheese? Not to mention the stage grading system which adds to the replay ability factor, as nobody really wants to get a C. And lets face it, killing zombies is super fun.
Replay ability: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5