Game Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Game Review: Lollipop Chainsaw
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Game Name: Lollipop Chainsaw
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer(s): Grasshopper Manufacture, Kadokawa Games
Genre(s): Action Brawler, Hack and Slash
Release Date: June 12, 2012
ESRB Rating: M for Mature

 

"Hey Mickey you so fine, you so fine you blow my mind".

Suda 51 known for his humor and fan service, attempts to bring the good stuff with his latest IP Lollipop Chainsaw. This title was one of the more unique games to make it out this year that didn’t completely flop. Following in the footsteps of movies like Army of Darkness and more recently Zombieland, Lollipop Chainsaw uses self-aware  humor to tell a story and make you laugh along the way. Now when I say story, I use the term loosely. Lollipop Chainsaw is in no way, shape, or form a game that you play for an engrossing plot. All that you need to know is our protagonist Juliet is running late for a meet up with her boyfriend at high school. It is her birthday and someone brought zombies to ruin the occasion. How does she survive as long as she does and what makes her the heroine of our game? Well she’s a zombie hunter. Sound ridiculous? It is, but that’s half of the fun I had.

 

Story – 2 out of 5

To be frank, the story for Lollipop Chainsaw isn’t its strongest suit, but chances are, the story isn’t the reason you bought the game. The writing for the game is pretty well done being penned by James Gunn of Super and Dawn of the Dead fame. His witty dialog is the only thing that breathes any life and humor into this very minimalistic story. You will find a lot of fan service in Lollipop, and that’s what Suda 51 does so well. He knows the type of people who love his games and caters to them giving them what they want.

 

Sound – 5 out of 5

Much of what I liked about the game can be attributed to the sound of the game. The soundtrack for the game is exceptionally fitting of the subject material, featuring bands like Skrillex, Five Finger Death Punch, Dragonforce, and Sleigh Bells. The voice acting was also superb featuring Michael Rooker, Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence fame, and both Tara Strong and Michael Rosenbaum (talented voice actors who have worked on the DC cartoons). The pumping beats of the soundtrack will keep you plowing through the combat. The line delivery and chemistry of the voice actors make for enjoyable banter among the characters; especially Juliet and Nick the game’s dynamic duo of sorts.

 

Mechanics/Gameplay 3 out of 5

The combat felt a bit lacking in variety as I found myself sticking to one, maybe two combos to slice and dice my way to the end of the game. I never felt like any of the combat really tailored to specific situations or a need to use certain moves over another, other than inspecting what each combo looked like. Much of the game was played out in typical action/brawler style , kill all enemies in a room, move on, rinse wash repeat 6 more times, change area, do again, boss fight. There are a few mini game segments sprinkled in to break up the repetitiveness of the game but they are so few it almost defeats the purpose.

 

Overall – 3 out of 5

Known for cult hits like No More Heros 1&2, and Killer 7,  a Suda 51 game is an experience in fan service rather than a good solid game. I’ll go on record saying that this game is a guilty pleasure of mine, not because it’s a bad game but that it appeals to things I like (scantily clad women, good music, tongue in cheek humor). Does this make the game better than it should be? Maybe.

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