Lollipop Chainsaw Review
publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
|ESRB rating: M
release date: Jun 12, 12
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This is not your usual action adventure game. It's fair to assume that most of you are fully aware of this, after seeing any gameplay footage (yeah, I'm pretty sure you have and for obvious reasons too). In this game, players are offered a chance to plunge into the world of multicolored insanity that involves non-stop zombie slicing. It's not ordinary zombie slicing either. It involves grotesque scenes of violence and, more importantly, a sexy female protagonist. She's also a cheerleader and, like most cheerleaders, she likes to go out with a guy and then chop his head off. Yep, that's classic cheerleader-like behavior. It also sets up the premise for Lollipop Chainsaw, the latest wacky title from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Grasshopper Manufacture.
Well, okay, I wouldn't want to give cheerleaders a bad name, so I shall explain a bit more about what's going on in the game. Juliet, the star of this delightful and gory tale, heads out to meet her boyfriend, Nick, who was just about to be introduced to her family. To our convenience, a nasty zombie outbreak puts a stop to this lovely plan. From that moment on, Juliet starts kicking zombie ass, as any self-respecting cheerleader would and rushes to meet her boyfriend. To make matters more interesting, Nick gets bitten by a zombie and Juliet decides to do the only thing anyone would do in such a situation - she approaches Nick, lops his head off and then attaches it to her waste. Piece of cake.
She has that look again.
Now that we've established what Lollipop Chainsaw offers in the story department (not much to be honest), we can move on to what really matters - the gameplay. The third-person action is not original or innovative, although it manages to deliver the kind of entertainment you'd hope to find in a zombie themed title. You get a chainsaw to deal with the undead hordes, in addition to a variety of moves and combos. The combat is rather basic and easy-to-learn, which means there's no annoyingly long learning curve to get in the way of the fun. So, yeah, essentially, this game is about having fun and mowing down as many undead enemies as you possibly can. It's a shame that things like awkward camera angles get in the way of this fun, especially when you're indoors.
One of the things we can definitely appreciate about Lollipop Chainsaw is the developer's effort to minimize gameplay monotony by adding several cool additions. They incorporated sporadic mini-games are really quick time events, allowing you to do all sorts of weird things to enemies. These mini-games vary often enough, so you'll get to do anything from running over zombies with a combine to graceful pole dancing while decapitating countless zombies in the process. Interesting quick-time events may not be enough to lure hardcore gamers, but we have to say they successfully pull you away from the standard third-person hack-and-slash combat mechanics. The boss fights represent another satisfying element. It would've been nice if they were a bit more challenging. As it stands, we did enjoy the diversity of bosses and how they fight. For example, one of them spits out nasty language and words at you (literarily). Hilarious and, well, we've never seen it before.
The chainsaw and Juliet's combat skills can be upgraded over time to make for a wider selection of moves and attacks. When you take out foes, you'll receive gold and platinum medals and both of these can be utilized to purchase upgrades vie the in-game Chop2Shop.zom. Upgrades denote new attacks and platinum medals give you a chance to acquire new costumes, music etc.
Come and get it, zombie scum!
Pink cheerleaders spell zombie doom.
The graphics are colorful to say the least. In fact, they are insanely colorful. Then again, this goes only too well with the game's overall wackiness.
There's really not a lot I can add. Lollipop Chainsaw isn't one of those leisure summer games that just relaxes you on a dry and hot summer day. It's hot all on its own. You have to have the stomach for this game. Mostly for its silliness, intensity, senseless violence and freaky humor. The jokes and gags aren't too bad, albeit it takes a while for them to get to a point where's they're actually amusing. The narrative cannot be described as an incentive to keep playing. Truth be told, you don't need a particularly complex story for a weird game such as this. Yes, it's weird. It also may seem like a ridiculous waste time, but given the chance, it can also be ridiculously fun.
An interesting twist on the standard zombie-killing formula, cool boss fights, a game in which quick-time events are actually fun;
Takes a bit to get into it, may not be as amusing to some as the developers clearly intended, occasional camera issues.
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