Advantages Good voice acting and music, funny dialogue, lots of unlockables to collect.
Disadvantages Story only lasts between 6 and 8 hours, combat is a little repetitive, camera could be better.
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Lollipop Chainsaw is the latest game from Goichi Suda, better known to those in the industry as Suda 51. In the west the Japanese video game director is probably best known for the No More Heroes series, which debuted on the Wii, and Killer7 a bizarre shooter that attracted a cult following during the last console generation. Lollipop Chainsaw sees Suda team up with Hollywood film maker James Gunn to give us a title jam packed with over the top zombie slaying and a good dose of humour. It’s so much fun that I can almost forgive Gunn for penning the disastrous Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed back in 2004.
The source of shambling corpses is a gothic kid named Swan. The outcast, whose wardrobe seems borrowed from Marilyn Manson, is somewhat miffed at being rejected by the student body. Using a mystical book, Swan begins summoning zombies from another dimension into our world with the aims of punishing those who shunned him. I have to admit that’s more creative than simply buying a firearm for a spot of Columbine bowling. Needless to say Juliet will have to stop the emo’s scheme aided by her main squeeze Nick – a decapitated head attached to her belt. The poor bloke loses his body early on in the game after getting infected by a zombie bite. Having nothing below the neck must suck, but as a consolation he at least gets to spend the entire game next to Miss Starling’s toned buttocks.
Although Nick has the slight disability of having no limbs he does have his uses. Plonking his noggin on headless zombies gives him temporary control of the carcass permitting him to reveal hidden areas via quick time events. His head can also be fired at waves of enemies once the prerequisite skill is unlocked. Speaking of skills, seeing as how it’s Juliet’s birthday, Starling earns new moves as the story goes along thanks to chainsaw upgrades generously gifted by her family of fellow zombie bashers. By the time the game ends not only will you use the saw to maim foes with melee attacks, but you’ll also get bullets for vanquishing targets from range and a motor than gives Juliet a short burst speed dash.
One of the game’s highlights would have to be the sonics. Voice actress Tara Strong is perfect in the role of Juliet and I especially enjoyed her frequent exchanges with Nick played by Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor of Smallville fame.) Their humorous banter does a good job of diverting your attention from the button bashing combat which could get monotonous were it not for the constant gags and slick visuals. Lollipop Chainsaw also boasts an excellent soundtrack which includes some oldies like Lollipop from The Chordettes or the rocking Heroes Of Our Time by Dragonforce. Seeing that Juliet is cheerleader its no surprise to learn that Toni Basil’s Mickey plays when you activate your special meter and I especially liked hearing Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round in the background as I mowed down zombies in a corn field whilst driving a combine harvester.
If getting through the story is your sole objective then it’s hard to recommend a purchase as a rental should suffice. I personally however would encourage fighting game fans to pick up this gem, even if it means waiting a bit for a price drop. If you don’t mind grinding levels there’s a lot of collectibles to earn, some of which can only be acquired by besting all the difficulty settings. Those who enjoy earning high scores will also find enjoyment in replaying levels to earn a place on the online leader board. Yes the premise is silly, but between the lively graphics, chuckles, constant action and some novel mini-games it has a charm many other titles on the market lack. I mean when was the last time you got to kill zombies whilst swinging off a stripper pole? Nuff said.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3
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