Excerpt: When first hearing about Lollipop Chainsaw sometime last year it immediately garnered my attention with its offbeat presentation and unique sense of style. A chainsaw-wielding cheerleader decapitating zombies against a background of stars and rainbows? Did I really just see that? I assume many people had the same initial reaction which I’m sure was part of the design from the beginning.
Conclusion: Lollipop Chainsaw is an average brawler made interesting and memorable by a slick, sickly sweet presentation. It does what it set out to do: tell a goofy zombie story starring a lollipop-loving cheerleader who dispatches her foes with cutesy gusto. The gameplay doesn’t really do anything to set itself apart from other games of the genre and in some cases, it feels like Suda51 is dipping from his own well. I should also point out that the game is pretty short.
Excerpt: Scantily clad, chainsaw-wielding, freshly legal cheerleader... check. Vulgar-quipping, wacked-out zombies... check. Outrageous, over-the-top, B-Movie quality styled dialogue... check. Disembodied head that acts as both special weapon and said chainsaw-wielding cheerleader's boyfriend... check.
Excerpt: is utterly ridiculous. But it revels in that ridiculousness; it embraces it and adds continual heaping helpings of cheese and corn. Juliet Starling is almost as ditzy as she is busty, her boyfriend is a severed head that hangs on her hip (or more accurately, right over her ass), and Swan is the “emo” My Chemical Romance reject who wants to see the world burn. And on Juliet’s 18th birthday, too. Yeah. It’s like that.
Conclusion: Amidst an important layer of absurdity brought to you by the likes of Suda51, James Gunn, and Jimmy Urine, Lollipop Chainsaw has a lot in common with the delightful 8-bit games of my youth. That’s a bizarre statement to say about a game in which one of the characters threatens to rip my taint off, but valid when considering Lollipop Chainsaw deals in the same circles of raw delirium that have been vaguely absent for two decades.
Conclusion: The Short Version: Lollipop Chainsaw is riotously inventive, colourful rampage with a hilarious script and unpredictable unsanity aplenty. It's also exploitative, potentially offensive and frequently stupid beyond words. Grasshopper Manufacture have gone out of their way to split opinion, and as such, you'll need to adopt the right (wrong?) mindset to make the most of its score attack gameplay, value and presentation.
Pros: Deliciously, deliriously inventive - both visually and in terms of gameplay, Competent gameplay with a focus on high score runs, Hilarious
Cons: Boxy level design, some weak minigames/set pieces, Potentially incredibly offensive, Empirically short campaign, poor value if you're not a fan of score attack
Excerpt: Es ist durchaus gerechtfertigt, bestimmte Erwartungen an ein Spiel zu hegen, für das Goichi Suda verantwortlich ist: Abgedreht soll es sein, verrückt und bitte auch mit einer Prise Punk. Und wer auch nur im Ansatz verfolgt hat, worum es beim neuesten Werk von Suda geht, der wird wissen, dass Lollipop Chainsaw keine Risiken eingeht und ein so "klassisches" Suda-Spiel ist, wie man es von einem Titel erwartet hätte, in dem eine Cheerleaderin sich bewaffnet mit einer...