Resident evil first gave us the survival horror of the undead. Dead Rising then gave us the ultimate experience of being utterly swarmed and overpowered by them. Lollipop Chainsaw borrows a few things from these classics but adds from more modern faced-paced action games such as Devil May Cry and Shadows of the Damned with a pinch off OTT gore similar to Onechanbara Bikini Samurai Squad.
Take all the above games and stir well. Add a little Buffy, sprinkle with the dark and adult humor of House Of The Dead: Overkill and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Lollipop Chainsaw. Horror, gore, laughs, sex, some more sex and buckets more blood!
You’ll play as Juliet. A very athletic and flexible cheerleader who welcomes the zombie apocalypse with chainsaw fumes. When zombies first attacked her college, Juliet’s boyfriend (Nick Carlyle) was bitten. But instead of sending him on his way with an affectionate bullet, Juliet turned to the only thing she trusts amongst all this chaos…her chainsaw!
Very similar to Shadows of the Damned, Juliet’s side-kick throughout her quest is Nick’s head, which is attached to her hip. Nick can not only still manage to talk to Juliet but he can also offer his assistance by helping her navigate over obstacles and allowing Juliet to use his head for powerful special moves. Attatch Nick’s head to a decapitated body and Nick will be able to boost you over a wall. Juliet can also use Nick’s head as a football (ah…how sweet) as we saw one move that had Juliet practice her football skills, heeling Nick’s head from her hip and up over her head, to then volley it into the path of an on-coming zombie horde!
Lollipop Chainsaws combat system is very faced-paced and easily matches action games such as Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. While the blood and adult humour levels are turned right up, (with an ERSB rating of blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes and strong language) don’t think this is a desperate attempt to throw the player of any half-backed game. Combat looks fun and intense with unlockable and rewarding special moves, great animations and devastating effects. Characters seem to have good and convincing vocal talents and the scripted humor seems to work really well from what we’ve seen.
A blood pumping soundtrack, blood spilling combat system, a stunning heroin (you just know this one’s gonna chart-top in Japan) creative special moves and dark humour make Lollipop Chainsaw one to add to the pre-order list. It’s about time we had full-on fast paced zombie carnage and adult humor that’s turned all the way up to 11. Bring it on!
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