Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lollipop Chainsaw- review

“Lollipop Chainsaw” should have its picture in the dictionary for tongue-in-cheek game.  It’s absolutely stupid at times and it can also be pretty funny at other times.  The music is killer and the voice actors do a really good job with their roles at least.  The biggest flaws come from the controls and the overall game length.

In “Lollipop Chainsaw” you play as Juliet Starling.  She is a bubbly cheerleader celebrating her 18th birthday.  She also comes from a family of zombie hunters.  Her weapon of choice is her customized chainsaw which she wields to hack and slash at the undead that have taken over her town.  She carries around the still-living severed head of her boyfriend Nick. Together, they square off against the music-themed zombies that have arisen to raise hell.

This game is a button masher’s dream.  It tells you the combos to do to produce amazing results in zombie killing.  However, in the heat of the moment you won’t remember them and you will hit every button you can, only to produce roughly the same results.  In addition, the game is too short. There are 6 levels in total. The levels are long, but I was able to beat this game in the lesser parts of two days.  The only thing extra they seem to be offering is more outfits for Juliet.  The game pretty much wants you to ogle her.  You can even get a trophy/achievement for trying to get an up-skirt.  Stay classy game.

The game has an interesting plot and funny dialogue.  The writer is James Gunn who was the writer for the new version of “Dawn of the Dead” and the writer/director of “Slither”.  The voice actors do a good job and many of them are C-list celebrities such as Michael Rooker, Shawnee Smith, Michael Rosenbaum and Tara Strong. The music is really good.  Every stage is themed after a certain type of music: punk, metal, psychedelic, funk, rock and roll, and rockabilly.  The writer even has a few zombie fan references.  Juliet is a cheerleader for the San Romero Knights and there is an Arcade called the Fulci Fun Center.   

As a whole, “Lollipop Chainsaw” is okay.  It’s certainly one of those games that can be popped in if you want to just chill and kill zombies for a while mindlessly.  It’s a fun distraction really.  If you want to shut off your brain for a while, this is a great game.  What keeps this game from being bad is that it seems to be aware of its cheese factor. It expects others to at least enjoy the ride as well. If you are into the zombie genre and into tongue-in-cheek humor this game is really going to be up your alley.  If not then I’d wait till the price goes down or it’s available to rent.

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