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Lollipop Chainsaw – First Impressions!

I went into Lollipop Chainsaw (the latest game from mastermind/mad-man developer Goichi Suda) understanding that what I was about to play was going to be completely over the top. Borderline silly, even. I expected fast action and a metric ton of cheese. I figured that any plot I was about to experience would be almost entirely nonsensical. In the end, I’m pleased to say that all of these thoughts and expectations proved to be 110% true.

Lollipop Chainsaw

For me, playing Lollipop Chainsaw is like hooking up to an IV that fiercely pumps the extremes of the 1990’s directly into your blood stream. The puns, one-liners, and foul language come at you like something out of a B rate action movie. The violence is ridiculous, harkening back to the fatalities of Mortal Kombat, but wrapped up in the colorful packaging of a film like Clueless. The game definitely wears it’s influences on it’s sleeves, but still manages to come across as something unique, and different – largely due to the “Suda-51 touch”.

You take on the role of Juliet Starling, a talented cheerleader and zombie hunter, off to purge San Romero High School of the walking dead. Early on you find that your boyfriend Nick, the stereotypical Varsity jacket wearing jock, has been bitten by one of the undead. Naturally, using her chainsaw and a powerful incantation, Juliet decapitates Nick before the zombie virus spreads to his brain, and preserves his head alive and in-tact! Nick tags along with Juliet – dangling from a strap on her belt – and is the first to comment on how ridiculous it is that he can speak even though he doesn’t have a thorax.

Lollipop Chainsaw

The game plays a lot like Suda’s flagship franchise, No More Heroes. You combine light attacks (pom-pom attacks) with heavy attacks (chainsaw attacks) to slice your way through thousands (and thousands) of enemies. There’s a decent leveling system in place that allows Juliet to learn new attacks, abilities, and increase various stats, and throughout your adventure you’ll encounter multiple rescue missions, plenty of quick time events, and several creative bosses — all of which are themed after a different genre of music.

While the gameplay is solid (though at times a smidgen repetitive) the real star of the game is the over the top action and style. Rainbows, coins, blood, and stars explode out of your victims as you power your way from area to area, and gigantic sparkling lollipops serve as health kits. A wide cast of character’s, both living and undead, spice up your journey, and there’s an upbeat, rockin’ soundtrack (I was happy to hear Sleigh Bells on there!) that provides appropriate, and at times hilarious music to listen to while you slaughter the endless hordes.

On the whole, I’d definitely recommend Lollipop Chainsaw to anybody who’s enjoyed Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture’s other efforts, and would encourage people looking for something different in their action games to at the very least check it out. Lollipop Chainsaw is currently available at Sunken Treasures Games for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360.

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