Game Review: Lollipop Chainsaw for Xbox 360 & PS3 -
In Lollipop Chainsaw, you follow Juliet Starling on her adventure to stop zombies from taking over the world. There is nothing worse than zombies ruining your day but it is even worse when it’s your birthday. The game begins with Juliet in her room waking up and explaining how today is her 18th birthday. Juliet then realizes that she is late to a meeting with her boyfriend Nick before school. On her way, she runs into zombies (literally). After battling through waves of zombies, Juliet finds her boyfriend in the park outside of school. He is bitten by a zombie while trying to protect Juliet. Later on in the school we see that Juliet has cut off Nick’s head, this is where we learn that Juliet is a Zombie Hunter. In true Suda51 fashion, the game only gets weirder. Lollipop Chainsaw has a lot to offer in its small package but it is a fun and sexy ride the whole way through.
Juliet being a cheerleader is incorporated very well into the actual gameplay. It goes farther than just having a sexy cheerleader main character. She is a very agile character and it makes for a very fun game. Juliet is able to flip over zombies and perform many agile chainsaw attacks. With her many combos Juliet has at her disposal the game has a good variety for which to kill zombies. The combo system takes a little to get use to because simply mashing buttons won’t always perform what you want. When I first started the game, I was unsure if I was going to like the game because of the limited amount of attacks you have. As you progress through the game and kill more zombies, you collect Zombie Medals. These medals are used to buy all sorts of things from new costumes to upgrades to Juliet’s stats. Thus, the farther you get in the game the more combos that become available to you.
My favorite thing about Lollipop Chainsaw is the voice acting. The game is extremely entertaining just from the characters talking to each other. The lines between Juliet and Nick are some of the best in the game. The voice actors Tara Strong (Voice of Juliet) and Michael Rosenbaum (Voice of Nick) both perform wonderfully in this game. One-liners galore in this game but all the jokes will keep you laughing from start to finish. The characters are developed and fleshed out very well. By the end of the game, you really appreciate the characters. Albeit all the characters in this game are crazy but in a fun lovable way.
This is a true Suda51 one game and it is one hell of a ride. The crazy and hilarious character design of the whole Starling family is great. Juliet’s sisters Cordelia and Rosalind are crazy but are so much fun to have around. Epically the scenes with Rosalind cause that girl is a complete spas and I love it. Throughout the entire game in true Suda51 fashion the game is just weird but in a good way. The game is seemingly written like an old grindhouse movie. With that being said, it is nice that the game doesn’t take its self too seriously. This way crazy over the top scenes can happen and the game will just comment on the complete ridiculousness of it. This game is very mature and is indeed design with an older audience in mind.
On of the big downfalls of this game is its excessive use of quick time events. Quick time events are not necessarily a bad thing, but they do start to take away from the game one you do it every 5 minutes. There are a few moments in the game where the quick time event is very interesting. For example, there is one part where you have to press certain buttons to make Juliet jump on multiple zombie’s heads. Once you successfully complete this scene Juliet makes a comment and then all the zombie heads fly off in true Japanese samurai style. By the time the game ended I was disappointed that a lot of the game was made up of mini games and quick time events. The 4 Stage in the game is the worst when it comes to mini games and quick time events. I was glad when I was able to kill zombies again in awesome cheerleader fashion.
Each boss in the game is based off a certain type of music or music figure. For example, the first boss in the game is Zed a punk rocker. With each boss in the game, there is another theme of music. The soundtrack to this game is very fitting to the zombie-slaying theme. There is a slew of unique music made for the game and there is some well-known music as well. You are able to select up to five songs to make a tiny playlist to play while you are slaying zombies. My personal favorite is “Hey Mickey” by Toni Baseil, the classic cheerleader song. This song also plays when you activate your star power, which will allow you to kill zombies in one hit from your chainsaw. The music in this game helps add to the different settings and bosses.
I truly enjoyed my playthrough of Lollipop Chainsaw but was upset when it ended so shortly after I had begun it. The game is only about 4 hours long and will take you no more than 3 nights to beat. I feel like the game could of continued another 4 hours and still of been fresh and not lose its appeal. Though what upsets me is the game really wants to push going back and playing through the seven stages you have already beat. While this is some, fun with new costumes and new combos at your disposal this only limits how much replay value the game has. Personally, I have a hard time playing the same levels over and over again. While the game does change with the different difficulties, there is only so much you can do with just seven stages.
All in all, Lollipop Chainsaw is a great game and a refreshing new intelligent property in a world of sequels. Juliet Starling is a sexy and interesting character that makes killing zombies look like fun. It is a lot of fun to leap frog over a zombie and then split it in half with a chainsaw to the middle of the body. I highly recommend that everyone play this game. I would suggest that you rent it first then see if you like the game enough to buy it. The game only takes a few nights to beat. If you are still interested after you beat the game, the first time then I defiantly suggest you buy the game. I really enjoyed the voice acting in this game and that really helps flesh out the characters. This is defiantly not a perfect game with its excess of quick time events and very short story mode. If only this game had a longer story mode because by the time it ended I was just truly getting into the story and the characters. Lollipop Chainsaw earns itself a 8 out of 10. While the game is extremely fun to play and pure enjoyment from start to finish, the story mode is unfortunately just too short. Now if you will excuse me I need to go back to enjoying my Saeko Busujima costumed Juliet and kill more zombies!!
FINAL SCORE 8/10
Post by Christopher Robus