There are tons of zombie killing video games that are out in the market today. But have you ever seen a zombie video game that involves a chainsaw wielding cheerleader? Well there is only one video game that fit that description and it come from Kadokawa Games and Grasshopper Manufactures. The game I am referring to is Lollipop Chainsaw for the Xbox 360 and PS3. This game had a lot of hype behind it and was one of the most anticipated games for the summer 2012. This game has a ton of unique feature but does Lollipop Chainsaw live up to the hype?
The story of Lollipop Chainsaw is both unique and strange. The story focus on the main character, Juliet Starlet. You would say she’s just a typical high school cheerleader, but actually she’s a deadly zombie hunter with a huge chainsaw. One the day of Juliet’s birthday, a zombie invasion infected her town. Now it’s up to Juliet, her family, her mentor and her talking head boyfriend to stop the cause of the zombie infestation. Now the concept of the zombie killing genre have been over used, but it the case if Lollipop Chainsaw, it bring something new to the genre. The story itself it simple but not forgettable.In a way the story is sort of an anime style comedy.
If you are a fan of hack and slash, button mashing type game then Lollipop Chainsaw is your game. The game is filled with button reactions and combos moves. Honestly, I think it pointless to try to learn every combo move because the only thing you’re going to be focusing on is killing the zombie. Also, it feels that the chainsaw wielding is kind of slow when attacking the zombie. There are different mini games that keep the game from being repetitive. They are some glitches that random appears throughout the game. The major problem that I had with this game is the camera. Most of the time that I am battling zombies, the camera would zoom in on the character. Even when I have the target lock on a specific enemy, the camera doesn’t always follows that target. One thing that I like was that Lollipop Chainsaw had sort of a RPG feature which you can level up Juliet to get more powerful as the game progresses. I should also point out that this game is short. After you beat the, there nothing more you can do but replay the game to collect all the unlockables, get a high score on each level, and get all the achievements/trophies. Plus I want to note that there’s two different ending at the end of the game which is depended on how you play the game, which personally I don’t like.
Lollipop Chainsaw have an anime, comic-style, cel-shaded type graphics that I feel that it really fit with this type of game. I stated before that the story has an anime type comedy to it, so I think the story and the graphic fits one another. I like the artwork that Lollipop Chainsaw have, since it was developed in Japan, it have that Japanese influence to its art which I am a fan of. There’s nothing much to say about the graphic, it have a just good visual to it.
The best part of Lollipop Chainsaw in my opinion has to be the sound. The game is heavily influence with music. I love the music Lollipop Chainsaw have to offer. It has a mix of music such as rock and roll, pop, metal, funk, gothic, and alternative. I enjoy listening to the background music as I progress through the level. Also, the game have license music such as “Lollipop” by Chordettes and “Mickey” by Toni Basil. I feel that they did a great good at choosing the right music that would best fit this type of game.
Total: 79/100 C+
Overall, Lollipop Chainsaw is a fun game, even though I not what I expect. As I stated before, this game is short and it does have some problems with the camera. I expected a lot from this game and I feel that this game could have been better. Still, if you’re a fan of hack and slash games, then Lollipop Chainsaw is the game for you. That all I have to say for now. If you have your own opinion on Lollipop Chainsaw, please tell me in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter, @TyunoTheGreat . Until next time, “Be Easy and Stay Epic!”