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Lollipop Chainsaw review

6/16/12 2:02pm
tl;dr

 Lollipop Chainsaw is a good rental, but a bit short for a full-game purchase.

When I say “zombie game,” what do you usually think of? When I asked myself this question, I immediately thought of House of the Dead, Left 4 Dead, and Resident Evil. All three of those games are based around survivors looking to save themselves from, what seems to be, an inevitable doom and gloom situation. Lollipop Chainsaw does not hold itself to that type of seriousness in any possible way.

Suda 51 and Warner Bros. have created a game that doesn't, and shouldn't, carry itself as a “realistic” or “mature” title. In fact, with the sense of humor it has, it's actually immature despite what the rating says otherwise. But that's not a bad thing to consider. It's actually a fresh, silly take on the whole “zombie apocalypse” scenario, especially now with a lot of cannibalistic acts seen in the news that has a lot of people talking about such.

I went into this game somewhat blind, meaning I haven't seen any footage of the game prior to buying it. I instead rested on the laurels of other people I knew who have seen the game. I sounded more like an action game than a zombie game, but I've been wrong many times before. I am wrong again, but wrong in a good way.

The first time you boot up the game, you're shown the opening intro about Juliet Starling, a cheerleader for San Romero High School, who also happens to be a zombie hunter in a family of other zombie hunters. The family also appears to be somewhat dysfunctional, but they don't play too much of a factor in the game early on. She's supposed to meet her boyfriend Nick, who is attacked by zombies and is about to die. That is, until Juliet “saves him” and keeps his head alive. Throughout the game, you'll get “presents” either just before or after each boss from friends and family members.

Lollipop Chainsaw is kind of like if Dead Rising had a female protagonist and threw its story right out of the window. If you're buying Lollipop Chainsaw for a deep, immersing story, you're buying it for a very wrong reason. This hack-and-slasher does have a story, but what do you care? There's zombies, rainbows, blood, and a lot of sexual overtones to enjoy a simple, “turn-your-brain-off-and-play” kind of comedic game with a lot of colors and collectibles.

It's a short game, but fun nonetheless regardless of the replay value. You'll play this once or twice after you've beaten the game just to get a few easy achievements, but Lollipop Chainsaw ends like a premature ejaculation: Unsatisfying, ends early, but just enough to get some entertainment out. Yes, that was a gross analogy, but it's fitting considering the game's sense of humor is based around Juliet and her seemingly endless wardrobe of skimpy outfits. It's like a dumb comedy movie: If you expect something completely groundbreaking and award winning, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Score: 8.5/10

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