'Lollipop Chainsaw' Is Sweet and Sassy on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
"Lollipop Chainsaw" is a kitschy, campy zombie-killing romp for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
CREDIT: Suda 51
"Lollipop Chainsaw" was one of those quirky game projects that involved a fortuitous pairing: the ridiculously inventive game-developing smarts of Suda 51 ("Shadows of the Damned") and the insane script-writing talents of James Gunn ("Dawn of the Dead").
The result is a cheerleader who fights a zombie horde, using a customized chainsaw while carrying around the head of her boyfriend, who’s inexplicably still alive. It’s the kind of silliness that really gives the game an energetic boost.
The heroine, Juliet Starling, finds herself facing some zombie rock gods who want to make her hometown of San Romero their personal playground. Not prepared to lose everything she loves, the cheerleader fights back using not only her powerful, double-sized chainsaw, but also powerful cheers that cause everyone to explode into sparkles and rainbows.
This is an action game through and through, where you eliminate zombies with attacks while occasionally dodging incoming threats and escaping from areas such as a room packed with explosives. But Suda and Gunn also have managed to throw in a great deal of variety with additional mini-games, including a fun take on "Pac-Man" in which Juliet battles huge virtual chompers. [The Best Classic Game Compilations for iPads]
Though the graphics take a step back from the gaming fare commonly seen these days, "Lollipop Chainsaw" packs in plenty of exciting visuals, particularly when Juliet's chainsaw is splattering blood everywhere. There’s also a surprising amount of style, from cool little heart shapes that pop up to the unavoidable sexual entendres, most pointed toward Juliet. If you’re not one for blood and dirty language, this isn’t the game for you. [Why the 'Walking Dead' Game Franchise Is a Runaway Hit]
Along with great graphics and entertaining gameplay, "Lollipop Chainsaw" features splendid voicework from an all-star cast. Tara Strong is a hoot as Juliet, with a Valley Girl attitude on deck. And keep an ear open for veteran character actor Michael Rooker as a Viking who’s just as effective with a drum set as with a battle ax. That’s right, a Norse rock god.
Though its content won’t be easy for everyone to stomach, "Lollipop Chainsaw" stands out as a unique video game experience that deserves a playthrough, if only to see its ridiculous moments. Hey, what else would you expect from Suda and James ― normalcy?
RATING: 3 / 4