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Welcome to the world of killing zombies, this is the world of main star lives in, you play as Juliet a cheerleader and a zombie hunter, she off to meet her boyfriend nick but as soon as she leaves and is off down the road she notices that the street and the whole place is filled with zombies, so now it is your job to play as Juliet and go find nick in the park and make sure he is alright and after find out what is going on and who on this earth has sent the zombies down to earth. This is a very fun game to play and has a very well done sense of humour but I knew this going into the game because the makes of the game Suda 51, are very good at comedy in they games and game play style. It is a must have if you have played there other games like no more heroes, the games play style is very much the same, and if you have never played any of these games then this might be the game that gets you to start liking these types of games. Strengths: * Comedy, there is so much comedy in this game between the characters on screen and in the cut scenes before and after each level, some of the best is just when you kill certain zombies and then Juliet might say something about the zombie you just killed and it can always keep you laughing and smiling all the way to the ending. * Fun game play, the play style is very fun because when you are fighting all the zombies trying to build that combo higher and higher and then you get the boss zombies which are easy to fight because if you have a big combo you can do new combo moves you can buy from the shop. * The shop, At certain points within the level there will be a shop when you can purchase loads of different stuff, this can be anything from music CD's to pictures to try and get 100% complete for the whole game, and then there is the really interesting stuff like all the different combo moves you can buy and all the different outfit you can buy. Weakness: * Replay, this game is not that great for replay ability unless you like score system, the only reason to reply a level is to get a better score so if you are no interest in that then the play might not be for you. * Game play hours, this is a very fast game to finish if you just want go for the story and that is it, this is the type of game where if you want to spend the money on this and play it for a while then this is not the game for you this is the type of game where you get it and spend all your time getting the money from killing zombies and spend it trying to get all the unlockables within the game or trying to beat your own high score. Altogether this is a good game if you like the style of game it is, it is not the best game in the world, there are a few problems but if you like Suda 51 games then this game is a must have for you, if you have never tried one of the types of games, get a game like no more heroes first and see if you enjoy it then if you do pick up this game.
Lollipop Chainsaw is the latest game from Goichi Suda, better known to those in the industry as Suda 51. In the west the Japanese video game director is probably best known for the No More Heroes series, which debuted on the Wii, and Killer7 a bizarre shooter that attracted a cult following during the last console generation. Lollipop Chainsaw sees Suda team up with Hollywood film maker James Gunn to give us a title jam packed with over the top zombie slaying and a good dose of humour. It's so much fun that I can almost forgive Gunn for penning the disastrous Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed back in 2004. STORY Players take control of the lovely Juliet Starling, a high school cheerleader who happens to come from a long line of accomplished zombie hunters. What is it with cheerleaders taking on supernatural menaces? First we had Buffy staking vampires and now we have Juliet decapitating the walking dead. I guess the acrobatic training cheerleaders go through make them ideal candidates for pulling off the martial arts required to kick paranormal ass. Anyway, when the game begins Juliet is hoping to celebrate her birthday but those plans go awry when a zombie epidemic sweeps over San Romero High School. The source of shambling corpses is a gothic kid named Swan. The outcast, whose wardrobe seems borrowed from Marilyn Manson, is somewhat miffed at being rejected by the student body. Using a mystical book, Swan begins summoning zombies from another dimension into our world with the aims of punishing those who shunned him. I have to admit that's more creative than simply buying a firearm for a spot of Columbine bowling. Needless to say Juliet will have to stop the emo's scheme aided by her main squeeze Nick - a decapitated head attached to her belt. The poor bloke loses his body early on in the game after getting infected by a zombie bite. Having nothing below the neck must suck, but as a consolation he at least gets to spend the entire game next to Miss Starling's toned buttocks. GAMEPLAY Lollipop Chainsaw is basically a fighting game which mixes ultra violence with colourful visuals. The way it handles reminds me a lot of No More Heroes, but thankfully missing the money making chores which interrupted NMH's high octane action. Juliet spends most of the adventure hacking away at zombies using her chainsaw, with inbuilt telephone, in conjunction with rapid melee strikes. The idea is to bash opponents with a series of kicks and pom pom swipes to daze them which leaves the blighter prone to decapitation. Severing a bad guy's cranium awards you medals and coins which can be used at the store to purchase new attacks for Juliet, upgrades, in game music and most important of all revealing outfits to wear. Although Nick has the slight disability of having no limbs he does have his uses. Plonking his noggin on headless zombies gives him temporary control of the carcass permitting him to reveal hidden areas via quick time events. His head can also be fired at waves of enemies once the prerequisite skill is unlocked. Speaking of skills, seeing as how it's Juliet's birthday, Starling earns new moves as the story goes along thanks to chainsaw upgrades generously gifted by her family of fellow zombie bashers. By the time the game ends not only will you use the saw to maim foes with melee attacks, but you'll also get bullets for vanquishing targets from range and a motor than gives Juliet a short burst speed dash. PRESENTATION Graphically the game manages to reach a very high standard of quality. Juliet's character model does look better drawn than the zombies she fights, but that may just be due to the fact that a pigtailed teen is more aesthetically pleasing than a rotting corpse. The in game graphics mesh well with the American comic book style images used during cut scenes and loading screens. Although the game lives up to its 18 rating, due to the foul language and lashings of blood spewing from severed appendages, a lot of the gore is disguised by the colourful design that splashes the screen with rainbows and shining coins that burst out of vanquished enemies. My only real complaint is that the camera could be a little better, but thanks to the linear level designs and lock on feature the vantage point only becomes a problem when toggling the chainsaw's ranged weaponry. One of the game's highlights would have to be the sonics. Voice actress Tara Strong is perfect in the role of Juliet and I especially enjoyed her frequent exchanges with Nick played by Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor of Smallville fame.) Their humorous banter does a good job of diverting your attention from the button bashing combat which could get monotonous were it not for the constant gags and slick visuals. Lollipop Chainsaw also boasts an excellent soundtrack which includes some oldies like Lollipop from The Chordettes or the rocking Heroes Of Our Time by Dragonforce. Seeing that Juliet is cheerleader its no surprise to learn that Toni Basil's Mickey plays when you activate your special meter and I especially liked hearing Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round in the background as I mowed down zombies in a corn field whilst driving a combine harvester. SUMMARY Lollipop Chainsaw is a lot of fun whilst it lasts, but unfortunately it doesn't last very long. I managed to get through it all during a weekend so I cannot give it five stars out of five. There's around seven stages, covering the school and surrounding district, which each can be completed in under an hour. By the time you have clocked in six hours of play you'll be nearing the finale which is a shame. The short running time and slow loading screens are ultimately what keep me from awarding it full marks. Still the short story may be a blessing in disguise as the combat isn't exactly deep and could get potentially dull had they artificially padded things out to make it last for more than ten hours. If getting through the story is your sole objective then it's hard to recommend a purchase as a rental should suffice. I personally however would encourage fighting game fans to pick up this gem, even if it means waiting a bit for a price drop. If you don't mind grinding levels there's a lot of collectibles to earn, some of which can only be acquired by besting all the difficulty settings. Those who enjoy earning high scores will also find enjoyment in replaying levels to earn a place on the online leader board. Yes the premise is silly, but between the lively graphics, chuckles, constant action and some novel mini-games it has a charm many other titles on the market lack. I mean when was the last time you got to kill zombies whilst swinging off a stripper pole? Nuff said.
I had the great opportunity to take advantage of love film's highest package for 2 months for free, so this was one of the games I was able to sample in full. There are many highs and lows about this game that make me a bit unsure as to whether I love it or hate it. I have a great interest in zombies and love anything in relation to them - My favourite zombie game was left 4 dead 2 where I'd practically play it every single day without fail but of course after a while you end up searching for something new and if you're like me and don't have all the money in the world to chance it on buying some game you may or may not like, there's not many you can find out about other than through second hand reviews from friends or youtube. That's where I first heard about lollipop chainsaw as my favourite youtube vlogger 'sxephil' (or PhilipDeFranco) mentioned about this game and how many people cosplayed as the main character at comicon - so obviously this had to go on my list since it was free and I had to find out what the hype was all about. Lollipop Chainsaw is an "action hack and slash video game" which was developed by Grasshopper Manufacture for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The release date was on June 12 2012. A collaboration between game designer: Goichi Suda along with filmmaker James Gunn. The game was then published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. What enticed me to play further into the game rather than assuming it was diabolical straight away was the fact that there was a mass amount of obscene and bizarre characters, story lines and features. For a start, the main character; Juliet Starling is an over sexualised cheer leader who carries a chainsaw around with her that is ironically decorated with pink and love hearts. Other characters feature individuals such as Nick Carlyle who is the boyfriend of Juliet who...weirdly travels around with her on her adventures as just a severed head - You'll find out why her boyfriend is just a head, I know, it's weird but I guess these weird things are what make you want to find out more. Juliet the cheerleader belongs to a family of 'unusual' and not the average family who are also familiar in the works of zombie slaying. Her sister Cordelia Starling, Rosalind Starling are Juliet's sisters both of whom are zombie hunters and have their own unique styles and personalities. The story begins on Juliet's 18th birthday where she is supposed to meet her boyfriend at San Romero High School park. There is a handful of bizarre and weird characters that have over the top personalities, almost as if to exaggerate and take the mickey out of typical high school cliques (such as goths, emo's and so on) in a humorous yet gory way. There is a lot of coarse language within the game which can either make you laugh or make you shocked - either way if swearing is an issue for you I doubt you'll end up experiencing that because the game is full of gore, sarcasm, sexed up jokes and references, blood, guts and much more, delightful if you ask me. Obviously within most games you always need a source of energy or an aid to replenish your health - Juliet uses lollipops to gain her health back after being attacked by an enemy. you can purchase these at the chop shop stands within the game but they are very rare so use your health wisely - failing that there are a number of opportunities where you can collect them during game play. The one major pet peeve for me is that the game is set in several different stages/locations and unfortunately; If you die on one of these, you are sent straight back to the start of it - for instance if you pass level one, you're fine, if you get near the end of level two and die, you're back to the start of level two. The check points are unfair and unrealistic so it can be frustrating at times, especially when you're taking on the stronger zombies. You can also purchase additional combo moves for a small price each time, so make sure you save your coins that you collect each time you travel around and kill zombies as it can help tackle them better further on in the game. I'm not sure I would have purchased the game in it's full price as It does make my blood boil sometimes and rage quit, however I do find myself going back for more as it is something uniquely different to the typical zombie theme - and I appreciate it fully...even if it is messed up. It hasn't replaced my all time favourite but it definitely has climbed the ladder for games I would definitely buy as I enjoyed the majority of gameplay.
I had been looking forward to playing this for awhile when I first heard about this game.. I really like the grindhouse type movies like Hobo with a shotgun, Planet terror, and Machine girl ect..This game shares similarities to the movies and is a grindhouse style game as is Suda51s last game Shadows of the damned..Meaning its sexualized, very violent, and crazy over the top wtf is going on hilarity.. While getting closer to the release date I wasn't sure if it would be worth getting it but after playing through twice and will continue to play for more achievements and unlockables I found it well worth it.. You play as the cheerleader and zombie hunter Juliet Starling armed with a chainsaw, pom poms and a variety of moves.. Your boyfriend nick is infected and Juliet decapitates him and uses magic to make him live as a severed head that she carries around on her waist.. The gameplay consists of Juliet hacking and decapitating zombies throughout 6 different stages each of which take around an hour to complete.. I found the combat to be very enjoyable as a hack n slash style game, it can become somewhat repetitive but thats mainly if you play for long periods.. Some areas have you try to save classmates from the zombies and some can be slightly difficult to save.. There are extremely well done boss fights at the end of each stage, while not especially difficult they are awesome to behold and are some of the craziest parts of the game.. From a viking zombie flying an airship, to a motorcycle riding metalhead that transforms into a mechanical elephant.. Mixed in throughout the game are minigames to partake in like zombie basketball, zombie baseball, defending your sisters in vehicles.. I enjoyed the minigames although some might find them a bit tedious at points.. Throughout the game you can buy new abilities and upgrades as you collect more medals from slaying zombies.. You can unlock a variety of outfits, music, and artwork as well.. One of the things you can acquire are nick tickets which let you play a roulette game with random powers for each ticket, some are more useful then others, one lets you whip the severed head around in the air and causes damage and concusses zombies.. Another one lets you shake the head and coins and lollipops will fly out.. One thing that should be noted is yes the game is only about 6 hours long.. But this game is designed to be played through multiple times so I found that to be the perfect length for a game like this.. The music in this game is fantastic, with 80s pop songs and death metal and various other types as well.. Each usually fitting the stage and boss that you must fight.. The sound effects and voice acting are very well done although some characters can be a little annoying, one of her sisters in particular but still funny. I found the graphics in this game to be actually quite good.. It really does not have a budget title look or feel to it like some games give the impression of.. Overall this game is well worth playing through at least once... Rent it or buy it!