Lollipop Chainsaw is the story of young, beautiful zombie-killer Juliet Starling, her sidekick disembodied-head boyfriend, and the entire Starling family of zombie killers as they team up to stop a colossal zombie outbreak. Leading the zombies are a group of zombie rock and roll lords who do battle with Juliet. Written by James Gunn
I’ve never written a video game review before. I’ve been a gamer since I first got my hands on the Atari 2600 way back in the day. I have multiple consoles and use and abuse my Xbox 360 and PS3. I love gaming and play most of the big hits, I just never get so inspired that I want to spend the time writing a comprehensive review. That’s not to say I wasn’t thrilled with games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Bioshock, or the entire Call of Duty franchise – I just don’t care enough to commit it to a review. That being said, Lollipop Chainsaw has got me writing a pretty enthusiastic review.
Lollipop is such a cool and weird game, a complete button masher that transcends the gaming experience altogether. Part Buffy the Vampire Slayer fused with an Rated R grindhouse style flick, this game is so ridiculous that failure wasn’t an option. For every person singing this game’s praises, there has to be an equal number of people tearing it to shreds. While the gameplay is nothing new, and even lacking as far as intuitive combos goes, I can’t quit playing it. Adapted by filmmaker, James Gunn (Slither, Super) the game flows like the exploitation film it could have been.
Juliet might be the hottest video game protagonist of all time. Shiny blonde hair, a standard-issue cheerleader outfit, and tons of shots showcasing a round 18-year-old ass helps sell this bloody statement of ridiculousness. Not only are you ripping into zombie hordes equipped with a custom chainsaw and big ass gun, you also have your boyfriends magically animated head tied to your ass. The conversation between Nick and Juliet ranges from constant pop culture references to oddly endearing moments that keep you forging ahead.
Boss battles are just as over-the-top as the rest of the game. Heavy metal zombie vikings perched behind double bass drum sets, giant horror rockabilly Elvis monsters, and mushroom-fueled zombie hippies all feel strangely at home. On hard difficulty, Lollipop Chainsaw will keep you more than busy.
While I enjoy horror, camp, and pop culture, I never thought I would get excited to score some bonus points and acquire a new cheer leading outfit. My wife, who generally has no opinions of the games I play, stopped several times to not only laugh at the game, but make fun of me for being so totally invested in it. Love it or hate it, this game is beautiful to watch.
Frustrating, sexually-tantalizing, and fun, Lollipop Chainsaw proves we can love a game featuring a level where a hot cheer leader runs over zombies with a combine. If you’re too heady to enjoy the dark and often times juvenile humor in Lollipop Chainsaw, just do yourself a favor and skip it. If you’re the type that can find sublime enjoyment in a chainsaw-wielding cheer leader – this might be the game for you. There’s a ton of replay value if you’re obsessed with achievements and upgrades; this game could steal a lot of time from your actual life. It did mine, and I’m totally cool with that.
The game has already hit the cosplay mark. Big shocker.
You’re going to try to peek up Juliet’s skirt – enjoy her reaction.