Lollipop Chainsaw
Gamescom 2011: Lollipop Chainsaw Preview - Blood and Bubblegum
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Suda 51 is rapidly becoming “that guy” in gaming circles thanks to his outlandish take on a variety of genres. So it's nice to see him take a step back into something a little more mellow once in a while. His latest title is a laid back story about a small town girl, just making her way through day to day challenges and really buckling down with community work. Oh – and she kills a shitload of zombies too. That part is kind of important.

Displaying all the restraint of the proverbial male cow in the fine dining section, Lollipop Chainsaw is liable to be another balls to the wall assault on your senses and certainly not one for the kiddies either. It focuses on the efforts of Juliet Starling, ace cheerleader and birthday girl, to rid her town of San Romero (in a nice nod to the king of zombie cinema) of the rather undead hordes that have invaded it.

Of course, even a zombie slaying cheerleader needs help every now and again, so it makes sense that she would carry her trusty chainsaw around with her in order to lop off a few heads. Talking of heads she also his the rather odd sight of a head, namely Nick, being attached to her belt as a constant companion. The creators where tight lipped about his overall purpose but he spent the demo spouting helpful hints, the odd insult and a few pleasantries. Come the final product his usefulness may well be a touch more obvious than the vague allusions to collectibles that would unlock certain attributes for him.

The basic gameplay is straightforward enough, with Juliet having a range of light attacks based on cheerleader style moves that she uses to stun and disorient her brain loving foes. Once they are ripe for the slaughter she can rev up her signature chainsaw and really go to town, severing limbs and unleashing a range of execution style finishers as a coup de grace. However, no need for all of this violence to get you down as each grisly demise is followed by pink clouds and vivid rainbows to brighten your mood, plus the odd star or two if you're especially awesome. Racking up stars will help fill up Juliet’s special move meter, at which point she can go into a pink fuelled overdrive.

Along the way Juliet has the chance to save her fellow classmates from a fate worse than death, or undeath, or something. Should she fail to rescue people from the horde though, they will undergo a bit of a shift in perspective from, “Hey, it’s that hot cheerleader!” to “Hey, it’s that hot cheerleader, let’s eat her brains!”. These zombies are a touch more souped up than the regular flavour but still pose no threat to our fearless heroine and her overzealous techniques. When one of the basic controls is labeled as a Crotch Attack, then you just know that you aren’t going to let anything stand in your way.

The first boss was Zed, a punk rocker with a bad attitude and a potty mouth. His special attacks involve forming giant letter attacks from his profane lyrics, and when the words “Fuckin’ bitch!” are hurtling towards you then it's time to think fast. Dodging plummeting speakers, and high speed melee attacks leaves little room for maneuver but the plucky blonde does a bit of slicing and dicing to emerge victorious. Though the horror of button bashing quick time events did rear their head at various stages of the fight.

With such an interesting premise, the promise of an epic score and multiple routes through the game and choices to make, this is shaping up to be very interesting indeed. However, the same could have been said of Shadows of the Damned which, despite critical praise, failed to make much of an impact with gamers. The lead character also has a similar style, and lollipop fetish, as a certain Umbra witch which is a tough comparison to live up to. And when you throw the impending arrival of action titles like Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden into the mix as well, then it could be a tough year for this quirky action title. Despite all of that though, we remain amazingly optimistic that Lollipop Chainsaw will hit all the right notes (and a few zombies) when it lands, so keep your chainsaws ready and a beady eye on the horizon.

Assuming that the madcap shenanigans come together in suitable style - and why wouldn’t they? - then you can expect to be singing “Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly, lolly, lolly Lollipop……chainsaw” come 2012.


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Comment #1 by danny hampson
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 11:20:36 AM
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suda 51...genius

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Comment #2 by strawberry
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 11:21:06 AM
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blood + sex + chainsaw + lollipops = *boner* hahahahahaha

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Comment #3 by Lucas McCain
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 11:21:26 AM
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I foresee my wife disapproving of this game...not that that will stop me from playing it.

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Comment #4 by TheGamingFilly
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 11:23:48 AM
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What do you mean by Shadows "failed to make much of an impact with gamers"? It sold poorly, but that's not the game's fault, it just wasn't marketed at all.

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Comment #5 by jackanape
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 11:41:05 AM
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Marketing can only do so much. Plenty of people read reviews, saw footage etc and it still didn't do that great. Even games with practically no marketing generally break the top 20 in the first week. Still hopefully things will pick up this time around.

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Comment #6 by ademlakey
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 11:47:43 AM
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@2 I agree.

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Comment #7 by French_Kid
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 11:49:48 AM
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both my gf and i are looknig forward to this game~

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Comment #8 by ViNyLek
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 12:12:06 PM
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Well the moment you said it's not for kiddies we all know who will be playing this game the most. It sounds just as silly as Shadows of Damned and I'm pretty sure I will be passing on this as well.

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Comment #9 by Vindicator51
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 12:14:55 PM
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So, this is a less bloody Splatterhouse game?

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Comment #10 by WREQUIEM
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 12:24:59 PM
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@9 hack n slash+blood=splatterhouse?

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Comment #11 by TheGamingFilly
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 02:19:04 PM
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"It sounds just as silly as Shadows of Damned." Well, that's a plus for me. Shadows was a lot of fun, though too short. :P Not sure about this though... pink light spewing out in the place of blood may be too "girly" even for this girl to stomach. That and I'm worried this game won't have much to set itself apart gameplay-wise. Then again, Shadows didn't have that either... UGH, I'm so conflicted.

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Comment #12 by Vault Boy CEO
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 02:46:32 PM
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Let me get this right, the maker of Killer 7, No More Heroes 1 and 2 and Shadows of the Damned and numerous other cult gems is attached to this?
Who wouldnt want this!

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Comment #13 by Lucas McCain
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 03:39:21 PM
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@11 I wouldn't worry too much. I think that the pink light is spewing out of her, not the zombies. They still seem to be spewing blood, and lots of it. If you click the 'media' link for this game there are a bunch more screenshots. Incidentally, I too really enjoyed Shadows of the Damned. It's not going to win GoTY or anything, but it was still very much worth playing, and in my opinion sadly under-appreciated. Glad to hear I'm not the only one that feels that way. Peace.

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Comment #14 by atomic viking54
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 05:11:45 PM
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This game looks awesome, but to bad nobody is gona buy it...

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Comment #15 by Darkforce412
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 05:27:24 PM
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#12 all of those games you just said i never heard of.

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Comment #16 by Wing X Custom
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 12:42:00 AM
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@8 & 15 "Taste my big boner!"

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Comment #17 by Kyanite
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 06:16:02 AM
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@ #12 - Killer 7 was awesome, the No More Heroes games were fun, and I've heard that Shadows of the Damned was good. Thanks for cluing me in on this guy's track record.

As far as this game goes, it looks like good goofy fun. The trailer is amusing with good animation. I'm all for games that have zombies, chainsaws, and cheerleaders, so a game that has all three is one I'm putting on my wishlist.

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Comment #18 by flechetteXXX
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 09:38:35 PM
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@15 Seriously!?

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Comment #19 by XenoNick
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 05:40:23 AM
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Suda you crazy bastard. Don't ever change. Look forward to playing this.

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Comment #20 by Jack Pumpkinhed
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 11:49:30 AM
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Does this remind anyone of that Onechanbara except with 1 girl instead of 4 and chainsaws instead of katanas? 0_o

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Comment #21 by Delboy06eu
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 07:26:12 AM
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Shadows of the damned is a totally underrated game. Lots of fun, maybe not worth buying as the replay value isnt great, but an enjoyable rental thats for sure.

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Comment #22 by Iceskater101
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 09:57:30 PM
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haha I am a girl and I am interested in this game
its weird looking at the comments above
but idk it looks kinda fun
I am looking forward to this game

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Comment #23 by TinkFox
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:01:52 PM
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I love zombie games.
Can't wait to play this.

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Comment #24 by messiah monk
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 02:36:57 AM
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I notice that there are alot of comments from wana-be gamers. As proven by #8 & #15. These are those type of gamers that got their console cuz they Mommy felt that; "Well my nephew has an X-box and so does Lil' Willis next door. So why cant my child have one"? When ya look at their collection they have the games that "COMMON GAMERS" have (e.g. C.o.D., Batman, Halo,) Please save ya dumb-ass comments. This section is for the "TRUE GAMER"! Oh ya! Nice game, gonna get.

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Comment #25 by Jtpearl
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 03:14:58 PM
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@24 That's how you help a game become known, insult people.

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Kadokawa Games


US June 12, 2012
Europe June 15, 2012
Japan May 31, 2012

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