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Lollipop Chainsaw (Xbox 360)
Member Name: sazwah
Lollipop Chainsaw (Xbox 360)
Advantages: bizarre concepts, characters and story. Something different.
Disadvantages: a bit short, checkpoints are unfair.
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.
Summary: Not the best game I've played but definitely worth buying.