PAX East was full of fun surprises and the booth for Lollipop Chainsaw was definitely among them. We were greeted by a distressed school bus painted up with psychedelic colours and designs and Jessica Nigri cosplaying as the game’s main character Juliet Starling. She looked amazing too, like the pixels from the game popped off the screen and came to life. But you didn’t come here to hear us gush about the PAX East booth, so let us get on to the game.
Lollipop Chainsaw takes place in seems like your average modern everyday neighborhood, with the exception of being plagued by zombies. That’s right I said zombies! Here at Gaming Death, we love ’em to bits and this aspect alone made us extremely excited to give this game a go. Aside from an undead horde there’s also Juliet Starling, a San Romero High School cheerleader who just happens to also be a zombie hunter. This game is touted as being “Bursting with sex, blood, and rock ‘n’ roll” and from everything we had seen before playing, there was no doubting the truth in that.
When we stepped up to play at PAX there was no set demo course, we were thrown into various points of real game play. Weapons included the previously mentioned chainsaw along with a grenade launcher, her boyfriend’s head and a leaf blower. Game play was fun but seemed like it had the potential to be really boring and repetitive if the developers aren’t careful. With such a short demo it’s hard to judge for sure but we can say that we felt a little disappointed afterward.
Hopefully developers Grasshopper Manufacture and Kadokawa Games have a few surprises up their sleeves that could save this title. The reason I think we were most disappointed is that Grasshopper Manufacture (Suda51) also did Shadows of the Damned which is one of our favorite titles ever and neither Lollipop Chainsaw’s game play or storyline seem to live up to that. Will this game really be worth picking up? We’ll all have to wait until June 12th 2012 to see for sure.