One of my most anticipated games of 2012 without a doubt has to be Lollipop Chainsaw. No, I’m not excited for the game because of my sometimes blatant fanboyism of all things Grasshopper Manufacture related nor am I excited, in more ways than one, because the main protagonist of the game is a cheerleader in a skimpy outfit.
My interest in Lollipop Chainsaw is certainly due to the involvement of Grasshopper Manufacture but it’s also because it’s a flat out fun ass zombie game. Seriously, out of all the games I’ve played that feature the undead Lollipop Chainsaw ranks high on the list based on the PAX Prime demo I played last year. Doing a spinning leap to decapitate three zombies at once still has to be one of my highlight moments as a gamer and that’s only scratching the surface of what Lollipop Chainsaw has to offer.
WB Games have kept details on Lollipop Chainsaw to a minimum since the game went public at PAX Prime, but today we have a somewhat notable reveal. During the adventure leading lady Juliet Starling embarks to clear San Romeo High School of its zombie infestation she’ll come across a few familiar faces now turned grey, droopy, and undead. Outside of seeing teachers now hunger for human flesh, Juliet will run into a few former classmates, some of whom have turned to the dark side. Such a predicament leads us to the introduction of Swan – a “Goth geek bastard” that is at the source for the zombie madness that’s at hand.
I’m still a bit unsure if Swan is indeed villain #1 in Lollipop Chainsaw, but it appears his emo attitude and sheer spite for those in the non-geek faction led him to do a bit of voodoo and turn everyone into zombies. Not much of Swan is shown in this new character vignette, but like other members of the undead, including the previously revealed Zed the Zombie, Swan has a bit of a potty mouth to coincide with his character flaws which includes a hefty amount of nihilism.
Lollipop Chainsaw doesn’t have a firm release date as of now, but I hope this new character vignette is the start of the next big media push for the game, which hopefully will include more character reveals. There’s still probably a huge portion of the gaming audience that’s on the fence about Lollipop Chainsaw for a few reasons (blatant t&a, zombies, Grasshopper being the dev), but the game put a huge smile on my face when I played it and it’s just an action packed zombie slaughter game that comes across as a more refined Dead Rising experience.