Suda 51 and the folks at Grasshopper Manufacture are known to be crazy and wacky but I think Lollipop Chainsaw looks to redefine what we expect from the studio. Not set on providing an experience that’s dead serious by any means, Lollipop Chainsaw looks like it’s going to the definition of pulpy fluff popcorn action that could be a nice change of pace compared to games that try to present high level drama but fall flat on their ass in the process.
A lot of people have issued a level of disdain for Lollipop Chainsaw for a few reasons, some of which is because the game appears to be “sexist” while others think that it’ll once again be a moderately “shallow” GhM game that puts style over substance. Say what you will about the risqué attire of Lollipop Chainsaw leading lady Juliet Starling, but this new trailer for the game does show that there’s bound to be some gameplay variety in the game aside from constantly decapitating zombies and doing rainbow flips.
The basic formula of Lollipop Chainsaw consists of ever such delightful things as taking a chainsaw to the flesh of a zombie and proceeding to tear it apart, often resulting in body parts being ripped apart in a glorious fashion. Previously we had gotten small glimpses or hints as to Juliet’s other tools in zombie destroying, but now we see some of those tools in action thanks to this Japanese trailer for the game. Besides the always trusty chainsaw, Juliet will also be able to shoot zombies with a massive gun and even run them over with what looks like a giant lawnmower. If that’s not good gameplay variety for a zombie game then I honestly don’t know what is.
Seeing Juliet dish out some punishment to zombies with new tools is nice, but what’s even better is seeing some of the additional characters in the game. Previously we received some character images from Famitsu showing a few new characters and now those characters have made their trailer debut. Details are still light, but it seems like Juliet will have two zombie hunting allies in the form of the sniper wielding Cordelia and the young and bubbly Rosalind, with the three possibly forming a dynamic trio of zombie killing hot chicks. The villains of Lollipop Chainsaw are also represented as Zed the Zombie gets a shout out as well as Vikke, a giant Viking Metal zombie that hasn’t been revealed before.
It’s nice to see that GhM has provided a little bit of action variety in Lollipop Chainsaw since it would be a shame if the game was as one-note as Shadows of the Damned was in parts. I still don’t think we’re bound to receive anything that’s too depth or skill ridden in Lollipop Chainsaw, but the experience itself looks like it has been fleshed out so perhaps that’ll result in a game that’s not only fun to watch but to play as well.
Lollipop Chainsaw will be arriving on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May.