Most of the time I’m a bit disappointed when a premier trailer is released for a game I’m anticipating as it can be hard for something to live up to my expectations. But with Lollipop Chainsaw most of the things on my checklist were met, the chief of which were a tongue-in-cheek style combined with ridiculous violence. From the man behind No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw is a game which won’t appease everyone but if you don’t mind looking at a blonde cheerleader as she cuts a zombie in half (starting from the groin of course) then step forward my good friend as Lollipop Chainsaw is the game for you.
Giving us our first glimpse at gameplay footage and the overall tone the game is striving for, Lollipop Chainsaw is pretty much what we all expected it would be – a crazy game with foul language and violence galore. I don’t even mind that Lollipop Chainsaw hasn’t exactly awed us in the same way the premier trailer for Shadows of the Damned did in how it gave us something unexpected as seeing something expected can often yield good results.
A mixture of pre-rendered CG footage laced with small snippets of game footage showing Lollipop Chainsaw protagonist Juliet destroying zombies, the trailer is short but extremely sweet. It may have been easy for the trailer to play to the backdrop of the song Lollipop by the Chordettes, but it’s just that slightly referential and cheeky attitude that I love to see in any production from Grasshopper Manufacture. Lollipop Chainsaw also doesn’t look like it’s a one-trick pony built on an amusing concept as the combat does look interesting since Juliet’s rhinestone encrusted chainsaw also doubles as a projectile weapon. Lollipop Chainsaw may not join Bayonetta in the ranks of godly action games, I am impressed with the brief footage that has been released so far.
Lollipop Chainsaw probably won’t win over a lot of people and to some the game may represent everything gaming shouldn’t be. But as silly as a foul-mouthed cheerleader fighting zombies may be, I just dig silly stuff and given the lineage of Grasshopper Manufacture has providing quality games unlike anything else I think Lollipop Chainsaw may end up surprising a few people.