PAX Prime 2011: Lollipop Chainsaw
If there is one thing that is completely unavoidable for gamers today, it’s zombies. Even games that are not about zombies get zombie mods to put zombies into the game. It’s understandable how one could get zombie fatigue, but nothing will breathe more life into the genre than Lollipop Chainsaw, a game where you play a chainsaw-wielding cheerleader that must stop a zombie infestation at her high school.
You’re not sold off the description? What if I told you James Gunn, the writer of Slither, Tromeo and Juliet, and Dawn of the Dead, was helping put together the story? Let’s pretend you still aren’t on board with this because clearly you are. The soundtrack will be brought to you by Silent Hill sound director Akira Yamaoka. Also the main character’s boyfriend is a disembodied head. Yeah, try to pretend like you’re not going to play this game.
It’s very much a hack-and-slash with an extremely intuitive and immersive combo system that is simple to use. If you’re able to memorize combos and moves, you’ll be able to pull off some kick ass animations that will disfigure zombies in a way that only a cheerleader with a chainsaw possibly could. Even if you don’t have a clue what you’re doing, if you hit enough buttons in Lollipop Chainsaw, something awesome will happen. Trust me, it’s what I did and I had a blast doing it. There is a lot of joy to be found in slicing the principle in half after delivering an uppercut and cheering, “Ready? ok!”
There is a lot that is still unknown about this game, including when and how it will be released. The demo that was brought to PAX was a very early version and was mostly just to show off the combat system while giving a feel for what the game might be. If the final version plays anything like the demo, Lollipop Chainsaw will be a steal at any price. Grasshopper Manufacture will no doubt be back in the studio making sure this game be as fantastic as it should when they hand it off to Warner Brothers Interactive for distribution. There is no word on when that will be, but the blood should be splattering on cheer skirts sometime in 2012.