Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and KADOKAWA GAMES today announced the release of Lollipop Chainsaw, an over-the-top action game for the PlayStation®3 system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Developed by GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE, led by Goichi Suda (SUDA51), Lollipop Chainsaw is the ‘un-deadly’ story of sweet, chainsaw wielding zombie hunter Juliet Starling. On her 18th birthday, Juliet must uncover the root of a colossal zombie outbreak. She slices and dices her way through hordes of the undead, but soon realizes the horde is only the opening act to a festival of zombie rock lords determined to kill her.
This game is stupid. It’s also awesome. I played an early part of the game and Juliet’s diamond crusted chainsaw and hacked zombies away. In a Dead Rising way, you come across survivors who need your help and must save them before their health dwindles and you must fight them instead. Save them and your job is done as they’re whisked away via helicopter to safety. Juliet has a light and heavy attack. The heavy being the chainsaw and can also use her Pom Poms to attack. Build up enough kills and you can use her Sparkle meter to get one-hit kills with the chainsaw. It’s an orgasm of rainbows, sparkles, and blood that is the most confusing enthralling experience. Camera controls are slow when using manually but are not an issue in combat. The HUD has a comic book feel that compliments the feel of the game.
Think you’re ready for the zombie outbreak that’s about to descend in Lollipop Chainsaw? Think again. Until you get up to speed on some of the wicked combat moves, you don’t stand a chance. Do yourself a favor and prepare for the impending apocalypse by watching Juliet Starling use skull-crushing combos, heavy weaponry and array of unlockable costumes, moves and upgrades to destroy every undead enemy unfortunate enough to cross her path.
Juliet Starling cares about three things in the post-apocalyptic world: saving her bodiless boyfriend Nick, keeping her trusty chainsaw running and sporting a spicy wardrobe while she obliterates the zombie onslaught. In Lollipop Chainsaw, Juliet will, of course, be in her signature cheerleader get-up, but a girl can never have too many outfits in her closet. All of these threads are included in the full retail version of Lollipop Chainsaw for free and can be unlocked throughout the campaign.
Hungry zombies, hot cheerleaders and chainsaw-based combat are all very compelling on their own, but when all those elements come together in Lollipop Chainsaw, the combination is irresistible. A game this twisted could not have happened without the vivid and imaginative minds of Suda51 (No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned) and writer James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead, Slither, Super). Give your readers an inside look at the thought process of this outrageously creative team in a new behind the scenes trailer.
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friends obviously has never met Juliet Starling’s sisters in Lollipop Chainsaw. Juliet’s big sis, Cordelia, is an expert zombie hunter and never leaves home without her trusty sniper rifle – the perfect tool for picking off the undead at long range. The baby Starling of the family, Rosalind, might only be 16
, but that doesn’t mean she can’t slay zombies, too!
After a long, strenuous day of decapitating zombies and eating strawberry lollipops, the last thing Juliet wants to worry about is her dirty wardrobe. Getting rid of the bits of decaying zombie flesh, massive amounts of blood and that putrid undead smell from her cheerleader outfit is no easy task.
Enter ZOM-BE-GONE, the latest in detergent technology from Lollipop Chainsaw. With ZOM-BE-GONE, Juliet’s clothes transform from “caked on spleen to totally clean!” Check out the how the real-life Juliet gets rid of her toughest clothing stains with ZOM-BE-GONE:
What is the exact soundtrack to a zombie massacre? In scoring the upcoming game Lollipop Chainsaw, artist Jimmy Urine (of Mindless Self Indulgence) and Grasshopper Manufacture Sound Director Akira Yamaoka had to address these types of questions. When Juliet rips through a decaying zombie torso with her trusty chainsaw, would Sleigh Bells fit better than Sinatra? Or should it be an original composition? In this behind the scenes video, Jimmy and Akira discuss the various influences that go into scoring a game with such a strong visual and creative style and the aesthetic basis from which the soundtrack was compiled.
For most of us, the fondest memory of our school bus was never having to ride it again. However, the Lollipop Chainsaw school bus will erase those memories and replace them with pure awesome, including excessive blood, gruesome body parts, gaming kiosks and some kick ass artwork inside and out. See the transformed ordinary school bus into a vicious vehicle of sex, blood and rock ‘n’ roll.
The normal run-of-the-mill zombie may not give Lollipop Chainsaw’s Juliet Starling, San Romero’s heroic cheerleader, a hard time with her trusty chainsaw by her side, but the Bosses of Zombie Rock are a force to be reckoned with. InLollipop Chainsaw, Juliet will face larger than life bosses such as: Zed, the punk-rockin’ misfit; Vikke, the king of Viking metal; Josey, the master of funk; Mariska, the queen of Psychedelia and many more.