PAX Prime 2011: Lollipop Chainsaw Impressions And Gameplay

Amongst the many things that I love about video games, I truly appreciate a game that can make me laugh and doesn’t try to take itself too seriously. Lillipop Chainsaw is able to do just that, while still managing to be a both fun and challenging. I will admit, this is one game being developed by WB that I didn’t know existed before playing it today. The game places you in the shoes of a chainsaw wielding High School cheerleader (who just finished celebrating her 18th birthday) who is trying to fight off a zombie apocalypse.

Now, I will be the first to admit that zombies are a video game concept that has been used up on so many occasions that it’s starting to feel a little redundant. Lollipop Chainsaw, on the other hand, really puts a fresh spin on the concept by adding some lighthearted themes, comedy and situations to the game. I was told that things are still early in development, but it seems like they have a good strong base get work from. If cheerleaders with chainsaws aren’t over the top enough for you, don’t worry. The game is full of all sorts of things to make you chuckle, from being rewarded for slicing off three or more zombie heads (everyone loves decapitations right?) to a punk/rock and roll zombie boss fight.

Not your typical protagonist...

I’d also like to mention the fact that this game seems to have an all star development cast that might surprise some of you. James Gunn, the writer/director of Slither, Super, and Dawn of the Dead, will be handling the Lollipop story; while none other than Silent Hill’s Akira Yamaoka (I love the Silent Hill games, especially the sounds) will be taking care of the music. Simply the mention of those two names alone might be enough to make some people rush out and buy. Unfortunately, this game won’t be hitting stores until 2012, but hopefully we will be hearing more details as it gets closer to release. Be sure to check out the gameplay video I made.

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