Lollipop Chainsaw (Xbox 360, PS3) Box Art(http://lollipopchainsaw.com/)  Rated M by for Mature by ESRB.  Juliet Starling, a cheerleader for San Romero High, is even cuter than Zoe Deschanel. Her ponytails swing, she wears a snappy cheerleading outfit with a skirt that goes up to there, and she carries—yes—her pom poms with her always. Juliet, however, has a deep, dark secret: she’s a zombie hunter, as is the rest of her family. Juliet’s particular set of skills are called to action when zombies take over her high school, and she sets out to find out “the who” and “the why” behind the invasion. Her weapon of choice? A personally customized chainsaw, of course. She is accompanied on her zombie hunting quest by her boyfriend, Nick. However, Nick has tragically been bitten by a zombie during an act of valor in trying to protect Juliet, and is now just a head attached to Juliet’s hip, kept alive from some magic Juliet cast on him. Before long, Juliet discovers a social-outcast goth punk student from the high school is the cause for the zombies. In his quest to get revenge on the school for everyone having made fun of him, he has summoned up the power of the zombie punk rock gods. Now, it’s up to Juliet, Nick, and a little help from her family to save San Romero High, and the world from a nasty zombie invasion. Trust me, the gameplay itself is just as crazy as the story.

Lollipop Chainsaw (Xbox 360, PS3) Box ArtLollipop Chainsaw (Xbox 360, PS3) Logo(http://lollipopchainsaw.com/) Rated M by for Mature by ESRB.  Juliet Starling, a cheerleader for San Romero High, is even cuter than Zoe Deschanel. Her ponytails swing, she wears a snappy cheerleading outfit with a skirt that goes up to there, and she carries—yes—her pom poms with her always. Juliet, however, has a deep, dark secret: she’s a zombie hunter, as is the rest of her family. Juliet’s particular set of skills are called to action when zombies take over her high school, and she sets out to find out “the who” and “the why” behind the invasion. Her weapon of choice? A personally customized chainsaw, of course. She is accompanied on her zombie hunting quest by her boyfriend, Nick. However, Nick has tragically been bitten by a zombie during an act of valor in trying to protect Juliet, and is now just a head attached to Juliet’s hip, kept alive from some magic Juliet cast on him. Before long, Juliet discovers a social-outcast goth punk student from the high school is the cause for the zombies. In his quest to get revenge on the school for everyone having made fun of him, he has summoned up the power of the zombie punk rock gods. Now, it’s up to Juliet, Nick, and a little help from her family to save San Romero High, and the world from a nasty zombie invasion. Trust me, the gameplay itself is just as crazy as the story.

 

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Graphics:
Lollipop Chainsaw doesn’t have the best graphics ever deployed, but the action moves smoothly and the visuals are gritty, as a zombie game should be. However, the game is thick with strong, stylistic elements that give it a personality worth watching. From the killer settings and background, or the epic and unique boss stages, to the hilarious commentary between Juliet and her boyfriend, Lollipop Chainsaw certainly proves it’s different from the rest of the zombie-infected crowd. It’s not the most beautiful game, but it certainly has got style. Unfortunately, the camera in Lollipop Chainsaw needs a little work. It will get stuck in odd spots when you’re in tight corridors, or sometimes it just won’t follow Juliet properly. All this means is you’ll just have to spend time clicking the right thumbstick now and then to make sure the camera sticks in a good spot behind Juliet. It’s a bit irritating, simply because it’s an issue that should have been fixed, but not so bad that you’ll want to throw your controller against the wall.

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Sounds:
The soundtrack in Lollipop Chainsaw feature some of the best punk rock and roll I’ve heard come out of a video game. Once the menu screen came up playing Joan Jett’s Cherry Bomb, I knew I was in for a wild musical ride. The voice acting for all the main characters is very well done, too. Juliet is full of emotion and life, while the zombies all sound groggy and just barely undead. It’s the perfect balance really; it keeps this game humorous and horrifying at the same time, kind of like a B-Horror movie from the early 1960’s. As you slice your chainsaw through and around zombies you’ll hear the ever-so-satisfying whir and revving of it. And, you’ll want more.

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Gameplay:
 As you slice and dice your way through zombies, you’ll learn new tips and moves from your useful tip guide: How to Cook A Zombie. At the beginning of the game, these messages will pop up to give you a basic tutorial of how to play, and are always accessible from the menu if you ever need advice on which button does what.  Even if you forgot one of the awesome chainsaw button combos, you can review them anytime. You can purchase upgrades and new combos from stores along the way, with the money that you’ll get from killing zombies. The more awesome the combo, the more money you’ll earn. Lollipop Chainsaw plays just like an old-school beat-em-up game. You’ll move across a linear path, and battle whatever zombies come your way. It’s a really simple mechanic, but can be pretty challenging, just like those old-school games were. You might see yourself facing the continue screen many times, but that’s all part of the challenge of Lollipop Chainsaw.

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Innovation:
While Lollipop Chainsaw doesn’t add much new to gaming, it does re-invent those old school beat-em-up styled games. It gives gamers a challenge again, and a game that’s not afraid to show them the “Game Over” screen more than a handful of times. Most games today seem to hold the players hand, and make deaths not seem like a true loss. Lollipop Chainsaw reinforces that old game idea that if you’re really skilled, you will survive.

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