As far as entries on the List Of Awesome Stuff That Makes Video Games Awesomer goes, Grasshopper Manufacture's new one is missing very few. Pirates, ninjas and flamethrowers. Those are pretty much all that's missing. Though to be fair, given that this is coming from the studio behind No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned (neither of which you bought, but both of which you should) I'm not ruling any of them out yet.
We know that Lollipop Chainsaw (possibly the best combined band name, film title, record label moniker and practical joke confectionary concept in history) has brutal melee violence. We know that said violence occurs against legions of zombies. We know that it utilises a combat chainsaw. We know that the perpetrator is a cheerleader. We know that the zombies spew pink glitter when butchered. Want to know what else we know? Of course you do.
LP's protagonist is Juliet, a cheerleader at San Romero High School (Yes Suda, I do indeed most certainly see what you did there). Why she has a chainsaw, we do not know. Perhaps she's part of some apocalyptic new wave of Extreme Cheerleading, which uses bladed power-tools instead of batons. Or maybe the image of a skimpily-clad cheerleader 'sawing the throbbing undead hordes into piles of well-past-its-best steak was just too perfect a grindhouse image for Suda-san to ignore. Why I say "maybe" to both of those possibilities, when I know that latter option is almost definitely the truth, I am frankly unsure.
But either way, she'll be hacking her way through school, leaving torrents of sparkling zombie innards wherever she goes. Suda says that Lollipop Chainsaw is "a poppy zombie game unlike anything people have ever seen". Considering that this statement comes from the man who has previously facilitated us seeing wank-charged lightsabers and a gimp-batting, beer-slugging Lolita dominatrix, I'd say that the bar is set high. Exciting-high of course, but certainly high.
However Grasshopper pull this off though, I love the concept. These days, zombies are more over-exposed than a man wearing rice-paper pants in a typhoon, but if anything is going to shake them up it's going to be the combination of extreme dismemberment and girlie day-glow-nonsense. But what do you reckon? Is this potentially the more anarchic, giddier, girlier No More Heroes I hope it is, or is Suda just being too self-conciously weird for his own good?
Source: Famitsu via Kotaku
July 20, 2011