Lollipop Chainsaw Preview
Sex, blood and rock and roll? To us, Lollipop Chainsaw looks more like upskirt shots, rainbows and J-pop – decidedly less cool than the trailer would have you believe, but in many ways a lot more fun.
Lollipop Chainsaw is like glimpse inside the brain of creative director Suda51 – all crazy violence and sexy women filtered through a kaleidoscopic colour palette of vibrant yellows, blues and reds. It’s undeniably a game from the same mind that brought us No More Heroes and Shadows Of The Damned.
However, instead of playing as a flamboyant and charismatic male like Travis Touchdown or Garcia Hotspur, you’re instead in the white kicks and red ankle warmers of a very different protagonist – 18-year-old Juliet Starling. Cheerleader. Zombie slayer. Sex object.
Yes, much of the game’s trailer focuses on Starling’s bottom. Those Japanese game designers really do love sculpting callipygian figures (look it up).
We’re not complaining – there’s nothing wrong with a nicely shaped bottom – but Starling’s has received an almost embarrassing level of attention, her miniskirt fluttering and flapping about with every acrobatic manoeuvre performed.
It raises the question of what substance the game has outside of such titillating content. Well, it’s got zombies in it, for one. It’s not like the games industry is in need of any more zombie games, but Lollipop Chainsaw tackles the subject with Suda51’s idiosyncratic sense of humour – and with a lot more style than the similar but utterly rubbish Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad.
Upon finding that her school, San Romero High School, has been overrun by the undead, she sees no choice but to hack them up with a fancy-looking chainsaw.
The twist here is that instead of fountains of blood and sticky viscera, when carving up their foes players are presented with spurts of rainbow, flashes of pink hearts, and bursts of happy pop songs.
It’s typical Suda51. Comical and puerile, yes, but totally tongue-in-cheek. By this point the man has more than proven his ability to make great games based around silly premises, and for that reason alone we can’t wait to see what nonsense he’s come up with this time – even if we are spending half the game staring at a cheeleader’s arse.