Before you vilify me for the headline, just know that Suda 51′s Lollipop Chainsaw demo, while unbelievably cool, was one of the shortest on the show floor. I don’t believe for a second that it’s because we were going to run headlong into a giant bug had we kept going. No, it was clearly because the four demo stations were inside a bus… an air conditioned bus… with seating. No, my friends, they were limiting our time in comfort, which as anyone who has ever attended a convention knows, is a precious commodity. Oh, WB Interactive, you were too kind to us, even if it was only briefly.
You will be happy to know that what I did manage to play was extremely enjoyable and immensely amusing. The level we were treated to takes place on a farm, as Juliet and her trusty chainsaw flip, dance and tumble over, under and around the undead hordes. The combat has some interesting mechanics that make it more than a hack-and-slash. As you kill zombies, you’ll want to try to decapitate at least three zombies at once to trigger a “Sparkle Hunting” pop up. These ultra-colorful messages yield precious coins that can be used to buy new outfits, combos or pump up Juliet’s stats.
That chainsaw isn’t just for cutting and gutting. It can be used as a gun and, at other points in the game, ridden like vehicle. The latter is prone to overheating, though, so you’ll need to use it sparingly.
Graphically, the game has a mild cel-shaded look, almost appearing to be a comic book that Archie and Jughead could pop out of. As blood gushes from zombies, you’ll feel all warm inside as hearts flutter out, as well. The dialog between Juliet and her disembodied head of a boyfriend, Nick, are hilarious.
Not to be outdone, Nick gets in on the action from time to time, taking control of zombie bodies to dance toward Juliet (in order to throw her over a barrier) or plow through a weakened wall. The dancing is a cute little QTE (CuteTE?), as Juliet cheers him on as if he were running for a touchdown. When not possessing the undead, Nick is attached to Juliet’s belt. While some of his moments are scripted, he’ll get involved in combat, as well. Of course, it’s the moral support that matters the most.
Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw is coming on June 12, 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.