Warner Bros Interactive
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 1.0 star
Video games have blasted their way to the top of the media business because they transport players to alternate realms. Some are more surreal than others, but the main focus is to have a great time. However, it isn't much fun when an absurd premise is taken to the extreme at the expense of game play. Such is the case with the hyper-action title, "Lollipop Chainsaw."
This is the game that every parent dreads because it's little more than an over-the-top exploration of exploitation! Players take on the role of a sparkly blonde high-school cheerleader named Juliet Starling who's armed to the pom-poms with deadly weapons that slice, dice and splatter zombies everywhere. Profanity and sexual innuendo spew forth even more than the copious amounts of blood, and the camera seems to have a knack for focusing on Juliet's ample ... ahem ... assets!
Even if I found the ridiculous concoction of intentionally shocking ideas to be appealing, the experience is completely ruined by outdated game play that is both tedious and boring! Juliet is limited to only a few basic attack moves at first but can eventually unlock various combos and rainbow-covered special moves.
Unfortunately, she's forced to fight wave after wave of brain-dead zombies in tight corridors with very little variety. Even the boss fights are predictable and force players to adhere to worn-out strategies to emerge successful. Perhaps the only surprising aspect is that she doesn't text friends during combat! Apparently, the designers knew that players need a break from combat because they also incorporated several mini-games that end up being just as lame as the combat. Only the rocking soundtrack has any real value. Everything else is a waste of zeros and ones.
Believe it or not, "Lollipop Chainsaw" could be the impetus that kills the modern fascination with zombies!