Goichi Suda, Suda51, has spent a long time trying to entertain us with his own vision of what a video game should be.  A former Capcom employee, he is responsible for giving us Viewtiful Joe, and Okami, and if you haven’t played that yet, get off the internet right now and get to it.  GameStop, *cringe*, has it for less then $20, I fucking hate that store soooo much.  None the less, he’s no longer with Capcom, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped working.  In fact, it just means he’s working harder.  He’s brought us games like No More Heroes 1 & 2, Sine Mora, and Shadows of the Damned.  All very good games, but sort of like stepping stones to something greater.  The next step…Lollipop Chainsaw.  For this one, it seems like he really needed to work with writer/director James Gunn to get it right, because as time goes on Suda51 has been focused on gameplay.  Shadows of the Damned an good example of this.  So what is Lollipop Chainsaw?

“On Juliet Starling’s (voiced by Tara Strong in English and Eri Kitamura/Yōko Hikasa in Japanese) eighteenth birthday, she goes to San Romero High School park to meet her boyfriend, Nick Carlyle (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum in English and Kenichi Suzumura in Japanese) who is going to meet her family for the first time. Unfortunately, a zombie outbreak has occurred, which leads to Juliet fighting off hordes of Undead on her way to meet Nick. When she arrives, she discovers Nick fighting off a zombie which was trying to eat her, and so Nick is bitten in her place. Realizing he will become a zombie, Juliet decides she must decapitate him to save him.”  -Wikipedia

That is Lollipop Chainsaw in a nutshell.  It’s a beat’em up game with a chainsaw and a cheerleader.  This is like Double Dragon was in it’s day.  You don’t care about the plot so much as you care about the characters kicking ass.  Lollipop let’s you do just that.  You beat the shit out of zombies and you fight a boss.  That’s it, folks, no let’s save the world.  No great quest, just straight zombie killing, and it works.  I have a few grips about the camera, but this game works.  If you can find a reason to hate this game after playing through it, I can safely say it’s not for you, but I do recommend it.  It’s just plain fun like games should be.  Besides, who doesn’t want to kill a Viking Zombie…Seriously?