Going through a top Hack-n-Slash list online, I found myself surprised in Lollipop Chainsaw a Warner Brothers brawler being listed in the top 10. I hunted for a copy of the game and found it in a bargain bin, and wondered if it was it worth it?
Here is my review of Lollipop Chainsaw.
This game starts out with an over the top intro that had to be expected just by looking at the box art. And honestly if you like raunchy humor, it is fairly funny. The story for Lollipop Chainsaw isn't something outstanding, but the way they tell it is. The dialogue of the characters makes it worth playing the next level. It's honestly what kept me going through the early half of the game.
Which takes me to why the early half is bad. In most hack-n-slash titles the character starts off with a ton of moves. In Lollipop Chainsaw you start off with 2 combos and 3 total attacks. This makes the early game very repetitive. To unlock more combos you need to grind out kills to get money to purchase upgrades at store checkpoints. This makes it a juggle of doing boring moves to unlock fun ones later. By chapter 4 though this issue seems to mostly go away as you have a decent amount of moves, all of which are pretty fun to execute.
However in some stages they break away from the hack-n-slash gameplay and require you to do weird tasks like kill zombies with a lawn mower while avoiding bombs. Honestly this is the most frustrating section of the entire game due to it being not difficult, just slow and time consuming.
While the game was still fun the first time through it honestly feels as if the game will only shine your second time through, which is somewhat of a letdown. The only reason that this bugs me more is that stages are extremely long. lasting upwards of an hour each. Honestly I found myself wanting to replay sections of levels, just not the entire level.
Another issue that comes with the levels is that if you want to purchase upgrades you must go through a level to the first checkpoint to purchase upgrades. This is something minor, but would be nice to have the ability to upgrade from the level select screen.
Overall with the amount of complaining I may have done, the game is honestly a lot of fun. Level 2 has an awesome mechanic of jumping over ramps. While level 5 has some amazing set design, fights, and the best boss fight in the game. Like I said before the game shines in the later half due to the player upgrades and any play through after will be even more fun then the last with additional upgrades still to unlock.
I recommend this game to people with a dirty sense of humor and fans of games like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta.
Lollipop Chainsaw gets a 7/10.