If you played Bayonetta and thought “Gee, I liked that game but I thought it could use more awkward and uncomfortable moments” then Lollipop Chainsaw will be right up your ally. You are a cheerleader and there are zombies and you kill them with a chainsaw. Actually, you drop kick zombies and then you kill them with a chainsaw. The rest of the game’s details can be summed up as “Suda51.” This could be a good or a bad thing depending on where you stand with his other games. As far as my opinion goes, fundamentally feels the same as the last three or four games that his name has been attached to. You may look at the premise of each of those games and say to yourself “that’s over the top and outrageous.” I’m beginning to think it’s a device to distract you from realizing just how similar the experiences are anymore.
I’ve made it through the first stage and am in the process of defeating the first boss. There’s certainly a deliberate method to the madness of the game, which is good, but it feels as though it’s easy to get penalized very quickly for reasons that aren’t entirely obvious. That’s not automatically bad since you can learn through trial and error, but it makes the first part of the game a bit of a chore and deprives you of moments where the game “clicks.” I know Suda games aren’t always the most polished experiences, sometimes by design, I just can’t help but feel like it’s the same song and dance as Shadows of the Damned or No More Heroes but with a new glitter blasted coat of paint. What that means is ultimately up to you. I’ve still got plenty more game to go.
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