Mindless Self Indulgence singer Jimmy Urine and video game composer Akira Yamaoka recently sat down together to discuss what you’ll be hearing when you play the upcoming zombie action game Lollipop Chainsaw. The video (which you can watch below) shows footage from the game as well as a description on how the music was envisioned and, ultimately, brought to life.
If you’re as excited for this game as I am, this video is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. READ MORE
Now this is something I didn’t see coming. One of my favorite games of last year, the delightfully deranged Shadows of the Damned could be getting a sequel. That is, if a few hopeful words from Silent Hill turned Shadows of the Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw composer Akira Yamaoka is to be believed. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yamaoka expressed interest in a sequel, saying “I’m thinking of a sequel, actually. I can’t tell you here, but clearly I’d like to.”
Shadows of the Damned was met with some decent reviews, but sold very poorly, shifting under 40,000 copies in its first month in the US and Japan. That’s not a great number, but it doesn’t look to be completely detracting developer Grasshopper Manufacture from considering a sequel. What’s even a little more intriguing is Yamaoka’s comment when asked if he thought EA would back a sequel — since they published the original — to which he replied with a “Probably,” before saying “Well, yes.” So what would you like to see in a Shadows of the Damned sequel? READ MORE
Tomorrow sees the release of Konami’s eighth entry into the Silent Hill series, Silent Hill: Downpour. For the past seven entries, fans have enjoyed the terrifying tones of Akira Yamaoka. However, the shock that everyone felt when it was announced that he would not be returning to compose this entry was felt far and wide. Upon the announcement that Dexter composer Daniel Licht was stepping in, there was a tentative sigh of release. After all, here was a man who had worked in horror for years, tackling Hellraiser, Children of the Corn, and many other beloved entries. But does the Silent Hill: Downpour OST do this series justice, especially after everything that Yamaoka has done?
Suda 51 is a strange dude who makes even stranger games, and while his work has had limited appeal in the past, his next effort might buck the trend. I mean, come on, the game is called Lollipop Chainsaw, features a chearleader with what looks like an oral fixation for lollipops, and zombies filled with pink blood. This game doesn’t really need a trailer, it’s premise sells itself. But here it is, and it’s exactly what you’d expect.
I’ve always wanted to cut a zombie in half and be greeted by a beautiful rainbow. Really, I think that’s what video games have been missing. I don’t know about you but I am definitely intrigued, and those rainbow-spewing zombies might also have me a little aroused. Lollipop Chainsaw brings a little color to the world when it releases sometime next year for the PS3 and Xbox 360. READ MORE
As if the title wasn’t enough to sell you on this game already, let me take a moment to fill you in on exactly what Lollipop Chainsaw is all about. First off, it stars a zombie slaying cheerleader named Juliet Starling, who has to use her incredible acrobatic skills and an assortment of cheerleading moves to vanquish the zombies that attack her school. It’s also an action/horror game that’s being worked on by Suda 51′s Grasshopper Manufacture, otherwise known as the team behind the mind-blowingly incredible Shadows of the Damned.
Not quite sold? How about the fact that Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka is scoring the soundtrack? Still not sold? Man, you’re a tough sell. If I were a car dealer this is the point that I’d start pulling out the big guns, so I think I’ll do just that. Lollipop Chainsaw has pretty pink gore. That’s right, there’s no need to rub your eyes and re-read that last sentence because you read it right the first time. This game has pink blood. Oh, and it’ll also be coming to both the PS3 and Xbox 360. Now wipe yourself off and head past the break for some screenshots. READ MORE
I’ve got two things that should make both your eyes and your ears very happy. The first is some rather sexy box art for the upcoming Shadows of the Damned and the second are three free songs, two from Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka. The songs are being released by Shadows of the Damned developer Grasshopper Manufacture to honor those lost in the tsunami that hit Japan last Friday.
The songs “Otomodachi, as you wake” and “Otomodachi, before you sleep” are Yamaoka’s work and the third track is from Tak Hiraoka. Head past the jump to find out how you can get these free tracks and so you can get a better look at Shadows of the Damned’s stylish new box art.
Alright, let me get this out of the way right now: I am a Silent Hill fanatic. I not only own all of the major release games (except for the Gameboy play novel), I’ve gotten all of the endings on most of them. I own all of the soundtracks. I saw the movie three times in theaters IN THE SAME DAY. I’ve got a mini-poster of Pyramid Head with a strip of film reel on either side of the poster framed on my wall. You get the idea.
So, as you can see, Silent Hill is kinda my bread and butter. When it comes to the soundtracks, in regards to my favorite, I honestly can’t decide between SH1 and SH2. The first game had a soundtrack that was literally a cacophony of nightmarish sounds. Pipes banging in the distance, doors screeching open and other terrifying sounds all put together that resulted in an insanely abstract calm. Honestly, I’ve had the soundtrack playing and fallen asleep to it without a problem.
The soundtrack for SH2 went along a slightly different path… READ MORE