Now this is interesting. Warren Spector, acclaimed designer and creator of Deus Ex, was at the DICE convention earlier today where he spoke to a room filled with industry professionals about his career and tastes in gaming. He discussed his lack of interest in “guys who wear armor and swing big swords,” his growing preference for shorter video games, and he also named a game that “should just not be made.” That game was your pick for the best new IP of 2012, Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
I did some serious slacking the past 2 years and didn’t post my Best Horror Game articles like I did from 2007-2009. But I’m going to make it all up to you guys now. It’s easy for me to post my favorite horror games of the year, but I’m more curious about what games YOU guys liked the best. So if you head past the break you can look at my hand clicked selections from last year. Choose your favorite from the list, and then we can crown the winner! The poll will go for a couple weeks, or until I decide it has fizzled out! Head past the break to see your choices and to vote!
I wish every horror game I enjoyed got a sequel. Even games like BioShock, which don’t really need sequels. If I like it, I usually want more of it, even if it’s only to see where a developer can take their series. Unfortunately, while the slate of releases might suggest otherwise (Black Ops II, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Resident Evil 6, etc.) it’s difficult for a game to get a sequel, especially in the midst of a new generation of consoles. The problem is studios need to make money, and unless the game has a substantial following or is accessible to a wide audience, potential for a sequel isn’t great.
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a fan of the horror genre, so you’re undoubtedly aware that when it comes to accessibility, the horror genre (in video games, at least) isn’t exactly known for being welcoming to newcomers. Here are ten games that I think could actually sell well, if they’re given the second chance they deserve.
If there ever was a game that’s great for sharing with that special someone in your life, Lollipop Chainsaw probably wouldn’t be it. The obvious issue is a lack of co-op, but if your special someone likes to watch (not in the super creepy way) then this special Valentine’s edition might be a good fit. This version brings with it a perfect unlock code, limited edition sleeve, and two DVDs. The “Happy Valentine Disc” comes with special items for your PC, including an original desktop clock, wallpapers, and a collection of trailers. The “Premium Movie Disc” includes the in-game cinematics and a special manga. For the time being, this edition is exclusive to Japan, but there’s a chance it could also make its way to the rest of us. If you really want it and have a way of getting a copy, it’ll be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 13th, for 4,980 yen ($60). More after the break.
If you enjoyed yesterday’s batch of memorable horror game weapons then you’re going to love this. Horror games may not be known for their excess of badass weapons, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few games that have brought us some excellent tools with which to beat down the undead hordes, alien intruders, demons, demon worshippers, and other abominations that are unfortunate enough to get in our way when we’re in the mood to kick some ugly monster ass. Here’s the second half of our list of the best weapons of the horror genre.
Had Lollipop Chainsaw been developed by any other studio, the news that a game featuring a scantily clad chainsaw-wielding cheerleader who spends her free time kicking mountains of zombie ass sold well wouldn’t be all that surprising. However, this is a Suda 51 game, and his projects, which include Shadows of the Damned and No More Heroes, tend not to perform terribly well commercially. This makes the news that his studo has shipped 700,000 units worldwide just a little impressive. It’s also great news for fans of Suda 51′s work, because it could mean a potential sequel, or at the very least, more support for Grasshopper’s next game, the mysterious Killer Is Dead. In related news, if you’re still on the fence about the raunchy title, might I recommend reading our review?
The three trouble makers behind Aural Pleasures are back!
Bill, Jonny, and Adam go over a range of topics this month, including the Spice Girls playing at the Olympics Closing Ceremony, the music of Lollipop Chainsaw (composed by Akira Yamaoka of “Silent Hill” fame and Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence), the Randy Blythe incarceration, and, as always, some recommendations for you all! Quick word of warning: Adam might very well offend even the most stone-hearted of you in this episode. Seriously, the guy’s a bit of a prat here. HAVE FUN!
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For me, Lollipop Chainsaw is bittersweet, as it marks the end of an incredible collaboration between Goichi Suda (No More Heroes), Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil), and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill composer). That’s not to say these talented souls won’t work together again, but with Mikami returning to his roots, it could be a while. Their first collaborative effort, the fantastic Shadows of the Damned, set the bar pretty high for their next project. Does it live up to my expectations? Let’s find out. READ MORE
If you haven’t spent the last 2 days slaying zombies as an 18 year old high school cheerleader there is clearly something wrong with you. Yes, Lollipop Chainsaw is officially out. And how do games celebrate their release? With a launch trailer of course! You can check out Lolli’s launch trailer past the break. It’s filled with the usual Lollipop Chainsaw trailer stuff, zombies, blood, sexy Juliet, douchecocks, bodyless boyfriends etc etc.
Only a couple more weeks stand between Lollipop Chainsaw and the legions of hungry geeks like myself who can’t wait to put our anxious, sweaty hands all over it. Cheerleaders, chainsaws, rock and roll, legions of the undead, and Suda 51′s quirky humor pretty much guarantees this game will be unlike any other. In this sea of modern shooters I am more than happy to leap into Juliet’s open arms so she can carry me off into the sunset. Should we come across any hordes of zombies, I can bask in the badass glow of Ms. Starling and watch as she beats them down in style. There’s plenty of that going on in this brand new trailer by the way–check it out after the break.
The unapologetically wacky Lollipop Chainsaw is just a short month away. At this point it’s pretty much guaranteed to have Suda 51′s trademark outlandish humor and punk rock personality, only with added zombies, chainsaws and a badass cheerleader. We’ve seen a lot of special editions come and go over the years. Some are worth it, others, not so much. The Lollipop Chainsaw special edition is truly special, and actually makes me more than a little terrified of what it could mean for the world. Head past the break to check it out and share my fear.
Juliet Starling, the peppy star of Lollipop Chainsaw has a wardrobe that’s both stylish and practical. Feeling frisky? Juliet has an outfit for that. Afraid of what blood and assorted giblets will do to your slick, zombie-slaying threads? The obvious solution is to show more skin. Skin’s easy to wash–here, let me show you. If a cheerleader costume doesn’t quite do it for you, I suggest heading the break for a gander at Juliet’s impressive collection of costumes, but remember: as soon as you click that intriguing read more button you are officially a creepy old man. This applies to everyone, especially TJ.
Much like how rainbows fly from the open wounds you inflict on the hordes of undead in the next month’s Lollipop Chainsaw, the game itself has a soft, romantic center hidden under all that blood and rock and roll. It’s kind of like TJ–beneath that bloodied, brutish exterior lies a kind young boy just waiting for someone to come and give him a big hug. In case you were wondering how the hell they managed to mix lollipops, rainbows, cheerleaders and romance with zombies, gore, chainsaws and severed limbs, this new featurette could answer some of your burning questions. I had a burning question once, but I got some ointment and it cleared up after a few weeks. Anyway, head past the break for a new behind the scenes featurette!
Until now we’ve really only gotten to know the star of the show, the chainsaw-wielding cheerleader Juliet Starling, but today we get to meet her sisters, Cordelia and Rosalind. Cordelia, a sharpshooter with a mean sense of style is the oldest of the three, while Rosalind, is still learning the fine art of kicking zombie dick. In related news, “kick zombie dick” would make for a fantastic tagline for this game. Head past the break for the new trailer.
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
I thought we could all celebrate the pretty new site by looking at the pretty Jessica Nigri all covered in blood. Viral videos are in nowadays, and a damn good way to step outside the box in promotion. So what better to promote a video game about slaying zombies than too push your Zom B Gone detergent. It get’s all the nastiness out of your best outfits. Head past the break to check out the commercial for Zom B Gone.
If you’re not fully aware of exactly what Lollipop Chainsaw is, then you obviously don’t visit this site as often as you should. It follows Juliet Starling, a badass cheerleader who kicks zombie ass when she isn’t swooning over her boyfriend Nick. If the over-the-top action and outlandish cast of characters didn’t quite give you a good enough idea of just how awesomely bizarre this game is going to be, it’s eclectic mix of music should.
The boss fights are being scored by Jimmy Urine, and Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka’s composing some original tunes for the game as well. On top of that, there’s a plethora of music licensed for the game, from groups like The Chordettes, Skrillex, and Five Finger Death Punch. Head past the jump for the full track list and a neat little behind the scenes video. READ MORE
The badass trio that is Suda51 (No More Heroes), Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil, and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill composer) have been hard at work on a new game called Lollipop Chainsaw. I’m sure you’re fully aware of what this game is all about, but just in case you’ve missed our coverage of it so far, I’ll sum it up thusly: cheerleaders, zombies, chainsaws, lollipops, blood, sex, and rock and roll.
To celebrate the game’s June release they’ve bruised, dented, rusted, and bloodied up a bus, converting it into a mobile game station that has been visiting various video game expos spreading the love that is Lollipop Chainsaw. If you’ll be at PAX East next month you’ll see it there, but if you’re not one of the lucky ones attending that event do feel free to head past the jump to check out the video. READ MORE
A new femme fatale is entering the ring this June, and her name is Juliet Starling. She’s a badass chainsaw-wielding cheerleader with a fondness for lollipops, and a severed head for a friend. If that isn’t a formula for success, I don’t know what is. Enough about her, let’s shift our attention to the deliciously evil men and women that will stand in her way. Like any good hero, Juliet has a fair share of villains she’ll need to go up against, and I dare say Juliet’s enemies are the wackiest of them all.
We’ve already been given a taste of the dialogue we can expect in this game, and I’m happy to say there’s more of that in this new trailer, which you can find past the break. READ MORE
Lollipop Chainsaw has got a pretty kick ass voice talent crew. The likes of Tara Strong. Not ringing any bells? Harley Quinn anyone? What about Michael Rosenbaum, Smallville’s Lex Luthor? No? How about Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead? Linda Cardelleni from Freaks and Geeks, Grandma’s Boy, and E.R.? NO!? Shawnee Smith from Saw!? Gregg Henry from Slither?! Not impressed? Get THE FUCK OUT!
June 12th on the Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. READ MORE
If you’re visiting this site I’m going to go ahead and take a leap of faith by saying a majority of you are insatiable gorehounds. You appetite for all things red and squishy is bottomless. If when the on-screen psycho revs up his chainsaw gets your nether regions aflutter, than this is definitely the list for you.
Other than being one of the most terrifying tools created by man, the chainsaw is also a weapon favored by many an iconic serial killer or out of control madman. The sound it makes is unmistakable, and when you hear it, you know someone’s day is about to get ruined. Head past the break for thirteen of the most bloody and brutal chainsaw appearances in video games. Just make sure you have the stomach for it first. There’s nothing quite as gross as cleaning vomit off a keyboard. Ick. READ MORE