One of the highlights of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's booth at PAX East 2012 was the giant spray-painted school bus which housed the demo units for Suda 51's new opus, Lollipop Chainsaw. In keeping with Goichi Suda's style, the game is an over-the-top extravaganza of zombies, chainsaws, high school students, gore and rainbows. High school cheerleader Juliet must get to the bottom of a zombie outbreak at San Romero High (get it?), and using her trusty chainsaw, face off against a series of zombie rock lords out to destroy her. Music plays a big role in this game, and in addition to some familiar songs, the music for the game is being composed by the very talented Akira Yamaoka, who you might remember from a little series called Silent Hill...
The demo I played had Juliet chatting with the severed head of her boyfriend that she keeps conveniently attached to her belt before chainsawing her way through some school hallways to rescue fellow students from swarms of zombies. Juliet has some light acrobatic attacks that stun the zombies so you can whip out your chainsaw and cut them down to size. It's wonderfully gory, as you might expect, but also kind of adorable. And after rescuing someone, they shower you with coins. Also, at a couple points, I activated a special attack that had Juliet using her boyfriend's head to team up and deal out massive amounts of damage. It culminated in a boss fight against a teacher, but it was kind of easy, so I'm guessing it was just a mini-boss.
Lollipop Chainsaw was quite hilarious, and although at first I thought it seemed a little sexist, having played it, I almost don't even mind anymore. It's just fun. Oh, and after exiting the bus, I had a few minutes to sit down with Goichi Suda himself and ask him a couple questions! Those you'll find after the jump!
What inspired this game?
I always loved the panic games taking place in an American school situations. Also, I love zombie games. At the same time, we had a different image of Juliet as a cheerleader with a chainsaw. And one night it combined together, and then Lollipop Chainsaw was formed.
Your games are always very over-the-top. Has there ever been any idea you've ever thought, "No, that's too much!"
[Laughs.] Sometimes it might be a little bit too much... and I try to be careful. And then stuff just tends to go a little bit farther. So it needs to be controlled. In Shadow of the Damned, the boss character, P, I regret about that.
Any chance we'd ever see an E-rated kids game from you?
Of course! I always love to create games for the children... I come up with the ideas and I show it to everybody, and they don't believe me. But I have many ideas in my head! [Laughs.]
You don't usually do sequels. Would you do DLC for this game or just move straight on to your next new crazy idea?
For Lollipop, I don't have plans for downloadable. But I'd kind of like to create a sequel. Especially because I get the feeling that the fans will love Juliet. So probably there's a high possibility of a sequel
Well, this is high school, so she can go to college...
Yes, that's right! The college portion! Yes!
Lollipop Chainsaw is scheduled for release on June 13 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.