Lollipop Chainsaw is flawed like crazy. Like any good woman, though, I sort of love it despite this.
+ It's the usual Suda51™ brand of nutso, so that immediately appeals to me; I'm also a diehard fan of beat-'em-ups, no matter how repetitive they may get (I'm pretty sure all brawlers through time have gotten repetitive a couple of levels into their respective games, so it's just the nature of the beast, me thinks).
+ Arcade-like structure encourages multiple play-throughs. Lots of replay value for those interested in continuing on after the credits roll.
+ The aesthetics here seem lifted directly out of the No More Heroes world. It's almost as if Travis Touchdown could walk into the game at any given moment and it wouldn't feel the slightest bit out of place.
+ Fucking rainbows explode everywhere after lopping off the heads of a corralled group of zombies, making for one of the most hilariously twisted juxtapositions in recent memory.
+ Slither director James Gunn's writing is tonnages of fun. Lots to appreciate here for my fellow b-movie horror connoisseurs.
+ If you're one of those weirdos who gets erections from video games, then consider Lollipop Chainsaw the mother lode. Juliet Starling wears all kinds of barely there shit, and it runs the entire creeper gamut.
+ Awesome soundtrack collaboration from Akira Yamaoka and Mindless Self Indulgence's Jimmy Urine.
- Combat starts out clunky as fuck. Only later in the game through purchasable combos and the like do things really start to come together and flow more freely.
- Way too short. There's just no excuse for a full-price, physical release, single-player title shipping with a campaign of 6 or 7 hours.
- The vulgarity begins to wear it's welcome out early into the game. You can only hear the main character get called a "whore" or "slut" so many times before it passes the point of straight-up misogyny.
The usual must-play for all those who worship at the altar of Suda51™. Non-believers, though, would probably be better off renting or waiting for the inevitable price drop.