Games & Gear of 2012 – Lollipop Chainsaw (6/12/2012)

 

 

Goichi Suda, also known as SUDA 51, is probably the craziest game developer to date (and an apparent Burnout fan – who knew). Creating off the wall and mind bending games like ‘No More Heroes’ and ‘Killer7’ he definitely enjoys trying to outdo himself with every new game. Which brings us to Lollipop Chainsaw: a game about a cheerleader named Juliet Starling from San Romero High School, who goes around slaughtering the undead with a hot pink and black chainsaw (hence the title) and the still alive severed head of her boyfriend tied to her hip. You must be thinking that the oxygen is pretty low where you’re at now and misread what I typed – but you didn’t, that’s the premise (more or less). So now the only question is will this extremely odd plot and promise of massive undead to chainsaw violence pay off like Heroes or crap out? Join us here at June to find out.

 

 

 

WTF/FTW – Daffy Duck: The Lollipop Chainsaw Wizard

 

Got a double header for you people to today; so remember Goichi Suda, also known as Suda51? Of course you have, he’s done many games over the years but is most famously (or recently) known for No More Heroes; a psychedelic adventure of one young otakus’ rise to become the ultimate assassin – with bloody results. How’s he going to top that with his upcoming game? With a perky zombie hunting cheerleader that has a severed head (still alive) tied to her leg and wields a hot pink chainsaw that weights more than her…. Crazy, mos def, but this is Suda we’re talking about here – if anyone can put lightning in a bottle, again, it would be him. Here’s the trailer.

 

 

The Looney Tunes Show which premiered early this summer showcases classic Warner Brothers cartoon characters in modern times as neighbors and friends. However that doesn’t stop the wacky adventures they have every episode. Without a doubt the character that certainly earned his name is Daffy Duck; while unemployed in reality he sees himself (and won’t mind telling people) as a wizard. I’ve written that off as one of the things that mad mallard says to get off of getting a real job – but when I saw this on the Merry Melodies segment I thought:

 

a) Epic

 

b) I’d watch that spin off show

 

 

 

 

 

Wii – The lo down III

Well ladies and gentleman we come to the end of the lo down segment with Nintendo great white hope, the Wii. Yes this little wonder of Japanese engineering is the love and desire of gamers, and the envy of their competitors. As well all know though, if something too good to be true, it probably is. Does this saying apply to the Wii too? Read on, my friends read on.

Strengths: The blind, deaf and dumb all know that the Wii major strength is it complete control system based on wireless motion movements via infrared sensor bar and their controllers Nintendo DS Lite, Nunchuk and Wii Remote (Similar to the PS3 and PSP but without the motion movements). Now what that means is that whatever motion players make, the character on the screen should make the same motion (i.e. throw a ball, shoot a gun, swing a sword, etc). Of course it depends on the game but you know what, it works surprising well. Which leads me to my next point, this simple style of game play is fun as hell. Sure, you look like you’re have a conniption fit, but you won’t care. Nintendo gives you opinions though in the form of a ‘classic’ controller and the Gamecube controller, so if the whole ‘hokey-pokey’ thing doesn’t work out you can plug them in instead (for most Wii games anyway). Then with the Wii comes with the Nintendo band name games, stuff said there. Oh, their online, which is a cross between Xbox live and Playstation network, also comes with Virtual Console which allows players to download classical (Nintendo or otherwise) games and relive the glory days of the 8 bit era. These reasons alone make the Wii a catch but the real deal breaker is that it’s only priced at $250 plus free game (Wii Sports).

Weakness: As much as I am a Nintendo elitist I must be truthful in all things game otherwise what’s the point? But anyway to start the Wii motion controls are a tricky thing between points. During one point the controls work fine but on others it’s glitchy and inaccurate. It is these types of games that don’t allow the use of standard controllers so you’re doubly screwed and if you want to keep playing the game got to work around this annoying trait. Another thing, the Wii is not a graphical powerhouse compared to the other systems. Sometimes it depends on the game marker, but if the same game is on all systems it won’t look as good on the Wii. The embedded memory storage is a little on the small side (smallest on the three console actually) but you’ll be fine if you get a Secure Digital memory card. The biggest blow to Wii dominance is it online multiplayer; unlike the others where can go online and then go to town on victims. However for the Wii you need ‘Friend codes’ to play online, it’s very annoying; players will have to scour to find these codes and get descent matches online. They still offer random matches, but to say they’re limited would be an understatement.

Overall: The Wii is the latest, biggest thing in gaming; both non and casual gamers find it unique and user friendly. So in turn gives those potential buyers with a family more a reason to buy it. However this tends to push away the Standard and Hardcore gamers, but this is a mistake. With ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles’ and more on the way Nintendo is reaffirming that this is a system for all, and I tend to agreed. If you don’t believe me, call any store, and ask if they have any Wii’s lying around, I dare you. So you all know where I’m leaning towards here; get the Wii as soon as you can. Nintendo got the market and they’re not letting go.