Lollipop Chainsaw

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Eurogamer plays Suda51's cheerleading zombie killer.

VideoLollipop Chainsaw models tour Tokyo in new trailer

Cheerleader-fuelled zombie fighter out next month.

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Suda51 blames publisher problems for low game sales

Shadows of the Damned, Killer7 and No More Heroes developer Grasshopper Manufacturer has suffered lower-than-hoped sales for its games due to the way publishers treat its games, boss Goichi "Suda51" Suda has claimed.

Grasshopper has worked with some of the biggest publishers in the industry - EA, Capcom, Warner Bros and Microsoft - but the size difference between them and Grasshopper was sometimes a problem, Suda told GamesIndustry International.

"Grasshopper does have a very strong base; it's just that because we were so indie, publishers were always [treating us] differently," Suda said.

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Impressive fake DayZ, Sleeping Dogs, BioShock, Secret World, Lollipop Chainsaw movie trailers

DayZ has been the break out phenomenon of PC gaming this year. What would it look like adapted as a film? Renowned YouTube fake movie trailer maker Bloodrunsclear has had a stab at finding out.

His fake DayZ movie trailer uses sound bites from the horrific Miami face-eating incident; Peter Gabriel's version of My Body is a Cage; and clips from numerous zombie films (and other genres) to create a rousing montage - a look at what could be.

DayZ creator Dean Hall tweeted a link to the video this morning.

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The word misogyny has crept its way into the gaming vernacular recently, thrown about accusingly and often - if you ask me - incorrectly at any game that dares to show a female in any light other than stoic and masculine. Beyond the Tomb Raider fiasco (which to me seems a non-debate until the actual game is released), the most common target for the ire of the misogynista is Grasshopper's Lollipop Chainsaw.

Japan chart: Persona 4 revives Vita sales

Japan chart: Persona 4 revives Vita sales

Plus, top 3 debut for Lollipop Chainsaw.

The Vita saw its highest weekly Japanese sales total in months last week, off the back of Persona 4: The Golden's launch.

Sony's system sold 34,459 units, up from 13,383 last week, thanks in no small part to Persona 4 entering the software chart at number one, moving 137,076 in its first week.

Although Vita passed PlayStation 3 to take second place, it's still a long way off catching 3DS, which sold 61,793 units over the same period.

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Lollipop Chainsaw Review

Desperate to fall in love with Lollipop Chainsaw? Or perhaps itching to be disgusted by it? Bad news, I'm afraid: either way, you're going to leave a little disappointed.

If you're waiting for a scrappy B-movie classic to emerge - as Grasshopper's taste for bizarro Americana and broad-strokes irony combines with delirious, sugary zombie slaughter - you'll be let down by a game that's short, repetitive, and a little too imprecise where it counts.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for a new low when it comes to casual misogyny and the objectification of women, you're likely to end up confused as regularly as you are outraged. Juliet Starling certainly looks the part and the game never shies away from sending its leering camera in a touch too close, but the script delivers characterisation with just a touch more substance than you might expect. Is this a satire of exploitation or an indulgence? I have a feeling it's trying to be both.

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Lollipop Chainsaw Preview: Suda's Teen Dreams

In 1994 a then unknown game director named Goichi Suda made a wrestling game called Super Fire Pro Wrestling: Special, wherein the protagonist commits suicide upon claiming his victory after realising how empty his life is. This refusal to adhere to conventions was simply the tip of the iceberg for what would end up being one of the boldest voices in Japanese gaming today.

His Killer 7 followed an elderly fellow who manifested his various personalities as a cabal of hitmen, No More Heroes saw the rise of an Otaku fanboy rising the ranks of an assassin's tournament so he could win the heart of a vapid French opportunist, and more recently Shadows of the Damned was a riff off the story of Orpheus with a whole lot of dick jokes. By his eclectic standards the upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw about a chainsaw wielding, zombie-slaying cheerleader is downright conventional.

When asked about its mainstream appeal Suda admitted that he wanted something "more accessible to a wider audience." Upon first glance Lollipop Chainsaw has consumerist Hot Topic fodder written all over it. It's hard not to feel pandered to when Juliet exclaims "This is great! I'm such a game geek!" upon being transported into an arcade game like Tron's Kevin Flynn, but on the surface, Juliet seems like a groan-worthy manic dream girl; all curves, catch phrases and kills.

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Lollipop Chainsaw release date announced

Over the top action game Lollipop Chainsaw launches on the 15th June in Europe and in the US on 12th June, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

Lollipop Chainsaw is the next project to come out of Shadows of the Damned developer Grasshopper Manufacture.

It puts you in the shoes of 18-year-old cheerleader Juliet Starling, who turns up at school one day to find the place over-run by the undead. Duly, she ups chainsaw and sets about cleaning up the place.

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Suda51 and the rise of Grasshopper Manufacture

No More Heroes' maniac creator lays out his masterplan.

Things are changing at Grasshopper Manufacture. Two years ago it was a modest one-project-at-a-time Japanese studio, with only a sequel to boisterous Wii actioner No More Heroes sitting in its out-tray. Fast forward to 2011 and Eurogamer is sat in an exclusive bar in central Tokyo as famously flamboyant CEO Suda51 shows off not one, not two but nine new projects - all untested IP - currently at various stages of completion.

Lollipop Chainsaw

Pompom massacre.

Grasshopper Manufacture's games have always had abstract, manic personalities. Lollipop Chainsaw is no exception, though this time there's something a little different about it.

Suda51 announces Lollipop Chainsaw

Suda51 announces Lollipop Chainsaw

Cheerleader vs. zombies on PS3, 360.

OTT action title Lollipop Chainsaw is the next project to come out of Shadows of the Damned developer Grasshopper Manufacture.

According to 1UP's translation of the Famitsu reveal, the game puts you in the shoes of 18-year-old cheerleader Juliet Starling who turns up at school one day to find the place over-run by the undead. Duly, she ups chainsaw and sets about cleaning up the place.

Despite the premise, creative director Suda51 promised that the game, planned for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will go light on the gore.

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