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  • RedSwirl 6:42 pm on June 18, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Grasshopper, , Suda   

    Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3, 360) — Review 

    The latest Grasshopper joint.

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    • Karl Weller 9:55 pm on June 18, 2012 Permalink

      This does look incredibly fun! And after playing “Shadows of the Damned”, I’d like to think I prepared for anything now.

  • Pete Davison 9:15 am on June 16, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , Suda   

    @redswir1 Yeah, go for it! The more articles here from the more different people, the better!

    Word of advice, though, which I think you already know from the sound of things: if you don’t feel qualified/comfortable tackling the feminist perspective/issues regarding the game, then just, well, don’t — that, or do some research beforehand. Few things make the most passionate commentators on this issue more angry than ill-informed opinions. It’s a complex sociological issue, and even some professional writers are coming at it from a rather simplistic angle, which makes some people a bit upset. Kudos for admitting you don’t feel qualified to go over it — that’s more than some pros are doing at the moment.

    Tackle it from the parody angle as I think that’s an interesting-sounding thing about the game, I’d say, but it’s your call.

    Write it up and publish whenever you like (or submit for review if you want someone to edit it first). Article guidelines are here — they’re also in the “Site Announcements” section if people want to refer to them in future.

  • RedSwirl 6:40 am on June 16, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone I really don’t know what to say about the game in regards to the whole feminist tropes women video games argument thing. I don’t even think I’m qualified to go over that really.

    At face value it looks like another exploitative female protagonist and I think the advertising didn’t help much, but in the actual game Juliet Starling is written a little bit better than that. It definitely is not another Bayonetta in my humble opinion. You have to go in knowing that every part of the game is a tongue-in-cheek parody of 80’s/90’s high school as depicted in American cinema of the time mixed with 70’s exploitation for good measure. So, given that, I don’t think it’s sexist, but that’s just me.

    Juliet to me comes off as a competent, ever-positive girl who is intelligent enough to handle the situations presented her. At the beginning of the game it’s established she’s an experienced hunter of the supernatural – kind of like the American equivalent of a lot of anime high school girls I guess, but not yet a master. She has two sisters of the same occupation, each one similarly befitting the atmosphere of a Suda game, though neither really get’s to develop a lot of character traits. For what it’s worth, what makes those characters is not really dependent on their gender at all.

    The most standout thing about Juliet character-wise in this game is the fact that for once you’re playing as a protagonist who is in a stable relationship. Juliet’s boyfriend is fully the game’s deuteragonist. Most of their major dialogue concerns Nick’s immasculation and bewilderment upon being brought into Juliet’s world and his disability. Throughout the game each one tries to keep the other’s spirits up more than once which leads to the game’s emotional climax. If there’s any sexism in there then it’s flown over my head.

  • RedSwirl 4:26 am on June 16, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , Suda   

    I don’t know how cool the squad is with Suda 51, but I just spent this week getting through Lollipop Chainsaw and am wondering if this place would be up for a review of it. I’ll just say that today’s brand of cinematic, set-piece driven, banter-filled game design is actually a pretty good fit for Suda’s approach. Having James Gunn write the game probably didn’t hurt either.

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