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Here’s What The ESRB Had To Say About Lollipop Chainsaw


ESRB ratings are always fun to read, especially when they’re about overly violent or sexualized games. Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw is naturally a prime candidate for that category, and the ESRB rating and summary for the game went up this morning. Here’s what it says:


This is an action game in which players assume the role of Juliet Starling, a zombie-hunting cheerleader who must prevent the apocalypse. Players use a chainsaw, explosive rounds, and special attacks (e.g., performing cheerleading routines; mowing down enemies with a crop harvester) to kill zombies in melee-style combat.


Some attacks (e.g., Sparkle Hunting Bonuses) require dispatching multiple zombies at once, and are highlighted by slow-motion effects and close-up camera angles. Cutscenes also depict over-the-top acts of violence: a zombie boss shooting himself in the head; characters getting sliced in half by chainsaws; Juliet punting a decapitated head in slow motion. Exaggerated blood splashes, dismemberment, and decapitation occur frequently. During the course of the game, players can dress Juliet in revealing outfits (e.g., Sexy Rider Suit, Sexy Seashell Bikini) that expose large amounts of cleavage and/or buttocks.


Numerous jokes in the dialogue and on-screen text also reference sexual material (e.g., “Officer Stephanie sometimes used her nightstick to pleasure herself to yearbook photos,” “[She] had ‘backdoor’ sex with over three hundred sailors back in the day,” “Is it normal to have an erection as you die?”). A variety of sequences allude to drug use (e.g., “Old McDonald’s been smoking too much weed,” and “[Influences:] Rick James, eight-foot piles of cocaine. . .”). The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*cksucker” can be heard in dialogue.


Lollipop Chainsaw is rated Mature with the following content descriptors: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, and Strong Language. The game will be released on June 12th in North America.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.