Through the years, Xbox has done an impressive job of adding a consistent list of backward compatible titles. This has included both Xbox and Xbox 360 titles. With the latest venture into next-gen territory with the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has stuck with its backward compatible guns and kept that list growing. So, we are starting an all out scream to the sky and ultimately beg the Xbox overlords to add both James Gunn’s Lollipop Chainsaw and Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse to the list.
First up, the awesome over the top, hack-n-slash blast that was James Gunn and Masahiro Yuki’s (Suda 51) Lollipop Chainsaw on Xbox 360 from 2012. So a little ways before Gunn went and flew the Guardians into the Galaxy with Marvel. His pop-zombie tale followed a cheerleader named Juliet. On Juliet’s 18th birthday, a zombie outbreak ruins her big plans. To add to the suckage, Juliet has to behead her boyfriend with a Chainsaw. Out for revenge Juliet straps her boyfriends still talking head to her belt and heads out with her chainsaws in hand to wreak havoc and dance across the zombie filled wasteland to attempt to save the world. Gunn’s game starred some of his long time pals and collaborators. Those included Tara Strong, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Shawnee Smith, Linda Cardellini and more.
Lollipop Chainsaw ruled and fans had always held out hope that Gunn would one day return to Juliet and her chainsaws. That is probably out of the question now but at the very least we could try our best to get Xbox’s attention to make this a backwards compatible title… and to even polish it up a bit in the frame rate and UHD department.
Our other big horror pick comes in the form of the very underrated Xbox title released back in 2005 by the name of Stubbs The Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse. Despite this having a great soundtrack filled with bands like Death Cab For Cutie and The Flaming Lips performing 50s doo-wop songs, the game never took off outside of select cult circles.
Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse followed the depressing life of poor ole, Edward “Stubbs” Stubblefield. At the games start you play as Stubbs a sad salesman during the great depression whose only light and hope in life is his girlfriend, Maggie. It doesn’t take long for his little bit of happiness to be taken away when Maggie’s father Otis murders Stubbs and dumps his body in the middle of nowhere. 26 years later a town is built over the burial site of Stubb’s remains. Stubbs rises from the grave with revenge and love in his decomposed heart. He soon finds out that he can turn other people into zombies by biting them. From there your job is to go around spreading the zombie virus across 50’s small town America. Once Stubbs discovers Maggie is still alive he turns his hordes of zombies toward helping him get his sweetheart back. Like, I said the game was great and the soundtrack was seriously awesome.
A lot of these titles that Xbox makes backwards compatible are requested by mass amounts of fans. So, lets do that! Take to your socials and start #LollipopandStubbs and repost this. Maybe, James Gunn will even help get the message out. Who knows. It’s a shot in the dark but how awesome would it be if we brought back both Juliet and Stubbs?
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