Review: Bayonetta

YOU WANT TO TOUCH ME?

Developers: Platinum Games, Sega
Genre: Action
Platform(s): PS3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Compatability (PS3): 561KB Mininum Space | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration | HD 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Compatability (Xbox 360): 3MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Rating: 8.5

Long legs, librarian glasses, flowing hair, and sexy … guns on her hands and feet? Welcome to the modern day witch. Sexual innuendos aside, Bayonetta is a force to be reckoned with. On a mission to uncover her past and to return all matter of demons from whence they came Bayonetta has you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning.

The action in this game is intense. It’s flow will remind you of Devil May Cry, and the story hidden below layers of ass kicking will have you searching for a deeper truth to it all. With an array of weapons to equip in a multitude of combinations the combat simply doesn’t get old. It provides the type of challenge that will frustrate the hell out of you, but will also keep you coming back until you uncover the mysteries lying within. Each level is set up with a point system to track your progress, and a silly little mini game in between that allows you to earn some extra power ups. The dialogue is both quirky and engaging with a supporting cast that provides just enough humor to round it out.

So sexy. Is she single?

One thing I loved about the game is how the enemies grew with your power. Demons that plagued you in the beginning will eventually vanish before the wave of destruction you unleash. All the while new enemies are thrown at you that test the limits of Bayonetta’s skill. Even the boss fights require the combination of acrobatic assaults with time based button sequences that provide your heart and soul with the eye candy we all hope for in these games.

There are a few sequences which are more tiring than exciting. All they appear to do is distract you from the fun of it all. But, unfortunately for the bad guys, those sections of the game are few and short lived. In no time you’ll be back to assaulting hordes of enemies with devastatingly graceful maneuvers and shotgun blasts. The Achilles hill of the game lies in its power ups. In my mind they’re both a strength and weakness. With the right combination of power ups and a few memorized combos enemies will fade to dust before your eyes. Even some of the boss fights can be reduced to ashes in the wind and be over in a matter of minutes.

Bayonetta's visuals are amazing. The combat system will keep you coming back for more.

One nice addition to the game is the in-game store. In it you’re able to do everything from train in new techniques, purchase power ups, and even buy new items and outfits to customize the appearance of Bayonetta. One such outfit matches up with one of the unlockable weapons in the game. It even includes fuzzy ears and a tail. Very hot!

All in all Bayonetta is a fantastic combination of guns, glory, and a sexy smile. It had me craving for more when I couldn’t play, and I lost more than a little sleep when I could. This is one that is definitely worth checking out, though I would class it more as a rental than an addition to your game collection.

Reviewed by eggs84 – June 4, 2010

Graphics
The graphics are very engaging, engrossing the player in a variety of settings while still giving the game a spiritual/demonic feel.
 
Sound
The soundtrack is very upbeat, attributing to its fast pace action with a hint of pep to keep the experience lighthearted and fun.
 
Fun
This game is a blast. The ridiculousness of it all kept me coming back for more. With unlocks gained through completing it on different difficulties and accomplishing in game challenges its sure to warrant a second, if not third, play through.
 
Final Score

 

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