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Bayonetta 2 Review


I don't remember much about the first Bayonetta, but I know I loved playing it, so checking out the sequel was a no brainer for me and I'm so glad I did.

For those who don't know, Bayonetta is a hack and slash style game which is full of manic action and upbeat Japanese music and a story that quite honestly I don't really understand. But who cares, because from the moment you put the disc in you'll be hooked by its colourful, fast paced action, even if - like me - you don't have a clue what's going on.

To give an example of just how crazy this game is, it starts off with a christmas shopping trip and Bayonetta's friend being sent to hell. Then there's the huge fight which takes place on top of a Jet Fighter against a bunch of angels. By this point I had given up hope of ever knowing what was going on and just went with the flow. 

So I'd given up on following the story already and this was just the prologue, but not to matter as combat is the main focus of the game, which is something Platinum had to get right and boy does it ever. It just feels so natural and easy to pull of the moves you want to and if you combine them with a perfectly timed dodge you'll even be rewarded with Witch Time, a slowing down of time which allows you to get a few more hits in on the enemy. That's not the only new move though as Platinum introduces Umrbran Climax - a demon-summoning attack that strikes hard and wide. Adding to this, there's also combos which are easy to pull off and easy to learn thanks to the button combinations being shown on the loading screens. You'll certainly need all of these attacks, because the enemies won't hold back.



There are lot of different enemies, each out for your blood. The small/standard minions are difficult enough, all having a different pattern of attacks, while the bosses never behave the same, each being more deadly than the next. You really need to be on your toes with these guys and even then, that may not help. No matter which enemy you are up against, the action is always so fast paced that it's often hard to take it all in. Added to this some of the visuals on display during these moments will probably blow you away, but never distract you from taking the enemies out. Everything just seems to flow and blend together into one perfect moment. It's quite the spectacle - it's fair to say that Bayonetta is back and she's more kick ass than ever.

What was great about Bayonetta 2, even at the early stages of the game was the action was free flowing and easy to pick up. You're basically thrown in to the action, given an idea of how to fight and left to it against some of the nastiest looking enemies in gaming. 

Controls in Bayonetta 2 are quite mixed, so it's up to you how you'd like to take the game on. You can use the GamePad and fight using taps, holds, and swipes or you can use the standard control scheme, which is a lot better, especially if you plan on pulling on dozens of combos.



When a chapter ends, you can give your fingers and eyes a rest, sit back and see how you've done. This is thanks to the rating system which scores you on your time and use of combos and punishes you for using too many continues (hey I couldn't help it, this game is hard). Rewards for performing well include extra currency, multipliers, new techniques, accessories, costumes and more. So it's a nice touch and a welcome break in between the action.

Away from the main action there is also a new online only, scenario-based co-op mode. As you complete sections of the main campaign, you'll unlock these smaller scenarios which you can take on with a friend. They generally take a short time to complete and see you taking on some of the game's tougher enemies. It's a nice addition, although quite rightly the single player is where it's at.

Bayonetta 2 is a wonderful looking game. The art really is incredible and certainly had my jaw dropping on quite a few occasions, which in my opinion is a great achievement. Often the game feels like a eccentric painting come to life and with the music which often accompanies the action in the background, it's hard not to get sucked right into the wonders of all it has to offer.

I've still no idea what really went on during the course of the game, but I know I never quite experienced anything like it before, well not since the original Bayonetta anyway. Bayonetta 2 is without doubt the best action game to grace the Wii U yet, in fact it's probably the best action game to hit this year.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/Xbox LIVE: wotta

(Version Tested: Wii U)


Pros

+ Fantastic Art Style
+ Fast Paced Action
+ Plenty of Diverse enemies
+ Brilliant Combat

Cons

- Can be difficult to follow story

Edited On 15 Oct, 2014

Comments
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Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
& people still won't pick up a Wii U for some reason or another. Well it's their loss
Dead's avatar
Dead 2 years ago
Indeed, I'm sure they'll be happy with their grey/brown shooters, annual sports instalments, generic racers and other tediously drab shite though.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
The Wii U is a great secondary console. I would go crazy if it was the only platform I owned
Dead's avatar
Dead 2 years ago
It's nice to have options, but in the last year I've only bought 4 console games that weren't on Wii U, and there's still nothing must have to prompt me to upgrade yet.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Most of the games I have bought have been on the 3DS & PS3. No reason to get a PS4 till Bloodborne releases, & no reason to get a Xbone till ....... nope, just no reason to get a Xbone
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
I would still put the nobody picking up the Wii U still down to lack of advertising. If I wasn't still playing Destiny, Shadows of Mordor and Alien with Sunset overdrive at the end of the month I would have picked it up. I will still get it at some point though.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
Well, I'm probably still not buying a Wii U until Xenoblade X comes out (Though if by some miracle Project Zero 5 actually comes out over here and does so before then I'd probably bite for that). I've got Bayonetta 2 lined up as a Christmas present for someone else though... I guess I could maybe see about playing their copy sometime over the holidays if I have time and see if it's much better than the first game.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
" Indeed, I'm sure they'll be happy with their grey/brown shooters, annual sports instalments, generic racers and other tediously drab shite though." - I know you're probably aware of how false and downright stupid a generalisation this is to be making, but it's still worth highlighting just how sad it is. Grow up already.
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superniceguy 2 years ago
Its all down to tastes really. I have all gaming consoles and systems (except the Vita yet) and I mainly buy games for Xbox ONE and Xbox 360. The PS3 has been extremely lacking, I think that if I sold my PS3 with all its games I don't think there will be any games I would miss from doing so. The Wii U is doing better now, but when the Xbox ONE released I had more games for it at launch than I had for the Wii U. I will get Bayonetta eventually, but I think I may have to cancel for now, as need the money for other things. Also it is not my main favourite type of game, although downloading demo so see if it will change my mind, and cancel something else.
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DynamiteWhyte 2 years ago
I'd much rather play everything on the PS4/XB1 than wait 3 years for 1 zelda, 6 marios, 1 fire emblem, 1 platinum game, 2 sub-par mario character games and 1 donkey kong.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
uhhhh, 2 Platinum games, 2 & a half (Warriors) Zelda games, Smash Bros isn't a Mario game (Nor is Mario Kart technically) Fire Emblem X Megaten, how do you know Toad will be sub-par? & Yoshi is actually another series. You're also forgetting Starfox, Splatoon, & Xenoblade . This is why I said the Wii U is a good second platform
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Oh & ZombiU, Lego City, best version of Rayman Legends, best version of Scribblenauts, best version of Human Revolution, best (console) version of Most Wanted, the Sonic games, Pikmin 3, MH3U, & the virtual console/downloadable games
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
The Wii U has the same quality of (if not better) games than the Xbone & (to a lesser extent) PS4
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
I watched the trailer but I think it's just not worth buying a whole new console for one game. Hardly anyone bought the first game and the PS3 version was so bad. I haven't even played the first game yet anyway, so i'm not that interested in Bayonetta 2.
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
Yes because "Ratchet and Clank PS4" "Sunset Overdrive" are dull grey brown shooters and "Tearaway Unfolded" is generic. There's so much ignorance in that comment..
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Then don't buy the Wii U for one game. Get Mario U, 3D World, Hyrule Warriors, MH3U, Wind Waker, ZombiU, Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, & everything else I listed above
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Though I would recommend holding off till the Christmas bundles
Dead's avatar
Dead 2 years ago
Wasting your time Nox, you'd have an easier time selling milk to the lactose intolerant.
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DynamiteWhyte 2 years ago
I was obviously joking. But cute you went to such big steps to defend the comment compared to Glorias more ignorant one.
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
How was he wasting his time as some of those Wii U games i didn't know about, and why be insulting on having opinions over video games? That's so sad, rude and ignorant at the same time.
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
Loli i will say that Splatoon looks interesting.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Only took a few seconds to type out
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
" and why be insulting on having opinions over video games? " - I'm guessing you're new around these parts? Stick around and you'll see that's basically all Gloria does.
Dead's avatar
Dead 2 years ago
In the same way all you ever do is badmouth Nintendo and kiss Sonys ringpiece, amIrite?
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jay.hamilton 2 years ago
Ouya beats all three anyway lol
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Dead 2 years ago
Dreamcast or GTFO ;)
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
" In the same way all you ever do is badmouth Nintendo and kiss Sonys ringpiece, amIrite?" - Looking at my post history on my profile shows me that this is not even remotely accurate, but thanks for proving my point so quickly I guess.
Dead's avatar
Dead 2 years ago
Post histories? You sure you want to do that? Because I'm sure we'll find you badmouth Nintendo a lot more than I insult anyone.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
I seriously doubt that, but seeing as you've had so many posts removed by moderators for that and you'd probably count every critique and observation I've ever made about Nintendo as 'badmouthing' an actual comparison would probably be useless.
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
Prometheus, i have been here for months. I just don't post here often and yes i can see that now. She seems like a bully as well.
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Dead 2 years ago
Wow, didn't know you had 2 accounts kevin, think that seals it.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
Got to agree with you there, Light Heaven.
Dead's avatar
Dead 2 years ago
Talking to yourself? First sign of madness.
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
Who's kevin? And 2 accounts? I only have 1 account.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
Kevin is my real name mate. This has been going on for a while as you might have gathered. Sorry you seem to have gotten caught in the middle of it.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
He changed his name to "PrometheusFan" right about the time the movie was released. Still don't know if Kevin is serious or not

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