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- Top Developer Pedigree- Built from the ground up by Platinum Games, a newly formed studio from gaming's most celebrated development teams (DMC & Resident Evil series).
- Unique, Sexy Female Lead Character- Bayonetta is a graceful, stylish & all action heroine with a distinctive character design playing an integral part of her special attacks.
- Angelic enemies- Fight against uniquely crafted angelic enemies casting a new light on good and evil.
- Groundbreaking Acrobatic Gameplay- Bayonetta wields an impressive arsenal of weapons on her hands and feet through an intuitive and fluid combat system unrivalled in gaming.
- Interchangeable weapons- In addition to her four enchanted guns called Scarborough Fair, she can unlock an array of weapons from shotguns, bazookas and fiery claws.
- String together deadly combos and special attacks to bring down angelic enemies, including small minions and gigantic behemoths
- Rely on Scarborough Fair, a collection of four enchanted guns, plus shotguns, bazookas and fiery claws
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Bayonetta is a cinematic, stylized action game from the creative mind of renowned game developer, Hideki Kamiya (creator of the Devil May Cry series) featuring a stylish and sexy heroine poised to become the next video game icon. In this epic battle Bayonetta faces off against countless angelic enemies ranging in size from small minions to gigantic behemoths bringing to life a game of 100% pure action.
Blurring the borders of good and evil, this cinematic and stylized adventure stars Bayonetta, a heroine bent on sending supernatural forces to the depths of hell. Armed with her four enchanted guns known as Scarborough Fair, she battles both monstrous behemoths and angelic enemies. By combining special magic attacks, summoning primal forces and unleashing devastating weaponry, she impressively punishes anyone who gets in her way. From its fluid and intuitive combat system to its gripping story line, Bayonetta is one action thriller that won't disappoint.
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The character you control, Bayonetta, is a witch with a mysterious past. She's getting relentlessly attacked by angles and other heavenly forces, and it's up to her to fight back and destroy them in the most violent and creative ways possible. That's pretty much the gist of the narrative. There is a story here, but it almost seems to be intentionally convoluted, and also seems to purposely not take itself very seriously. Instead, the focus is on the fantastical individual events that display an absurd amount of humor, sexuality, and creativity. This is a game that delivers an onslaught of sense-overloading stimuli and never ceases to entertain. The level designs themselves begin with somewhat standard fare, but soon progress into epic set pieces that will have you stopping in your tracks, just to absorb everything that's going on around you. Your enemies are savage and ruthless, and give off an uncomfortable contradiction to their heavenly origins. The boss fights are some of the absolute best of this generation...absolutely epic and intimidating, and really give you a sense of accomplishment once you bring them down. Overall, the game is like nothing you've ever seen before. A real feast for the eyes and ears that at times borders on TOO much, but never crosses that line.
The heart and soul of Bayonetta is the combat. I could honestly take up the space of 3 or 4 full length reviews when discussing the incredible combat system of this game. In a nutshell, this game sets a new bar for depth , tightness of control, and just overall awesomeness to its fighting system. Throughout the game, you'll be able to acquire new weapons, techniques, and accessories, but what is really stunning is that almost everything is available to the player right at the beginning before they even realize it. Bayonetta's fighting techniques are seemingly infinite in the numbers of combinations you can execute and chain together in battle. You will be forced early on to master the dodging technique, as not only is it necessary to survive, but it also triggers a "Witch Time" mechanic that slows your enemies down and allows you to unleash brutal vengeance upon them. As you play through the game and your skills evolve, you'll start to realize that the more moves and combos you master, the LESS it is that you know about the combat. You will realize the incredible possibilities that Bayonetta is capable of, and this will encourage you to play through the game again and again. This is SO refreshing in an era where many similar games are way too button-mashy and don't reward/encourage skill and creativity in their combat. As an incentive to learn more, you are rewarded after each battle, based upon how well you performed, with currency to purchase items, power ups, and new techniques. The controls are wonderfully responsive. Bayonetta will do what you want her to do, when you want. And most importantly, it is always fun, no matter what style of fighting you choose to adopt. This is the best combat system I've ever experienced in a game of this genre, and that is saying a lot.
Not to say the game is completely without some minor flaws. There are some camera issues at times in the areas where Bayonetta is fighting enemies in more narrow corridors. One of the final stages of the game has some major control issues during a mind-tripping vertical walk across some disappearing/reappearing platforms. The colors can appear to be somewhat washed out in some areas, and screen tearing occurs at times (both of these issues are, from my understanding, only on the PS3 version of the game). But none of these issues are anything close to game-breaking. In fact, they're barely minor annoyances. You will be so wrapped up in this crazy game world, slaying the forces of heaven with the most badass fighter to ever grace a game of this type, getting completely caught up with the insanity taking place around you, and having an incredible time the whole way through. Platinum Games has won a spot in my heart for delivering this blood-pumping action masterpiece that surely goes down as one of the best in its genre. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
I only wish (developer) Platinum had begun the game with the tighter, more compelling storytelling that only picks up toward the end of the game. In the beginning, I winced several times from the sheer immaturity with which the main character and the story is presented, though I suppose much of this is a cultural gap that is lost in translation from the Japanese audience to the western one. Despite that complaint, there's a lot to love here. As I mentioned, the combat and creature design is fantastic, and if you can actually decipher what's going on, there's a really cool story somewhere in here. Variety is another plus here, with crazy level design that mixes things up while paying homage to some classics (like "After Burner" and "Devil May Cry"... at the same time). Another strong point is some of the boss battles. They're not all great, but some of them really sing, particularly the second-to-last one. That battle is what I have always hoped this generation of consoles would achieve... not just epic boss battles, but DYNAMIC boss battles, where the setting actively changes in an exciting way (GOW3 opening sequence with Poseidon and Olympus is another good example).
Below is a possible SPOILER, depending on how sensitive you are (I just describe a level).
There is one level in this game, called "Paradiso", which is the game developer's take on Heaven, and it simply breathtaking. It is, without a doubt, one of the coolest things I have yet seen in this very long console generation. True gamers might want to play through "Bayonetta" just for that one part, if nothing else.
Great job, Platinum Games. Personally, I'm hoping you guys knock it out of the park with "Metal Gear Rising".
The Visuals are Great The Combos are great the Hack N slash combat is complex and requires skill thankyou for not treating the customers stupid
and aiming for the causal Market and Making a Great Game Recommended without reservation