Summary: " Bayonetta 2 " is the sequel everyone expected: a confident re-introduction to one of gaming's coolest heroines. It's upbeat, intense and constantly climactic without ever giving a second for the player to be bored. Whether it's on the backs of speeding jets or flipping the world on its head in hell, Bayonetta is unrelenting in its pursuit of pure fun.
Conclusion: Bayonetta 2 is a relentlessly entertaining ride from start to finish, with pacing meticulously designed to wring every last drop of adrenaline out of you before reigning things in with a quiet, humorous aside. Alternate costumes, weapons, challenge rooms, co-op modes and more await you after you’ve seen through the lengthy campaign, and a copy of the original – excellent in its own right – is included gratis. Action fans would have to be insane to pass this one up.
Excerpt: It's rare to have a game prove its greatness in the loading screen. But Bayonetta did. While waiting for the level to load, some dark programming magic allowed you to practice different attack combos, with a counter to show which moves you hadn't tried yet. It was a unique take on how a game could encourage exploration; instead of poking around the map, you were sifting through the game's system.
Excerpt: It’s been four years since Bayonetta came out, and given how much of a veritable romp it was – it was hard to believe that Platinum could ever top what they did with the game. Further titles they put out, including Metal Gear Rising and Wonderful 101, managed to do just as good a job, if not better at cramming as many high octane situations into a video game experience.
Excerpt: Bayonetta 2 is a smart, confident sequel that knows exactly what it wants to be. It takes a long hard look at the original game, keeping everything sacred intact while deftly cleaving off any and all excess. Every chapter bursts with spectacle and every boss fight thrills. Perhaps most impressive, though, is that Bayonetta 2 is uncompromising. It’s a violent, sexy, crude and visually overwhelming rocket of a game from beginning to end.
Conclusion: More of the same is absolutely fine, as Bayonetta delivers her trademark action in true style. This sequel takes too long to get going and can feel harshly unfair, but when it's at its peak, the action is breathtaking.
Pros: Beautiful and massively versatile fighting system, Looks absolutely sensational, especially in the latter half, Immense replay value thanks to ranking system, Excellent online co-op side mode
Cons: Fights can get so busy you can't make out what's happening, The pacing is poor for much of the game's first half
Conclusion: Every aspect of Bayonetta 2 feels polished and focused. At times, the writing feels ridiculous, but I still love how it plays. The superb pacing and combat are just that good. By the end I was convinced: This sequel builds on everything that made the original great, and delivers one of the most satisfying action games I've played.
Pros: Excellent combat, Cool unlocks, Great pacing, Art design, Enemy variety