Conclusion: Bayonetta is an assured, impeccably well-crafted game overflowing with enough offbeat ideas to fuel a million action games, and if we were doling out medals of our own, we'd award Platinum Games with the highest possible accolade. Simply put, Bayonetta is worthy of nothing less than pure platinum.
Summary: As the game’s intriguing story about the Umbra Witches and Lumen Sages unfolds, Bayonetta reveals more than just the skin underneath her hair and heels. Our limber heroine is a magic powerhouse with a mind-boggling amount of extravagant combo moves and seamless animal transformations that give Kratos a run for his money. From Breakdance to Wicked Weave attacks, these moves are as fun to execute as they are to watch.
Excerpt: Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonetta and the man behind revered action titles such as the original Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe, brings us one of most stylish and action-packed games of this console generation. Bearing elements of titles such as Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden, Bayonetta brings us a heroine whose sex appeal, moves and skills have not been seen since Lara Croft arrived on the scene in 1996.
Pros: Great character design, Plentiful cut-scenes, Fantastic character animation and design, Energetic music, Good voice acting for the main character, Easy to pull off special moves and combos, Fast, fluid and fun weapon-based combat, Interesting level design, Good number of levels with solid game length, Lots of hidden items and artifacts to collect
Cons: Hard to follow story that doesn’t become clear until the end, PS3 version suffers from slowdown and excessive loading times, Some of the lines and voice work for the supporting cast can be painful, Placement of target lock-on button (right bumper button) and need to keep it pressed is awful, Twitchy camera can obstruct view at times, Platforming sections are not nearly as much fun as the combat
Excerpt: Having already released in Japan last year, and a little earlier this year around the world, a lot of gamers have probably already heard a lot about the third-person action game, Bayonetta, so I’m going to try and (hopefully) confirm and/or dispel the general consensus regarding what many have hailed as the next great action game, but with room for improvement.
Conclusion: Concept: Take Devil May Cry, make the combat even better, and replace Dante with every fetish you can think of
Graphics: Character and enemy models are remarkably detailed. Some of the environments are a bit bland, but others are downright beautiful
Sound: The fluffy, poppy soundtrack is a fun and amusing deviation from the genre’s generic metal tendencies
Playability: During standard combat, the controls are airtight.
The demons of Inferno are your playthings -- now go crazy.
22 December 2009
Conclusion: Although Bayonetta has more than a few similarities to Devil May Cry, I believe that this game is worth playing... but it's hard to recommend the PS3 version when the 360 version is so much better. Even when you consider the fantastic combat system, the slowdown and load times really do spoil the fun. With that said, Bayonetta is still stylish, entertaining and unique. If you have no other choice but to purchase the PS3 version, you'll still get a kick out of it.