Bayonetta: A Fighting Game with Personality

Bayonetta was a surprise! I was expecting a functional and kind of fun beat ’em up game. However, this game destroyed my expectations and was an amazing experience all around. Why, you ask? Well, let’s find out!

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Bayonetta – The Review

Gameplay

At its core, Bayonetta is a standard beat ’em up game. However, to call Bayonetta standard by any stretch of the imagination is to discredit this amazing title.

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Our protagonist, Bayonetta

This game goes to the extremes in displaying what a beat ’em up can do. There is a heavy combo system, and any number of inputs will do completely different attacks.

To me, this was pure joy. By nature I love fighting games and seeing this level of depth put into one is a blast!

You could literally spend hours perfecting the battle system! Between Witch Time (The power to slow down time for more combos) and other weapons, there’s a ton to perfect here.

Not only that, but there are several different weapon sets to choose from which also increases the already in-depth battle system ten-fold.

Having all of these options makes the gameplay never a chore; it can be as deep as you want it to be.

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The Weapons in Bayonetta Add an Unparalleled level of depth that most beat ’em up games fail to achieve.

Another aspect of Bayonetta is that there is a ranking system. This gives the game a high level of replay-ability. If you can play the game super well, then you are rewarded with Pure Platinum awards. These are the ultimate prizes for achieving perfecting sections in Bayonetta. They’re hard to earn, but the feeling of joy when you get them is reward enough.

The bosses in the game are fun as well. They often require a certain level of technique and strategy that normal enemies don’t require. The boss fights are like puzzles that you have to solve. Questions like, “Where do I need to strike to do the most damage,” or, “How do I get close to his week spot,” will enter your mind as you play.

This is the level of depth the game has. It’s amazing and pure beat ’em up fun.

Story

The story is where I have the most beef with Bayonetta. It’s the kind of game that tries to incorporate a story, but overly didn’t really need one to begin with.

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Fortitudo, one of the first bosses in the game.

Most of the scenes in the game put Bayonetta in what looks like the most uncomfortable position ever imaginable while she shoots a bunch of bad guys.

The plot has the typical anime trope of friendship and amnesia. Everything was predictable since the beginning, and nothing really came as a surprise, disappointing for a game with a lot of cutscenes.

The only redeeming part of the story was the ending. The whole end sequence with the final boss was amazing, and if you haven’t played Bayonetta, then that is a definite reason why you should play it.

Visuals

Bayonetta is gorgeous. The art is amazing, and the way they use light and shading is phenomenal. The whole game looks like a piece of art.

It’s also of note to say that there are various Nintendo-themed costumes in the game if you own the Wii U version. Peach, Daisy, Samus, Link: It’s a nice touch.

Nothing more to say here. The visual style is quite impressive.

Sound

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Giant Nasty Tentacle Monster Boss Fight

Holy crap, the sound is amazing! Live recordings from various artists, and a huge set of very commendable composers. The music is groovy and fits the groove Bayonetta is going for very well.

I’d often find myself rocking to the beat of the amazing dance tunes that were created for this game. This soundtrack is something I’d listen to even out of the game.

Amazing Platinum. Simply amazing! Good job.

Difficulty

This game has a difficulty for everyone. There are Very Easy, Easy, and Normal options available. This makes Bayonetta super customizable so anyone can play. From the most hardcore to the most chill blue ocean gamer, there’s an option for you.

Conclusion

Bayonetta is awesome! If you haven’t played it, then play it. There are some very fanservice-y moments in the game, but you can skip the scenes if you want to experience the raw gameplay. It’s a gem, and highly recommendable.

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Gameplay

10/10

    Story

    8/10

      Visuals

      10/10

        Sound

        10/10

          Difficulty

          10/10

            Pros

            • Artwork is Awesome!
            • The Gameplay was Phenomenal
            • The Music was Sublime!
            • Difficulty Options for Any Level of Play
            • This Game Was the Perfect Length

            Cons

            • Too Fanservice-y with the plot.
            • Story Was Way Too Predictable



            Skylar DeWeese

            Hello, my name is Skylar DeWeese. I'm a long-time Nintendo gamer. I'm also a Video Game Composer. My favorite series are the Super Mario, Metroid, and Pokemon series.