This first Bayonetta game was amazing! It was loads of fun, and the combat was deep and intuitive. Because of this, I had high expectations for Bayonetta 2.
So how does it compare to the first game? Well, let’s dive in.
Bayonetta 2: The Review
Somehow and someway, Platinum developed an even better gameplay system than the first game.
For starters, the new enemies have specific weaknesses. This means that when you attack an enemy in a certain way you reveal a weak point. When this weak point is revealed then you’ll be able to do more damage to the enemy and kill them faster.
Finding these weaknesses was a total joy! Smashing enemies into submission with various combos was a lot of fun, and like the first game is the most enjoyable aspect of the game.
There are other weapons for you to use in the game as well. When you switch weapons, then you have a completely new battle system. For instance, the pistols do not play the same as the rapiers, and the rapiers don’t play the same as the flame throwers.
You unlock these weapons using what are called “Angelic LPs”. These are found in the stages by searching around the environments, opening chests, and killing enemies.
Searching for these treasures makes the game highly replayable.
The bosses are also well-designed. They are lots of fun to fight and require you to master your combos and witch time (the ability to slow down time to lengthen your combos).
If you like beat ’em ups and fighting games, then you must experience the gameplay of Bayonetta 2 (which somehow is even better implemented than the first game.).
Bayonetta 2’s story is much better than the first game. It’s less focused on Bayonetta’s “womanly features,” and more on an actual plot. It can still be predictable but overall is a vast improvement.
It was really cool to fight angels and devils in this game. This created more enemy variety, and it made the game overall more interesting.
Sure you don’t necessarily need to play this kind of game for the story, but it is still nice to get something different than “fight the bad guy,” or the typical “dystopian future” trope.
Bayonetta 2 is gorgeous! It looks even better than the first one. The first Bayonetta set the bar very high visually, but Bayonetta 2 just took that same artwork and amplified the beauty ten-fold. The shadow and lighting are better, and the character art design looks much more professional than even the first game.
It goes without saying, but the art team really outdid themselves (literally) with this game.
The sound in this game is on par with the first game. High-octane and groovy music. It’s a lot of fun to listen to, even outside of the game.
The music and sound effects can be described as nothing less than a masterpiece.
Bayonetta 2 brings over the difficulty levels from the first game, which really was the best option.
This game adds more challenge, however. There are many bonus levels to play through the game, as well as, multiplayer challenges.
In each chapter, they also have what’s called Musselpheim challenges. These challenges are basically completing fights with specific conditions. These fights were a ton of fun, and overcoming the challenge felt very rewarding. (It also helps that these challenges bestow power-ups upon completion.)
Once again, Bayonetta 2 out-performed the first game.
Bayonetta 2 was even better than Bayonetta 1. It was simply amazing, and I didn’t know that Platinum games could out-do their own performance. But they have achieved and surpassed their previous goal.
Bayonetta 2 is highly recommendable and is worth any Nintendo fan’s time.