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Bayonetta 2

ベヨネッタ 2

Developer: PlatinumGames Publisher: Nintendo
20 September 2014
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After a demon summoning goes wrong during an angel attack, Bayonetta's friend and fellow witch Jeanne has her soul claimed by the depths of hell, leading Bayonetta to seek knowledge to reach the Inferno and rescue her friend.
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it's pretty good. it's short, sweet, challenging, has a boss-ass world, boss-ass music, and a boss ass attached to bayonetta herself. this game feels like a solid, standard 8/10. it's nothing revolutionary, but(t) it's a well-rounded (the puns write themselves), unique gaming experience.
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Bayonetta 2 - Nintendo Switch
I have no fucking idea. I played through it, had a blast, tons of amazing moments, ridiculous set pieces, insanely fun characters, but like it's impossible to put into words what the fuck this game is. Like I have no idea what the plot is. Like Bayonetta wants to save her girlfriend from hell and then there's this squirrel kid who can control time and like massive fucking angels of hell are after him. This shit is a blur. I can't even comprehend what I've played. Fun time though. Still upset that I bought this used and the code in the box for Bayo 1 was already redeemed.
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This game doesn't feature the annoying QTE's from the first game, and has a shitload more big-ass enemies to flex on so imo it is just a bit better. The story here is forgettable, but the first game's story was too; it just arguably had better beats near the conclusion, and it easily had a better final boss.
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Wombstone 2022-01-07T22:02:22Z
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During a fight against some angels, Jeanne’s soul is taken to hell. Bayonetta travels to the mountain Fimbulventr to find the Gates of Hell so that she can recover Jeanne’s soul. On her journey she meets a boy called Loki, who is also trying to reach Fimbulventr for reasons he cannot remember. The two team up and there’s some twists to the story. Some of these twists were lost on me, but it made sense when I read the synopsis on Wikipedia. The scenes are often over-dramatic and full of over the top violence, sexual references, and slightly cheesy lines. The story is delivered via a mix of cut-scenes and still images.

I think the sexual aspects were mainly in the opening, and seemed very comedic. The swearing also seemed a bit forced. It’s a bit weird for Nintendo to allow this when they were a stakeholder in the game.

Bayonetta is arrogant and patronising to others; snarky but sassy. Her new pixie hair cut is very stylish. Loki was a bit irritating.

Bayonetta is a nimble character and can chain combos together with a mix of punch, kick, and gun attacks. It's combo system works really well due to the impressive animation of the characters and enemies. Being a witch, Bayonetta can add a bit of magic to the mix with her “wicked weave” attack, turning her hair and clothes into a demon figure, and also dodging at the last moment activates slow-motion 'witch time'. A lot of the battles rely heavily on this mechanic, so it isn't the case of just button mashing to victory since you need to wait for the attack, dodge, then unleash the fury.

Filling up the magic meter can also allow you to do “torture attacks” which do large amounts of damage and involve a bit of button mashing to rack up more pain. Weapons can be unlocked and assigned to Bayonetta's hands and/or feet including a whip, guns, sword, and bow and can be mapped to 2 weapons sets and switched at the press of a trigger.

The loading screen doubles up as a practice mode, complete with an on-screen move list, which is a nice reminder of the controls when you die and are waiting for the game to reload. Each chapter is split up into 'verses' which are scored separately based on time, combo damage, and damage taken, and the more hardcore gamers will go for the platinum awards.

On normal difficulty, Bayonetta proves a decent challenge but it seemed easier than the first game. If you want a harder challenge, there are higher difficulties available too. By collecting halos that enemies drop, you can spend them at the shop, but the extra techniques and special items are particularly pricey. The normal items like healing items are a fair price but are limited in the amount you can purchase.

Some chapters end in a boss battle, but the larger bosses are so dramatic that they have their own dedicated chapter. These take some time to take down but have checkpoints at certain stages.

The game doesn’t have the most exciting level design, since it is often an alternating pattern of simple corridors and circle arenas. It is very predictable when enemies are going to spawn. It’s really a sequence of arena battles and boss fights. There are moments where there will be aerial fights, or you will fight in a mech, plane, or on horseback but they feel too similar or more mindless.

In each level, there is at least one portal to take you to a challenge area where you have a task such as defeating enemies without taking a hit, without touching the ground, or have a damage restriction such as only dealing damage in witch-time.

The overall style of Bayonetta is certainly strange but has a lot of charm. The overall look and difficulty of the game will draw comparisons to Devil May Cry and if you enjoy that kind of game, then Bayonetta is an obvious game to play. The soundtrack to the game is very repetitive since there is often one J-pop sounding song which seems repeated an insane amount of times, especially in the challenge area.

Overall, Bayonetta is a decent game, but it felt a bit dated in its design. I don’t understand the 10/10 ratings from some critics. I felt it wasn’t as outrageous as the first game. The story seemed a bit basic at first, then was hard to follow, and some of the extra variety they tried to put in the game aren't particularly fun. Normally I wouldn't encourage quick-time events, but since the cut-scenes were so dramatic and sometimes quite lengthy; it probably would have suited the game to have more quick-time events as well as being more complex, rather than used sparingly and involving one button press.
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Superior To Its Predecessor In Every Way (except for one)
Just beat this game on "Hard" and the game feels like "Normal" for Bayonetta 1 so that's something to consider.

They managed to basically improve the whole game in all departments where it needed improvement: visuals, QTE mechanics, gimmick levels (Jet, etc.) are not as annoying this time (although I still would prefer for max 1 gimmick level for the whole game), enemy and character design is way better and there's more variety of them (this goes for level design as well) but they unfortunately kind of screw the most important thing for a hack and slash... the combat.

The combat is still entertaining and there's some new weapons that are very fun to use (e.g. chain chomp) but there are some questionable changes made to the gameplay such as how OP Umbran Climax is (making other abilities that use magic redundant and the fact that you can just smash your way to pure platinums with this) or how you can't combo some enemies into the air unless you are in witch time... These might seem like minor annoyances but when it comes to a game like this it has a great impact on its enjoyment.

When it comes to story and music, it's about on the same level as 1 which means the music is great and the story is easy to follow but nothing spectacular.

Bayonetta 3 should aim to be everything Bayonetta 2 is but with Bayonetta 1's combat and less gimmick levels (if possible none but I'm fine with just one), if it manages to do that it will be the best hack and slash no doubt, but as it stands Devil May Cry 5 is king.
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This game is very fun and a marked improvement over its predecessor, ironing out its flaws such as overused QTE gimmicks and difficulty that errs on the side of outright frustrating. I enjoyed it almost all the way through, and I'd almost rate it a 4.5 but sometimes the story feels a bit rushed, and the game in general is a little too short. Just a little. But overall, I'm sure glad this game got made.
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2024-02-17T22:41:22Z
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79m ベヨネッタ 2 2024-02-17T05:48:40Z
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supergirl11 ベヨネッタ 2 2024-02-02T17:13:01Z
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2024-01-22T01:27:50Z
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  • ... 2022-01-07 05:33:42.522663+00
    Better pacing than 1 but pretty much worse in every other conceivable way
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  • Bagman 2022-05-31 05:07:11.113753+00
    It's basically the same game but more colorful. The final boss isn't as good also.
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  • okayfrog 2022-07-03 19:18:43.880192+00
    "Moon River" >>>>>>>>>> "Fly Me to the Moon"
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  • Jaxijin 2022-08-24 05:32:04.645014+00
    Played both of these games this summer, and just finished this one. I personally love the removal of QTEs, but I dunno, something about the campaign in this one didn't strike me quite like the last game. I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe cause it wasn't very different overall from the last game? The lack of insane multi-phase bosses like B1 might be part of the feeling, too.

    Still loved it though as the combat is just so goddamn addictive, and I always got a thrill from using umbral climax despite how ridiculously overpowered it is.
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  • babyclav 2022-11-13 18:59:47.701473+00
    combat is much worse than 1
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  • Henrique678_ 2023-11-25 17:49:07.38106+00
    Short hair >>>>>>> Long hair
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