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PAX13 – Bayonetta 2 Hands-On Impressions

Based on a true story.

Based on a true story.

When it comes to insane, over-the-top action, Platinum Games usually delivers without mercy; Bayonetta 2 is no exception to this. As the sequel to 2010’s Bayonetta, the developers have taken every opportunity to make this game even bigger and more outrageous.

For anyone who has played the first game, the controls should feel familiar. Even on the Wii U’s gamepad, the buttons and control sticks are light enough to feel great amid the chaos of the gameplay. Other than the system, Bayonetta 2 hasn’t strayed too much from what made the previous game so exciting.


Bayonetta returns the same as she’s always been, a hypersexual bullet witch kicking ass and taking names. During the time I had playing the game, I did not get the chance to see any different weapons other than her standard pistols on both arms and legs. Combat continues to feel slick, powerful, and satisfying with every kill, especially the Torture Attacks, which now require less rapid button pressing to execute. In addition to being easier to perform, there seems to be less quick time events altogether. Animations do feel more fluid making the action on screen just prettier overall.

Bayonetta

Short hair, don’t care.

Most of the textures also seemed to have been improved as well. The visuals have a different, blue-er hue this time around, helping the game feel even fresher. The most red I saw this time was from a massive boss Bayonetta confronted toward the end of the demo. This gargantuan enemy proved to be a fair challenge as it and Bayonetta battled it out while they scaled up the top of a skyscraper. At some point, black wings sprouted from our heroine’s back as she took the battle to the sky, eventually taking the confrontation to the top of a tower, like King Kong fending off biplanes atop the Empire State Building.

Bayonetta 2 is shaping up to be another one of the most thrilling action games of this generation. You can look forward to this title coming out sometime in 2014 exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U.

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