Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. It’s an almost flawless exhibition of gaming greatness, which can effortlessly make even the most ham-fisted of gamers feel like they’ve got elite skills. Bayonetta is already an early contender for GOTY for 2010.
  2. It's such a fantastic game to start off the New Year with, and while I haven't been fully in love with Platinum Games previous efforts, they really knocked this one out of the park for me.
  3. 100
    Bayonetta is a stunning orgy of sadistic mayhem that surpassed even my unreasonably high expectations, and proved that violence can be beautiful.
  4. It’s only January and this game easily chalks itself up as a heavy contender in 2010 for Best Action Game. If you’re even remotely interested in action games, this is a must-have. Bayonetta is candy for the eyes and a pleasure for the thumbs.
  5. 95
    An unrivalled showcase of imagination and creativity, Bayonetta is potentially 2010's game of the year before 2009 has even ended. [JPN Import]
  6. Bayonetta is truly a masterpiece of the action genre, a fresh, funny and spectacular stylish game also very deep in its gameplay. Platinum Games has definitely made a title that put Devil May Cry and every other action game in shame. Must Buy, period.
  7. Some people may label Bayonetta as nothing more than Devil May Cry with breasts and pass on this title, but they would be missing out on an absolute gem of a game.
  8. Visually stunning and beautiful, full of imagination and charming details, and excellent gameplay-wise, Bayonetta is a dream come true for those who consider Devil May Cry a milestone of the past generation.
  9. 93
    The most over-the-top, unremittingly silly, astoundingly inventive, consistently thrilling, overtly sexual, guility enjoyable Japanese action game we've played in years. [Issue#187, p.70]
  10. Bayonetta is a step further in the hack 'n slash genre, a genuine explosion of fun in which Hideki Kamiya discovers his feminine side: a witch killing angels and dancing to the beat of Fly Me to the Moon. In other words, we love you, Bayonetta.
  11. Bayonetta is a superb action title that gets props for still being very challenging for the hardcore action crowd, but accessible enough for less-skilled players to play – the forgiving systems in place allow for minimal frustration, which usually leads to said player becoming much more skilled than they were before.
  12. 91
    This is as good as action games get. It controls like a dream, is extremely well balanced (not terribly difficult on Normal and incredibly challenging on Hard), has tons of variety, features great retro game references, contains tons of unlockables and challenges to keep you busy after you finish the story, and when it comes down to it, is the best game Sega has published in years.
  13. Bayonetta is about as gloriously silly as PS3 gaming gets. [Christmas 2009, p.108]
  14. The story and world of Bayonetta don’t make sense in any way, but that’s the point. It’s a chain of strange, spectacular moments in incoherent surroundings. It’s a parody of other action games, but it also sets the new standard for those same games. It’s that good.
  15. Chaotic, violent, and deliriously detailed. Only a handful of technical quirks and its cocky nihilism mar the experience. [Jan 2010, p.68]
  16. Nothing short of a hardcore gaming masterpiece.
  17. When you’re chaining combos together, switching between weapons, and punishing otherworldly opponents, Bayonetta is the epitome of its breed. It isn’t so much an evolution of the genre as a well-tuned and highly polished culmination of its history.
  18. Bayonetta is an unique title that exhales life back into the action hack-n-slash market.
  19. Bayonetta may not be the easiest game to follow or be to everyone’s taste, but is full of original ideas.
  20. A positively over-the-top beat 'em up -adventure. The battles are simply stunning - sexy, bloody, brutal and above all: fun. [Jan 2010]
  21. 90
    Bayonetta is the kind of game that makes me appreciate why I love videogames. It really defines a time when things were not taken too seriously and the focus was more on style and gameplay than anything else.
  22. 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.
  23. Overall Sexy, epic and wonderfully ridiculous - a slick action game.
  24. Bayonetta is a fantastic game. Aside from a difficult late game and a wacky, confusing narrative, it manages introduce a deep, fun combat system that is silky smooth and easy to learn.
  25. Bayonetta is a completely OTT game with singular vision, containing ideas that make sense only in the mind of Hideki Kamiya – the game’s creator. It’s an insight into what he thinks games should be about, and a love letter to the uniqueness of the medium he works in – with no misgivings to end-users that do not share his mindset.
  26. 90
    In an age of endless bald space marines, colour pallets that know nothing beyond brown and grey, and gritty urban sandboxes, Bayonetta is a breath of fresh air.
  27. Despite some incomprehensibly overwhelming battles, you will quickly become addicted to Bayonettas witty dialogue, additive gameplay and eye-popping production values.
  28. Bayonetta is the perfect evolution of Devil May Cry. The controls are awesome and we love the combo's. And let's not forget the bosses, which are perfect examples of the quality of the game!
  29. A superb design, compelling gameplay (easy to learn but hard to master), and a good storytelling make Kamiya's return much appreciated. Rest in peace Dante, we all fell in love with a (much more) beautiful witch.
  30. At the end of the day, Bayonetta is easily one of our most original gaming experiences that we have enjoyed in a long time and even though at times, it feels like a bad 70’s action movie, the story, characters and quirkiness of the gameplay is pure ingenious.
  31. 90
    Bayonetta on the PS3 has a great combat system, a nice story, good gameplay, pretty good graphics and a chick to play with. There are two points that aren’t good and those are the loading screens and frame drops. If you don’t care about those points, than Bayonetta is one of the better games of 2010. If you do care about those points, then just see through them and you’ll also see a brilliant game.
  32. You can have a very different gameplay experience depending on how you develop your character. [Feb 2010, p.68]
  33. The worst things in Bayonetta are the long and often appearing loading times you are confronted with. Thank god the hero of the game, Bayonetta, is a hack of a women that knows how to fight using awesome combos in this great presented game.
  34. Bravo, PlatinumGames. You've made a game and created a heroine that gives Dante a reason to cry.
  35. With the exception of some serious difficulty spikes at times, the things this game does to bend and even break action game conventions is mind-boggling.
  36. Bayonetta is absurdly brilliant – we love the gameplay and all its charm.
  37. Bayonetta is a refreshing and somewhat surprising addition to an already extensive catalogue of action games. A must-buy for any anime gaming fan, and an excellent representation of the genre.
  38. 85
    Bayonetta has become a very good game which offers plenty of diversity. Everything looks good and the game contains a fine dose of humor. Put this game on the list of Kratos and Dante. This game is a must have for everyone!
  39. The gameplay really is excellent, and though the story leaves much to be desired, the excellent combat more than makes up for this shortcoming. Between epic boss battles, beautiful environments, and one badass heroine, Bayonetta is definitely the first knock-out action game of the new year and is a great title to shake off those winter blues.
  40. An action game fan’s wet dream. Despite a derivative structure and a few technical stumbles—like occasional slowdown and frequent screen tearing—Bayonetta takes everything that’s good about every other combo-heavy action game, cranks up the intensity, fine tunes the combat, and bundles it in a single, sexy, “au naturel” package.
  41. 82
    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. Just be ready to be exorbitantly patient.
  42. Ultimately despite of the unduly harsh criticism that surrounds this version, there is no denying the quality of Bayonetta even when the storyline becomes a little too spun out for our taste.
  43. Behind the exaggerated, sexualized and silly exterior conceals a complex and masterfully designed combat system.
  44. The gameplay is some of the most impressive and slickest action on the console. With so many attacks, crazy summons, multiple weapons, and some amazing controls, it’s easy to come up with tons of intricate combos.
  45. Epileptic seizure at the burning discotheque – this it the very first impression you will get when playing Bayonetta. Or imagine Devil May Cry on drugs... [Issue#187]
  46. A shamefully shoddy port of the 360 version, but still a superbly designed action game underneath.
  47. Bayonetta on the PlayStation 3 is simultaneously gratuitous, ludicrous, and great, but it's unfortunately held back from its potential by a number of technical issues.
  48. So, what's the verdict? Simple: buy the Xbox 360 version.
  49. With its addictive, fast-paced gameplay, smooth controls, slick graphics, and excellent soundtrack, Bayonetta is an easy recommendation for any action fan.
  50. While the Xbox 360's Bayonetta runs smoothly at (mostly) 60 frames per second, Sony's version constantly chugs with slowdown and load times. Even if you're in the middle of a fight, the game will pause for a couple of seconds playing catch-up. For those of you who own Sony's machine, this isn't the end of the world, but it's a shame Sega couldn't get the game to perform the same on both platforms. The Xbox 360 is the obvious choice.
  51. Sure, there’s a decent game here if you can’t wait for the big hitters just around the corner, but if patience isn’t a virtue of yours then perhaps Bayonetta isn’t the one for you anyway, at least unless you’re going for the 360 version. Shame, as Bayonetta has solid principles and a sequel could very well be amazing.
  52. Adrenaline-filled, lightning-fast battles are so exciting that I'm willing to forgive Bayonetta for its clumsy, clichéd storyline, awkward camera and dubious soundtrack. The only thing that’s beyond forgiveness is horrendous quality of the PS3 port.
  53. Bayonetta on the PS3 is a rather bad version of a pretty good fighting game. The graphics are both slower and less crisp than its Xbox 360 counterpart, but the worst thing of all is the incredibly long loading times between levels, between cut scenes, while entering menus - and even whilst picking up objects.
  54. Unfortunately, most of the kind words I have for Bayonetta are reserved for the Xbox 360 version, as the PlayStation 3 version suffers from crippling performance issues. Load times are bad, even popping up when you're simply cycling through options on your inventory menus, but what really kills it is the way the game stutters and chops through the action, dropping frames and bogging down at an almost constant rate.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 280 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 74
  2. Negative: 7 out of 74
  1. MichaelH.
    Jan 12, 2010
    5
    Why a 5 out of 10? because it's a sloppy Ps3 port. Hey SAGA it's 2010 do something right or don't do it at all.
  2. SavannahH.
    Jan 10, 2010
    10
    i really enjoyed playing through this and i am soo happy i finished it. i love the variety of moves and enemies so it never gets boring. when i really enjoyed playing through this and i am soo happy i finished it. i love the variety of moves and enemies so it never gets boring. when i heard it was by the same makers of Devil May Cry i believed they would not be able to top Devil May Cry. I have it on the PS3 and the Loading times were not as annoying as everyone said they were but it does make me a little upset that they got lazy when converting it to the PS3. the bosses were crazy but awesome and i would recommend this for anyone. i will defiantly play this game again and try and get all the trophies. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2011
    2
    Bayonetta is the game that made me open up a Metacritic account.
    Gamers should know what a piece of trash this game is. Nevermind the PS3
    Bayonetta is the game that made me open up a Metacritic account.
    Gamers should know what a piece of trash this game is. Nevermind the PS3 issues, Bayonetta's plot is so incredibly stupid and vague that is offensive, the main character is a tranny, which is ok if you're into that sorta stuff. She's also unidimensional, hollow and her motives are never clear. Lara Croft she is not. Half the game is composed of non-animated cutscenes, the other half is: pop some power-ups, dodge enemies and mash mash mash those buttons. Rinse and repeat. And don't get me started on the J-POP version of Fly me to the moon that plays on every battle. Again, it's offensive.
    First game in this console generation that I've quit halfway through. Life is too short to waste on a bad game. As an all-time Sega fan since the beggining, I urge them to seriously consider a change of profession, everything they throw out nowadays in trash.
    Full Review »