Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 79 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    95
    This sequel builds on everything that made the original great, and delivers one of the most satisfying action games I've played.
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    100
    It is a masterclass in pure, unadulterated action-game design, where its insane eye-popping visuals meld effortlessly with some of the sharpest, most joyful combat to have ever graced a video game.
  3. Oct 13, 2014
    92
    It's absolutely a pure Bayonetta game, it's an absolute blast to play, and it absolutely belongs on Nintendo's growing roster of excellently crafted games for the Wii U.
  4. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Fluid and satisfying combat remains the centerpiece of the experience. No matter what you do, Bayonetta 2 makes you look and feel awesome while doing it.
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2's biggest disappointment may be that it's an iterative sequel, but it's not such a problem when it's iterating on genius.
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    70
    While I didn’t spend much time in this mode, I did come to laugh more and more at Bayonetta’s awkward animations and slightly less-than-believable narrative shifts.
  7. Oct 22, 2014
    91
    More of the same peerless action mechanics, barmy spectacle and wonderful depth. [Dec 2014, p.60]
  8. Oct 13, 2014
    95
    Bayonetta 2's only "flaw" is the very similar gameplay compared to the first chapter, but it's still a wonderful and engaging action game with tons of extras, replayability, online co-op and inspired graphics. Definitely one of the best games one can buy on Nintendo Wii U.
  9. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    More of the same is absolutely fine, as Bayonetta delivers her trademark action in true style. This sequel takes too long to get going and can feel harshly unfair, but when it's at its peak, the action is breathtaking.
  10. Oct 20, 2014
    100
    Platinum Games manages to improve everything we knew and loved from the first game, creating a master piece everybody should play.
  11. Oct 6, 2014
    100
    Sega's loss is Nintendo's gain: Bayonetta, twirling away from a gigantic demon's maw and smacking the highest choir of angels on the nose, has just given Wii U its first true classic. [Nov 2014, p.100]
  12. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is more than just a good action game, it is a fantastic addition to the already stellar Wii U lineup, and yet another reason to own the console.
  13. Oct 14, 2014
    90
    A near-perfect action game, then, and a irrefutable reason to own a Wii U.
  14. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    A system seller. It's a Nintendo-published game that is rarely seen, and a game that will legitimately make non-Wii U owners jealous. It's everything I want from a hardcore Nintendo title, offering genre-leading combat and eye-popping visual spectacle.
  15. Oct 20, 2014
    95
    This is the game we were expecting, the one that gamers wanted. It's not so revolutionary as the first title, but it improves the gameplay lessons with a big personality.
  16. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Calling it “crazy” is not nearly enough. This game redefines action games, by taking everything to the next level. It's pure adrenaline, and its amazing combat system has yet to be reached. Its only fault lies in the excess of gigantic bosses, where the mechanics don't feel as perfect. If you love the action genre get this game. It's an order.
  17. Oct 13, 2014
    95
    Bayonetta 2 is a smashing success, and proves that the WiiU can be the home of some great core titles.
  18. Oct 15, 2014
    85
    Bayonetta 2 is a worthy sequel, filled with ridiculously over-the-top action sequences and a combat system par excellence. Just don’t come for the story.
  19. Oct 13, 2014
    100
    It not only plays great, but there's so much style involved in just about every animation. Dashing turns you into a panther, double-jumping allows you to sprout butterfly wings, hovering turns you into a crow. Everything from the snapshot "photo finish" effect of completing a challenge room is painstakingly detailed.
  20. Oct 13, 2014
    93
    It's action game J-style at its best, smooth to control, wonderful and crazy to watch. If you are even remotely interested in the genre, this is by far the best reason to own a WiiU as of today.
  21. Oct 25, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is not quite as good as the first Bayonetta, but that being said, the sequel is still a really terrific action game. [Oct 2014]
  22. Oct 14, 2014
    85
    Even though Bayonetta 2 is very much like the first one in the franchise, it is lovely to hack and slash around with the oversexualised Cereza. The animal transformations of the witch are awesome and it is a very solid game for hours of fun.
  23. Oct 12, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is simply awesome. Platinum Games has done a great job improving their previous game, adding small details and creating a gorgeous looking new adventure for the sexy-witch. If you love action games, you can't miss this perfect cocktail of fun gameplay, great graphics and over-the-top humor.
  24. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta is is a must buy for any action gaming fans. It's fast, intense and ridiculous, all with an entertaining story and a protagonist that is forever subverting and playing with her audience. It's pure Platinum Games, too, which means it'll likely be adored by its converts and ignored by too many...Brilliant, brash and impossible to ignore.
  25. Oct 23, 2014
    90
    We would not call Bayonetta 2 revolutionary, but it is just as satisfying as the first one. The presentation is still a 'love it or hate it'-thing, but the refined gameplay is something not to miss, especially when you are a fan of the genre.
  26. 90
    One of the best games to ever grace the Wii U. The sequel feels tighter, less obnoxious, and is a blast to play through. While the Wii U GamePad is not used in any significant way, and Tag Climax could have benefited from local co-op, this is the action-packed Bayonetta follow–up that I wanted.
  27. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    A fantastic sequel, whose improvements may be relatively subtle but are more than enough to confirm Bayonetta 2 as one of the greatest action games ever made.
  28. Oct 14, 2014
    98
    From its peerless combat to its outlandishly entertaining world, Bayonetta 2 is a triumph. Platinum Games has created a classic so thoroughly excellent that it can’t be ignored. Action games don’t get better than this.
  29. Oct 31, 2014
    100
    Bayonetta 2 is a relentlessly entertaining ride from start to finish, with pacing meticulously designed to wring every last drop of adrenaline out of you before reigning things in with a quiet, humorous aside.
  30. Oct 20, 2014
    100
    Bayonetta 2 is the best action game ever made. Masterclass in terms of combat system, depth and accessibility, with frantic and intense progress. Unforgettable challenging boss battles, full of content to unlock and a lovely main character.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 603 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 115
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    Perfect. The game is extremely fun to play and must by for any Bayonetta fan, or fan of this kind of games. Graphics are awesome and the gamePerfect. The game is extremely fun to play and must by for any Bayonetta fan, or fan of this kind of games. Graphics are awesome and the game runs 60 FPS, which makes is look good. Voice acting is nice and the soundtrack is what you can expect from Bayonetta game. If you have Wii U, you should pick this game up and check the first one too, maybe before Bayonetta 2, if you haven't played it yet! Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    Best hack and slash action game of all time. Flawless pacing, great graphics, the best combat ever, intense boss fights, great value (hugeBest hack and slash action game of all time. Flawless pacing, great graphics, the best combat ever, intense boss fights, great value (huge amount of unlockables and secrets) and varied and enjoyable music. If you are a fan of the original Bayonetta or games such as DMC and Ninja Gaiden, buy this game. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    The first game is already amazing, the second one more so.

    And with this package, you get both for the price of one. It's an awesome deal
    The first game is already amazing, the second one more so.

    And with this package, you get both for the price of one. It's an awesome deal from an awesome company like Platinum Games.
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