Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 80 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 80
  2. Negative: 0 out of 80
  1. Jan 19, 2015
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is an outright fantastic game. It’s another very good reason to own a Wii U and it outclasses practically every other game of this type by a considerable margin.
  2. Dec 13, 2014
    90
    I had a lot of questions in my head when I launched Bayonetta 2 for the first time. Is it possible to design a combat system as awesome as before, make it familiar, but not hackneyed? Is it possible to outshine the closing moments of the first game? The sequel needed just a couple of minutes to dispel all my concerns. [Dec 2014, p.62]
  3. Dec 5, 2014
    100
    A more focused, more vibrant game that surpasses its predecessor and establishes itself as the best game on the Wii U and as the newest masterpiece of the genre.
  4. Dec 2, 2014
    100
    Yes, even with sh.tty story and questionable gender politics. [Issue#255, p.64]
  5. Nov 27, 2014
    95
    Bayonetta 2 is nothing less than the best game in its genre, and it’s a solid reason to buy a Wii U.
  6. Nov 25, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is a game whose gargantuan barrage of sex, violence, and surrealism sets the mind on fire in the best possible way.
  7. Not even Bayonetta can last forever. First few levels of the sequel are fantastic, but afterwards it’s all about “floating platforms in space” and “featureless corridors”. Nothing here is as innovative or as provocative as the original Bayonetta. It’s still a solid action, mind you. But we hope that third installation will find some other publisher than Nintendo. [Dec 2014, p.80]
  8. Nov 19, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is bigger, faster, crazier, and prettier than the original, and is very much deserving of your time.
  9. 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.
  10. Not quite the landmark the original game was, but a thrillingly absurd, deep and beautiful brawler. Soul-bursting sorcery for devotees of the combo. [Christmas 2014, p.86]
  11. Nov 6, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is one of the best action games of this generation, and close to one of the best overall.
  12. Nov 5, 2014
    100
    Bayonetta 2 is perfect on all levels that supports a flawless gaming engine, exceptional graphics and kick-ass female protagonist.
  13. Nov 5, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is a silky smooth and highly-entertaining brawler that all Wii U owners should have in their collections.
  14. 88
    Bayonetta 2 is a solid game. It utilizes a simple yet interesting combo system, the visuals are gorgeous as they highlight your attacks and the enemies you battle, and the music and sound effects are top notch too. Although gameplay can be repetitive it still can be fun.
  15. 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.
  16. 100
    Bayonetta 2 will challenge some people. It will make the uncomfortable. It's transgressive in numerous ways, and with that comes the potential to offend. But in causing offence, Bayonetta 2 encourages conversation, and that's the very definition of a good work of art.
  17. Oct 30, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is an exhausting, but incredibly fun game that through it's fantastic combat system will both challenge and reward you in equal amounts.
  18. Oct 29, 2014
    100
    Bayonetta 2 is a Game of the Year contender, which comes extremely recommended.
  19. Something much more tame, a word that should be the antithesis of the series...Game developers won’t fix what isn’t broken and to do so is taking a huge risk, but Bayonetta is a series of firsts and this game feels like it’s playing on repeat.
  20. Oct 29, 2014
    80
    Bayonetta 2 contains, just like its predecessor, too much old fashioned sexism. It's a pity because the intensity and variety in this game is remarkable and all stages compete to be the most absurd. Perhaps the sequel is easier and hopefully that will attract more players. If they're able to ignore the sexism, that is.
  21. Oct 27, 2014
    100
    Bayonetta 2 doesn’t do anything particularly new, but it does serve as an improvement of an already excellent action title, perfecting the formula even further.
  22. 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]
  23. Oct 24, 2014
    90
    The campy hypersexuality feels joyful, rather than oppressive, because the character's overdetermined gender presentation is an expression of her power rather than a contrast to it.
  24. Oct 23, 2014
    96
    The glorious return of Kamiya's beloved brainchild, Bayonetta 2 is a master lesson in arcade action, flow, design and skill, even if it doesn't burn with the same passion of its predecessor.
  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. Oct 22, 2014
    91
    More of the same peerless action mechanics, barmy spectacle and wonderful depth. [Dec 2014, p.60]
  27. Oct 22, 2014
    88
    Visually and technically the Umbra witch showcases what Wii U can do. And even though you won’t get wowed as much as in the first bewitched action let me assure you: This is still one hell of a ride and easily one of the best action games of this year.
  28. Oct 20, 2014
    80
    Bayonetta 2 is not subtle and has too many cutscenes. But, the fighting is a lot more straightforward than in other hack and slashers and the flawless design plus the amazing detail convince us that Bayonetta 2 is an excellent game in its genre.
  29. Oct 20, 2014
    90
    Even though the game is technically perfectible, the fact that Bayonetta 2 is the best beat'em up game currently on sale shouldn't give you any doubts on weather to buy it or not. True question is this: is it worth buying a Wii U just for this game? Oh yeah it is.
  30. Oct 20, 2014
    90
    It is a suitably bonkers introduction and wastes no time getting to the nub of the game: that glorious combat. It hasn’t lost any of its shine. A system of extraordinary layers, the combat begins as a thing of simplicity with buttons for punch, kick, shoot and dodge. It then unfurls itself as you play, teaching through action.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 674 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 123
  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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