Universal acclaim - based on 73 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Nov 19, 2014
    Bayonetta 2 is bigger, faster, crazier, and prettier than the original, and is very much deserving of your time.
  2. Nov 14, 2014
    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.
  3. 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]
  4. Nov 6, 2014
    Bayonetta 2 is one of the best action games of this generation, and close to one of the best overall.
  5. Nov 5, 2014
    Bayonetta 2 is perfect on all levels that supports a flawless gaming engine, exceptional graphics and kick-ass female protagonist.
  6. Nov 5, 2014
    Bayonetta 2 is a silky smooth and highly-entertaining brawler that all Wii U owners should have in their collections.
  7. 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.
  8. Oct 31, 2014
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Oct 30, 2014
    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.
  11. Oct 29, 2014
    Bayonetta 2 is a Game of the Year contender, which comes extremely recommended.
  12. 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.
  13. Oct 29, 2014
    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.
  14. Oct 27, 2014
    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.
  15. Oct 25, 2014
    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]
  16. Oct 24, 2014
    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.
  17. Oct 23, 2014
    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.
  18. Oct 23, 2014
    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.
  19. Oct 22, 2014
    More of the same peerless action mechanics, barmy spectacle and wonderful depth. [Dec 2014, p.60]
  20. Oct 22, 2014
    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.
  21. Oct 20, 2014
    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.
  22. Oct 20, 2014
    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.
  23. Oct 20, 2014
    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.
  24. Oct 20, 2014
    It's the obsession for detail that makes Bayonetta 2 so special. It might not be a unique game, but clearly one that's not common.
  25. Oct 20, 2014
    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.
  26. Oct 20, 2014
    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.
  27. Oct 20, 2014
    Platinum Games manages to improve everything we knew and loved from the first game, creating a master piece everybody should play.
  28. Oct 18, 2014
    Bayonetta 2 may be nonsensical, tacky, and visually anarchic, but its got some of the finest combat an action game could offer. It's packed with style, looks magnificent, and is as elegant as spectacle fighter as you could hope for.
  29. Oct 17, 2014
    Bayonetta 2 erects some of the most solid fighting mechanics and phantasmagorically gonzo visuals in gaming to date—certainly, something as compulsive and massive as this boosts the Wii U to the front of the pack—and through its formal choices communicates a singular, unfiltered vision of sexualization.
  30. Oct 15, 2014
    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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 502 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 102
  2. Negative: 6 out of 102
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    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 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
    Best 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
    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. Full Review »