Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 80 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 80
  2. Negative: 0 out of 80
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nov 6, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is one of the best action games of this generation, and close to one of the best overall.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 29, 2014
    100
    Bayonetta 2 is a Game of the Year contender, which comes extremely recommended.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 expresses a meticulous devotion to excessive elaborateness of style and action. It's a calculated brawler that not only minds its rules with painstaking diligence, but trusts its operator with how to best interpret them. The delicate engineering of merciless destruction has long been Platinum Games' modus operandi, and Bayonetta 2 is the purest and most potent declaration of their intentions.
  11. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    It's a frantic game packed with stunning set-pieces, thrilling boss battles and a fantastic combat system, even if it doesn't deviate too far from the original.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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]
  15. Oct 14, 2014
    95
    Filled with amazingly tuned combat, countless larger-than-life moments, copious amounts of legitimately challenging boss battles, interesting locations, lovable characters, and one of gaming’s most unforgettable heroines, Bayonetta 2 retains the crown as the standard for which all other stylish action games should strive to achieve.
  16. 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.
  17. Oct 13, 2014
    100
    Buy it if you liked the first one. Buy it, if you love it over the top all the way. Buy it if you love video games. Buy a Wii U if you have to. Bayonetta 2 sings all its praises in a celebration to this hobby of ours. But don't make the mistake of not playing it.
  18. 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.
  19. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 does not have the impact the original and fails to overcome it, but there are valuable additions like the cooperative mode.
  20. Oct 20, 2014
    100
    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.
  21. 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.
  22. Oct 13, 2014
    100
    Quite possibly the best action game ever made, Bayonetta 2 is a pure gem of wonder, filled with epic fights, perfect gameplay, a magnificent visual and sound environment and even a multiplayer mode which fits perfectly within the format. A diabolical masterpiece that no Wii U should go without.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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]
  26. Oct 13, 2014
    100
    With Bayonetta 2, Wii U has its trump card: a queen of spades that takes advantages on almost every game of the genre and hits us right in the heart. It's an outstanding production, beautifully executed, with state of the art mechanics and ridiculously generous. And it can be enjoyed by everyone as its difficulty and handling can be adjusted. Definitely a beat them all no one has the right to ignore.
  27. Oct 15, 2014
    90
    Sexy, breathtaking, lighting fast, beautiful. If you loved the first one, hurry up and get this one too.
  28. Nov 5, 2014
    90
    Bayonetta 2 is a silky smooth and highly-entertaining brawler that all Wii U owners should have in their collections.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 802 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 139
  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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