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  • Summary: Bayonetta is a stylish and cinematic action game directed by creator Hideki Kamiya. A member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless ethereal enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100%Bayonetta is a stylish and cinematic action game directed by creator Hideki Kamiya. A member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless ethereal enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves are performed with balletic grace as Bayonetta flows from one fight to another. With over-the-top action taking place in stages that are a veritable theme park of exciting attractions, Bayonetta pushes the limits of the action genre, bringing to life its fast-paced, dynamic climax combat. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 100
    Bayonetta is a stunning orgy of sadistic mayhem that surpassed even my unreasonably high expectations, and proved that violence can be beautiful.
  2. 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.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    90
    A positively over-the-top beat 'em up -adventure. The battles are simply stunning - sexy, bloody, brutal and above all: fun. [Jan 2010]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 103
  2. Negative: 10 out of 103
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2010
    10
    An amazing experience meant to played by those who enjoy the Devil May Cry series and maybe even the Ninja Gaiden games. The ps3 may be theAn amazing experience meant to played by those who enjoy the Devil May Cry series and maybe even the Ninja Gaiden games. The ps3 may be the inferior product when compared to the 360, however the patch released make this a more enjoyable port. Overall, fast-paced, intense, epic, and a must have on any gamers' shelf. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2020
    9
    Bayonetta es un grandioso juego de acción Hack and Slash, de los mismos creadores de Devil May Cry y esto se refleja en lo jugable pero siendoBayonetta es un grandioso juego de acción Hack and Slash, de los mismos creadores de Devil May Cry y esto se refleja en lo jugable pero siendo mas frenético, al parecer le hizo bien la espera al estudio para saber innovar en este genero, las batallas con jefes son epicas y a gran escala. La estética no terminara de convencer a todos ya que los enemigos son muy diferentes unos de otros y muy al estilo japonés, adicional hay algunas escenas que marcan la pauta para matarte de la risa y otras son de lo mas top en acción. Al final de cuentas Bayonetta me resulta un grandioso juego en tercera persona en el cual dominaremos muchísimas armas que se diferencian unas de otras y nuestro personaje obtendrá mas poderes conforme avancemos en la historia, las peleas siempre serán desenfrenadas y brutales y con una dificultad muy elevada hasta en los niveles mas fáciles. Un gran juego al cual le daría un 10 pero tiene sus defectos en la versión de PS3. Expand
  4. Nov 8, 2017
    8
    Bayonetta
    (2010) - PS3 X360
    "Witches Can Weep" Reviewed by The Macatz GAMEPLAY 9/10 Better drink your energy drinks because with
    Bayonetta
    (2010) - PS3 X360
    "Witches Can Weep"
    Reviewed by The Macatz

    GAMEPLAY 9/10
    Better drink your energy drinks because with Bayonetta, everything happens so fast. Flashy, sexy and technical mashed are mashed together by Platinum Games and they are combined beautifully. With your light and heavy attacks, your job as Bayonetta is to vanquish (yes, another Platinum Game game pun) all the enemies on the screen. Striking resemblance from the gameplay of the DMC series, I can definitely say that it is not its clone. Its more of a Tomb Raider and Uncharted rather than God Of War and Dante's Inferno.

    Noticed how I made the first paragraph about Bayonetta's gameplay short? It's how the game actually feels. Things might overwhelm you but surely you are kept in track. You can see all the details and it is based on your reflexes and insticts to dodge, counter attack or take damage. The gameplay of Bayonetta is twitchy, fast-paced and only need a short attention span per fight but it will need full commitment on your behalf to do all the actions needed to defeat the opponents.

    Combat in this game primarily consists of mixing your light and heavy attacks that may differ based on your equipped weapons but the core of the said combat system is the dodge mechanic. Once an enemy's attack is dodged, time slows down for a small window that leaves all of them vulnerable. Its injected perfectly to the lore and as I said earlier, you can see everything but it may become harder to dodge on higher difficulties. Bayonetta then lashes out a devastating flurry of attacks that you command. Either you target a single oppenent, raise them up to the air and juggle them up with attacks or deal heavy AOE attacks to build your Climax faster and kill off a single target instantly plus, bonus gold halos which are the ingame currency.

    STORY & THEME 7/10
    A brief summarization of the lore, Bayonetta is an Umbra Witch that lost all of her memories. The journey here is about regaining all those to avoid world destruction. Actually, the whole story is a mess and all over the place. Too convoluted for its own good, most of the time , the story takes a back seat and makes you look forward to the next action set piece or fighting section (which is way more fun and cooler than watching those cutscenes). Supporting characters are okay and without spoiling story details, keep an eye on Cereza. She's an important aspect of the story and she's just so cute it is a nice contrast to the gray, dry areas or cosmic black and gold that gives an odd feeling of danger and despair.

    With that said, Bayonetta conquers all threats and negative energies. Make it dragon-like enemies or inverted faced monsters, you name it, she can overcome it. It gives a sense of woman empowerment because in this day and age, rarely do we see a female protagonist that kicks as much ass as Dante from the DMC series. Call me sexist but its really a pleasing sight to see as such. And by pleasing sight, I mean Bayonetta (the game and herself) offers too much gratuitous "pleasing sights" that sticks to the theme that she's a strong, independent, beautiful and sexy woman but really? Japanese, I guess.

    TECHNICALS (Controls & Audio) 10/10
    Both of these aspects are pure perfection thanks once again to Platinum Games who perfected their craft already with stylish, easy-to-learn-but-hard-to-master action games. Great button placements that makes it much easier to pull off commands almost without changing your hand placement from its normal position. Responsive controls are also in play and Bayonetta feels very light and agile because of it.

    With perfect controls, the game also comes with perfect audio. Voice actors are very... Anime. And it works that way and since thats derived from the theme of the game, it fits. Music shines through though. With terrific song selection, the mix of jazz, japanese electro, the songs pump you up, making you feel synchronized with the music while doing combinations of strikes and doing graceful dodges. Also, sexy poses.

    GRAPHICS 7/10
    Some level designs look kind of dull but when you get to the cosmic levels where moonlight shines, Bayonetta walks on walls with elegant looking angelic platforms. Adversaries may look kind of weird but undoubtedly took thought that resulted to very well design characters. Actually the concepts and aspects of the main character Bayonetta and the kid Cereza, they look specially detailed (of course, they take up 95% screen time). With linear formatted levels and good looking sceneries, the game hides its own blemishes because if we're talking graphics, the game doesn't hold that well. Bayonetta didn't age that well upon comparing it to other 2010 games like God Of War 3 and Heavy Rain.

    CONTENT-PRICE RATIO 8/10
    +very replayable for its items and scaling difficulties
    +alfheim rifts
    (sorry only 500 characters)

    VERDICT 8.2/10 PLATINUM WORTHY
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  5. Feb 21, 2013
    7
    Bayonetta is a over the top action game, and puts the emphasis in "over the top." The graphics feel like there is a foggy texture overBayonetta is a over the top action game, and puts the emphasis in "over the top." The graphics feel like there is a foggy texture over everything and are out date. The Xbox 360 version is much better graphically, but nothing else is drastically different between the consoles. The loading times are also a drag, the game loads for everything. Saving, opening up the menu, and even picking up items all require a loading screen. The gameplay makes up the whole game, and I am glad it is so good. The gameplay is innovative, just when you think it is getting stale it throws something new at you. The gameplay is at its best when the screen is filled with enemies and you have to take them all out. The bosses are also fun to fight as they tower over you. The story is sometimes a little too crazy and over the top, but it is original in a unique universe. In the first few minuets of Bayonetta you will see how crazy this game is. If you like the first few minuets, you will enjoy the rest of the game. If you do not like it, I would suggest another game. Expand
  6. KostasI.
    Feb 25, 2010
    7
    Ok for the record i gave this game on X360 a full 10. This game is just a sloppy port over the X360 version. It runs in half the framerate, Ok for the record i gave this game on X360 a full 10. This game is just a sloppy port over the X360 version. It runs in half the framerate, it has insanely long loading time and it loads for even the most basic of things and the game can become quite fuzzy with its downgraded visuals. I am overly forgiving because this game is just a skilled hardcore gamers wet dream and despite the severe problems plaguing the PS3 version its still quite fun. A patch update can fix almost all of these problems but such a patch is not coming except the one patch that allows install on your hard drive. If you have both systems then pick the X360 one, eyes closed. If not then try before you buy. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2014
    0
    bayonetta puo essere tranquillamente il nuovo sinonimo di sopravvalutato è un titolo mediocre spacciato per capolavoro con una tramabayonetta puo essere tranquillamente il nuovo sinonimo di sopravvalutato è un titolo mediocre spacciato per capolavoro con una trama inesistente e una protagonista ODIOSA e stupida meglio dedicarsi ad altro. Expand

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