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  • Summary: Bayonetta is a cinematic and stylish action game from the creative mind of Hideki Kamiya. As a gun-wielding witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless enemies in a game of 100% pure all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves areBayonetta is a cinematic and stylish action game from the creative mind of Hideki Kamiya. As a gun-wielding witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless enemies in a game of 100% pure all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves are performed with acrobatic grace as Bayonetta flows from one fight to another. Bayonetta pushes the limits of the action genre with magnificent over-the-top action and fast-paced, dynamic climax combat. Expand

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Feb 14, 2018
    90
    Eight years after its first appearance on PS3 and Xbox 360, the wild and exuberant Bayonetta lands on Nintendo Switch, and it hasn't lost a bit of its sexy charm. This new release can be appreciated wherever you want, with a solid and granitic 60 fps, and a better visual experience on the go.
  2. Feb 14, 2018
    90
    Bayonetta is a stellar action-adventure game oozing with style and substance from start to finish. Newcomers may be put off by the portrayal of its title character, and the visuals are definitely starting to show their age, but the gameplay remains consistently brilliant throughout. A must-buy.
  3. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2018
    90
    If you ever thought about playing either Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2, now is the time. [Issue #32 – March/April 2018, p. 67]
  4. Feb 14, 2018
    85
    Bayonetta on the Switch is a fantastic port for handheld mode but there’s not much improved for TV gamers aside from load times.
  5. Feb 14, 2018
    84
    ​While not as essential a port as Bayonetta 2, the first chapter in the series remains an incredible milestone in the action genre, and a must play for anyone who loves fast-paced and spectacular combat.
  6. Feb 14, 2018
    80
    Bayonetta on Switch is a satisfying experience even today, despite the years on the shoulders of the beautiful witch. The portable version, even if with some smudging, manages to keep the fun in the massacre host of angels ready to war.
  7. Feb 14, 2018
    80
    Bayonetta for Switch might not be the best version, but it's well worth playing for the first time.

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  1. Apr 13, 2018
    10
    Still one of the best slasher games. As good as I remember it from X360, still deserves perfect 10. Only downside is that when portable IStill one of the best slasher games. As good as I remember it from X360, still deserves perfect 10. Only downside is that when portable I sometimes cant see whats exactly going on because of the small screen - its better when played when docked. Expand
  2. Jul 10, 2018
    10
    One of my most favorite games of all time. I was really enjoying playing it. The jokes were simply hilarious. The characters great and theOne of my most favorite games of all time. I was really enjoying playing it. The jokes were simply hilarious. The characters great and the music was wonderful. This game is simply amazing. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2018
    10
    This game,It has enough good ideas, it has very good music, it also has sad and fun stories, it also can stand the test of the fightingThis game,It has enough good ideas, it has very good music, it also has sad and fun stories, it also can stand the test of the fighting system.
    It's a classic. I think it's better than the second. (Of course, both 1 and 2 are excellent)
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  4. May 15, 2018
    9
    It's pretty hard to believe that "Bayonetta" has now been out for 9 years (8 in the US). It's probably also hard to believe that I didn't playIt's pretty hard to believe that "Bayonetta" has now been out for 9 years (8 in the US). It's probably also hard to believe that I didn't play the game myself until this re-release on the Switch. I remember watching my brother play it in small increments back in 2010 on the Xbox 360, but since I was feeding my "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" addiction at the time, I myself didn't play it when it was big back then. However, after a number of people very highly recommended it to me, I had to give it a shot. And I must say, I was extremely impressed.
    "Bayonetta" is incredibly fast-paced: being an action game, that should be a given, but the game never ceases to be exciting. Even in some of its "slower" moments, the game is fun and exciting. The bigger moments are where things pick up even more, with some really fantastic boss fights that only serve to make the game even better. The combat in the game is also extremely fluid (aided by the Switch port running at a smooth 60 FPS) and the "Witch Time" mechanic adds an amazing layer to the gameplay, allowing for more strategy, but also for more unique ways of going about things. While the visuals may show their age just a bit, they still look pretty good (especially when you consider it IS a nine-year old game), and while the story may be pretty off-the-wall (it's about a witch who kills angels, do you expect Dickens here?), the bonkers nature of it manages to keep it pretty interesting.
    The only things holding the game back from being a 10 is that the instafail Quick Time Events can be a bit frustrating to deal with (I get QTEs are supposed to be fast, but THIS fast?), and the game can feel a bit too button-mashy at times. Also, I don't know what it is, but when it comes to giving 10 out of 10 scores, I feel like a game needs to have that unexplainable "something" that makes it a 10, and I unfortunately didn't really find that in "Bayonetta." Maybe it was caused by the somewhat button-mashy nature or the frustrating QTEs, but I felt there was just something holding it back from being a 10.
    Don't let that fool you, though, "Bayonetta" really is an amazing, and criminally underrated, game. How this game sold over a million copies but still didn't meet expectations is beyond me, because it really deserved far better. Now that it's on the Switch, though, there's yet another opportunity to try this game if you missed out on either the original release in 2010, the Wii U port in 2014, or the PC port in 2017. There's a lot of different ways to play it, so if you haven't already, give it a shot! You won't be disappointed!
    Final rating: 9 out of 10 "Awesome"
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  5. Oct 9, 2018
    9
    Very exciting gameplay which stays constantly challenging and leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire play-through. Once youVery exciting gameplay which stays constantly challenging and leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire play-through. Once you start getting good at the game every single fight will feel like a huge moment and Bayonetta's movement feels very fluid. Steep learning curve for sure with some frustrating gameplay moments and the story is quite slow at some points, but overall very good game. Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2018
    9
    A fast action, hack and slash, funny and sexy game. what else can we ask for? If you never played before on Xbox360 or wiiU, you will not beA fast action, hack and slash, funny and sexy game. what else can we ask for? If you never played before on Xbox360 or wiiU, you will not be disappointed with the game on the switch. I never played a bayonetta game before, now im a fan. I love this crazy game! except for the level where you ride a missile. thats the only reason im not giving it a perfect 10. that level was frustrating. but overall, I totally recommend this pice of art. Absolutely amazing. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2018
    6
    I’m playingthis for the first time, on the Switch

    I feel the need to precede this by stating that I actually really really really liked
    I’m playingthis for the first time, on the Switch

    I feel the need to precede this by stating that I actually really really really liked parts of Bayonetta, a lot. There are many parts of this game I’d rank at a solid 10 on their own. But, as a whole, I was just a little disappointed, because of some other annoying things that were hard for me to ignore.

    For starters, the cut scenes were incredibly frequent and gratuitously long, especially those exasperatingly long action cut scenes that never seemed to end. And throughout the duration, I always found myself wishing that I was the one controlling the action. And there are multiple lengthy cut scenes in every single chapter. You can skip them, but then you’d miss the story, and it’s a shame that a lot of the story is padded between excessively long action scenes.

    Secondly, in the same vein, many segments throughout this game are gratuitous. The developers just don’t seem to know when to quit. I really liked that there were a ton of levels that broke away from the basic core combat system, and extremely frequently you’ll be doing something different and exciting, but those initially exciting sequences overstay their welcome long before they’re over. The second worst offender is a level where you’ll be riding on a high speed motorcycle down the highway, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that level stretches on for longer than fifteen minutes. That’d be fine if they had you doing more interesting stuff during that level, but it’s a literal fifteen minutes of pushing forward continuously on the control stick, and jumping when they tell you to jump. It was fun at first, but it got old quickly and it never seemed to end. But the absolute worst is a level where you’re riding a missile to a tower across a large body of water Star Fox 64 style, only it’s not anywhere near as fun as that sounds. There is nothing interesting to do for longer than ten minutes, other than dodge some repetitive obstacles, and you just keep riding forward for what feels like an eternity. There are other levels that stretch on gratuitously, but those are the two absolute worst.

    Third, the time spent between combat segments in each level of the game are weak, and they are much longer than they need to be.

    And fourth, the story is very difficult to follow, and it’s all over the place. I like how crazy the story is, but it’s be nice if they made it a little more focused.

    And fifth, there’s a lot of little things, like invisible walls everywhere and somewhat often it’s unclear what you’re supposed to be doing to progress, or sometimes the camera angles are frustrating, etc. Just minor design issues that hampered my enjoyment of the game.

    That all being said, I really loved a lot of this game. When it’s good, it’s really bloody good. The bosses are spectacularly creative, the combat is fun, and you never know what’s coming next. I’ve heard Bayonetta 2 is a massive improvement, and that it improves upon the pacing and that it refined all of the things that were great about this game, so I’m eager to check it out soon.
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