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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. 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
  2. Mar 10, 2020
    10
    [x] Perfect
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    [ ] Good [ ] Good Bad [ ] Fail Não vejo necessidade em escrever um longo texto analisando sobre uma arte, a
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    Não vejo necessidade em escrever um longo texto analisando sobre uma arte, a nota é apenas um conselho para saber o quanto ela vale para sua vida.

    I see no need to write a long text analyzing an art, the note is just a piece of advice to know how much it is worth in your life.
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  3. Jul 5, 2018
    10
    There are good games, and there are great games. And then there are the games that other games are compared to. Bayonetta belongs to the thirdThere are good games, and there are great games. And then there are the games that other games are compared to. Bayonetta belongs to the third category.

    Bayonetta takes a niche genre (the combo-centered fighting ballet first explored by Devil May Cry), and hones it to absolute perfection. You can love or hate this game, but you're unlikely to find a deeper, more refined and varied combat system. This is certainly one of the games I played the most in my life–hundreds of hours–and I still feel like I have a lot to learn in the area of fighting. The kicking and punching in Bayonetta can be just a video game, or it can ascend to the level of a hobby–something as nuanced and complex as playing a musical instrument.

    All that mechanical virtuosity is even more striking in the context of Bayonetta's totally bonkers setting and story–one of the most amazingly Japanese-weird, sexual innuendo-ridden, embarrassingly badly-written scripts in gaming. Imagine, if you can, the most terrible B-movie you ever watched, the one that is fun to watch precisely because it's so bad. And now, imagine if that movie also had the most gripping non-stop action you've ever seen. If you can imagine that, then that's what Bayonetta feels like, from its hectic beginning to its insanely big ending.

    You can decide for yourself how many layers deep you want to play Bayonetta. Do you want to just complete the game? Complete it at the highest difficulty, which makes it almost feel like a different game? Do you want to beat the “hidden game” of gaining Platinum trophies in every level? Are you ambitious enough to challenge the hidden boss, one of the hardest fights ever seen in a video game? Hundreds of pages of guidebooks came out for people who're looking to master the nuances of this game's mechanics, but even reading all of them doesn't guarantee perfect success.

    You might never unlock everything and complete every challenge that Bayonetta throws at you. As an old man with limited controller skills, I'm comfortable with the knowledge that I'll never complete the Angel Slayer levels. That's OK, just as it's OK that I'll never land a handle pass on a kiteboard, or write code as good as the best programmers out there. We have limitations, and some games are good enough to make us bump into them.

    But dammit, I beat the hidden boss. All those hours of training weren't spent in vain.
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  4. 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
  5. Dec 12, 2019
    8
    An instanct classic, originaly i gave it a 9/10 but i have to say bayoneta2 is way WAY better, it improved in every aspect, a complete 9.5An instanct classic, originaly i gave it a 9/10 but i have to say bayoneta2 is way WAY better, it improved in every aspect, a complete 9.5
    The game is about... you better find out yourself, just gonna say, sexual character who enjoys being sexy and funny without being sexist or insulting, mostly great humor, great characters (they don't do much besides Jeanne) but Lucah, Rodin and Enzo are more developed and lovable on the sequel.
    Also the game is ridiculous but in a good way, like devil may cry 3, but a lot sexier and problably with a lot more of combos.
    Also i love that it has a lot of unlockables that you pay with game from the game, and not a shop, or microtransactions, you buy the game and is complete, and the nintendo version has some skins (fox, mario1,mario2,link,samus) and they add moves to bayonetta (bigger changes on the sequel), also every skin of nintendo has a quirk, like being a morphball with bombs, charging the ui to starfox and have charging shots, changing halos to rupies, summoning bowser instead of demons, is all great fun.
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  6. Apr 22, 2018
    8
    Bayonetta is a traditional hack and slash game with it's own art style and creative twists and turns. I had not played the original BayonettaBayonetta is a traditional hack and slash game with it's own art style and creative twists and turns. I had not played the original Bayonetta on xbox or ps3 however I was happy to welcome it to my switch library now.

    First of all I want to note on the music, it's absolutely phenomenal, it really captures the particular scenes you are in and invigorates the combat two-fold. It constantly keeps you on your toes and honestly let's you appreciate and enjoy its expert combat system.

    Bayonetta has a charming personality and, graphically, has aged reasonably well. Although the colours are a little dried out I feel it adds to the current situation of the protagonist, Bayonetta, in the game. The landscapes of the game do feel a little repetitive after a while although it knows when to move onto the next area, just when you start to feel like you need a change it delivers, and it delivers well. The enemy types are expertly designed and put a creative twist on the views of "angels" however it managed to keep it's same enemy type theme extremely well so you know who you're fighting. Overall you wont be overwhelmed by the visuals but they are still good and serve as no hinder to the gameplay.

    The story was interesting, finding out your main protagonist's back story as the game progresses was a good concept. It didn't blow me away but I still found it another reason to keep playing this fantastic game. You'll learn to love the characters while also finding yourself confused about the antagonist, you know slightly more than your own character, and can take guesses as to what's going to happen as the game progresses, which I find very important; if it's predictable I can't enjoy a story too much. However in the case of bayonetta it has some very interesting and original twists and turns throughout your time in the game. Although not stand out, the story is still well developed and will keep you hooked.

    Gameplay wise this game has been masterfully made. I thoroughly enjoyed every single encounter, although sometimes the difficulty spiked and was very tough in some places I loved the challenge. I was learning new moves throughout my time constantly battling the angels and bosses in order to get to my goal, and it never felt repetitive or old. The game allows you to play how you want to play, it allows you to choose your own move set without setting them in stone and lets your build on it. I found the game's RPG mechanics interesting, not too complicated and satisfying. They were well woven into the gameplay and allowed you to experiment with them.

    Overall Bayonetta is a highly recommended game for anyone who loves a good action game. If you're not too concerned about an amazing in depth story this game is fantastic. The masterfully designed gameplay mechanics allow you to play how you want to play without ever feeling old or repetitive. A charming game with an original personality, an exhilarating and enjoyable experience throughout.
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  7. May 26, 2020
    5
    Bayonetta was on my backlog for ages, so I finally decided to try it out... Unfortunately, things did not go as expected.

    I'll get one
    Bayonetta was on my backlog for ages, so I finally decided to try it out... Unfortunately, things did not go as expected.

    I'll get one thing out of the way: The combat is the saving grace of this game! It's flawless!
    Fast-paced, tight controls, good combo variety, nice weapon moves, a dedicated dodge button that's actually useful and a freedom for improvisation and style that rivals the likes of Nier Automata and DMC 5. I don't even know how they'll improve on the second one, but people say they do.
    Other than that, the soundtrack is catchy, characters are well designed, the pacing of each level is good and the whole game just goes STRAIGHT to the point from the start, no BS.

    Unfortunately, this game felt like a mess to me. Everything is pretty unforgiving and recycled.
    The writing is horrible! There's a story going on, but it makes no sense and the result is a forgettable tale. Characters like Bayonetta, Jeanne and Rodin are great, but almost every other (like Cerezita) are obnoxious. And every woman in this game is VERY SEXUALIZED! Too unnecessary and disrespectful. It just seems like they tried to make everything as over the top as possible and, in the end, made something... childish?

    And while the combat is astonishing, there are huge flaws in the gameplay design.
    Bosses are EPIC, but just for the sake of it, making for long, confusing and tedious fights. Environments are bland, reused, with dull puzzles and clueless moments. Bosses are also recycled and you have to fight them over and over again, sometimes one after another. Bullet hell moments outstay their welcome. There are huge unbalanced difficulty spikes throughout the campaign. The rewarding system is punishing and requires perfection. Some enemies are not fun AT ALL to fight and Bayonetta is made of PAPER, since her health goes down TOO FAST!
    The game is fun, but very annoying. These flaws almost broke the experience for me. Everything is too uneven.

    I thought I was going to love Bayonetta like I love DMC, but I was wrong.
    While I loved the soundtrack, character design and the astounding combat system, the rest was very frustrating and I almost stopped playing it. But even if defective, there's a charm to it. Even if it tries to hard to find it.
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