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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 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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  2. Dec 1, 2018
    10
    I always skipped past this game, unsure if it would be something for me. This is, without a doubt, a 10/10 masterpiece. I love this game soI always skipped past this game, unsure if it would be something for me. This is, without a doubt, a 10/10 masterpiece. I love this game so much and I'm amazed of how badass a game can make you feel. On to the 2nd one and can't wait for the 3rd! Expand
  3. 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
  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. May 13, 2019
    8
    This was a fun and flashy journey that reminded me of the classic Devil May Cry games in all the best ways. Aside from a fun protagonist, thisThis was a fun and flashy journey that reminded me of the classic Devil May Cry games in all the best ways. Aside from a fun protagonist, this game was just fun to play! An amazing soundtrack, flashy animations, a simple story with not so simple concepts, and a difficulty level that I felt never truly punished you more than it needed to which made it more encouraging to keep playing. Overall, I had a lot of fun and can't wait to move onto the next one! Expand
  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. Mar 22, 2019
    5
    I really, really wanted to love this game. I waited for months to get it (I'm on a very tight budget).
    As a huge fan of GoW (1 and 2) I
    I really, really wanted to love this game. I waited for months to get it (I'm on a very tight budget).
    As a huge fan of GoW (1 and 2) I always wanted Nintendo to have its own Kratos. The 2 meters high chick with glasses, big breasts, weighing 40 kilos, wearing pistols on her shoes, seemed a perfect Kratos for Nintendo. I am rather disappointed.
    Graphics and setting: Graphics are fine, I mostly played handheld. It suits the genre. Stylish, good enough looking.
    Controls: I don't get this part. Why are most controls tied to the right hand? My right fingers were aching after half an hour while I barely used the left hand. At least the lock on target could be on the left hand trigger. It is just plain stupid to use three fingers simultaneously on the right hand while you barely touch the controller with the left.
    Story: as others mentioned it is really hard to understand. It should suit the genre (you should kill everyone you see in bloody action, the story is just some kind of background why you do that), but it is mostly confusing and not really comprehensible. English is not my native language, but usually I do not have problems with understanding game stories.
    Gameplay: Now this is what I do not get. I am not the guy to complain about hard games. If it is that hard I can't enjoy then I set it to a lower difficulty level. But this game fails big time in this aspect.
    I am definitely not the best player around. I am way over 15 so my reflexes are getting slower. However I played GoW 1 and 2 through at least 6-8 times each on Hard difficulty (not God and Titan mode, mind you, those were more frustration than fun for me). It was harder at first and almost a breeze after some playthroughs. I couldn't finish this game on normal. Enemies are hard to read, give really small and very fast signs of hits, it is hard to dodge or block. Somewhere roughly by the middle of the game I switched from normal to easy (shame! :)) Now this is where the real frustration starts. On easy all you have to do is keep pushing one button to win. The game will automatically decide what action to take on pushing that one button. Quick attack, strong attack, dodge, jump, etc. You can LITERALLY win most of the fights (non-boss fights) with eyes closed. Believe me, I tried. So there is no difficulty level I could enjoy this game on. I've read on forums that Bayonetta 2 is better in this regard. I hope for the best.
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