Bayonetta Post-Review

Many gamers have fallen head over heels (with guns on them) for Bayonetta, so why do some take umbrage at the new witch in town?

By Rupert Higham, January 21, 2010


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Garnering perfect scores on both sides of the Atlantic, Hideki Kamiya’s 3D action masterpiece has a lot to live up to – after all, since he invented the genre with Capcom’s  Devil May Cry, it hasn’t exactly stood still with Ninja Gaiden, Bujingai and God of War all adding to (some may argue bettering) his 2001 blueprint. Unlike many other titles showered with such universal reverence however, Bayonetta is not a game for everyone.


Kamiya and colleagues’ previous work as Capcom/Clover employees has often branched out into broader artistic areas beyond the usual remit of video games such as the comic book homage Viewtiful Joe or the living and breathing Ukyo-e painting, Okami – Bayonetta has no such pretentions and is one of the most defiantly “gamey” games of this generation. This isn’t just a video game; it’s a love letter to Japanese video game fans, signed with every cliché, reference, homage in the book.


Medieval torture devices can be employed when you have a full magic bar and like the rest of the game, they manage to be risqué and ridiculous.

Medieval torture devices can be employed when you have a full magic bar and like the rest of the game, they manage to be risqué and ridiculous.

Platinum Games have taken a hedonistically unrestrained approach to design that will divide audiences down the middle; every aspect of Bayonetta’s (both the lady herself and the game) design has been crafted with seemingly no concern for self-control. The titular heroine has been the subject of much debate, from her disturbingly unrealistic proportions to her painfully camp dialogue and of course the rampantly hyper-sexualized character design and move set. In a lesser title this transparent appeal to the sexual fantasies of the predominantly male user base may be offensive or distasteful, but Bayonetta is more Carry On Dante than Playboy May Cry.


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Wicked weave attacks turn Bayonetta's hair into giant fists and feet and do massive damage.

The story and design are attacked with such gleeful excess, it’s hard to imagine anybody taking it seriously enough to be offended. The tale of half demonic sibling rivalries is so derivative of Devil May Cry that it boarders on the parody and the absurdity of the story segments knows no bounds and serves merely to take you from one incredible set piece to the next. While the writing is hardly sophisticated enough to claim to be an intelligent critique on redundancy of story in such action-led games, there are tell-tale signs throughout that Bayonetta is a response how po-faced and dull story telling  and design has become in the majority of games. Only the Japanese could show such unashamed disregard seriousness and be so willing to embrace the camp, the irreverent and the ridiculous.


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3 Responses to “Bayonetta Post-Review”

  1. Stuart says:

    Glad to see another spiffing review for it, I have a copy coming to me in the post tomorrow!

  2. Norm says:

    Great game, like they said the entire game is basically risqué, but if your sense of humor can take it everything is done in a manner you can laugh at, weather it was funny or just so over the top you cant help but laugh. Overall gameplay was easy enough to pickup, and mastering timing for your attacks and dodging was where part of the challenge could be. Story while simple enough was still nice, while your heroine is a bit extreme she shows her soft side here and there to make her a little more humanly hugable.

  3. idontunderstand says:

    what?
    this shit game (is a good game, but versus gow its a shit think) have 9 from 10 and gow 8/10?
    somebody here are fanboys from bayonette ha _:D
    gaylords man^^

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