Bayonetta 2 Review Round-Up

A witch in time?

Here we are again at the round-up table, with third-person actioner Bayonetta 2, one of Nintendo’s big-hitters for the Wii U this festive season. The game, developed by Platinum Games, is due for release on the 24th of October.

I reviewed it for the site this week, scoring it 9/10, and said “Bayonetta 2 is amongst the most refined and dynamic action games to appear on any console, taking the best parts of the original game and building upon them. It is crazy, chaotic and characterful and a genuine pleasure to play. Whether it can be a system seller for Nintendo is questionable as its delights are possibly not entirely mainstream, but for fans of the original and the genre it should certainly make a Wii U a very tempting proposition.”

It seems as though the community also had a great time with the game, with high scores across the board.

IGN – 9.5

“Every aspect of Bayonetta 2 feels polished and focused. At times, the writing feels ridiculous, but I still love how it plays. The superb pacing and combat are just that good. By the end I was convinced: This sequel builds on everything that made the original great, and delivers one of the most satisfying action games I’ve played.”

Eurogamer – 9/10

“The rhythm of combat remains the same, though it’s hard to complain when it’s riffing off such a heady beat, where chimed enemy attacks are lithely dodged into slo-mo pugilism, where impossible combos culminate with a 20-foot boot weaved from hair crashing from the heavens and where spinning amidst the avalanche of colour and cartoon violence is Bayonetta herself, stopping only briefly to wink at a player exhausted by the unrelenting joy of it all. Bayonetta 2’s biggest disappointment may be that it’s an iterative sequel, but it’s not such a problem when it’s iterating on genius.”

Polygon – 7.5/10

“When Platinum Games is on, it’s really, really on, and Bayonetta 2 is in almost any respect that counts a better game than the first, whose mechanics were already exemplary. But every time I’d feel on a roll, enjoying my time with Bayonetta 2 immensely, I’d be broken out of it by another cheap shot of T&A. I would be wrecking a flock of angelic or demonic enemies, sliding in and out of witch time almost at will, and then the special weapon I had picked up became a literal stripper pole for Bayonetta to dance on, because … well, because, I guess. I won’t guess why the blatant over-sexualization is still there, often more intensely than before. But it causes an otherwise great game to require a much bigger mental compromise to enjoy.”

Gamespot – 10/10

“Bayonetta 2’s combat is so expertly constructed, and its presentation so joyously insane, that you’d have to try so very hard to get bored of it all. In a year filled with the promise of ever more elaborate experiences on all the shiny new hardware, that Bayonetta 2–a homage to classic game design and escapism–should be the most fun I’ve had playing a game all year is unexpected. But maybe it shouldn’t have been. After all, its predecessor still stands as one of the finest games of its genre. To have surpassed that with Bayonetta 2, and to have created a game that will be remembered as an absolute classic, is nothing short of astonishing.”

Games Radar – 4/5

“More of the same is absolutely fine, as Bayonetta delivers her trademark action in true style. This sequel takes too long to get going and can feel harshly unfair, but when it’s at its peak, the action is breathtaking.”

Destructoid – 10/10

“When Bayonetta came out in 2010, I thought it was nearly perfect. Four years later and Platinum hasn’t lost its edge with Bayonetta 2. It’s just as stylish and as fun as ever, and a must-buy for action fans who own a Wii U.”

Joystiq – 5/5

“Bayonetta 2 is the perfect action game. It oozes style and boasts gameplay that’s both refined and lacking in excess. The combat is so purely entertaining that it’s easy to lose yourself in the almost-zen flow of dodging, countering and kicking enemies to death. Bayonetta 2 rewards a player’s drive to look as cool as possible in combat with gameplay designed for exactly that – and with the acrobatic violence of a winking heroine who is as legitimately endearing as she is completely ludicrous.”

CVG – 9/10

“We didn’t need a Bayonetta sequel, we needed this gracious evolution of style and execution, an injection of loving new content into a game that always felt as though it deserved more, even after we’d rinsed it clean. It might be an expansion pack, but it’s quite possibly the best one ever made.”

Videogamer – 9/10

“Bayonetta 2 is a system seller. It’s a Nintendo-published game that is rarely seen, and a game that will legitimately make non-Wii U owners jealous. It’s everything I want from a hardcore Nintendo title, offering genre-leading combat and eye-popping visual spectacle. The fact that Bayonetta 2 delivers the goods is no surprise. Nintendo being the firm behind its continued survival, however, is a surprise we should be very grateful for.”

Nintendo Life – 9/10

“Bayonetta is is a must buy for any action gaming fans. It’s fast, intense and ridiculous, all with an entertaining story and a protagonist that is forever subverting and playing with her audience. It’s pure Platinum Games, too, which means it’ll likely be adored by its converts and ignored by too many — we hope that won’t happen, as what we have here is one of the Wii U’s best games, and a rare arrival on the system that’s unashamedly violent, gory and mature, while still mischievously winking at the watching world. Bayonetta 2 is brilliant, brash and impossible to ignore.”

Kotaku – Yes

“Just thinking about how the developers at Platinum will surpass the excesses on display in this month’s release is enough to rub a body raw. Bayonetta 2’s combat design remains robust enough to be a very strong main attraction. But any emotions stirred up during my time with Bayonetta wound up feeling shallow. I’m glad for those times when I kicked ass in a stylish manner but still found myself bemoaning the terrible storytelling I endured to do that. If Platinum somehow manages to shore up those failings, the next encounter with Bayonetta won’t just be a pantomine of lust. It might turn into love.”

2 Comments

  1. 10/10 in Edge.

  2. Famitsu – 38/40

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