GAMES - Review
17:00 - 20th December 2014, by Matthew Edwards

Bayonetta 2

Platinum Games is a studio that prides itself on making new and original games, but when Nintendo rocked up to its doorstep with enough money to bankroll a sequel to Bayonetta, even the hottest name in Japanese game development couldn’t say no. And although they say that familiarity breeds contempt, you definitely can’t apply this logic to one of the most refined combat systems in the history of gaming. This sequel is cause for celebration.

Set just a few months after the original, Bayonetta 2 puts the player back in the bullet spraying heels of the titular witch. Her sister-in-arms, Jeanne, has been dragged to hell by some less than cooperative demons, and not content with finding a new bestie, Bayonetta enlists the help of the smack-talking Enzo and the bartending Rodin before planning a trip to the underworld. What follows is gung-ho adventure of risqué poses and angelic bosses as Bayonetta discovers a more sinister plot.

The focus is still on switching between two weapon sets on the fly and using the returning Witch Time mechanic to dodge attacks, and in this regard, Bayonetta 2 is a master-class in elegant game design. It’s not a coup d’etat in the same sense as the original, because Platinum Games has already stolen the genre. But in terms of keeping on top of the competition, Bayonetta is still the one to beat.

If you want to see your Wii U drop the PG act and grind like a pole dancer, this is the game for you.
SCORE: 4.5/5
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