Bayonetta [Wii U] Review

My very first review for the Wii U is here and it’s the first Bayonetta game!

If you’ve ever played any Devil May Cry game than you’ll know what to expect from Bayonetta. The only difference is I like Bayonetta and I despise Devil May Cry.

Bayonetta started off a little weird. I had no idea what I was walking into when I booted up the game on my Wii U. The first cutscene in the game was fantastic and sexy. Bayonetta is one sexual female, but don’t let the looks fool you. She can kick some serious ass and that’s really what this game is about; beating the shit out of angels. The atheist in me just smiled on the inside.

The Good:

Gameplay: 

Bayonetta has very fast paced gameplay. Do you remember the comparison I made with Devil May Cry? It’s pretty spot on with Bayonetta. There are some differences that separates the two games. Bayonetta can shape-shift into different animals to help her get around obstacles.

At first you’ll only have access to some pretty basic combos, but you’ll eventually be able to buy them with the currency that you’ll get from killing angels. You can buy new skills from the gate to hell as you progress through the game. You can get new costumes, accessories, and a secret boss fight. There is a lot of replayability here if you’re a fan of nonstop action games like this.

140617_5Bayonetta is full of QTEs. I think that’s because it came out when QTE’s were in just about every game. Some QTEs are really cool, but some of them will also have you throwing your controller across the room because you had no idea that you had to press the B button in a split second before that big ball of lava or boulder smashed Bayonetta and somehow killed her with one shot. It was tiresome at times, but it didn’t happen often and I think the majority of the QTE’s are well done for the most part.

If you’re easily offended or you’re one of those feminist than you might want to avoid playing Bayonetta because you’ll hate it. There are some really M rated moments in this game. They show sex or anything like that, but when you climax, yes it’s actually called a climax, in a boss fight Bayonetta’s costume will turn into a monster and kill the boss. When this happens she’s completely naked and I had no problem with that at all.

The Wii U gamepad lets you use the touch screen to play Bayonetta. You can swipe your finger on an enemy to hit it or move it to the side to dodge attacks. It’s a new, but more difficult way to play Bayonetta in my opinion.

The boss fights in this game are awesome. It’s been a long time since I fought satisfying bosses in a game and I’m glad that this game itched that boss fight scratch for me. Bosses range from being normal size to about the size of a sky scraper.

Graphics:

bayonetta-2-screenshot-4-e1358827606564Bayonetta is an good game, but it still looks really good. The cutscenes were beautiful and rich with detail. The environments look a little dated, but this game did originally come out back in 2009. Bayonetta aged really well and I have no complaints with the graphics of the game.

Soundtrack: 

Bayonetta’s soundtrack is really good. Usually in action games the soundtrack is just okay or it’s the only bad part of the game, but it works here. Bayonetta actually dances to the music at some points during the game. She loves music and she’s not afraid to bust a move. At the end of the game you’ll be treated to a lengthy music video so don’t skip the credits.

Story: 

At first I thought Bayonetta had an average story. The cutscenes were random, but nice, and the game seemed to be going all over the place. Bayonetta is trying to figure out what happened to her. She woke up and had no memory of who she was. By the end of the game I was actually really invested in the story of this game. I liked the the twist near the end of the game and fighting in space was just awesome.

I didn’t think I would like the story in Bayonetta. I thought the main focus of the game would be the gameplay, but I was wrong. There are some really good characters in this game and the entire cast has really good voice acting and I can’t wait to see what the sequel brings to the table.

The Bad: 

QTEs:

bayonetta-2-wii-uHaving some QTEs in your game won’t turn me away from it, but there are way too many of them in Bayonetta. They disguised it by letting Bayonetta do a really sexy pose while she’s naked fighting bosses, but I would really like to enjoy the game without having to worry about pushing the B button before a boulder smashes my face in. I hope they’re toned down a bit in Bayonetta 2.

The Verdict:

Bayonetta has the potential to be an excellent game. It has great gameplay, a good story, likable characters, and great lore, but it’s literally full of the worst kind of QTEs that you can put in a game. If I have to push a button or die because I didn’t see it coming it not only messes up my score at the end of each stage, but it also pisses me off because I wanted to watch the cutscene instead of participate in it. Not every QTE in the game does this, but it happened enough for me to take notice and mention here to everyone.

If you’re looking for a really sexy heroin that can take her clothes and kick ass at the same time than look further than Bayonetta.

8/10

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