10/28/2014

HBM Reviews: Bayonetta 2


Do you remember Bayonetta? It was a game from a few years ago that can basically be described as "the female-oriented Devil May Cry, plus sex appeal." Well, it proved popular enough that it got a sequel, though it's a Wii U exclusive due to being funded by Nintendo.* How is it, you may ask? Well, that's why I'm reviewing it.

So, spoilers for Bayonetta 1 are apparent in this game, as you can see in the first 5 minutes of the game, which contains the death of the first game's villain, and copious use of Bayonetta's real name. Anyway, the plot of the game is, after the end of the first game, many natural disasters are occurring and the realms are fusing. Anyway, during a fight with angels, Bayonetta's fellow Umbra Witch, Jeanne, gets her soul dragged to Hell. So Bayonetta has to team up with a mysterious kid, Loki, to go to Hell and save Jeanne.

The gameplay is basically the same as Bayonetta, with punches, kicks, shooting, and all the other previous maneuvers. There's also a new power-up mode called Umbran Climax, which you can activate once you have at least one Big Magic Orb.  Overall, the gameplay actually feels a lot better than the original Bayonetta, which is saying something.

Actually, everything feels improved in this game. The facial animations and body movements are much more natural. The bosses are even better than the first game, and more plentiful. There's also a butt-ton of alternate costumes, including Nintendo-themed costumes. There's also a new mode called Tag Climax, but I haven't played it yet, so I'll update this part once I do.

Anyway, Bayonetta 2 is much better than Bayonetta 1. Really dang cool, and I hope to see more.

HBM, signing out.
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* Previous to Nintendo's funding it, Sega had refused to. If they hadn't Bayonetta 2 would have been multi-platform, and wouldn't have had the Nintendo costumes. So it's kinda 50/50 with the good and the bad from that...

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