Bayonetta 2 picks up exactly where the first game has left off. This game excels in visuals, smooth controls, and is hard to put down. It is unusual for a “Nintendo” game as the first title only appeared in both the PS3 and the 360 with no plans of creating a sequel. Just as all hope was lost Platinum games was revived from the brink of death when Nintendo of America President Reggie offered the company to make games for the Wii U. From that Bayonetta 2 became a reality.
For those unfamiliar with the Bayonetta franchise, Bayonetta is the action fighting game, similar to Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden. This hack and slash uses fighting mechanics where different buttons have different chains of command, with the selling point being both the playstyle and the story of the game. Since I played the first game, the introduction of the first game was exceptional since it introduced the titular hero who undergoes a mourning scene and as the bad guys start showing up, her true potentials are revealed in an ideal way a fighting game should properly be introduced. Looking at the sequel, we get a strong contradiction when the game opens up to a regular everyday scene with how these characters deal with their regular life but the scene remains dull and pointless for a good five minutes as it remains irrelevant to the engaging plotline one is used to in the previous game. As with most action games the sequel does carry the same mechanics from the previous game with more advanced movesets in order to keep the sequel fresh.
There is an online mode that has snippets of the campaign mode with a blend of co-op play as well as competitive play. Though the game follows the same formula as Bayonetta for those unfamiliar with the first game, Bayonetta 2 has a shop allowing the player to upgrade weapons, accessories, and potions that improves Bayonetta. Bayonetta 2 also includes areas with massive exploration that rewards players with journals that further explain Bayonetta’s universe and lastly there are hidden portals which challenge players to beat enemies with certain conditions.
Bayonetta 2 contains a second disc Bayonetta, the previous installment of the game which helps newcomers maximize the Bayonetta experience and get twice the fun that the franchise has to offer. In both games, players have exclusive Nintendo skins such as Princess Peach, Zelda, Link, Samus Aran, and even Fox as a nice addition on Nintendo’s part. These costumes also come with easter eggs such as the Peach costume that summons Bowsers hands instead of infernal demons.
The game has mature content and vastly contrasts with Nintendo’s target audience. Bayonetta 2 is most recommended to players who enjoy an action game with heavy fight sequences, those who want a break from the traditional Nintendo games or any casual who enjoys the story of any game.
Interested in Bayonetta? Bayonetta launched exclusively for the Wii U last October 24. Check out the Bayonetta launch celebration with Pamela Horton as Bayonetta.
By Rinaldy Gomez with extra help from Everett Colon
With more free time in the Summer, I decided to work on a new series called Review Rewind where instead of looking at newly released titles, I am going back to take a look at already launched titles through the year, beginning with Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2 and continuing onto Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Stay tuned!