Bay­o­netta: Bloody Fate

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The mane event

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

2013 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tor: Fu­mi­nori Kizaki Cast: Hel­lena Tay­lor, Grey DeLisle, Dave Fen­noy, Yuri Lowenthal

Call off the

search party, put the blood­hound back on its leash, we’ve found it! The first, hon­est- to- good­ness great videogame movie. Okay, it’s an an­ime, which prob­a­bly doesn’t count, but Bay­o­netta: Bloody Fate is the best fea­ture- length game adap­ta­tion to date.

It retells the first game’s barmy tale. Armed with de­monic hair and heels to die for ( lit­er­ally – they’ve got guns at­tached to them) Bay­o­netta is an Um­bra Witch, caught in the mid­dle of a cen­turiesold war be­tween her kind and the Lu­men Sages. She’s also lost her mem­ory and has no idea why the Sages’ an­gelic as­sas­sins seem so hell- bent on cap­tur­ing her, or who this Ju­bileus chap is…

Bloody Fate omits oc­ca­sional lo­ca­tions and char­ac­ters but oth­er­wise does an im­pres­sive job of stream­lin­ing the game’s story. The tone’s spot- on too, with out­ra­geous fan ser­vice shots of Bay­o­netta half naked, lu­di­crously over- the- top ac­tion se­quences and a bouncy bub­blegum pop sound­track.

It’s a less charm­ing in­tro­duc­tion to Bay­o­netta’s bonkers world than the game was, mean­ing any­one new to Wicked Weaves and Um­bran Cli­maxes may strug­gle to see the ap­peal, but it’s hard to imag­ine fans of the fran­chise won’t be won over.

Ex­tras: Com­men­tary by the English lan­guage voice di­rec­tor and Hel­lena Tay­lor ( voice of Bay­o­netta), sto­ry­boards and a trailer. Jor­dan Far­ley The Ja­panese voice cast for Bloody Fate were so popular with fans they were used in the Ja­panese ver­sion of Bay­o­netta 2.

Don’t get on the wrong side of that hair.

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