Bayonetta 2 + Bayonetta

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ STEPHEN LAMBRECHTS ]

FLY ME TO THE MOON… TWICE. $89.95 | Switch | bay­o­netta2.nin­tendo.com

HOP­ING TO REACH a larger au­di­ence than it did with its orig­i­nal re­lease on Wii U, Plat­inumGames’ mas­ter­piece Bayonetta 2 ar­rives on Nin­tendo Switch with the orig­i­nal Bayonetta in­cluded as a bonus. The pack­age aims to bring new­com­ers up to speed on the ac­tion se­ries be­fore its up­com­ing third en­try, while also give ex­ist­ing fans the chance to in­dulge in its out­ra­geously stylish game­play in a more por­ta­ble man­ner. Play­ing as the tit­il­lat­ing tit­u­lar char­ac­ter of Bayonetta, a scant­ily-clad Um­bran Witch with am­ne­sia, you’re tasked with mow­ing down hordes of the evil An­gels of Par­adiso us­ing your hand and stiletto guns, as well as a va­ri­ety of other weapons you’ll pick up along the way. Of­ten con­sid­ered a spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the Devil May Cry se­ries (both were born from the mind of Hideki Kamiya), Bayonetta is es­sen­tially a hack’n’slash ti­tle with a deep fight­ing sys­tem that’s fo­cused on chained at­tacks through melee and ranged com­bat. The game’s out­landish en­e­mies can be launched into the air and jug­gled, placed into me­di­ae­val tor­ture de­vices, and even rav­aged by In­fer­nal Demons com­posed from Bayonetta’s own hair (don’t ask). Other mag­i­cal pow­ers al­low you to trans­form into a pan­ther, walk on walls, and even set off ‘Witch Time’ — an abil­ity that slows things down so that you can un­leash a flurry of re­tal­ia­tory blows af­ter a suc­cess­ful dodge. While some may find the overl­y­sex­u­alised na­ture of the char­ac­ter to be off-putting (the game fea­tures crotch shots ga­lore), Bayonetta com­pletely owns that sex­u­al­ity, never com­ing across as any­thing but pow­er­ful and in charge.

Ad­mit­tedly, not much has changed since the games were re­leased on Wii U, though Bayonetta 2’ s newly-added ami­ibo sup­port gives play­ers un­lock­able cos­tumes based on fa­mous Nin­tendo games, and the game now runs at a steady 60fps dur­ing com­bat. As far as third-per­son ac­tion games go, Bayonetta 1 and 2 are some of the best of all time. Turns out they’re even bet­ter when played on the go.

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