Game Review - Bayonetta on Nintendo Switch

Written by subzerobelow on August 31, 2018 @ 7:14 pm

A word to describe this game would be, sexy. From the beat them up gameplay to the provactive style, you can?t feel like there?s a thing missing from the broader game here. Deep down there?s some more glaring problems but for the most part I would recommend this game to the warriors crowd and those familiar to arena brawlers. As a disclosure I?ll also say that I played this on the switch and the game feels amazing as always for switch games. The controllers matched perfectly with fast paced style of the game

Gameplay: The combo system in this game is a bit mediocre by today?s standards. There?s a limited number of weapons and it?s a bit restrictive with you having to use the pre made combos to do well. On the other hand when pulling off consecutive combos it can feel awesome and super rewarding with the heavy punches and damage outputs it gives. It?s fun and challenging with a large emphasis on trail through error since witch time(perform a dodge correctly pauses time for a bit) is a key mechanic in fights later on as enemy?s become extremely fast and reflect to your attacks. This by default can be frustrating at times but if your kinda used to dark souls style pain then this shouldn?t be a problem for you. I found that gates of hell shop system was a bit underwhelming with not many things to chose from or buy, and when even looking to buy something, everything is extremely expensive. I only bought 4-5 items the entire time and hardly went to the place at all, a shame since I liked the bar character. There are some annoying design choices in the game. The angel ships are the worst offender as they have a really harsh set of weapons and attacks. Their constant barrage of missiles and laser attacks do an insane amount of damage and it?s incredibly hard to do meaningful damage up close as getting on top of them means having a large risk getting knocked off into the void. They only show up a couple times which is tolerable. Most enemy?s are much better with there attacks being balanced and I found the boss enemy?s to be the most enjoyable as they were the right place between challenging and diverse.

Graphics: Visually I can?t tell if anything was remastered for the switch or not, but the graphics are dated but I wouldn?t say aged badly. The game looks good enough anyway in 2018 standards and with the emphasis being on the gameplay not the graphics it shouldn?t be a barrier of entry into the game.

Story: A divide between humor and development. The game might start and seem like a light hearted game about a sexy witch that kicks ass, but nothing is ever what it seems. While Bayonetta her self develops well through the story, most of the other characters do not. Luka is another prominent character that gets a decent amount of development but really deserved more for how much he showed up, also a bit repetitive with his hate for Bayonetta but moves over it later on. The story also happens to be mostly self contained for better or for worse. With no reference or explanation of what happens with the other characters history(only Bayonetta has this exception) a lot of the characters can come off flat because of it. I can?t give to much punishment for this cause the game is literally called Bayonetta but my criticism still stands.

Music: As per usual, have to give some nod to this as it is an important part of any game. Mostly centered around combat and action it fits the game nicely. The flagship song ?fly me to the moon? was incredible as its also is. Used in a Marid of ways through out the game. Sometimes quiet and sometimes strong, it never gets old and honestly just gets better.

Overall: Overall a good game and worth the time investing, recommend it to those that are for fighting or arcade style games. At this time Bayonetta is available for $30 on switch(a fair price for this game). For pc it?s $20 and given the lower price I would recommend buying there. It?s originally made for a PlayStation or Xbox controller so plugging one in shouldn?t be a problem.

Gameplay Rating: 8
Story Rating: 7
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 6
Sound Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 7

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Game Information

Platform
Nintendo Switch
Developer(s)
PlatinumGames
Publisher(s)
Nintendo
Genre(s)
Action, Adventure, Hack n' Slash
NA Release Date
February 16, 2018
JP Release Date
February 17, 2018
EUR Release Date
February 16, 2018
AUS Release Date
February 16, 2018
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
16+
CERO Rating
D
ACB Rating
MA 15+
MVGL User Score
7.8
Composer
Norihiko Hibino, Takahiro Izutani, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Masami Ueda, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Rei Kondoh, Takayasu Sodeoka, Erina Niwa
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