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5 reasons Bayonetta is going to be amazing

The latest build of Bayonetta is looking superb and playing superberifically. Yes, we've created a monster of a word blend there to get the point across because our hands-on with the latest build at Gamescom has left us very excited.

If you doubt the potential of Sega's new lady-shaped action fest, then read on. If you don't, then this'll whet your appetite still further…

 

It plays like Devil May Cry

Everything about the way the game moves and plays is reminiscent of Devil May Cry, most probably because Devil May Cry's creator Hideki Kamiya is directing it. For starters, there's the pulled-back third-person camera angle. Then there's the combat with multiple enemies at once. The melee and ranged attacks – with guns here triggered by holding down the attack button. Everything that made DMC great is here in spades.


Above: Bayonetta looks like Devil May Cry, right down to the colour palette

 

It's ultra-sexy

Not only is the stylish combat slick and sexy in its own way, but there's no denying the occasional flashes of bare female flesh are teasingly titillating. Where Dante was a suitably handsome hero, Bayonetta is a goth boy's wet dream. Her black catsuit is made of her own living hair, so when she uses it to attack (she's a witch – that's why, OK?), it leaves expanses of flesh uncovered. Some moves reveal more than others, so you'll definitely be trying to learn them all.


Above: Her suit may not look like hair, but wait till the wind picks up 

 

Anything can happen

The graphical quality has evolved to the point where you can't see the joins in set-piece scenery. We were happily sprinting down a staircase in the latest build, when suddenly the stairs were smashed by a humungous demon coming up through the floor. Few games have ever been this ambitious with their design (God of War springs to mind, but few others) and we can't wait to see what the later levels look like.


Above: This guy appears out of the ground with no warning

 

The combat system is superb

With its ultra-smooth frame-rate and wealth of attack variations, Bayonetta is rivalling Ninja Gaiden for variety and showmanship in battle. With a dodge button that triggers slow-motion counter attack chances depending on how late you use it, the risk/reward system is both deep and intuitive – which is classic Sega.


Above: Using the dodge maneuvre is the only way to beat this old rival

 

Everything's larger than life

From the amount of hair Bayonetta seems to have attached to her scalp to the massive shapes it creates (such as 8ft tall stilettos to kick enemies into the middle of next week), nothing is underplayed. The weapons you can pick up are OTT too, with rocket launchers, blades and whips to play with. And when the moon comes out, all the rules go out the window as you tap 'A' and activate 'Witch Walk', allowing you to run up vertical walls and across ceilings, continuing the fight with barely a pause.


Above: If one shot could encapsulate everything Bayonetta is, this is it

There's a rumoured 'noob' mode being added to combat the fact that this is an extremely hardcore game. But as long as it's separate, that's fine. Just give us real gamers the full fat, red-blooded, flesh-flashing uber-version and we'll be happy. Expect much more on this one soon.

27 Aug, 2009

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32 comments

  • skillsmlw - September 4, 2009 5:40 a.m.

    i will definatley pre-order this game
  • jackthemenace - August 31, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    this is like DMC for teenage boys. I MUST have it! my only concern is that it looks like all the moves would be too complex to master, so you would never learn the harder ones as it would take too much time to master pressing about 70 buttons for one attack. @nadrewog- you're way too obsessed with arkham asylum XD
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 30, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    Also there's no way in hell that Bayonetta can rival Ninja Gaiden 2, compare Bayonetta's exotic specials and creative attacks vs. Ninja Gaiden 2 bloody massacre, dismembering specials, Nin-Jitsu, Ninja suits, light speed brutal 20+ hit combos from an ultra finish, and wall running followed by a leap off the wall leading to a decapitation. I can't believe that imbecile would include Ninja Gaiden 2 in this article, I wonder what that fool will say when he sees the new Ninja Gaiden 3 that is undergoing developement right now as I type this message....?
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 30, 2009 10 a.m.

    This game is gonna have a pretty good combat system but the story will definitely suck @ss and thats why im not wasting my money on it and my woman is playing the Sims and she is too busy raising our family on the Sims to convert to a woman that needs so much attention she openly exposes her goodies to the perverts who are gonna attempt to play this game! Plus I have better games coming out soon, so this game won't be neccessary!
  • snothammer - August 28, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    @sixboxes She wears the glasses because her design is inspired by Sarah Palin. She doesn't need them, the devs wanted them.
  • rxb - August 28, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    I cant wait for this too, a sexy DMC4.
  • EmoMuffin - August 28, 2009 3:31 a.m.

    Hold up a minute GR. Not too long ago you were bemoaning the fact that women are portrayed as oversexualized in games, but now you're excited about a game because the "flashes of bare female flesh are teasingly titillating." I realize nobody can always practice what they preach, but that was amazingly hypocritical.
  • adadadad - August 28, 2009 2:25 a.m.

    @ nadrewod999 - lissen up, baby may like that film "my girl" as well, but broother, dont live your life by it... ;/
  • nadrewod999 - August 28, 2009 2:04 a.m.

    Also, I think that my girl would not like me playing as a woman who strips whenever she special attacks, so I will have to pass.
  • adadadad - August 28, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    @ egad and meteior, broothers. :/ i always speek the troth. i cannot lay. :/ this concludes todays lesseon. surmon end. ax
  • SUPERGOOD - August 27, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    Iv wanted this since i saw this on the E3 coverage on G4
  • norid - August 27, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    i now officaly want this
  • CreeplyTuna - August 27, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    in the second picture down she looks like an evil sarah palin
  • Embolado - August 27, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    Last picture has cosplay written al over it. She reminds me of a cross between the baroness and castlevania
  • mertor3190 - August 27, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    What the fucks up with adadadad?
  • GoldenMe - August 27, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    I'm not buying this. It's been done over and over before, and it's about as bad as FPS's now. And I'm not buying a single Sega product until they make a fucking good Sonic game this century.
  • crumbdunky - August 27, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    Out of all the games this year that get compared to others(like Gears and QT or Uncharted2 and Gears2 or MAG and ODST)this and DMC are the two I think will be inseperable. The last DMC was, imo at least, a bit meh and a bit of a recycled gameplay con. However, behind all the "oooh sexy bird with specs!" madness of Bayonetta will there really be a game different enough from DMC to be worth the £50?
  • sixboxes - August 27, 2009 5:15 p.m.

    I will buy this game. and for one reason: to find out why a woman so badass that she can handle 4 guns at once, turn her own hair into giant living instruments of creative death, and take down monsters the size of your average midwestern town HAS SUCH POOR EYESIGHT AS TO REQUIRE CORRECTIVE EYEWEAR. I mean seriously, glasses? Can't she just conjure up some 20/20 vision? Maybe it's protective eyewear. like goggles to keep all those monster guts from flying into her eyes.
  • KHfan - September 6, 2009 2:03 p.m.

    who is DMC aimed at then?
  • Chronas - August 30, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    She looks too much like palin for me to get into it -srsly, why sarah palin? oh, and the only console i own is a wii D:

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