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Bayonetta 2 - how to make the best better

Bayonetta is brilliant. The game takes everything the original Devil May Cry stood for and tweaks it to near perfection. But you know what the problem with that is - there's very little left to improve in a sequel.

So Sega is left with a dilemma. With a massive franchise on their hands before it's even hit game number two, what they do right now will determine the fate of the entire series. So here's what you could add to make a better Bayonetta.

 

Add co-op

Bayonetta is a single-player game. Yet you'll often find yourself fighting alongside Jeanne, so it's not like the game can't handle a buddy. The game doesn't get muddled when you're attacking the same enemy - all it needs is player control instead of AI.


Above: Ladies, stop fighting. Team up and make Bayonetta 2 already

 

Add full multiplayer

Going one step further, there's already perfect foundations for a four-player Streets of Rage-style game. Bayonetta and Jeanne could be joined by Rodin and Enzo. If anyone could pull off Enzo's transition from comic relief cutscene fodder to playable buffoon, it's Platinum Games. Hell, why not have a full-on 2D side-scrolling level in homage to Axel and co?


Above: Imagine this done in Bayonetta-style 3D. It'd be superb

 

Make a spin-off game with Jeanne

What's Jeanne's story? She's enigmatic throughout most of the game and although some questions get answered at the end, we'd still love to know what she's been doing for the past couple of hundred years. Not to mention some people find her more attractive than Bayonetta. (Blasphemy!)

 

Or with Rodin

C'mon, Rodin is clearly a badass. He forges guns, runs a bar called 'The Gates of Hell' and makes a mean cocktail without spilling anything. For those who found Bayonetta's posturing a little too much to stomach, Rodin would make for a much more traditional videogame hero.


Above: Don't you want to see what he can do when he gets angry?

 

What we definitely wouldn't do:

An RPG. Not that the game world wouldn't support it (it would be better than the majority of RPG worlds out there in truth), but more because once Bayonetta moves away from all-out action, it'll probably never come back. The game needs to stay slick, sharp, focused and action-packed, or they might as well not make a sequel at all.

So... more of the same, with co-op, more playable characters and more fantastic nods to classic games? It may be the obvious answer, but you know what they say. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Except on PS3, of course. Still waiting for that patch...

19 Mar, 2010

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20 comments

  • hedgehog - December 28, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    i think they should make a xbox720 bayonetta2 video game in the year 2011 , that will be so fantastic, says, brandin lee detroy, and that will be cool, says, brandon lee detroy from mesquite, texas, says, bring it, but i think that the game needs more characters as umbra witches, like big grown big breasted female sonic hedgehog in the game ,do it, for sega's sake, and with big grown big breasted female knux in the game, yes, do it, and with the big grown female big breasted the evil creator the evil jubulaius, in the game, yes, do it, that will be great for 2011, and ypu guys make the game cds bigger, and for xbox 720, ps4 and ps3 and 360, and please make the game cases xbox 720,
  • nathanbeardmore - July 5, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    although a jeanne game would be good I like bayonetta alot better as a character maybe both can be on screen and you can switch from one to the other at will also a second player could join and take control of the avalable player
  • blodden1 - April 9, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    Get rid of Angel Attack cos that's horrible and also how about going to inferno?
  • TheIronMaiden - March 22, 2010 4:29 a.m.

    +1 to the comment above.
  • radicallyrad - March 21, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    Full nudity in Bayonetta 2 along with a sex scene of Jeanne and Bayonetta.
  • DVTC - March 20, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    um,,, why would I want a co-op or any type of multi-play on this game,,? I'm happy the way it is, and as a fan of devil may cry games I was perfectly fine with the way how it was always single player. that's like saying we should put multi-player into god of war or somethin,,, I know there was a part in devil may cry 3 where you can do co-op or using a certain style, but even then that wasn't so necessary to have fun. the game is based on doing infinite combo on enemy and hack'n slash. Jeanne however, I'd like her to have her own story. I loved Jeanne as much as I liked Bayoentta, or probably more than bayonetta (oh snap that's me!!). only her powers were a bit different than bayonetta (more like disadvantage for me) and I kinda didn't like it. and F**king I deleted the savefile at some point and I hated going through the torture of starting from the beginning And not having a regular witch time. and why would this kind of game ever turn into RPG..? this is Devil may cry games we're talking about. that's like mario game turining into FPS or somethin,,, it just feels weird.. wait a minute..
  • TheWebSwinger - March 20, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    Yeah, they shouldn't turn it into an FPS either! Why in the worrrld would they turn it into an RPG? >_>
  • philipshaw - March 20, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    It will be hard to beat the first Bayonetta because it was near perfect. The ending of Bayonetta sets up well for co-op which would be cool. Just hope they don't pull a DMC2 on us!
  • oryandymackie - March 20, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    Why doesn't Sega create a hub world for Bayonetta 2?
  • garnsr - March 20, 2010 5:54 a.m.

    I played through the PS3 version, and had no problems, the patch I received worked well. And a Bayonetta RPG could well turn out like Okami, and that would still be kick-ass. The fights in Bayonetta pop up around you, like Okami, so you'd just need to make the world more wanderable.
  • TurboBlevi - March 20, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    Oh my goodness, I could think of MANY things they could do to improve on the first one. I'm surprised people aren't looking passed the wet tight black leather and half naked moments. 1. MAKE FULL CUTSCENES, not slideshows. It wasn't creative, just made me laugh more at the fromage that was Bayonettas story. 2. Improve enemy AI. Flashy moves are nice, but when you're fighting, what seems like, babies that can't walk & made out of sand, it just gets boring. And fast. 3. A good story. Bayonetta's story was very lackluster up until the last couple chapters. I could even go as far to call it a joke. 4. Ditch the "mid-stage" menu. It was okay in Devil May Cry 1-3, but now we're on Xbox360 & PS3, that's what the start menu is for. It literally felt like I was playing a Devil May Cry 4 mod with less likable characters. Now I don't know if I quite agree with Co-op in a game like Bayonetta, it'd throw off the challenge, but I would have much rather played the first with a friend. If they improved the aspects I stated here, I wouldn't care for Co-op. And that's the truth.
  • lovinmyps3 - March 19, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    Oh and by the way, I actually disagree with every one of these, except maybe co-op. Especially the spin offs, Bayonetta really makes the game and I wouldn't have as much fun without her.
  • lovinmyps3 - March 19, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    Make Bayonetta better? That is a very hard thing to do.
  • johnmillard - March 19, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    sorting the camera angels out would be a good start lol
  • rxb - March 19, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    Good ideas but witch time and co op might not work to well. Nice use of the streets of rage, Gates of Hell pic.
  • jackthemenace - March 19, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    make the one about rodin. seriously. and Co-op would be bloody fun too
  • Ded - March 19, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    Co-op and multiplayer? Meh... not sure that would really be all that great.. But a spin off with Jeanne (which the developers have strongly hinted at) or Rodin might be interesting. Jeanne especially. What would be nice for a future game is a record and replay function. Then you can do some amazing combos and show them to the world, bit like with Street Fighter IV. Might be difficult to develop though.
  • RonnyLive19881 - March 19, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    Lol this could be a list for God of War too, sadly it is over now...
  • OnyxOblivion - March 19, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    Co-op? idk...That'd remove a large part of the challenge from a game like Bayonetta. They'd have to disable it for higher difficulties, or make the base game harder when in co-op.
  • eee - March 19, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    O Yeah First and their is no game character hotter than Bayonetta make a feature about that.That was not a joke make the damn feature. . . . Please

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