The original Bayonetta is an incredibly deep, technical action game, and its accessible controls and crazy spectacle make it welcoming to casual brawlers and fight-masters alike. Bayonetta 2 seems to follow suit all the way, and is every bit an authentic expansion of the original game's values despite the dramatic shifts in platform and publisher. And it's a good thing I still remember enough from the first game to not embarrass myself during a public demo.
The current demo is all action, dropping me into circular arenas that act as free-flowing playgrounds for players to pull out their best combos. Like those of the first game, Bayonetta 2's fights favor creativity and skill over button-mashing, while remaining charmingly silly and over-the-top throughout. One battle ends with me squashing some massive beast into a bloody paste, while another concludes with Bayonetta summoning a giant demon frog that swallows a huge enemy in one gulp. Would it even surprise you to know that said fight kicks off as Bayonetta nonchalantly walks through a tidal wave frozen in time?
In both look and feel, Bayonetta 2 appears to be an entirely worthy second outing for one of gaming's most extravagant and enigmatic characters. It seems to be aiming for as many memorable moments as it can pack into a single game--and that's smart. After the first game's disappointing commercial reception, this sequel at one time seemed an impossible prospect, so who knows what chance we have of seeing a Bayonetta 3? Perhaps we'll have a better idea after we see the performance of the second game when it comes out this October. Fingers crossed Bayonetta gets the audience she deserves this time around.
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