Bayonetta

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Bayonetta is an action game created by Hideki Kamiya. After 500 years of sleep, a witch named Bayonetta awakes and finds herself confronted by enemies. With no recollection of who she is or the reason she is being attacked, Bayonetta must battle her way through the city of Vigrid while her memory returns.

Bayonetta can magically shape her hair into anything and uses it as a weapon to eliminate her enemies. She also has 4 guns at her disposal, two handguns and two attached to her heels. Bayonetta's guns are interchangeable with other weapons that are accessible throughout the game. Weapons can be bought or will be dropped by enemies defeated in battle, weapons bought can be upgraded but weapons dropped by enemies are only temporary.

The game features slow-motion in the form of Witch Time, which is activated with a well-timed dodge during battle. In this mode Bayonetta can counter-attack enemies before they have the chance to react.

Spellings

  • ベヨネッタ - Japanese spelling
  • 蓓優妮塔 - Traditional Chinese spelling
  • 베요네타 - Korean spelling

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Average score: 87% (based on 66 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 54 ratings with 2 reviews)

All Bayonetta, All the time!

The Good
What can I say about Bayonetta, it definitely deserves a "Dante" moment! I like the PS3 version of Bayonetta. With incredible non-stop gameplay from shooting dastardly enemies to huge bosses, the music is pure energy, the "Witch Time" is high voltage, and one smokin' hot saucy witch pounds the Hack N' Slash genre since "Devil May Cry" and "Bloodrayne" all have in common. I hope Sega's putting good money on making a "Bayonetta" sequel. The story is amazing and I gotta give props to Hideki Kamiya taking a bigger step of hardcore gaming that we can still play for quite hours.

The Bad
There were a little bit flaws in the game including loading times that wants you to make half a minute so that you can go on to the next level or so, the death scenes were annoying, and I kinda dislike the mini-game "Angel Attack" where you shoot all the angels at once and get a perfect score if you beat all angels at one shot. Also, level design is far great, but misses.

The Bottom Line
If you haven't picked up Bayonetta, go get it! I'm serious. You are gonna feel the experience of one of the sexiest innovative game a geek always wants. Bayonetta is my new favorite character and my future wife! I'm gonna be crazy, so let's go crazy! The best game of 2010, Bayonetta.

PlayStation 3 · by Kadeem Gomez (31) · 2011

An intense action game that continually tops itself

The Good
This game has incredible graphics and highly creative art design. The characters, enemies, weapons, and items are all lavishly designed.

The cutscenes are amazing spectacles (no pun intended) to behold, and the dialog is often saucy and fun.

The main element that makes gameplay fun is Witch Time. When she dodges an enemy's attack at the last second, Bayonetta can slow down time for her enemies, giving her the opportunity to retaliate or prey on them. This also helps to make the game fair, yet challenging.

The music is nice. The game has its own version of "Fly Me to the Moon" that is cued during certain battles and moments. The sound effects and voice acting are nice as well.

The game contains many references to other games that the developers have worked on in their careers.

The Bad
The story is muddled and poorly explained.

The game feels a little short. In the end, you'll want more!

Sometimes, the game throws you into situations that you won't feel fully prepared for. This is as close as the game gets to being frustrating.



The Bottom Line
Bayonetta is a great action game. It's better than Devil May Cry and Team Ninja's Ninja Gaiden. The difficulty level on Normal is more fair than either of those games, too. But the game is still challenging, and mostly enjoyably so. There was never a point in the game where I felt I was in an impossible situation.

Bayonetta feels like a game that was made entirely with awesomeness and fun in mind, and it almost completely delivers, throughout its entire gameplay length. It feels like the game that everyone involved has always wanted to make.

Bayonetta is a game that deserves to be played and cherished by those who love action games, and games that are crazy and over-the-top. Buy it, and maybe one day, we'll get a worthy sequel. Send SEGA and Platinum Games a message with your money.

Xbox 360 · by BlameItOnTheKusoge (3) · 2012

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Bayonetta appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development team

The development team at Platinum Games Inc. responsible for Bayonetta is called Team Little Angels

References

Despite only being being published by SEGA, Bayonetta has numerous references to past SEGA games. Magical Sound Shower from OutRun and the theme of After Burner play during a car ride and motorbike chase, respectfully. During the prologue one character talks about a villainous person by the name of Eggman (a la the Eggman of Sonic games, though not the same character) and Bayonetta herself, while stylishly dispatching enemies, repeats several of Ulala's lines from Space Channel 5.

Elsewhere in the game a character rattles off a list of previous girlfriends: Claire, Trish, Sylvia, and "Ammy". These refer to the previous games directed by Hikedi Kamiya: Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2, Trish from Devil May Cry, Sexy Sylvia from Viewtiful Joe, and Amaterasu from Okami.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #5 Best Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2010 – Best Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2010 – Best Action Game of the Year
    • 2010 – Best Art Design of the Year
    • 2010 – #2 Best Music of the Year
  • Steam Awards
    • 2017 — The 'Soul of Vitruvius' Award — Nominated

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Game added by jj984jj.

Xbox One added by Rik Hideto. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Wii U added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Sciere, Havoc Crow, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third, Lain Crowley, Rik Hideto, FatherJack.

Game added November 27, 2009. Last modified December 6, 2023.