Bayonetta 2 Review

Bayonetta 2 released exclusively for the Wii U last year and it’s one of the best purchases I ever made. Not only is it worth the money but it even comes packaged with the first game. I must admit I was never too interested in the series. Even when I bought it I didn’t play the games right away but when I did I couldn’t stop. Bayonetta 2 is a character action game with, what I consider, a weird-ass story, and awesome gameplay.

bayo2_1The story in Bayonetta 2 is just as odd as the first game and even after two playthroughs I still have some questions but at least it’s unique. Taking place after the events of the first game, Bayonetta is christmas shopping with her, who I’m going to characterize as her comedic sidekick and informant, Enzo. Shortly thereafter her friend and fellow witch is attacked and her soul is taken by the demons of Inferno. This sets the stage for the plot sending Bayonetta to the mountain of Fimbulventr, an entrance to Inferno. She meets a young boy named Loki who is trying to reach the top of Fimbulventr for his own reasons so both Bayonetta and Loki travel together for most of the game. The story gets all kind of crazy but by the end I understood most of what’s going on. It’s recommended you read about or play the first game to fully understand the story here since it is connected. Visually, Bayonetta 2 is superior to the first game. It’s more vibrant, detailed, and the environments look great. The sound and voice work is fantastic accompanied by some great music just like the first game.

bayo2_2After playing through both games twice I can easily say the Bayonetta series is my favorite series in the genre and that’s because the gameplay is fast, frantic, and addicting. The gameplay is pretty much identical to the first game but much more refined. You still hack and slash your way through enemies going for awesome combos. Like the first game, you will collect halos as the form of currency allowing you to purchase new techniques, items, accessories, weapons, and more from the shop. Also like the first game, when dodging attacks at the right moment Bayonetta will enter “witch time” which slows down time allowing Bayonetta to inflict a ton of damage to her enemies. This time around not only does Bayonetta combat angels but demons as well which is pretty cool and some of the enemy designs are really well done. The weapons feel great and I felt like I had to try each one. The game definitely felt easier or more forgiving then the first. I rarely had to use lollipops to restore my health this time around. I’d recommend veterans of the first game definitely play on the hardest difficulty. With that said, achieving pure platinum on every chapter is still a challenge. Quick-time events are still present but they no longer cause cheap deaths. My only real disappointment with this game is the final boss fight which is nowhere near as epic as the first game’s final boss.

bayo2_3Overall, Bayonetta 2 is an amazing game. Hacking and slashing your way through angels and demons has never been more fun. With a unique plot, interesting characters, tons of unlockables, there’s no reason fans of the genre should not check this game out. The gameplay is unchanged but refined so fans of the first game will feel right at home. Bayonetta 2 gives you so many reasons to come back it’s almost hard to stop playing.

Check out our playthrough below:

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