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Bayonetta 2

FUGGETABOUTIT!!


Soundboards are still around?
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
What, no "If you need to learn how to talk to a lady, ask your mom"? At least this probably-old-but-new-to-me Bayonetta 2 soundboard has Enzo's catchphrase. I feel bad for making it to the end of the game before realizing he'd been left behind. What a goof. A foul-mouthed, lovable goof.
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Tetris effect

Bayonetta 2 is giving me the Tetris effect


Get outta my dreams
Nov 06
// Jordan Devore
Bayonetta kicked my ass last week, but I finished it (after giving in and switching the difficulty setting to Easy). I survived Gracious and Glorious, and sent you-know-who hurtling into the you-know-what. Damn, what a cool g...
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Bayonetta

I didn't think I'd enjoy Bayonetta this much


Know your limits
Nov 03
// Jordan Devore
Fighting angels as a witch dressed up like Samus Aran is a fun way to spend an evening. I'm several years late to playing Bayonetta, a game I might have never sought out had Nintendo and Platinum not packaged it in with its W...
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The Wonderful 101

Even more secrets from The Wonderful 101 revealed


Prototypes! Insensitive Mario! Easy Bayonetta Unlock!
Oct 25
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: The art above is a mock up from fan artist Kibbles and is not official art from Platinum as originally reported. Sorry for the mistake, and thanks to Edutena for pointing it out.] Sometimes a game takes a while to fi...

Review: Bayonetta 2

Oct 24 // Chris Carter
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)Developer: Platinum GamesPublisher: NintendoReleased: October 24, 2014MSRP: $59.99 (with Bayonetta 1) Bayonetta's simple and elegant technical action system returns in the sequel. On the surface, it's a two-button "punch-kick" system that also allows weapon switching and a ranged attack option. The beauty of the system is that it's very easy to learn, and on lower difficulties, it's viable to get by (albeit earning lower scores) with only picking up a few combos. But once you truly dig in to the tougher challenges, you'll have to master a large number of the game's combos to survive. Moves like the three-kick launcher, followed by an aerial rave, or the four-punch-kick flurry stun. While two buttons doesn't seem like much, the addition of delays and traditional fighting game moves expands the combo system to a whole new level. There's even air combos, and analog stick spin moves. The sequel once again uses concepts pioneered in Devil May Cry 3 like projectile juggling and instant weapon switching mid-combo to allow for a near endless amount of options in how you choose to approach any situation. If this sounds intimidating, don't worry -- the game teaches you everything fairly well. There's even a loading screen to practice on, with a combo list readily available to freshen up. It also tells you how many times you've used each move, in case you need an indicator of how to mix things up. [embed]282342:55930:0[/embed] Dodging is as essential as ever, triggering a "Witch Time" slowdown effect if performed right before a blow is about to be struck. One of my favorite things about Bayonetta is that it doesn't have those goofy "DODGE NOW!" icons above all of the enemies' heads that initiates an instant counter. You'll have genuinely need to pay attention to the battle at hand, learn the telegraphs (if there are any), and dodge on your own. Stylish torture attacks return (which are tag-team attacks with a partner), as do the big finale beast finishers and a lot of the classic abilities that made the first game so great. There's nothing better in gaming out right now than initiating a knockback move followed by a sprinting panther rushdown attack, then a juggle combo while triggering Witch Time after a quick dodge. It not only plays great, but there's so much style involved in just about every animation. Dashing turns you into a panther, double-jumping allows you to sprout butterfly wings, hovering turns you into a crow. Everything from the snapshot "photo finish" effect of completing a challenge room is painstakingly detailed. Control-wise, Bayonetta 2 exemplifies everything I love about the Wii U as a piece of hardware -- options. There's setups for the GamePad, touch controls, and the Pro Controller. There's four configurations of inputs in all, and Off-TV play is always on. I didn't think I'd be able to perform with precision using the GamePad as a controller back when the game was announced, but I'm loving it. That said, I wouldn't recommend touch controls outside of the novelty. In terms of the story, it's just as cheesy as ever, with characters like the Joe Pesci look-alike Enzo returning in a bigger way. To give you an example, Enzo's penis almost gets grinded up by Jeanne's motorcycle about ten minutes in, and Rodin, dressed as Santa Claus, drives a car on the side of a building. Oh, and Bayonneta kicks a fighter jet flying at full speed with a Sunday dress on. The choreography looks like it was taken straight out of an over-the-top action movie, and it's all the better for it. Bayonetta 2 doesn't linger whenever a new concept is introduced, which is a pretty big accomplishment since it's running on all cylinders throughout. Whether it's flying through the air in a special boss fight or piloting a mech, the game keeps you interested throughout its 12 chapters without re-using mechanics over and over. The level design is still reminiscent of Devil May Cry or God Hand in that its semi-open, allowing for a good deal of exploration and hidden treasures. There's also more underwater parts this time around -- don't worry, they're good. It's clear to see that the series has gotten an upgrade visually on the Wii U, and the frame rate is very clean -- I had no issues with my playthrough. As I said earlier detail is the name of the game here, as a lot of enemies have organic armor that can rip off bit by bit as you're slashing away. Bayonetta's new look is also perfect, in the sense that it's familiar but also different enough to divorce itself from the original. As an added bonus you can also switch on Japanese audio if you're into that, and the jazzy soundtrack is even better than the first game's offering (Bayonetta 2's take on Moon River is among my favorite tracks). The biggest addition is probably the "Tag Climax," which is a two-player mode that allows people to work in tandem while challenging each other to earn the highest score. You can bet "Halos" (the game's currency, which is linked to your campaign file) on whether or not you'll earn the highest amount of points, which also jacks up the difficulty. Bayonneta 2 allows you to select from a specific mission pool (called "Verse Cards") as well as from a pool of multiple characters and costumes. My favorite part of Tag Climax -- it has a CPU bot option! While many games completely forgo this mechanic that was once commonplace, Bayonneta 2 allows you to enjoy the mode even if none of your friends are online or you can't find anyone in the matchmaking system. This feature will come in handy years down the line when the online mode is dead and you still have the itch to play it. Like the first game, there's also tons of extra content that's available right on the disc with no DLC needed. There's new difficulties, verse cards, characters, a crafting system, Miiverse functionality, and stamps. There's also single-player challenge rooms in the realm of Muspelheim, which are similar to Onimusha's dark realm. These are no joke, with modifiers like "only Witch Time attacks do damage" or "complete the challenge without getting hit." To make it even tougher, you don't have a life bar in general -- you have a "hit meter" that decreases as you take even one bit of damage. The good news is that you can retry these as many times as you like until you best them. Oh, and there's also time trial races for extra chests, story fragments to find, and Rodin's shop is back for you to spend all your Halos in. It sports items, consumables, accessories, weapons, and moves to buy. You can even try out the moves beforehand. Unlike the first game, you can also opt for hard mode right out of the gate. Platinum basically thought of everything. Although this review doesn't take the bonus free copy of Bayonetta 1 into account, anyone would agree that it's a massive incentive to take the plunge. The first game still holds up to this day, and with a consistent frame rate and a ton of extra costumes, it's definitely worth playing whether you've already completed it or are experiencing it for the very first time. When Bayonetta came out in 2010, I thought it was nearly perfect. Four years later and Platinum hasn't lost its edge with Bayonetta 2. It's just as stylish and as fun as ever, and a must-buy for action fans who own a Wii U.
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I've got a fever, and the only cure is more dead angels
Outside of Devil May Cry 3, Bayonetta is one of the finest action games of all time. The action systems were so clean, so precise, and so rewarding that it leaves pretty much everything these days in the dust. Bayonetta 2 doesn't change a whole lot, and that's perfectly okay with me.

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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Witch time!


Game with the Dtoid community
Oct 24
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! I almost can't believe that it's actually here. Bayonetta 2, a game that nobody thought we'd ever see, has officially launched here in the states for the Wii U. After playing through the demo almost a dozen time...
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Bayonetta 2

Yep, I have no idea what this Bayonetta 2 trailer's all about


I'm so lost
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
Look, I'm not the type of guy that would lie to you. I wouldn't feign expertise in something I know nothing about. Today, that something is Bayonetta 2, as this launch trailer makes very little sense to me. This is all givin...
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Bayonetta 2

Kamiya re-iterates that bringing Bayonetta 2 to PS4 or Xbox One is Nintendo's call


'Ask for Mario and Zelda too'
Oct 01
// Chris Carter
As we draw closer to the international release date for Bayonetta 2, a lot of people continue to bring up the exclusivity deal. "Will we get it one day on other platforms," people ask constantly, hoping that one day it will s...
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Thirty minutes of Bayonetta
I'm still surprised that Nintendo is pushing Bayonetta 2 as hard as it is when Wonderful 101 matched their brand effortlessly, and they barely promoted it. As I've said in the past, every time I've seen this game d...

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Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 is getting its own Nintendo Direct tomorrow


September 4th at 3PM PST
Sep 03
// Chris Carter
If you're interested in Bayonetta 2, you may want to clear your schedule for tomorrow afternoon. Nintendo has just announced that there will be a special Bayonetta related Nintendo Direct, held at 3PM PST on September 4t...

I swam around as a snake and then I don't know what happened in Bayonetta 2

Aug 30 // Brett Makedonski
I played chapter five, titled "Cathedral of Cascades," which started off with me transforming into a snake and swimming to land. I was incredibly good at this part, probably because it was impossible to screw up. Being the rock solid reporter that I am, I inquired as to whether Bayonetta can turn into any other animals. Did you know Bayonetta can transform into a fucking panther? Maybe I would've if I played the original, but seriously -- a goddamn panther. Needless to say, the next couple minutes were blocked off for panther dashing. That line of people behind me? I didn't care so much about them; they probably got lots of panther time in the first game.  Once that novelty wore off, I continued with the demo and things got significantly more convoluted. Combat? Yeah, I had no idea what I was doing. I eventually fell into a rhythm with the dodge button, and felt semi-competent despite the fact that I probably wasn't. I managed to rack up gold statuses on a few sections. That euphoria vanished immediately when the Nintendo representative told me that there are two rankings above gold. So, it's kind of a really fancy C-plus. However, combat was the most intuitive thing in the world compared to the narrative. Cut scenes? They looked nice, but it might as well have been in another language for as little sense as it made to me. Nintendo gave me a whole list of things that I can't mention in this preview, but it need not worry because I don't have a clue what any of those words mean anyway. My massive heaps of ignorance aside, I had a good time with Bayonetta 2. Combat can be supremely satisfying when the pieces fall into place. The plot? Maybe it's good, I don't know. But, don't be concerned with all of that because you can transform into a sea snake and a panther. That's all that really matters. This wasn't a very good preview.
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That snake part was crystal clear, though
Minor confession to make: I haven't played Bayonetta. Yeah, I hear it's good, but I just never got around to it. It happens. Heading into a quick hands-on session with Bayonetta 2, I figured my inexperience wouldn't matter much. Wow, was I ever wrong. Now a few hours removed from the demo, my head's still spinning from trying to discern exactly what the hell just happened.

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Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 dated for October 24th


So spooky
Aug 29
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has sent word that Bayonetta 2 will be hitting the Wii U on October 24th. In case you haven't heard of it yet, she'll also gain access to a new "snake transformation" that will let her navigate water, and of cou...
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Bayonetta 2

The sound and the fury of Bayonetta 2's angels and demons


Finding the opposite of angels
Aug 20
// Brittany Vincent
Bayonetta 2 sound designer Daisuke Sakata touched on how he goes about designing sounds for his games in a recent post on the PlatinumGames blog. In particular, Sakata talks about the presence of both angel and demon enemies...
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Bayonetta

Japan is getting a five-disc Bayonetta 2 soundtrack this year


Roughly $50
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Sega's music label Wave Master has announced that Bayonetta 2 will be getting a five-disc mega soundtrack, which is very much inline with Platinum Games' previous releases. It'll drop on October 29, and the lead composer...
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Bayonetta 2

More Bayonetta 2 screens make me want to speak in tongues


Now let me demonstrate...
Aug 15
// Brittany Vincent
I've got this feeling and it's deep in my body. It gives me wiggles and it makes my rump shake. It's called "looking at these Bayonetta 2 screens." That's why I'm so tickled about this latest batch, but honestly I'm about rea...
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Funimation
As an anime fan growing up, dubs were often hit or miss. Not a whole lot of companies took their dubwork seriously, and often times, I'd resort to subtitles to get my anime fix. But over the years, pretty much every major co...

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Bayonneta 2

Here's some more details on Bayonetta 2's multiplayer


'Tag Climax'
Jul 24
// Chris Carter
New details have been announced for Bayonetta 2's multiplayer mode, and it all sounds pretty great. First off, online play is confirmed, as is the ability to play with friends or with a CPU (loving that last option in this on...
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So hardback for these guides
A new Amazon listing has confirmed that both Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors will be receiving hardcovers guides published by Prima Games. The Hyrule Warriors guide will feature a bonus section with behind-the-scenes material...

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Bayonetta 2 screens

This Santa is blasť, this mob-man is terrified: Bayonetta 2 is wacky


Look at his face!
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
The choice between badass Santa and comically scared mob boss for the header image was a hard one. The Santa thing is a bit trite, I guess, but he wins out. Still, look at that guy's face.  Bayonetta 2 looks insane,...
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Bayonetta 2

Don't worry, Bayonetta 2 will come packaged with the original game as well


Do you wanna touch me?
Jul 08
// Brittany Vincent
Concerned over how you're going to pick up Bayonetta in addition to its sequel when it finally hits the Wii U? Not sure how you want to purchase the game so that you'll get a copy of the first game? Worry no more -- at least,...
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Bayonetta

Bayonetta's sultry crooning will stay the same for Bayonetta: Bloody Fate


Oh-oh-oh-oh, Miss Bayonetta~!
Jul 08
// Brittany Vincent
If you were concerned that the dulcet tones of Bayonetta and the rest of the gang were going to change drastically with the release of the anime feature Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, you can breathe a sigh of relief. FUNimation has...
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Daisy

A Daisy costume will be making an appearance in Bayonetta Wii U as well


In addition to Peach, Samus, and Link
Jun 30
// Chris Carter
After a ton of detective work, users around the 'net spotted a peculiar image from the Wii U's upcoming release of Bayonetta. Specifically, it showed a locket containing special costumes from Link, Samus, and Peach, but there...
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Bayonetta 2

Go in for the kill with these new Bayonetta 2 screens


AZAZAZ PIADPH!
Jun 27
// Brittany Vincent
"Do you want to touch me?" I mean, I wanna touch Bayonetta 2. I need my hands all over it. I can't wait much longer for its release, and we've already covered climaxing together. Here's something to keep you going while ...
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Bayonetta

Working with Nintendo pushed Bayonetta 2 'to even higher quality,' says director


Platinum 'learned a lot from Nintendo'
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo hasn't bought Platinum Games (wouldn't that be an interesting development?) but the company is acting as publisher for Bayonetta 2, which has become one of the bigger Wii U games of this year. Speaking to CVG, direct...
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Bayonetta

What if other Nintendo characters had Bayonetta's proportions?


'Leggy leggy leggy leggy'- Murray
Jun 21
// Jonathan Holmes
There are a lot of different ways to look at Bayonetta, as she manages to be many different things to many different people at the same time. Depending on what angle you're looking at her from, she could appear to be a sex ob...
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Bayonetta

Bayonetta Wii U-specific outfits empower Bowser kicks and visor flips


Sequel pack-in bonuses add extra flair
Jun 21
// Jonathan Holmes
Bayonetta 2 is almost here, and from everything I've played, it seems to be a more consistently exuberantgame than the original. While the first game frequently toggled between serious face grim-darkness and light-hearted whi...
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Bayonetta

The Bayonetta anime is coming to the US by way of Funimation


Also, Canada
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
The Bayonetta anime -- titled "Bloody Fate" -- is a thing, and now we know that it's coming to the US and Canada due to Funimation's international distribution rights acquisition. There's no date set, but it's definitely...
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Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2's 'Tag Climax' cooperative mode allows players to exterminate enemies together


You should never have to climax alone
Jun 11
// Brittany Vincent
Bayonetta 2 will be much more than just a solo affair. Nintendo has announced an additional cooperative mode known as "Tag Climax," which will allow two players to team up together and take on the many enemies in-game all for...
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Bayonetta

Original game not included with Bayonetta 2 Wii U eShop downloads


What gives?
Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Oh good! "The original version of Bayonetta will be available via a digital download on eShop when you purchase Bayonetta 2 (either a box version or digital copy of the game)," says Nintendo. Glad that's settled.]...
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Platinum Games

Platinum Games once again sings the praises of Nintendo


The publisher is thanked again for saving Bayonetta 2
Mar 03
// Chris Carter
Platinum Games producer JP Kellams recently spoke at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media, and reminded fans yet again that if it wasn't for Nintendo, Bayonetta 2 would not have existed. Kellams outright states, "...

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