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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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Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 gets a new trailer with new characters


'Did you miss me?'
Feb 13
// Chris Carter
Sadly, nothing really substantial was discussed about Bayonetta 2 at today's Nintendo Direct (not even a release window other than "later this year"), but a new trailer was dropped that helps us get a better look at the game. All of the standard Bayonetta staples are here, including big boss battles, Witch Time dodging, and of course -- more surfing.

Should Bayonetta 2 have competitive or co-op multiplayer?

Jan 06 // Chris Carter
Competitive: Astute Platinum fans will notice that the above screen is actually from Anarchy Reigns -- one of my favorite games of 2013. As a cross-promotion of sorts Bayonetta was implanted into the game, which features a good old-fashioned rumble-fest with multiplayer arena combat. This is easily how Bayonetta 2's multiplayer component could end up, as her inclusion in Anarchy could have been foreshadowing a full-on competitive mode for up to four players. Assuming that Nintendo and Platinum are able to get the game up and running online, both parties really need to address the immediate drop in the online community, a problem that plagued Anarchy Reigns. With Nintendo at the helm and a bigger budget, they could work with Platinum to achieve a superior netcode, resulting in less dropped games. They could also collaboratively decide to cut down on the gametypes, so that players could easily jump into another session without too much trouble. Nintendo showed their resolve by publishing Bayonetta 2, one of their only M-rated games on record. Now they can show that they have what it takes to back up Platinum and provide a solid online experience with a hardcore action game. Co-op: Playing nice is also an option, and co-op would easily work if Nintendo and Platinum decide to ditch online play entirely. I think this is the likely option for multiple reasons, including the ability to use the GamePad and a Wii U Pro Controller in tandem. Similar to Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, one player can use the GamePad as a screen while the other player gets free rein of the TV. It would be perfect for ensuring that each player has an ample camera angle to perform their maneuvers, and very easy to engineer with only two players to account for, offline. In all likelihood this mode would feature Bayonetta and her rival Jeanne in a format similar to Dante's Inferno's Trials of St. Lucia mode, with both players battling off hordes of enemies. While I wouldn't mind an "endless mode" to tackle with a friend, I think specific levels and waves would be ideal, and it would be consistent with Bayonetta's "grade" and ranking system. In short, it could implement concepts found in Ninja Gaiden's Ninja Trials mode, and present a "mini-story" -- even if it was just clips of Bayonetta and Jeanne bickering. Personally, I'd find a well designed co-op mode to be superior to the competitive option, especially since we already got a taste of it with Anarchy Reigns. A truly well balanced co-op mode with the same technical action from the core game would provide endless hours of entertainment for myself and another like-minded friend. Both? Of course, this list is non-exhaustive, and doesn't spell out every option for Platinum Games -- just the more likely ones. It would be great if both of them were included, as well as local and online play. Leaderboards would also be perfect for either mode to add a friendly competitive element to them. Either way, I'm hoping we hear more about Bayonetta 2 sooner than later.
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All we know right now is that it supports two players
Bayonetta is one of my favorite action games of all time. Not only is it legitimately challenging even on hard mode (who would have thought), but it offers up that frame-perfect technical action you'd expect from a studio lik...

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Bayonetta

Kamiya's Tweet about Bayonetta Wii U spurs fan campaign


Operation Dead Angles works to
Nov 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Nintendo's announcement of Bayonetta 2 as a 2nd party Wii U exclusive was a big deal last year. Some fans immediately exploded with rage, demanding that the game also be brought to the PS3 instead. Now it seems those roles ha...
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Bayonetta

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate anime coming soon from Gonzo


Watch out for the enchanting and sadistic witch
Sep 21
// Jonathan Holmes
[Warning: Trailer NSFW secondary to butt.] Bayonetta is quite the divisive character, embraced and/or loathed by feminists, sex perverts and feminist sex perverts alike. While her first game didn't do huge numbers, she'...
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Umbran ... it's Umbran
The sheer spectacle of Bayonetta 2 has me on board for this Wii U exclusive, and that's to say nothing of the hair. Oh, that magnificent hair. It's everywhere! It was getting late in our PAX Prime 2013 journey when Hamza and...

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Bayonetta 2

Platinum Games discusses relationship with Nintendo


'A great experience'
Aug 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Nintendo has enlisted Platinum Games in its endeavor to provide the Wii U with unique exclusives such as The Wonderful 101 in order to entice the ever-elusive core gamer. The match may seem like an odd one, consider...
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Bayonetta

CONFIRMED! Bayonetta's Enzo = Danny DeVito + Joe Pesci


Pesci is obvious, but DeVito? Not seeing it
Jun 28
// Tony Ponce
If you play the original Bayonetta and don't immediately think of Joe Pesci the moment Enzo opens his mouth, you haven't been getting enough Vinny in your life. Some people find his manner of speech annoying, but like former ...
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I survived Bayonetta 2's touch screen controls


They were yummy and not bad
Jun 11
// Jonathan Holmes
Bayonetta 2 has the potential to do what most sequels set out to do -- meet the approval of existing fans while being appreciated by a new audience. It feels more confident in it's own inherently brazen nature, and less inter...
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Bayonetta 2 multiplayer

Bayonetta 2 features a two-player mode


Very retro...
Jun 11
// Steven Hansen
Bayonetta 2 will have a two-player mode, according to our own Hamza Aziz who is reporting a bit from a Nintendo event. Aside from the note that there will be a lot more aerial combat in the game in general, there wasn't anyth...
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Bayonetta DLC

Bayonetta DLC now available for Anarchy Reigns on PSN


Bugger! And I didn't make any time for pillow talk.
Apr 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Bayonetta has arrived once again on PlayStation Network, this time as a downloadable playable character for Anarchy Reigns. After enjoying months of exclusivity as a GameStop pre-order bonus, the Umbra Witch is now freel...
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Wii U exclusives

Platinum: W101 & Bayonetta 2 will stay exclusive to Wii U


They'll go multiplatform only if Nintendo allows it
Feb 08
// Tony Ponce
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is going multi-platform, and no one's all that bothered. Rayman Legends is going multi-platform, and that bit of news is met with slightly more perturbation. Whatever your opinion on any individua...
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New releases: Skulls of the Shogun will slay you


Plus Dungeonland, Antichamber, and new 3DS games
Jan 28
// Fraser Brown
Monday has once again arrived, so you know the drill: it's another week of new releases. We're leaving January behind in a somewhat subdued fashion, but there's certain to be something that will catch your eye. Skulls of the...
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Bayonetta on PSN

Bayonetta is coming to the PlayStation Network


Cereza, my dear, watch and learn
Jan 24
// Chris Carter
Platinum Games fans, rejoice! Bayonetta will be coming to the PlayStation Network on January 30 for $19.99. It's safe to assume that this version will be the patched version of the PS3 game, due to the fact that the base vers...
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Bayonetta 2

Platinum Games offers an early look at Bayonetta 2


'It will be worth the wait'
Jan 23
// Jordan Devore
Although Platinum Games' new trailer for Bayonetta 2 doesn't show any gameplay, instead focusing on some enemy designs, concept art, and Bayonetta's legs, it's worth watching for fans of the original. Throughout the video, v...

The biggest videogame controversies of 2012

Dec 20 // Jim Sterling
Retake Mass Effect In the eyes of some, Mass Effect is to videogames what Star Wars is to film. Such a comparison holds water when you take a look at the fanbase, especially its reaction to Mass Effect 3. This was the big finale, the culmination of a trilogy in which millions of gamers had invested their time, their interest and, yes, even their emotion. In many ways, its ending was guaranteed to piss people off, as nobody can put so much personal stock in a story and not feel disappointed by the way it concludes. However BioWare ended it, it'd never be exactly what individual fans envisioned.  Nevertheless, nobody was quite prepared for the backlash. Aside from the usual Metacritic mauling, petitions were erected to have BioWare change the ending. Business authorities were notified as fans accused BioWare and Electronic Arts of lying. Cupcakes were sent to the studio's office in protest. The biggest sticking point lay in how commercials promised fans that every choice they'd made in the series mattered, when in reality the ending all came down to one of three "choose your ending" options, like any other videogame.  The anger became focused into the "Retake Mass Effect" campaign, which eventually got big enough to where BioWare released new downloadable content in order to "contextualize" the ending. For some, this was the olive branch they wanted. For others, it fixed nothing. Even now, months after the game's release, the debate as to whether or not fans were ultimately cheated by BioWare rages on.  Are you right there, Phil Fish? There is a reason public relations is such a big sector of the game industry, and it's because game developers seem to have a habit of really putting their feet in their mouths. Phil Fish, already a controversial figure in the indie development scene, demonstrated just how badly things can go when you utter the wrong thing, after he said to a Japanese developer, "Your games just suck." Of course, he went and said this right before his project of many years, FEZ, was slated to launch on Xbox Live Arcade. Years and years of promotion and hype, undone by a single sentence. Pretty soon, whenever FEZ was mentioned, talk emerged on whether or not the creator was a racist. There were gamers who refused to buy the game, due to concerns over supporting a bigot, while others were simply angry that he'd so bluntly write off an entire sector of game development.  Chances are pretty good that Fish, for all his faults, is not a racist. His dismissal of an entire nation's games, however, was undoubtedly ignorant, and it's not hard to see why so many were offended. Nevertheless, FEZ performed quite well and enjoyed huge critical acclaim. Just a shame about that patch.  The diabolical disaster of Error 37 Diablo III was one of the most anticipated games of the year, and after making six million sales in a week, it was easily among the biggest successes. Nevertheless, the game's always-online requirements remained a sticking point, especially when the glorified DRM measure meant users couldn't get into the game on launch day.  Many gamers trying to log in were hit with "Error 37" messages, Diablo III's servers unable to handle the masses of would-be heroes frantically attempting to enjoy the game they just paid for. The whole mess illustrated the major problem with PC gaming at the moment, as paying consumers feel less like customers and more like lodgers, enjoying temporary stays in a game's world at the mercy of corporate landlords. Nobody owns the games they pay for, and handing over your $60 doesn't guarantee you the ability to play what you bought -- and that's kind of not cool. Street Fighter X Tekken X Disc-Locked Content On-disc DLC is not a new concept, but gamers are growing increasingly tired of having to buy "extra" content that was already surreptitiously sold to them. This weariness came to head with Street Fighter X Tekken, featuring as it did a full roster of playable characters hidden on the disc, waiting to be unlocked via later purchases of "downloadable" content.  Despite the usual load of excuses (separate budgets, multiplayer integration, etc.), Capcom's behavior in this instance was largely considered a case of going way too far. Full character models, along with prologue and ending movies, were all sat there like sleeper agents, and it came off as more than a little insulting.  Capcom, for its part, would go on to say that it'd be "re-evaluating" its DLC policies in the future, though admitted Dragon's Dogma would still ship with disc-locked content. It remains to be seen whether or not Capcom can continue to resist this tacky business practice, or if it'll go back to old habits once it thinks the heat is off.  Bayonetta 2 ... U MAD? Perhaps one of the more ridiculous outrages this year concerned Bayonetta 2, a game that simply would not have existed without Nintendo's support. That didn't stop "fans" being utterly disgusted that the sequel would be a Wii U exclusive, seemingly preferring to have no game at all rather than one bound to Nintendo's newest home console.  Within moments of the game's announcement, folk were flinging shit around their cages in furious protest, sending such vile messages to Hideki Kamiya as, "I better see an Xbox release in future or I'll kill you," "FU*K you and fu*k YOU Platinum Games. Not buying games from you again. No respect for loyal gamers," and "Platinum studio is dead for me. Considering to cancel my MGRising pre-order too." The term "entitled gamer" is overused and often utilized in the wrong situation, but for this particular debacle, its certainly a term that seems to fit. Bayonetta's fans painted a truly despicable picture of themselves that day.  Doritosgate An image of Geoff Keighley sat, dead-eyed, next to a bag of Doritos and a load of Mountain Dew. It started as a generally humorous image, shared on social networks and used to poke fun at game journalism's increasing proximity to advertising agencies. Things took a more serious tone, however, when Eurogamer columnist Robert "Rab" Florence penned an article severely criticizing the way in which games media seem to hop gleefully in bed with industry PR. In particular, he picked at the British Games Media Awards, a ceremony in which game marketers essentially reward their favorite writers. Even worse, this year they had those same writers Tweeting advertising hashtags to try and win a PS3.  Things took a turn when Rab focused on one particular writer, Lauren Wainwright, who defended the hashtag contest. He noted how her defense of the practice led him not to trust her opinion, as someone who justified games media's complicity with product placement. Lauren would go on to accuse Eurogamer of libel, and her employer MCV got involved. Eventually, Eurogamer edited Rab's article to remove Lauren's name, and Florence quit his post at the publication in response.  This chain of events sent shockwaves throughout the gaming community, forums such as NeoGAF began shining a spotlight on a number of dodgy practices, and the media felt the heat. Some outlets wrote up new ethics codes, others promised to cut out publisher-paid preview trips. Many writers took hard, long looks at themselves. Then again, others wrote off the entire thing as unimportant whining, and didn't take the introspective opportunity. Whatever one's opinion, this was easily among the most tumultuous issues of the year, and something I personally haven't forgotten. The War Z and the war on telling the truth about things 2012 was so packed with kerfuffles that some studios had to wait until the last few weeks of the year to get their turn. Hammerpoint sung out twelve months of controversy with impressive gusto, releasing The War Z under a banner of lies. The game hit Steam with a list of features that weren't even in the game, promising multiple maps, skills, and up to 100 players per server. None of those were available at launch. Not only that, but customers weren't told they were playing a glorified alpha build that, frankly, was a mess.  The game itself was a huge disappointment. It was less zombie-survival MMO and more all-versus-all deathmatches with snipers talking out unarmed newcomers -- newcomers who'd survive for a few seconds and then have to wait four hours to respawn (unless they made a brand new character or paid Hammerpoint extra cash for an instant revival). As customers got pissed, Hammerpoint spent its time silencing dissent on message boards and attempting to portray complaints as the work of disingenuous fanboys. Valve, however, saw things differently, and actually pulled the game from Steam before offering refunds.  At the time of writing, more information continues to appear concerning the lazy and sketchy development of The War Z. This is a story that could carry us comfortably into the new year. 2012: The Year of Sexism The videogame industry is no stranger to social pressure, beset as it is by critics and pundits who wish to blame interactive entertainment for every ill in the world. This year, however, the heaviest of the pressure came from within. 2012 was undoubtedly the year gaming got serious about gender issues, which can be a good or bad thing, and the sheer volume of events that happened is staggering.  There really are too many things that happened to name individually, but a few of the biggest include Hitman: Absolution and a trailer depicting Agent 47 bashing the crap out of fetishized nuns, the attacks on BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler, a women threatened with rape after seeking funds for a video series on videogame gender tropes, and the PR missteps of the Tomb Raider reboot.   Tomb Raider was arguably the most high-profile issue, a seemingly genuine attempt by Crystal Dynamics to craft a strong female character that managed to offend by beating the crap out of her and promising murky implications of attempted rape. While the game looks on track to be quite good, the big mouths of executives and developers dug themselves into deeper and deeper holes, as they attempted to backtrack on earlier statements and go so far as to deny the word "rape" even exists in their minds. It all got a bit David Brent, to be honest.  Of course, while some gamers enjoyed having provocative debates over the problem of sexism in the game industry, others pushed back, angry that their escapism was being dragged into such heated discussion. Whatever your opinion, though, I think we can all agree it's at least a testament to the growth and continued influence of videogames that we can even have these discussions nowadays, where once any issues would be roundly ignored.  I mean, you can just ignore any controversy that doesn't interest you, right?  Oh right ... Internet. 
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Twelve months of outrage
Another year, another round of videogame controversies! 2012 was perhaps one of the biggest years ever for scandal and strife, filled with sexism, lies, and ... Doritos?  We've compiled the most outrageous outrages of th...

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Pre-order Anarchy Reigns, receive in-game Bayonetta


Oh, and some new modes and stuff
Nov 20
// Brett Zeidler
I'm pretty sure I was here exactly a year ago, telling you about just how excited I was that Anarchy Reigns was coming in January. Well, it didn't exactly turn out that way, and for a majority of this year the release of the...

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