Comparison attack! Everybody loves it when two versions of the same game are pitted against each other in yet another grueling battle of the console wars, but at least this time there's a valid reason for the contrast. There has been much talk of Bayonetta having a lesser PS3 version, first noticed in Japan and then intensified when developer Platinum revealed that the game shipping on Blu-ray will be a port carried out by Sega.
With the demo hitting both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network in Japan, we took the time to download both samples and put them through their paces. I have played through the demo multiple times, and can now put all the cards on the table and answer the question that PS3 fans want to know: Does Bayonetta suck on the PS3?
Let's see how the two demos stack up!
When the demos were first announced, it was revealed that the Xbox 360 would be getting two levels while the PS3 would only be getting one. While at first that looks like the Sony fans are getting a raw deal, don't worry. The PS3 gets more of that one level, including two boss battles missing from the 360 version. Hence, both systems get the same amount of content, more or less. The content is just different.
Let's first talk a little bit about the game itself. Bayonetta is fun. Ludicrously fun. The combat has a beautiful flow to it, with a focus on dodging and countering that is surprisingly simple, intuitive and satisfying. Unlike Ninja Gaiden, where players are overwhelmed and punished with cheap shots and unblockable attacks, Bayonetta instead encourages and entices the gamer. It's challenging, but very fair, and players will feel like a badass simply through pressing a few buttons.
The combo system is, in a word, amazing. The game has been designed so that every single combo leads to something cool. You can button mash and Bayonetta will still do unbelievable and crazy things, like summon giant boots made out of hair, or pistol whip an enemy while shouting "Naughty" at him. In short, Bayonetta is a brilliant, sexy, unpredictable game that and I'm beyond excited to get to the full version.
Now for the messy stuff. I'm going to get this out of the way right now: Bayonetta is clearly inferior on the PS3. Right from the outset, somebody who has played both demos will notice the difference. The colors are more faded and the contrast less defined on the PS3, with graphics that lack the vivid sheen that the 360 version has. It's certainly no dealbreaker, but the color is quite noticeably drained and it's hard to go from the 360 to the PS3 without it poking you in the eyes.
Furthermore, despite the claims that the PS3 version is running smoothly, I almost instantly noticed a janky framerate when I started playing on Sony's system, especially while jumping. Any quick movement of the camera will make the environment stutter, and it's not something that lets up during combat either. The contrast between the two versions is clear. On the 360, everything runs consistent and smooth, remaining bright, clear and gorgeous throughout. The PS3 version, by comparison, is slightly stuttered and comparatively dreary.
One can easily tell that this game was designed entirely around the Xbox 360. Even the controls don't feel quite as comfortable on the PS3, with the R2 button making a worse dodge button than the 360's right trigger. Inexplicably, the manual camera control is also painfully slow on the PlayStation 3. Moving the right stick causes the camera to rotate around the titular heroine at a snail's pace, and no reason at all is given for it.
The issues with the PS3 version are obviously far more noticeable to somebody who has played through both demos multiple times, but even a first-time PS3 player should be able to spot the framerate problems and muddy graphics. Of course, those in the dark will simply believe that this what Bayonetta is supposed to be like, when playing the superior version clearly demonstrates otherwise.
It looks as if the PS3 version of Bayonetta has been shortchanged with a painfully second-class port. Both in terms of look and feel, the Xbox 360 alternative stands out. It's a real shame for PS3 loyalists, because it truly is a fantastic title. It's just incredibly clear where the better game will be had.
If you own both a 360 and PS3, there is no question as to which version you should go for. We already knew that the 360 was the lead platform, and that Platinum Games was putting all its care and attention there. We already knew that the PS3 was having the game ported by Sega after the fact. Now we know what the result has been.
The PlayStation 3 has been given a good spanking this time.
GoofierBrute I recently beat Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow again, but this time I played on Hard mode from scratch. Outside of dying a few times due to me being an idiot, and enemies hitting harder, it was actually easy. Like really easy. Gamemaniac3434 Today I replated bacteria that I made take up a plamid hopefully stitched onto the genes generatlight. Taken from other dead bacteria and put into a non glowing species, to make it glow. Fucking microbiology is the best.Pixie The Fairy It seems fairy farts are a fragrance, a soap, incense, a vaping liquid and a kind of nail polish. I'm clearly in the wrong line of work and need to eat more chili.Cannibal Steven "You gave the Lost Soul a big smile, like you remember she likes to do... For some reason she sort of wants to smile back..."
I'm not crying. Not one bit.ChrisHannard Just tried 'The Last Of Us' on PSNow Trial, only to be told... 'Something went wrong. Try again.' Game-appropriate error message or quickie plot-summary? TheAngriestCarp I hate when people say crap like "I admit that [thing] in games is problematic, but I still enjoy it" because it's an underhanded way of contradicting your own views while convincing yourself that you aren't a hypocrite.ChillyBilly Well shit. I knew I was more than likely going to enjoy Star Wars Battlefront (cause you know, giant Star Wars nerd and all) but holy cow, the beta is fucking great! I need the full game like, now.SpielerDad Anyone here going to NYC Comic Con? Always wanted to go and lived so close, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.Mark Plechaty Well I haven't seen any levels like this on mario maker so maybe it's unique the I'd is 55BD000000961CBA GIVE IT A GO and let me know what you think
Jiraya Hey Stranger ... wadda you buying ? Want some crack ? Here ya go...
[youtube]https://youtu.be/kStDdTSAYG8[/youtube]Sr Churros My brother caught me this Pokémon in our room yesterday. How should I name it?
[img]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQ0MXsiW8AAoJtu.jpg[/img]Pixie The Fairy Yay, I got off of work early and may have Friday off! I have a sinking feeling I'm going to work 10 hours on Saturday as a result, though :/
We ran out of stuff to make stuff with so they must ship us stuff so we can ship stuff.SeymourDuncan17 Yo yo I'm Marie and I got dat gangsta flow. High scores ain't no trip, cuz I whip that shit like Sonic quick. I-I mean no! I didn't say anything! Stupidrecordbreakingcombodolt.
[img]http://i.imgur.com/KBMNEHI.jpg[/img]Mike Martin I'm watching you. FlanxLycanth FALLOUT 4 PC REQ SPECS ARE OUT.
SkarKrow Work noooooooooooooooooo D:The Dyslexic Laywer I had such a awkward time playing Catherine because it shared the same name as my mother....JayDGee Broforce is coming out of early access on the 15th. I had no Idea it was an early access game.James Internet Ego I have now played all 3 Witcher games. My verdict: Witcher 1 - alright, aged badly, lots of sex. Witcher 2 - good, very short, not much sex at all. Witcher 3 - Excellent in every way. ikiryou I really wish MGO had been implemented with free-roam gameplay PMC (clan) setup instead of the standard matchmaking. Imagine roaming bands of PMC's opposing each other on the battlefield. How sexy would that be?