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


12:00 PM on 08.30.2014
Bayonetta 2 previewI swam around as a snake and then I don't know what happened in Bayonetta 2 photo



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.

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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8:00 AM on 09.05.2014
Here's the entire Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct, check out the Star Fox costume

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9:00 AM on 09.03.2014
Bayonetta 2 is getting its own Nintendo Direct tomorrow

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...more



10:45 AM on 08.29.2014
Bayonetta 2 dated for October 24th

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...more



4:15 PM on 08.20.2014
The sound and the fury of Bayonetta 2's angels and demons

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10:30 AM on 08.18.2014
Japan is getting a five-disc Bayonetta 2 soundtrack this year

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...more



5:30 PM on 08.15.2014
More Bayonetta 2 screens make me want to speak in tongues

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...more



1:30 PM on 07.24.2014
Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors receiving hardback game 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...more



1:15 PM on 07.24.2014
This Santa is blasť, this mob-man is terrified: Bayonetta 2 is wacky

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,...more



2:15 PM on 07.08.2014
Don't worry, Bayonetta 2 will come packaged with the original game as well

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11:30 AM on 09.25.2014
Nintendo Download: Hyrule Warriors

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11:00 AM on 09.18.2014
Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo

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1:30 PM on 09.12.2014
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