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Review: Bayonetta - PS3

by Steven Williamson on 8 March 2010, 09:00

Tags: Bayonetta, Sega (TYO:6460), PS3, Action/Adventure

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The following review was submitted by Zap, one of our regular contributors at HEXUS.gaming. The opinions expressed in this review are his own and not necessarily the views of the HEXUS team.

Directed by Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya, Bayonetta offers a new alternative, but familiar gameplay style for fans of the hack and slash genre.

The story centres around a very hot leather-clad Bayonetta, the last surviving Umbran Witch suffering from amnesia after she mysteriously awakens 500 years later from her watery grave only to find out she's being hunted by the wardens of heaven.. eeep.

As you move on through the game, the story slowly unfolds, Bayonetta learns more and more about herself. The story is well written and when followed consistently is very captivating.

The combat system is one of the most fluid I've had the joy to use, there's an enormous sense of control. The combos seem endless and are fantastic to watch, not to mention how awesome the aptly named Climax moves are, think Mortal Kombat but with more violence. While the game does pay for those with button sequence precision it also allows button bashing, making a really good balance for both the hardcore gamer and newcomer.

This is definitely not one to miss, with a responsive and stylised combat system, stunning visuals and a captivating storyline, Hideo Kojima really does deliver and in true style.

Just a note, the PS3 version which my review is based on suffers from extended loading times and a slightly degraded visual experience when compared to the Xbox 360 release but don't let that put you off, the game is truly phenomenal.

SCORE: 9/ 10

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Have to disagree with PS3 loading time. you need to install the game first and not run it directly off the Blu-ray!
Have to disagree with PS3 loading time. you need to install the game first and not run it directly off the Blu-ray!

That's because the review is based on the pre-patched release, the patch was specifically released to fix the Playstation 3's extended loading times.
late to the party here :P
Just played it over the weekend on my friends PS3 and this is an awesome game. I'm looking to buy a PS3 now :P

The story pulls you in and compels you to play, the combos are great and in the middle of a massive melee fight, pulling off witch time, then getting a torture move or climax is very gratifying. Puchasing new techniques adds more variety to how you dish out punishment and some techniques, like breakdance, is fun to do just for the visual factor.

The boss fights are brilliantly ochestrated and can take up some time!

As you say zap, you can both button bash or play it with combo timings. I usually fall into both…with button bashing when in panic mode!
this game is awesome, that is all that needs to be said! im still in the process of going through hard mode mind!! very difficult!