As I’m sure you’re aware, the demo of Bayonetta, coming out on January 5th 2010 was released on PSN last night. Now as it is a demo, you would naturally expect to see little things here and there, such as the sound not being right in places or perhaps you’d see artifacting or clipping issues within the graphics. Having played it through twice, once with the tutorial and once on normal without, I can say that not only are there no graphical or sound issues, it is an absolute kick to play. Of course it helps that the game’s namesake, Bayonetta is incredibly easy on the eyes as well. I don’t think I’ve seen such a shape since Lara Croft first made her debut all those years ago.
So, she looks nice, but what about play? Ah, the game play here is very VERY fluid and quick. In fact, fights with multiple enemies can be over in mere seconds once you’ve learned the controls. The developers have obviously taken great care to ensure that the main character moves as gracefully as possible as do her enemies. And the game itself runs at a smooth frame rate, never once dropping no matter what is going on or how many enemies are on-screen.
Sound is crisp and clean, with weapon hits sounding appropriately painful. The music itself seems to be a weird mix of j-pop with lots of piano. Certainly an interesting break from what we normally hear.
Controls are easy to pick up and soon you’ll be pulling off multiple combos and torture attacks, whereby you can quickly eliminate your enemies. And of course, there are the Climax attacks.
Climax attacks involve Bayonetta’s hair (in one instance) turning into what looked like a giant supernatural wolf’s head and devouring her enemy. And yes she gets nude for this, something else I don’t believe I’ve ever seen. The game is deserving of its “M” rating that is for sure. As it is created by the same gentleman that did the Devil May Cry series, you might think it the same. But it is totally different, very much a faster pace and way more well, “sexed up” for want of a better term.
Now, things can change but I think Bayonetta is one to watch and of the early reviews I’ve read I agree that this game is one that no gamer looking for something completely different, should pass up.