- Developer: PlatinumGames
- Publisher: SEGA
- Copy Purchased
- Release Date: 4/11/2017
It took SEGA almost 8 years to finally port this to the PC, and it’s about damn time. Bayonetta is one of the best – if not the best – Hack and Slash game on the market, a game that needs no explanation because if I did explain it, it’s going to be pointless, but I’ll do it anyway. Bayonetta is a witch with clothes made out of her hair and she has guns strapped to her stiletto heels, did I mention that she kills angels too?
The best part of the game is that it doesn’t take itself seriously, you can be fighting this giant behemoth at one moment, and surf on lava using an angel as a surfboard at the next.
Bayonetta’s combat is fun and smooth – mostly because it runs at a constant 60 frames per second. Combat has a bit of a learning curve, but it doesn’t affect your enjoyment at all. The combat consists of 3 different attack types, Light Punches, Guns, Heavy Kicks. You could also equip different types of melee and ranged weapons, like a katana for example, or you could ditch the melee weapons, and use your bare fists and pistols – Gun-Fu Style. You are graded after every encounter, you are rated by “Pure Platinum“, “Platinum”, “Gold” and “Bronze”, all depending on factors such as damage taken, combo moves, and time taken for the enemies to be cleared.
Bosses and different types enemies are well done in this game. There are mini bosses that appear frequently in the game with a bunch of minions, but they aren’t the bosses that I’m talking about. The ones I’m talking about are huge monstrosities, who can squish you in a second. These boss battles are so well structured that it blends cinematics and gameplay at times, a boss poses a real threat to the “arena” everything near is going to be destroyed. Unfortunately, the bosses get used a lot in the end game, taking away the “threat” factor a bit.
To add on to that, you have an ability called “Wicked Weaves”, when used, Bayonetta will form an object with her hair – a heel for example – to devastate the enemy. They can be used to deal a tonne of damage, and are perfect ways to end any combo. You can transform into various animals that help you in completing certain tasks and puzzles easier.
Bayonetta manages to change up gameplay during certain stages. Like from Hack and Slash to a stage where you kill angels while riding a motorbike at a 100 miles per hour, it’s like RoadRash with angels, they were surprisingly fun to do, I think they offer a great “break” from the gameplay so it doesn’t get too repetitive. There are a couple of times where the game almost changes the genre, and it’s a blast every time.
You could visit a bar in an unknown dimension called The Gates of Hell, which doubles as a demonic weapons market, it’s run by a man named Rodin. Rodin also sells healing items and special techniques, you can also buy some of his “treasure”.
The soundtrack of Bayonetta fits the game in every way, it never fails to pump you up and get you ready for a bad ass moment. The Soundtrack is a blend of all music genres into one, it’s god damn great.
Bayonetta’s Pc port itself runs perfectly, I never encountered a single problem while playing the game. It would be unfair if I didn’t mention the problems that other machine’s faced like severe FPS drops, and the game crashing for no apparent reason. The team behind the port are passionate about Bayonetta and have released constant updates to deal with the issues.
“We have worked hard to ensure that Bayonetta on PC is the absolute best experience you can have on the platform. We do read this forum, and we’re seeing that some of you are reporting issues such as frame drops. Rest assured we are investigating, and a patch is imminent.”-Sega Dev
Bayonetta is one of those games, that manages to balance everything perfectly, Combat feels smooth and fun, characters have a certain charm and are well written. It is accompanied by an amazing soundtrack throughout the whole game. The game is the definition of a Platinum Game.