Bayonetta III Review


Platinum Games is a very valuable asset for Nintendo; they are the developers behind games like Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2, both of which were exclusively available for Wii U and would never have seen the light of day without Nintendo’s direct funding. While the first Bayonetta was released by SEGA, their share in the franchise has since been reduced to the copyright holder, and Nintendo is now responsible for the release. Basically, if you’re hoping to see Bayonetta 3 on other platforms in the future, you’re out of luck. Hideki Kamiya, the creator of Bayonetta and CEO of Bayonetta 3, has openly stated that it is ultimately Nintendo’s decision, but “If I were you, I would just buy a Switch.”

Bayonetta is the exact opposite of what you would expect from a stereotypically family-friendly company like Nintendo, which is what makes it so special and unique. Almost everything that your parents debatened you about is present here, from swearing, smoking, sexual advances, partial nudity, blood, violence and religious topics. However, if slipperiness isn’t your thing, or if you’re worried about your little ones walking by the TV and seeing something they shouldn’t, Bayonetta 3 fortunately offers a new “Naive Angel” mode to censor explicit content. It is worth noting that the removal of these elements does not interfere with the gaming experience and storytelling, since Bayonetta has its own identity outside of the tight clothes.

On the verge of one of the biggest controversies related to voice acting since Chris Pratt was cast as Mario (albeit for completely different reasons), Guinness World Record holder for the “most prolific video game voice actress”, Jennifer Hale, leads Bayonetta’s personality and sensuality out of perfection, with an excellent vocal performance that makes her a worthy successor to Hellena Taylor. Although it is unfortunate that the same voice can not be used throughout the trilogy, but there is an explanation in the game that makes it easier to swallow the situation.

In fiction, the concept of “multiverse” is more popular today than ever. Bayonetta now joins characters like Rick and Morty, Spider-Man No Way Home, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Multiverse and everything everywhere at once to tell a captivating and complex story revolving around the theory that there are infinitely many parallel universes. and although this is an oversimplification, I am sure that you understand the main idea. Bayonetta 3 takes the multiverse concept in an interesting direction, unlike anything I’ve seen so far.

Bayonetta has always been a very narrative series, and Bayonetta 3 is no different. The character development, world building and quirky supernatural lore are stronger than ever, with just enough to satisfy hardcore fans without alienating potential newcomers. The quality of the writing is also excellent, with just the right combination of humor and seriousness. Beloved supporting characters such as Jeanne, Rodin, Luka and Enzo are welcome back and of course Bayonetta, a shape-shifting Umbra witch, is the protagonist again. A new character, Viola, is also introduced, and her hard-hitting personality fits in perfectly with the rest of the cast. It also plays an important role in shaping the high-stakes plot and can even be played later with a unique moveset and a demonic companion named Cheshire.

As for the story itself, Viola travels to an alternate universe in search of Bayonetta and Jeanne to seek help to stop a massive threat that could damage all reality. This time, however, the vicious creatures that go crazy are not of paradisiacal or infernal origin, but homunculi, biological weapons created by a secret entity called Singularity, whose goal is to damage the multiverse. Bayonetta and Viola venture to a strangely familiar island, where they discover a multiverse portal generator, and this is where their journey begins.

Bayonetta 3 is divided into chapters, and each chapter contains several “verses” in which you need to defeat a certain number of enemies or overcome a sequence of actions in order to move fordebated. You will be ranked based on combo, time and damage taken, and then a medal will be adebateded based on your performance. Some verses are necessary to advance the story, others are hidden in secret areas. Bayonetta 3 is a very linear experience with a lot of scenes that connect everything together, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for exploration. A big part of the fun is to look for collectibles, various forms of in-game currency and special boss fights with clear conditions.

Each chapter contains achievements, which are called “haunting” and give the game an important level of replayability. You won’t find out which ones until after the chapter is finished, so it feels good if you tackle one without even knowing it yet. There are several checkpoints in one chapter, so you don’t necessarily always have to start from scratch. In addition, there are secondary chapters and residual chapters with different playing styles. However, I will not go into the details, since it is more exciting to discover them yourself.

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