Bayonetta. Devil May Cry. Two similar yet wildly different games that will break your controller in small pieces of plastic, if you ever tried to solo your way through both franchises in back to back sessions. While the two games do share a certain sense of style, they’re also like night and day in the gameplay department, two sides of the same coin in a currency of kickass action games. But what would happen if those two characters crossed over and joined forces?
If there’s one thing that the Wii U needs right now, it’s third-party games that can fill the gap between first-party Nintendo releases. One such game is Bayonetta 2, a title that would not even exist had Nintendo not intervened and given developer Platinum Games the capital to get it done. The game arrives next month in the western world, but it’s out right now in the east. And it’s tanking. Horribly.
From the mind of Hideki “Devil May Cry” Kamiya came Bayonetta in 2010. Flashy, cheesy and packing plenty of punch per wicked weave combo, the game turned the action dial to 11, making its predecessors in the genre look tame by comparison. Fast forward a few years, and not only is Bayonetta returning in a much-deserved sequel on the Wii U, but the titular witch is getting her original adventure upgraded for a new console ride as well.
A lot has been said about Bayonetta in the past, and frankly, I’m nowhere near enough qualified to talk about any potential sexism or fan service in such a game. What I can talk about however, is that even a couple of years down the line, Bayonetta is one of the best action games ever made. After all, how many other games start out with you smacking gods in the face using motorcycles and attitude?
I don’t think there’ll ever be another game development studio like Platinum games. And that’s a good thing. This is a studio that even when it fires a dud, manages to turn the mundane into a galaxy-level extinction event. Bayonetta was one such game that went over the top, came back around, and did several more loops through the insanity wheel. And the sequel wants you to share that madness with friends.
Every great Japanese video game needs an anime series. Or is that every great anime series needs a video game? I have no freakin’ idea, but what I do know, is that I can’t get enough of that witch. And until the sequel game arrives, this film should tide me over until then.
You look at the line up of games, and chances are that you’ll feel that a little too family friendly. Personally, I don’t have a problem with that, but if the Wii U console wants to attract a larger audience, it’s going to have to shed some blood. Or get gratuitous with the action. And buddy, Bayonetta 2 is both.
The Wii-U isn’t selling as well as Nintendo hoped and that is partly because a lot of people are waiting on the next Xbox and PlayStation 4 and partly on the current slate of games available for the platform. The guys and girls over at Neogaf have been putting their Photoshop skills to the test and have put together a bunch of gaming covers that they think will make the platform soar.
Anarchy Reigns is one of the cheesiest games in recent years. It’s limburger, gouda, mozzarella and various other assorted dairy products rolled up into one package of lactating violence and rap songs that will leave your head spinning and your thumbs broken. But if you happen to take a bite of that cheddar, you might just fall in love with it.
Bayonetta was released last year to pretty solid reviews on Xbox 360 and PS3 but the user experience on the PS3 version was fundamentally flawed with the Xbox 360 version being a far superior experience. The titles developers agree and describe it as their biggest failure.
The North American Nintendo conference from yesterday had quite a few surprises, most notably that us westerners would be getting our hands on the new console before the Japanese for once. It’s got a solid looking line-up so far, such as the tried and trusted Super Mario Bros, and NintendoLand. More games are on the way for the device, from Assassin’s Creed 3 to Lego City: Undercover. Oh, and some little game called Bayonetta 2, which will be exclusive to that platform.
Bad news everyone. For all you fans of leggy and leather-clad witches, you might want to brace yourself, as it appears that the sexy sorceress won’t be on the receiving end of a sequel to the popular 2010 game any soon, due to Sega having currently lost more money than a Paul McCartney marriage.
Additionally, thanks to a lack of support from the publisher towards the developer of the original game, Platinum Games, it now seems that the hairy witch has been put on indefinite hold.
Starting off 2010, Bayonetta had to be one of the highlights of the year. Smooth, addictive and exciting, the sexy action romp had all the qualities necessary to create a lasting impression on the genre.
And in in this industry, a successful and popular game usually gets a sequel, something that weâ€™ve heard nothing about for the popular super-witch librarian. But with the Tokyo Game Show taking place this week, can we expect some home ground announcements from Sega regarding the popular character?
Yesterday, we brought you a list of gamingâ€™s hottest dudes, brought to you by local pop culture blogger Noelle Adams, better known to her swathes of adoring fans as pfangirl. We chose her because sheâ€™s got her finger on the pulse of whatâ€™s hot in modern media, and knows a fine piece of man-ass when she sees it. We could easily have just gotten our own Ian Felmore to do the list, but apparently he was having his nails done. Today we bring you the sexiest girls in gaming, although why Iâ€™ve been chosen to do this is beyond me. Those of you who possess a strong enough constitution to follow my Twitter feed would know that I get turned on by just about anything. Unlike Noelle, I have chosen a character thatâ€™s entered the video game realm from other media, mostly because I can. Iâ€™ve tried to avoid fighting game femmes, who seem to be designed to be overtly sexual, sporting that slow-motion boob physics that made Baywatch one of the most popular TV shows ever made. Yes, Iâ€™m looking at you, Dead or Alive. As with the last one, this list is highly subjective â€“ so donâ€™t come moaning to me wondering why your favourite isnâ€™t on my list. Here are my 10, in no particular order.
Last year developer Platinum Games and publisher SEGA released the fluid, intuitive and ultimately satisfying Bayonetta, now they are back with the online combat brawler, Anarchy Reigns. Anarchy Reigns is expected to be released later this year and already has fans excited with some brawler gameplay, details on the variety of modes and an ever growing character list. Now Platinum Games have just released details of the newest heroine, and Iâ€™ll give you one guess who she looks like. Hit the jump to find out.