By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on November 6, 2014
Man, I was really looking forward to this game. It was actually the main reason for me to buy a Wii U. As you might have guessed from the title of this review, I am of course talking about Bayonetta 2. Though she might have lost her long hair, her skills remain and are still unparalleled. This hack and slash game is basically the same as its predecessor. If this game was a human being, it would laugh maniacally all day long! Bayonetta is over the top, full of action and naughty attacks.
Upon starting this game, we encounter Bayonetta (or should I say Cereza?) while she is busy doing her Christmas shopping, accompanied by good, old Enzo. All of a sudden, planes and enemies come out of nowhere. During this first epic fight, her fellow witch and good friend Jeanne is attacked. To save her, Bayonetta has to go to the Entrance of Inferno. On this journey she encounters a young boy named Loki, who has to get to Fimbulventr mountain. Only thing is, he can't quite remember why. He is convinced he can help Bayonetta to open the Entrance of Inferno. So the two of them team up and make their way to the mountain, obliterating hordes of enemies left and right as they make their way to their destination. During this journey, the dynamic duo manages to recover some of Loki's lost memories thanks to Luka, the slightly clumsy journalist and part-time would be hero. Their journey is made somewhat more difficult because they keep getting attacked by both angels and demons (I think Bayonetta managed to really piss someone off this time around). Both Loki and Bayonetta are also hounded by a masked Lumen Sage and the mysterious Prophet, who in turn reveals that he knows Loki. The Prophet also shows Bayonetta a vision of the past that implies the Witch Hunts 500 years ago were not truly caused by her father Balder. Complicated? Yes, but Bayonetta is there to bring it all to a good end.
One of my favorite set of actions in the first Bayonetta game were the Torture Attacks. Again, they were completely over the top and very amusing. The best Torture attack has to be one with the iron horse with spikes mounted all along its back on which one could impale certain enemies. At the start of this game, I got a lot of information about the Umbran Climax and Tag Climax, so I was prepared for the best (or the worst, if you will...). But Bayonetta has somewhat grown up and the game evolved. Now, before you start crying or throw a fit, let me clarify that (luckily for us) it's still Bayonetta were talking about. This means that her curves (of which she has plenty) are still showcased at every turn and with every special attack. So the basic premise of the game is still intact, as well as the slightly naughty humor we have gotten used to in the original game.
My only slight worry about this game had to do with the controls. Being used to playing the original Bayonetta on the PS3, how would the Wii U measure up? Controlling Bayonetta with the Wii U gamepad works surprisingly well. You can choose between playing this game with the classic controls (buttons and thumbsticks) or the touch controls with the stylus pen. Though I prefer the classic controls, playing with the stylus pen is also fun. It turns out to be a fun way to play this game, without sacrificing any of the action or finesse. The Touch controls forced me to look at the screen on the pad all the time. So it makes for a good alternative at times when you can't make use of your trusty big-ass TV.
Besides hacking and slashing your way through tons of enemies, you can also test your skills in the Muspelheim challenges. A great way to earn extra collectibles to upgrade your magic and health bar. These challenges start of easy, but they become increasingly more difficult as you progress through the game. These challenges are more about technique and finesse than they are about speed and brawling. One Muspelheim challenge, for example, told me to kill all enemies with one single combo. And although this might sound simple, believe me when I say that I fought my thumbs off!
Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive. This fact gave the developers a grand idea. How cool would it be to be able to change Bayonetta's outfit into some of the most iconic Nintendo character's outfits? So if you earn enough halo's you are able to unlock a selection of special outfits for Bayonetta, for example: a Link outfit or a Princess Peach dress. But you can also choose a police- or a schoolgirl uniform (come on, it's a Japanese game, what did you expect?! Of course there's a schoolgirl uniform!). These outfits are linked to specific weapons you can choose. In story mode, you'll have to equip that particular weapon to fight in style. In coop mode you are free to choose whatever outfit you like. This game mode let's you compete against a friend in local or online coop, or even AI. Before the battle starts, you can bet an amount of halo's. You fight together against waves enemies, but there's a catch; The one who gets the highest score wins, so it's a competitive coop mode.
Bayonetta 2 will not disappoint the fans of the first game. It's still sexy, spicy and has a good story. The characters are nicely exaggerated, exactly what you would expect. Together with an alternative control system, a diversity in unlockable (Nintendo) outfits, some very nice graphics and a fantastic soundtrack, Bayonetta 2 is truly a great game and a valuable addition for the Wii U.