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Posted by GunslingerPanda

Necromancy? Must be the work of a wizard.

Posted by Kokoro

Great game. One of my favorite games of 2010.

Posted by sickVisionz

I played the demo when it first came out and had a lot of fun with it and knew I'd buy it eventually.  Eventually came this Wednesday.  I'm enjoying it a lot.  I love games like this.  It's not trying to be some super cinematic experience to outdo films and it's not try to pull at your emotions.  It knows it's a game and it's damn proud of it because games are kick ass! 
 
A lot of games these days seem like they turn their nose up to the idea that it's just a game.  This one revels in it and I can appreciate it alot.  It also helps that it's super fun.

Posted by Rhaknar

bayonetta was suprisingly good. after i got over the fact that you WILL die in it...probably a lot, I loved it. and the ending was amazing...well, amazingly cheesy, but still amazing.

Posted by VWGTI

I kept hearing everyone rave about Bayonetta over the past two weeks and I was getting more and more disappointed that the game wasn't clicking with me. I tried the demo three times and hated it because I kept dying. Reson being: 
 
1.) There was too much shit going on at one time.  You're on a falling peice of concrete while fighting angels, meanwhile a giant dragon flies around trying to crush you. My mind = blown.
2.) I never bothered with the tutorial, so I didn't quite understand the combat system.
 
I did some reading up on Bayonetta and found out that it's important to use the dodge button in order to activate "Witch Time," which is apparently key when in battle. Once I learn this I fire up the demo, go through the tutorial and sure enough the game finally clicks with me. Everything begins to make sense and I'm no longer getting my ass handed to me in combat. I play through the demo a couple more times and find myself getting better and better at the game. Eventually I learn to love it.
 
I went out to the store and bought Bayonetta yesterday (last copy too). I played through the first three chapters and I'm happy I gave the game a chance. It's one of those games that is so crazy (like GodHand) you can't help but love it because of it. Bayonetta is a joy to play as well. The combat system is so well done; it seems like there is a lot of depth to it. I find myself learning more intricate combos as I go along and the upgrade system gives you a lot of play around with.  Also, the action button acting as a sort of damage-overtime component on the bigger enemies and bosses is both brilliant and satisfying.

Posted by LiquidPrince

I want to play it, but refuse to until they fix it.

Edited by Linkyshinks
@Teoball said:

" These games usually aren't my cup of tea, but for some reason this seemed crazy enough to attract me. I just finished it and I feel really tired. My wrists and hands ache from all the button mashing.  My first reaction after finishing it was "That was fucking awesome and I never want to play this game ever again." I think I'm getting old, games like this are just way too fast paced for me.   I will probably boot it up once in a while just to listen to "Let's dance, boys!" though. Awesome tune. "

 
You can never be told old. It sounds like you should have taken rests in between chapters more. 
 
You gotta get your plat medals, it's worth it just to hear Cereza tell mummy she's the best. 
Posted by Urmean

I just fought  Temperantia.
 
Now that's a big boss.

Posted by Teoball

These games usually aren't my cup of tea, but for some reason this seemed crazy enough to attract me. I just finished it and I feel really tired. My wrists and hands ache from all the button mashing. 
 
My first reaction after finishing it was "That was fucking awesome and I never want to play this game ever again." I think I'm getting old, games like this are just way too fast paced for me.  
 
I will probably boot it up once in a while just to listen to "Let's dance, boys!" though. Awesome tune.
Edited by Seppli

Just wrapped up my first playsession of Bayonetta.
 
I LOVE BAYONETTA. There's just something magical about a poledancing witch killing angels with her wicked hairdo - I can't resist.
 
Looking forward to tomorrow's session. Good times!
 
I feel like I went to Paradiso.

Posted by Linkyshinks
Posted by Icemael
@Linkyshinks said:
"I love the music also. We're in a band of very few. I'm looking to get the [huge] OST that's available in Japan, right now I only have a few rips of some of my favourite tacks."
I would've imported that soundtrack if it wasn't for the price. It costs as much as a brand new game, and for a soundtrack -- even one as huge as Bayonetta's -- that's far too much.
Posted by Linkyshinks
@get2sammyb said:
" @Linkyshinks: Sadly for SEGA and Platinum, I'll probably be playing GoWIII before they fix it, but it would be a great incentive to pick the game up later and cheaper for those who skipped it at launch.  Say all you want about the PS3 port though: the music is still amazing (and thankfully doesn't suffer from poor programming haha). Worth buying just to leave it on the menu screens etc. Great audio design. "
 
True, for those that have bought it though, it might spark some life into it making them want to hunt down all medals as they should. 
 
 I love the music also. We're in a band of very few. I'm looking to get the [huge] OST that's available in Japan, right now I only have a few rips of some of my favourite tacks.  
 
 
 Giant Bomb Bayonetta Video review 
 
  
Posted by get2sammyb
@Linkyshinks: Sadly for SEGA and Platinum, I'll probably be playing GoWIII before they fix it, but it would be a great incentive to pick the game up later and cheaper for those who skipped it at launch.
 
Say all you want about the PS3 port though: the music is still amazing (and thankfully doesn't suffer from poor programming haha). Worth buying just to leave it on the menu screens etc. Great audio design.
Edited by Linkyshinks

Yea, it was Chapter 10 with those keys and sphere's., you get that feeling you get with Galaxy. 
 
An install option would be good to have as part of a patch. If it's happening I imagine it will take a while, so it's best to be patient.  
 
 
edit 
 
I totally want DLC for this game.  Little Cereza Vs little Jeanne,

Edited by Icemael
@Linkyshinks said:

"Did anyone else get a Super Mario Galaxy vibe at a times?"

I did at one point, but it wasn't one of the Witch Walk segments. It was the part in the magma cavern, where you go into Paradiso to get the time-reversal hourglass. There was something about the bright, colorful environments and the way the water looked that just reminded me of Mario Galaxy...
Edited by get2sammyb
@Linkyshinks said:

" @Urmean said:

" I'm up to Chapter 5, I love how the rediculosity scale just gets bumped up each chapter. The PS3 version is better than I imagined, but those load times :\ "
Did anyone else get a Super Mario Galaxy vibe at a times?.  "
Absolutely. Chapter 10 or something, it goes very Mario Galaxy doesn't it?
 
EDIT: Nearly beaten the game on PS3 by the way, and the technical issues are a bummer, but I'd still say if it's your only option, it's still worth a go. It actually looks quite pretty at times, but that framerate can be a big jarring.
 
What's most frustrating, is all they had to do was package the game with an Install. I know it's not ideal, but it would have cut loading times by three-quarters. It's still a sloppy solution, but when your game takes 5 seconds to PAUSE, why the fuck not.
 
Still holding hope they'll patch in an install option to at least fix the loading.
Posted by vunna
@Evilsbane said:
"This game confuses me I like God of War, never liked Devil May Cry and this just seems strange but there are so many good reviews I feel like I am missing something but I just don't see what is so super special about this game. "

My thoughts exactly thou I have not played any God of War.  That game out of these 3 I think I would try and may like but the other 2 I just don't get.
Posted by vunna

I am going to completely ignore it like I did DMC.  Tried DMC and was bored for some reason. 
 
Just don't get it.
Posted by Linkyshinks
@Urmean said:
" I'm up to Chapter 5, I love how the rediculosity scale just gets bumped up each chapter. The PS3 version is better than I imagined, but those load times :\ "
It goes into overdrive from chapter 12 onwards. Knowing your attack patterns and using touch of creativity gets you through. 
 
 Did anyone else get a Super Mario Galaxy vibe at a times?. 
 
 
 
What was your favourite chapter?  - spoiler tag-
Posted by Urmean

I'm up to Chapter 5, I love how the rediculosity scale just gets bumped up each chapter. The PS3 version is better than I imagined, but those load times :\

Posted by xyzygy

Cheers to Bayonetta being the first game released since Modern Warfare 2 to take the top spot of the most popular game forums on GB!!

Edited by Meowayne

I have played through the demo on 360 (1080p/37"/5.1setup). I enjoyed that little bit, the art direction team deserves a cookie or two, and of all the DMC/God of War games and clones this should easily be the best. I do wonder what else they throw at you after the crazy madness that was the demo.
 
However, I still stand to what I said before.

Posted by Steve_C
@Linkyshinks: I was wondering about that. WIth 360 players trying it on ps3, the specific frames they're looking for might not even be there. Playing it on ps3 to begin with, I suppose i've adapted to it anyway, so it wasn't something I noticed. For the most part i've been able to dodge enemies, but maybe it would be easier to do so on the 360. There was only one encounter* where I found it hard to engage witch time, but I was spamming dodges anyway so the error might have been on my part.

 
I've only done the prologue on hard so far, so maybe the issues with dodging will present themselves as I go further. I suspect it will be punishing.
Edited by Linkyshinks
@Steve_C:  
 
There are definitely some going way over the top with their criticisms. I didn't like the tone of IGN's opinions. As far as the flaws being game breaking, hell no, that's clearly not the case on the evidence of PS3 users like for the game also. The issues do effect gameplay significantly though, and most certainly as far as the games presentation. All this stuff looks amazing on 360!. Ryan made little or no mention of how amazing the tech is in this game!. All that aside, Bayonetta's gameplay demands a high constant frame-rate, especially so on the hard mode where even the slightest frame dip can effect your ability to read the play and act accordingly. I played on PS3 last night and noticed it all mate, there was no joy in it all being evident..I just thought to myself how sad it was that Sega dropped the ball on something potentially huge. This game deserved to fire on both cylinders... It could have been very close to par, not on par due to the development process the game took, but close enough for PS3 users to be perfectly happy. In fact given the style of the game, in terms of colour palette, the PS3 game could have looked cooler in some ways. I do not like getting hit now, if I get hit I get seriously pissed, I got pissed playing the PS3 game.       
Posted by Linkyshinks
@Steve_C:  
 
Sorry Steve, my reply is kinda short and abrupt, but I really do have to shoot off now!. I will reply properly later. 
 
It's got great re-playability...
Edited by Steve_C
@Linkyshinks: I don't doubt it, but it's been made out that the issues are game breaking when they are only an annoyance. A smoother frame rate and shorter loading times wouldn't have made the game any more fun.
 
Only when you have the luxury to play through both the games do the extent of the differences become apparent. But having only played one version there was never anything to break up the flow of the story or gameplay where I felt the game was at fault for something shitty happening. The GB guys said that they didn't notice anything major when playing through the demo, and it runs like that for most of the time, so I don't think Ryan's points would have been made or at least the extent they were if he had only played the PS3 version.
Edited by Linkyshinks

Dude, you can have no idea of just how deficient it unless you've played the 360 version and been wowed by it.  I don't take any pleasure in saying that. 
 
Ryan sums it up in well his review, just as I have in this and numerous other threads. 

Posted by Steve_C
@Linkyshinks: I ended up buying the game after all on PS3. It was my only means to play it, and I had a HMV gift card I wanted to use.
 
As I had suspected the tech issues are way overblown. If you slow down and focus then the animations do look a bit rough, and there I some screen tearing which I only noticed 15 chapters in. What I mean is that while there definately are issues, they generally weren't noticable to me, since they didn't affect the gameplay. I was still able to time my combos and such.
 
There was only one time in the whole game where the frame rate dropped noticably for a long period and that was one mostly non-important section near the end of the game.
 
Hell of a game. I loved the variety. Only found about three of the alfheim portals, but could manage just one lol. I'm gonna play throught it again though, and try to finish everything up. I need to buy the alt. rocket lounchers for my feet. Them things are so overpowered.
Posted by asian_pride

Once I get a PS3 of my own, I'll think about it. But with the version's tech problems, I don't know. :/

Posted by Linkyshinks
Linkyshinks Bayonetta Review
 
    
 
I'm currently in the process of chasing up my "Pure Platinum" medals, it's worth it just to hear Cereza tell mummy she's the best. 
 
 
@ Marzy 
 
Why aren't you getting the 360 version version when you have one???
Edited by Marzy
@Linkyshinks said:

" If you haven't already, go through full training a few times and bring those combos into gameplay, learn one or tow to start off with.. Also, learn to go into witch time by evading often at the last moment, and then sweeping in for attacks combos, When you learn how to chain them with guns and that's when the game really opens up.   You can then start pulling off cool torture moves and ridiculous combos. "

Thank you for the advice, I'll give it a try later. It sounds like I'm a "n00b" at it, which is probably why I'm not understanding the love for the game. ^_^;
 
I will definitely be getting it and I do think it's a good game, but I just didn't understand what was so special about it, personally. It's a shame that the PS3 version suffers from some bugs, but as long as I don't play the 360 version, I won't know the difference.
 
Also, I love Bayonetta's guns on her legs, I thought they were fantastic.
Posted by get2sammyb
@Marzy said:
"Personally, I'm not really understanding why everyone thinks this is so special. I've played through the demo and it just feels like another hack and slash. I gave it another go today, to give it another chance and I'm still not feeling it.  Maybe it's just not my sort of game. "

I've gotta admit, I'm getting to the stage now where the levels of hype are just... astounding. Should have my copy sitting at home for me.
Posted by Linkyshinks

If you haven't already, go through full training a few times and bring those combos into gameplay, learn one or tow to start off with.. Also, learn to go into witch time by evading often at the last moment, and then sweeping in for attacks combos, When you learn how to chain them with guns and that's when the game really opens up.   You can then start pulling off cool torture moves and ridiculous combos.

Posted by Marzy

Personally, I'm not really understanding why everyone thinks this is so special. I've played through the demo and it just feels like another hack and slash. I gave it another go today, to give it another chance and I'm still not feeling it.
 
Maybe it's just not my sort of game.

Edited by Linkyshinks
 
@Icemael:  
 
Loving it too dude  You could also try upping the contrast and colour a touch, seeing the red lips clearer may help you target a little.  
 

 
@PopeAnonymousVII:

 

" @Linkyshinks said:

"Bayonetta bares little resemblance to those [weak] Devil May Cry Capcom games, I really wouldn't go into it thinking it's going to be the same.  Bayonetta was made by the original creator of the franchise who made the very first DMC only, that's it's only connection to that series, and it's a weak one given the monumental strides this game makes.   .... "

 I wouldn't call the DMC series weak on the whole, though DMC4 lacked the OOMPH of the last game in the series, DMC3, which quite frankly is still just about as good as Bayonetta.  Young Dante and Virgil are still some of my favorite characters from a game, and it's still pretty hilarious the kind of completely insane over the top stuff that goes down in it. "
 
I didn't call the series weak, DMC 1 and 3 are quality games, I was referring to the weak 2 and 4 which are ill thought out. Bayonetta takes this genre to the next level, it's better than DMC or any other game of it's kind / 
 
  
 
 
Noticed this...

 Lipstick Bullets
Edited by Icemael

I'm eight hours in. So far it's been phenomenal, but it does have issues; I've experienced some of the same problems Arthur Gies had with the game. Sometimes the game takes Witch Time away for no reason at all which can be really annoying, and when there's a lot going on on the screen, it can be pretty hard to see if an enemy is about to attack you or not. 

In the big picture though, those are minor gripes -- so far the positives have greatly outweighed the negatives, and I'm having an absolute blast with the game. Rodin is possibly the most badass character I've ever seen. I think he might actually be the best merchant ever in a game, which is really impressive when you consider the competition.
 
"Check this out. Whadya buying? Hehehe... heard that in a game once." 
"You bring me enough of these halos, and maybe I can buy a ticket to space. I've always wanted to be a bald space marine." 
"No matter how much you ask, I'm not putting a chainsaw on your arm." 
 
The references to other games in Bayonetta are just plain awesome.

Edited by Eelcire

Been having a blast playing the game so far! Getting near the finale, but that won't end my playtime as there is plenty of stuff to earn and buy at the shop, not to mention finding and beating the Alfheim challenges. Shame to miss out on the Climax Edition, but the posters from GameStop are nice enough.

Posted by PopeAnonymousVII
@Linkyshinks said:

"Bayonetta bares little resemblance to those [weak] Devil May Cry Capcom games, I really wouldn't go into it thinking it's going to be the same.  Bayonetta was made by the original creator of the franchise who made the very first DMC only, that's it's only connection to that series, and it's a weak one given the monumental strides this game makes.   .... "

 
I wouldn't call the DMC series weak on the whole, though DMC4 lacked the OOMPH of the last game in the series, DMC3, which quite frankly is still just about as good as Bayonetta.  Young Dante and Virgil are still some of my favorite characters from a game, and it's still pretty hilarious the kind of completely insane over the top stuff that goes down in it.
Posted by PopeAnonymousVII
@Meowayne said:
"I haven't played it, but judging from reviews and opinions it seems to be very enjoyable. But I still don't want it to succeed financially. "
 
Yeah, fun games are holding the "medium" back from embracing it's destiny as an "art form".  Or something like that.  I dunno.  I still think gaming is a bubblegum hobby, not an art form or a lifestyle choice, so I bought Bayonetta, said hurr hurr durr boobies, and had a blast.  Best sixty dollars I've spent on a game in a long time.
Posted by Red12b
@Linkyshinks said:
" @Red12b said:

" @Linkyshinks:  Where do you live dude, looks like Holland, "

 
In London, Little Venice to be exact. 
 
You mean Amsterdam really..
"
Yeah, Amsterdam, I used to live there, I was tired last night. :(
Posted by Creamypies

The music works really well in that ad.

Edited by Linkyshinks
@Red12b said:

" @Linkyshinks:  Where do you live dude, looks like Holland, "

 
In London, Little Venice to be exact. 
 
You mean Amsterdam really...
 
   
@Icemael:
 
 
 

Fuck Yay!  I secured my two replica guns also, they'll be arriving within the next two weeks : P
 

Posted by Red12b
@Linkyshinks:  
Where do you live dude, looks like Holland,
Posted by Linkyshinks
@Icemael:  
 
Me also, I don't mind slushing snow, but the wind chill factor is something else entirely!
Posted by Icemael

It's even worse here in Stockholm. And some people like it. I mean, I guess the snow looks pretty... but dude, the cold is just unbearable.

Edited by Linkyshinks

Yea, I'm ready to pick mine up also, I'm not at all happy about this snow though, I don't have any Wellington boots!  
 

 

Edited by Icemael

3.5 hours left until the store opens. 3.5 hours left until I get my hands on the game. 3.5 hours left until I have to wait a bunch of hours because I gotta do some stuff before actually playing it.

Edited by Linkyshinks
@Steve_C:  
 
Oh definitely not, I simply came across it today while taking in some printed culture.  Yea, it's the "witching hour".
 
I would normally encourage anyone to buy such a awesome game, but to be perfectly honest mate, I simply cannot do that when it comes to the PS3 version of this game. I say that with no bias at all, I can assure you of that. I say that simply because I want you and all others to experience the wonder of this game as intended.   
 
The FPS in this game is absolutely vital for the game to maintain it's excellent gameplay, there's way too much going on in this game to have to endure terrible frame dips that  distort your ability to read the game. The combat demands a rock solid FPS, something even the 360 game cannot provide that throughout. There's also the issue of woefully long loading screens which break the intensity and flow of the game too harshly on PS3. 
 
As far as external polish is concerned, textures in places seem worse than those that can be found in the best PS2 games. The lighting so dark and murky in places it gives the game a totally different atmosphere on PS3, and blurry undefined edges mean some of the most visually awesome moments are simply not going to be appreciated by Sony PS3 users to the same degree. I've played it, I know first hand how well it compares to the 360 game. The experience is sadly diminished.
 
I do understand your eagerness, if I was in your situation I would buy it regardless to hearing those like me telling you not to. If your not getting a 360 any time soon, maybe you should go for it, I naturally want everyone to experience this game, ideally as intended.  
 
I hope Sega provide a patch for PS3 users down the line. If you get the game, I think you may too ^^  
 
 
 
....
Posted by Steve_C
@Linkyshinks said:
" The Guardian, one of our most respected broadsheet papers here in the UK, gave Bayonetta - 10/10  
 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/dec/31/bayonetta-game-review-xbox-ps3      "
Which is not known for its video game reviews, let's be fair.
 
I have to say though, now that it comes out, well... today technically, I keep getting more excited about the game. I'm thinking of picking it up on the way back from college. It would be the PS3 version, but hearing about the nature of the technical flaws, they don't seem that bad to me outside of the dips in frame rate. I just want to experience the game now.