I was surprised that there doesn't seem to be any kind of Bayonetta 2 impressions thread.
I just finished the game a couple of hours ago and have some pretty mixed thoughts. I played through on 3rd Climax and came away from it, not so much disappointed, but buzzing with far less excitement than when I beat the first game.
Obviously the crazy can only become less and less impressive the bigger and dumber it gets, but I actually found this game to be scaled way back in that department. Theres no lipstick headshots or throwing gods into the sun here, but it's still very much Bayonetta, with things exploding and boss after boss after boss. It can be just as exhausting as the first one. (in a good way)
My three main thoughts are that it's easier, shorter and less crazy than the original, but on the plus side, the story is more coherent, the storytelling is actually far better, it looks gorgeous and it plays even better.
The Umbran Climax makes some fights kind of a joke as it kinda bounces some of the bigger enemies around, and the Musselheim(?) portals are much, much, much, much easier than the Alfheim portals in the first game. I'm always thankful for less Quick Time Events, and I definitely found myself messing with all of the weapons a lot more. I really, really love the chainsaw swords/whip combo.
Overall, probably the best game I have played all year, better than the first in places and not as incredible in others. Awesome game with tons and tons of stuff to do and collect. I guess there's really only so huge you can go. I think the Wonderful 101 is probably Platinum's peak of craziness to date, but this is definitely the much better game.
Anyways, what do you think?