Bayonetta 2 – The Umbra Witch Makes A Return. Our Latest Review

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Bayonetta 2 is the sequel to the 2009 title that was developed by Platinum Games and published by SEGA. In it marks the return of the titular witch and protagonist Bayonetta, who now finds herself exploring the sacred mountain of Fimbulventr. The story at first seems to be rather slow but it doesn’t take long for that to all then change. Soon enough our favourite umbra witch must embark on a journey to save her friend and fellow witch, Jeanne. Who many fans will no doubt be familiar with as she too made an appearance during the first game. Both Jeanne and Bayonetta or only two of many characters to make a returning appearance in the highly anticipated action adventure series.


As soon as we boot up the game we can’t help but notice the additional option of being able to play online co-op with other fellow players, this mode is known as Tag Climax. Though I am mostly a person who enjoys the solo experience rather than the competitiveness of online play, it was nice to see the option regardless. As said though, I much prefer the solo experience as I tend to get a better experience in that regard so I failed to explore this option any further. However, I feel like many other fans out there might get more enjoyment out of this.

At first we were slightly disappointment in our thinking that cinematics could not be skipped. However, I think its fair to say we may have jumped the gun at this one as the scenes are indeed very much skippable. Not that we enjoy skipping past scenes that we had not even witnessed yet, so we basically tested this on our second watch. Though reliving the story may be fun, but at times its also good to just get through them as quickly as possible. Thanks to the skip option we can do just that!


After the first big opening cinematic we will then be given the combat tutorial. Since we managed to play this on the Nintendo Switch the combat was slightly different from how we experienced the previous title, and since we were new owners of our little Nintendo Switch ‘joytoy’ it was quite a different and new experience altogether. By experience I simply mean that in Bayonetta 2 we were able to use the touchscreen in order to battle and defeat our foes.


Though, of course, if you are not a big fan of using the touchscreen for whatever reason then we are also able to just take advantage of the joy-con controllers instead. From a personal perspective I think it is safe to say I much prefer the controller option, especially when it comes to potentially making our screens dirty.

A lot of the combat feels very similar to the previous game. With the ability to chain and combo attacks using simple punches and kicks that can be easily executed using two or more button combinations. With the combat we also see the return of the Witch Time feature. This feature is activated once you have dodged an enemy attack successfully, then once activated it slows down time allowing you to get those extra crucial attacks in. Get used to using this feature as it will come in handy!

Another additional combat feature that we can take advantage of is the Umbran Climax, which allows you to build up your Magic Gauge and allow you to perform even more devastating attacks.

In addition to this spectacular title is the ability to replay chapters. Meaning once you have managed to complete a chapter then you can revisit it as many times as you desire. Since each chapter manages to give you a scoring and a rewards system then going back and replaying these chapters can have its uses. Especially if you enjoy the thrill of the challenge!


Another reason to perhaps replay through previous chapters is to find the hidden secrets and collectibles. Just like with the previous title there are many to be found! A few of which include The Journal’s Echoes, which are a lot like the Antonio’s Notes that were in the previous game. These tell you more about the backstory of the game including the locations and surrounding areas. These are always super interesting! Alongside those we also have the return of the treasure tombs too, which are otherwise known as the witches’ resting places or treasure chests.

Speaking of the umbran resting places, some of them, this time around, are actually locked or invisible. In order to remedy this we will be tasked with new challenges. This was not a feature in the past title. when all of them were available to us straight away once they had been successfully found. Not all of the resting places are like this though, only a select few in order to keep it more challenging.


On an additional note, the Alfheim portals that were also in the previous title makes a return, this time under the name of Muspelheim. So essentially they are now known as Muspelheim portals. These portals also manage to add a bit more challenge to an already fun-filled action pack title.

With the Muspelheim portals many of the additional optional challenges that a lot of fans will hopefully enjoy and more than likely be familiar with make a return. Challenges including timed based challenges, limiting your abilities style challenges and many more. All of which were present in the past title in some way, shape, or form.

OVERALL

Just like with the previous Bayonetta title the music within Bayonetta 2 is just as good, if not better. I have always been a huge fan of the Bayonetta music ever since the first game was released and due to this I was looking forward to hearing the new tracks within this game too. I’m glad to say I am not disappointed. The music is very well composed and performed and ranging from a mix of Japanese pop to classical jazz, there is a bit of everything in there that should hopefully please the masses out there.


All around Bayonetta 2 is a great title that does not fail to deliver on a great gaming experience. From having a great soundtrack, an amazing story, and of course, fan favourite characters. Everything is perfect and it does not differ too much from the last great game. Though, perhaps that could be classed as a flaw as the game really does feel a lot like the previous title, just with a different story having been thrown in there. Maybe that is enough to please most fans. It was certainly enough to please me. However, as I have experienced before with other titles, it might get stale after a while if the series continues to feel less refreshed and more of the same.

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: February 16th, 2018
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Action adventure
Main Story Length: 11-12 hours
Platform Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
Overall Rating: 4/5


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