Bayonetta 2 for Wii-U
What do you say about the sequel to one of the best action games ever made? Between the campaign and co-op multiplayer Bayonetta 2 delivers the best action game of the year and quite possibly of all time. Any serious fan of the genre should not miss out. The combat system is precise and fluid and the graphics are stunning at 60fps and never missing a beat showing the true power of Nintendo’s next-gen system. If you have been waiting for a reason to buy a Wii-U now is the time.
Everything you love about Bayonetta is preserved and the sequel is done even better than its predecessor. The fluid combo system remains, still utilizing a two button attack system. This sounds limited, but in the later levels you have to truly master many tough combos to survive the waves of angels and demons. Many techniques are learned throughout the game and skills like delays and launchers bring the combo system to a brand new level. This combined with projectile juggling and instantly being able to change weapons make your options on the battlefield limitless in this sequel. Now while these tweaks to the battle system are excellent Bayonetta 2 doesn’t stop there and continues to get better. Functionality has never had more style and Bayonetta truly has no rival when it comes to poses, kicks, and everything you have loved about magical girl anime’s put into a third person shooter. The transition between these moves is spot on and can be combined with an arsenal of unlockable weapons each with their own unique combo sets.
Witch Time is another new feature that has been added to the combo system in the sequel rewarding players for correctly dodging attacks at the appropriate time. After a successful dodge you will activate Witch Time, which briefly grants you slow-motion making it possible to follow-up with some devastating combos. There are also new moves such as Umbran Climax which attacks in a very wide radius making it easy to clear large numbers of enemies at one time. During these larger battles colorful light effects assist the player in combat that way the combo system is not lost in the chaos. Dodges that lead into Witch Time have a purple effect, while a gold glimmering effect signals when Angelic minions are about to strike. These signals help to fine tune the fluidity of an already polished combo system. No matter how large the boss battle or how many enemies that are present on the screen it is possible to dodge and strike enemies with ease without losing your character’s positioning in the fray.
While this sounds like too much assistance in defeating the angels and demons of heaven and hell Bayonetta remains balanced. The more I leveled up my character and learned new skills, so would the enemy. Not only do the characters adjust in difficulty, but variety of enemies that you face in Bayonetta never end. Every enemy in the campaign makes you adjust and utilize news skill sets to defeat them. Bosses are no different as no two bosses behave in the same way. New tactics have to be used appropriately to take down a flying boss versus a ground boss and so on. While this is just great game design this also forces you to explore your library of weapons as each has an advantage on certain boss fights or minions.
While it is hard not to go on about the combat system Bayonetta has other features to help enhance the experience. There is an online co-op mode that is unlocked by acquiring scenario’s during the single player campaign. This feature is fun, but it is all over in just a few minutes making it not much of a multiplayer feature. It also fails to be much of a co-op since players are competing for points against each other, but are dependent on each for support. But, for a first attempt at multiplayer for the series it is a good stepping stone for Bayonetta 3 multiplayer (keep your fingers crossed) and adds to the games replayability. Bayonetta 2 comes with a copy of the original Bayonetta as well for double the fun. I assume most of the players purchasing Bayonetta 2 already have the original, but it is awesome to get a free port of this classic on the Wii-U as a testament to the series and also allowing new players to be allowed the full experience.
So in conclusion, should you stop reading this and go get Bayonetta 2? The answer is YES! This is easily the action game of the year and arguably one of the best games I have played ever. Even though it is shorter than most single player titles out right now, the addition of the original game as well as multiplayer gives you many doses of Bayonetta for the Wii-U in one package. This is a game not to be missed and anyone that has a Wii-U should consider this a must own title. Not only does it show off some of the true power of Nintendo’s next-gen system, Bayonetta reminds us of a time when third-person action games were king…err…queen.
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