In an industry thatís usually dominated by Gears of Brown or Halo palettes, when a game like Bayonetta comes along that uses bright colours and flashy effects, your eyes start to bleed. Thatís the best way to describe the game, its eye-bleeding gorgeous graphically and itís such a breath of fresh air to see a game like this, as much as you can see it. With the blistering pace, the amount of attacks and enemy characters on screen it can be hard to keep up with the graphical goodness of the game at times. It has a slick colour design, bright palette and some truly smooth lighting effects for the levels. Special effects are likewise extremely good and the level design works well with the various elements. Thereís no texture tearing or pop, or anything and for once the 360 version outperforms the PS3 counterpart.
One minor niggle: the camera, the camera has a habit of putting you out of shot behind a non-fading foreground object.Animations
Fast and fluid is the order of the day here. Bayonettaís animations are excellent, with the characters and the enemies doing some amazingly cool moves as they battle. Bayonetta is a superbly animated character, part warrior, part pole dancer and all Ďattitudeí. The boss characters are fantastic, varied and extremely well put together with numerous minor animations crossing the whole character since many of them are multi-part enemies. The final boss is a wonderful design and animated to near-perfection.AI
The AI in the game is a good challenge; it uses a variety of special moves, works as a pack to get you off guard and can trigger some devastating combos when youíre facing similar characters to the protagonist. It does what it needs to do on the tin, nothing more, nothing yes.Physics
In some of the vehicle based sections, the physics is a little off in some places but itís not too bad. Itís nothing that detracts wholly from the game, doesnít happen all of the time and itís usually fairly solid.Sound
Itís a solid sound suite for Bayonetta, from the characterís guns to the various ambient and spot sound effects, thereís nothing more to say. Music
Bayonetta uses a bright and fairly energetic soundtrack; there are a few remixes of Fly me to the Moon to battle along to now and then. It also has some classical pieces for the Angelic Hymn records. All in all itís a great juxtaposition of musical choices that have been chosen to fit the moment.Voice and Dialogue
The voice work is solid enough, there are a few grating performances and Bayonetta is a lot easier on the ears than the previous Dante was. As for the script, itís camp at times, hokey at others and basically what youíd expect from a Devil May Cry style game... donít go looking for originality in the writing and be warned itís packed with cursing.Multiplayer
For a new IP itís refreshing to see that whilst itís based on the DMC idea, it doesnít try and clone it. Bayonetta feels fresh, with a lot to do and see in game as well as specific unlocks for the next playthrough. Thereís enough here to keep you coming back, hoarding and spending Halos on the next special item and so forth. With numerous levels of difficulty the game is pitched as a challenge for all kinds of gamers.
The first play is likely going to take you around 8-10 hours depending on how much you explore and how many times you go back to grind up the things you missed, better medals mean better rewards after all.