Bayonetta 3 Reviews

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IGN
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2041

While the story is pathetic and the game presents some performance issues on switch, Bayonetta 3 takes a lesson in combat and gameplay design in a lushly stylish sequence.

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9 / 10
Dec 13, 2022

Bayonetta 3 offers everything you would want from a Hack 'n' Slash game and more, featuring solid gameplay mixed with high tempo action and quality music that will make you want to come back and crave more.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is another excellent addition to the franchise that pushes the series’ already excellent gameplay to a whole new level. Storytelling can be a bit uneven and the visuals, while boasting great concept design, can suffer from texture and performance hiccups. Bayonetta 3 delivers where it counts the most, however, and that’s its fast-paced, combo-licious combat. Throw in a new playable character to the mix and you’ve got another entry that can stand toe-to-toe with any of the best action games out there, crying devils included.

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8 / 10
Dec 5, 2022

Given the scale of the experience, the intensely satisfying gameplay that rewards experimentation, entertaining cut-scenes, excellent music, overall fun factor, and replayability, I’m impressed that Platinum Games has managed to cram so much into Bayonetta 3. Despite a general lack of polish, Bayonetta 3 delivers a breadth of content, provides a worthy conclusion to the epic saga, and leaves me hopeful for the future of the company.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2022

Don’t get me wrong, Bayonetta 3 is still an excellent action game. If you like the franchise, you’ll still have a great time with it. It still retains the dumb fun vibe the franchise is known for, and the fact you can play this over-the-top nonsense anywhere you want to is a major plus. But I cannot ignore the fact it feels more like a game being held hostage on a console which cannot run it like it should. Being a Nintendo Switch exclusive is a detriment to its potential, and, as a result, we’re getting drab visuals, less impressive level designs, and serious framerate and resolution issues.

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Unscored
Nov 29, 2022

Bayonetta 3 maintains its frenetic gameplay and action that's classic for the franchise and the studio. Unfortunately some narrative decisions hamper the potencial of the game and doesn't quite stick the landing with the fans and the universe as a whole.

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Ian Howarth
Top Critic
7 / 10
Nov 27, 2022

Is Bayonetta 3 worth playing? If you're already a fan, absolutely.

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Unscored
Nov 25, 2022

But these issues didn’t really impair my enjoyment of the game. It would take a lot more than this for me to not have fun with a Bayonetta game. I think they’re worth remarking on, especially if Platinum is planning to continue the series. I’m not sure Bayonetta 3 will ever feel as special to me as the original was, but it’s still wonderful in its own way. I’m glad to have it after such a long wait.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Nov 24, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is a bittersweet return that will have its fans, but it also demonstrates the lack of focus of PlatinumGames.

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Nov 23, 2022

PlatinumGames’ Hideke Kamiya said before release that it would be better to play the first and second game before playing this one. He’s right—of course. If I hadn’t been writing this review very early on I’d have turned the game off and ordered its predecessors, so that I could enjoy the game to its maximum

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6 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2022

Bayonetta 3 makes me question its existence at every turn. For as much fun as it can be in a classic Platinum Games character action sense, there’s so much bs you have to wade through to get there.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2022
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Nov 17, 2022

Bayonetta 3 boasts improved combat with unique weapons and stylish combos, but it falls flat in nearly all other aspects, resulting in a disappointing mess.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2022

When it's firing on all cylinders, Bayonetta 3 serves as a confident reminder of why we've been looking forward to its release for so long. Unfortunately, the number of misfires can't be overlooked, making this easily the least enjoyable game in the series.

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Nov 16, 2022

An absolute must play for fans of the action genre with exceptional combat complemented by a fantastic soundtrack.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is one of those games where you can't help but feel good while playing. Taking the work of the previous game and improving on it in practically every aspect, this title offers us a much more diverse, fun gameplay and a more consistent and appealing story with excellent characters and touching twists. Not even the fact that it is one step away from disaster from a technical point of view prevents Bayonetta 3 from being one of the easiest games to recommend to everyone this year.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is a great game that plays away nicely after a difficult start, but does not always convince completely. The first hour players probably won't mind anything thrown at them, but for newcomers it's quite overwhelming. That applies not only to the story, but also to the controls and the like. The makers seem to have assumed that you already know how everything works. The game feels graphically dated, especially in the cut scene. However, you get used to it quickly and it doesn't really get in the way of the game.

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9.7 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is a refinement of Platinum Games iconic gameplay and formula. A game that pays homage to not only the team's mechanical expertise, but also Hideki Kamiya's excellent iconic directing style. A project that focuses on all of the team's success, and a testament to the fact that Platinum Games is still worthy of being among the best in action games

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Nov 15, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is an awful lot more, but it's also an awful lot more of the same. It's a game that revels in its spirited too-muchness.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 15, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is a strange mix of some of the series’ best moments together with some of its worst. At its high points, Bayonetta 3 easily stands with or even surpasses its predecessors, but its glory is marred by questionable decisions and missed opportunities. How much importance you place on the story will likely determine how you feel about this entry. If the story is an afterthought for you, you’ll enjoy the high-quality combat and intense action, but if the story matters, prepare yourself for tonal differences and storytelling that raises more questions than answers.

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