Bayonetta 3 Reviews

Bayonetta 3 is ranked in the 93rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Renan Fontes
Top Critic
5 / 10
Nov 11, 2022

Despite featuring what's arguably the best combat system in the series, Bayonetta 3 is nothing short of disappointing. Bayonetta's core gameplay is outstanding, weaving fluid controls together with incredible weapon variety and tons of fun mechanics to play around with. The combo potential is high and battles just feel great to play… as Bayonetta. An unforgivable amount of playtime is dedicated to newcomer Viola, stealth segments that make poor use of Jeanne, and relentless gimmick stages that wear out their welcome immediately. Tossing in mediocre level design, lacklustre performance, and a flavourless story that panders towards the current multiverse craze, and it's clear PlatinumGames have lost their touch when it comes to the Umbran Witch. Bayonetta 3 is simply pitiful.

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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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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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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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70 / 100
Oct 31, 2022

I just feel that the quality levels of the third game aren’t as top-tier when compared to parts 1 and 2. On its own merit, however, Bayonetta 3 is still a shining star in the pale moonlight.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2022

Bayonetta 3 may not reinvent the wheel, but its lightning-fast action and engaging gameplay push the Switch to its limits.

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Saudi Gamer
Top Critic
7 / 10
Nov 10, 2022

A game that alternates between wowing you and boring you. The series' strong gameplay and crazy ideas carry the experience somewhat, but it remains a mixed bag.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2022

Ultimately, we’re left a little conflicted with Bayonetta 3. This is the worst looking and performing Bayonetta yet, with a grander scale that both detracts and adds to the gameplay. We love the fact that we can finally take control of fearsome demons, for example, but we don’t like the fact that the camera struggles when fighting other gargantuan enemies. Add in some other frustrations, and you have a game that sometimes feel like the best the Bayonetta series has to offer, but other times the worst.

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70 / 100
Nov 8, 2022

Bayonetta 3 vastly expands its scope and has the biggest enemies and set pieces in the franchise to date, but in the midst of the bombastic action - along with some dubious gameplay and narrative choices - it loses a bit of its soul.

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7 / 10 stars
Nov 8, 2022

Though it has great action and exhilarating set pieces, Bayonetta 3 ultimately feels like a subpar port of a great action game.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

While Bayonetta 3 is the weakest of the three, it is still a very good game that will give fans a lot of bang for their buck. There is enough changes and experimentation to justify this sequel and the rating system is the most forgiving than ever for neophytes, while also providing enough high level challenge for veterans.

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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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7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

Hellena turned down the role in the end, and that public dispute is still bubbling along in the background in Twitter's cauldron, and while it hasn't affected the product before you today, the spat has certainly soured the behind-the-scenes of it all.

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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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Oct 25, 2022

When taking charge of the action, Bayonetta is more fun to rip and tear with here than ever before, with some smart evolutions in how her role as a summoner can add to her combat without taking anything meaningful away. But some of the same issues that plagued its predecessors are just as present here as well, if not more-so

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7.2 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2022

Bayonetta 3 suffers from a generic story and enemies with a surprisingly boring level structure. The decision to go for more quanity delivers enough gameplay variety for hardcore fans. If you can live with repeating challenges and areas, you'll still get a crazy adventure with the gameplay, that the fans love.

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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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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2022

I'm left walking away with a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth for what was one of my most anticipated games coming into 2022, even if I still largely enjoyed most of my time with it. Bayonetta 3 ultimately feels like a solid action game, but not one that was worth waiting eight years for.

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75 / 100
Nov 5, 2022

Bayonetta 3 has a lot of issues, especially in terms of story, but is well worth playing for the core combat. While the game seems to be doing its best to get you away from that, once you're fighting, there's nothing like it out there.

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77 / 100
Nov 2, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is a story of love, years in the making. Both good and bad, this project has gotten stuck in time. That time dilation might be annoying for some clunky design choices, but it might also be the last time you'll be able to play something like this; and that in a package that has never been wrapped up any better. Maybe Bayonetta 3 is also a redemption story.

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