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Bayonetta 2

PlatinumGames, Nintendo
Oct 24, 2014 - Wii U
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OpenCritic Rating

91

Top Critic Average

95%

Critics Recommend

IGN
9.5 / 10
Eurogamer
9 / 10
IGN
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
GamesRadar+
4 / 5
Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Game Informer
9 / 10
Polygon
7.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Bayonetta 2

IGN

9.5 / 10.0
IGN

Bayonetta 2 builds on everything that made the original great, and delivers one of the best action games of the year.

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The rhythm of combat remains the same, though it's hard to complain when it's riffing off such a heady beat, where chimed enemy attacks are lithely dodged into slo-mo pugilism, where impossible combos culminate with a 20-foot boot weaved from hair crashing from the heavens and where spinning amidst the avalanche of colour and cartoon violence is Bayonetta herself, stopping only briefly to wink at a player exhausted by the unrelenting joy of it all. Bayonetta 2's biggest disappointment may be that it's an iterative sequel, but it's not such a problem when it's iterating on genius.

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Playing through Bayonetta 2 on Nintendo Switch allowed me to relive some of the most exhilarating, action-packed, hack-and-slash moments from the last decade of gaming. The framerate improvements alone make it a better experience than the Wii U version, and the amiibo-activated costumes at least put a fun spin on it even if there's no substantial new content for returning players. It's disappointing that the Switch version can't manage more than 720p on a big screen, but with that said, Bayonetta 2's fantastic art style holds up well.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A fantastic sequel and one of the greatest action games ever made, and now available on a format that people actually own.

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More of the same is absolutely fine, as Bayonetta delivers her trademark action in true style. This sequel takes too long to get going and can feel harshly unfair, but when it's at its peak, the action is breathtaking.

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A fantastic sequel, whose improvements may be relatively subtle but are more than enough to confirm Bayonetta 2 as one of the greatest action games ever made.

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Crazy moments, smooth combat, and seemingly endless options help this sequel match its predecessor

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Bayonetta 2's blatant over-sexualization puts a big dent in an otherwise great game

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