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5 Reasons Bayonetta 2 Might Just Be the Game of the Year

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Nintendo

Still sittin’ on the fence about getting a Wii U? You really shouldn’t be, with such stellar exclusives as Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, The Wonderful 101 and, from the wonderful makers of The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2.

Here are five reasons why the latter action-fest might just be the game of 2014.

1. It’s got a weird story

Unlike many of today’s dark and derivative titles, Bayonetta 2 is a vibrant, in-your-face breath of fresh air. The story follows titular Umbra Witch Bayonetta several months after the events of the first entry. A carefree Christmas shopping spree is disturbed by an attack on the city by a group of angels. While Bayonetta has no trouble dispatching her rude interrupters by summoning up some dangerous demons, this leads to her friend Jeanne’s soul getting dragged back to hell with them. And so Bayonetta must save Jeanne’s precious soul from the fiery underworld, or something like that. Suffice to say, the game’s opening cut-scene perfectly sets up the fun, thrilling, admittedly ludicrous adventure that lies ahead.

2. It’s batsh*t epic

Each level’s over-the-top action is just as imaginative and off-kilter as the abovementioned cut-scene, so you’re obviously in for something different. Whether Bayonetta’s battling golden-plated angels or astronomically large demons, every fight is so outrageously grand-scale it’s almost comical (doubly so when the game’s signature song, “Moon River,” plays in the background). Thanks to rock-solid controls and a splendidly colourful palette, you’re never lost in the action, just fully absorbed in it.

3. It’s got a killer heroine

One of Bayonetta’s most notable attributes is its protagonist, whose nude body is draped in magical hair that can transform into a massive, ass-whooping demon. But there’s more to Bayonetta than a slick hairdo and a pair of guns strapped to her heels. She’s also a posh, super sassy witch who can perform a devastating attack on a hoard of enemies one minute, then seductively pose for an imaginary camera the next. Like the first game, Bayonetta 2 has received flak for objectifying its main character with dubious camera angles, but nevertheless she’s grown to become one of the most charismatic and empowered gaming heroines around. So you be the judge.

4. It’s easy on the eyes

Perhaps the Wii U isn’t as technically cutting-edge as the PS4 or Xbox One, but when it comes to sheer artistry, it’s second to none. Competitors may boast more lifelike visuals, but Nintendo has always been invested in the whole package, and Bayonetta 2 is a testament to that. What matters most is how a game performs, and this one’s impressive 60 frames per second hardly dip even during its most frenzied moments. If anything, the game’s too pretty, which can be a tad distracting when you’re trying to string together a massive combo during a climactic boss fight.

5. Duh, it’s really fun!

And speaking of combos, Bayonetta 2 also comes with the first game, at no extra charge. Both titles are deceptively complex. You might be able to mash your way through easier difficulties, but as the challenge gets cranked up, you’ll need to bring some special moves to your arsenal, which takes a bit of practice. It’s that kind of learning curve that gives the game much more depth, begging you to replay it to learn new tricks and unlock some pretty crazy gear, challenges, and, yeah, scandalous outfits.

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