If there’s one game that excites me the most on the Nintendo Wii U, it’s the sequel to Platinum Games’ Bayonetta. Luckily at E3, it was one of those games that I got to spend some time with. My overall reaction? I’m very satisfied as it manages to retain the action-packed gameplay and Bayonetta’s sexiness of course.
The short demo of Bayonetta 2 kicks off on top of a flying jet going through tall skyscrapers. As soon as I started playing, tension started to run through my body. The setting shapes the excitement of the player as one of the things you will notice is that it’s still has fast-paced combat. As soon as I started doing her infamous combo attack, I must say that Bayonetta managed to retain her sexiness when taking down enemies. As usual, the execution of combos when taking down enemies is solid. In the sequel, Bayonetta has more moves this time and one of them is the new Umbra Climax that summons inter dimensional support attacks from out of nowhere. When executed, the attack looks like a huge shadow hand doing all sorts of punches on a portal-like entity.
In addition to showing off Bayonetta’s Umbra Attack, the demo also showed its exclusive Wii U feature that can be used when playing on the Game Pad. Instead of using buttons to make Bayonetta attack, you will have to grab the stylus and do all sorts of mind blowing slashes on the Game Pad’s screen. Honestly, I’m not a fan of using the touch screen so I stick to using the traditional controls instead.
Visual wise, I don’t see anything major that they did. It pretty much looks the same as the original one. It looks like Platinum Games did not take advantage of the Wii U’s power as based on the looks, it’s more of a same thing to its predecessor.
One of the biggest surprises the Nintendo representative told me while I was playing the game was that Bayonetta will have a partner this time. That being said, it means that Bayonetta 2 will finally support co-op play. The new character that will join Bayonetta will be Jeane, her rival and the antagonist of the first game. Unfortunately, the representative of Nintendo refused to comment when asked how the co-op will work.
Overall, Bayonetta looks more of the same as the first one. Controls feels the same, and the gameplay remains intact similar to its predecessor. The only thing that interests me was the co-op but then, not much is known. I guess we will find out more information in the coming months. Bayonetta 2 is scheduled for release later this year exclusively on the Nintendo Wii U.