One of the best things about Bayonetta 2 is the attention to detail. Not only do the levels stand out, but also a number of them offer unique experiences that change up the gameplay. Similar to the first game there is another shoot ‘em up stage, one where you do some surfing, a couple of flying sections and much more. The same goes for the Nintendo costumes, which are far more than simple reskins. The Daisy/Peach costumes make all the currency look like coins that make the Mario sound when you pick them up, plus your standard wicked weaver attacks (it’s basically a summon where a large fist or foot attacks) are reskinned to make it look like Bowser is attacking. The Link costume makes the currency look like rupees and they also make the Zelda sound, plus you can parry attacks without the accessory and the long sword is reskinned to look like the Master Sword. Even the Samus costume replaces your beast transformation with the ability to turn into a ball. This level of detail really helps Bayonetta 2 stand out and makes the costumes feel less like they’re tacked on and more like loving homages to these classic games.
Upon finishing story mode you’ll unlock various things, including the lost chapters. While these stages don’t offer any additional story, they serve as a challenge mode where you need to finish a number of waves without dying or using items. The great thing about these stages is that they’re designed in a way where you need to rethink your strategy. This can range from ignoring the small fries for immediate threats to wasting your special on a torture attack to get a specific weapon to make the next section easier. Beating these stages unlock new verse cards for tag climax and other things.
The other big post game mode is tag climax, which is cooperative mode with competitive elements. In this mode you have up to 52 different cards to choose from, each one representing a specific enemy or fight. After making your selection you need to place a bet that will determine how difficult the fight is. The size is the bet will also go up or down based off difficult the card is. Once you finish all of this the match will load and you’ll have to fight whichever enemy you selected and possibly more with the help of your partner. Now here’s the catch. Both players are given points based off the number of enemies they hit/kill and whomever has the most points at the end of the match wins. This makes the mode a little bit more exciting than simply teaming up with someone and pushes people to bring their A game.
Bayonetta 2 is pretty much the sequel fans have been waiting for. Everything about the game is true to the series, from the silly and over the top story to the amazing combat system. Toss in some awesome new costumes, a couple of weapons/elements and a few new modes and you got a recipe for success. Plus it comes with an improved version of the first game, at least in North America and certain editions in Europe, which makes it must for fans and newcomers alike.Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) Review ,