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Bayonetta Preview August 2, 2008

Posted by Matthew in News, Preview, PS3, Xbox 360.

BayonettaFrom Platinum Games, makers of MadWorld, comes Bayonetta. It is an action game directed by Hideki Kamiya who previously created Devil May Cry so expect something similar if not better. The story concerns the witch, Bayonetta, fighting against monster angels or something like that. It is due out some time in 2009. Click below for more.

• The names of Bayonetta’s guns are Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.Together, they’re known as Scarborough Fair.

• Enemies drop weapons, which Bayonetta can pick up and use for a limited time.One of this is a tuba, which functions as a bazooka.

• When Bayonetta jumps or double-jumps, gossamer butterfly wings temporarily sprout from her back.When she lands, dozens of tiny butterflies appear at her feet.

• Bayonetta’s outfit isn’t actually leather despite the stitching you see in the CG art – It’s magical hair that covers her entire body, and it’s used in her attacks.The most powerful ones render her almost completely nude.

• Similar to how Devil May Cry used red orbs, Bayonetta features angel halos as currency, which you use to power up your weapons, unlock skills, or buy items.

• When Bayonetta fires her guns, the bullets ricochet off walls, causing additional damage to nearby enemies.

• Bayonetta’s most powerful attacks summon a giant, smoky dragon or a giant, smoky stiletto heel out of the sky to stomp on her enemies.But again, it’s not smoke that surrounds these summons – It’s a hair.So, yes, that dragon is a giant, slithering hair dragon, and that stiletto heel is a giant, sexy hair boot.You have to enter specific button commands in order to summon the hair monster, though, adding an element of skill.

• When one of these powerful summons exits the area, it’s punctuated by the appearance of purple sparkles.

• Control comes in the form of a shoot button, a punch button, and a kick button.But you can purchase others, stronger combinations.

• Bayonetta uses “Witch Time” – Bayonetta’s sense become especially acute, and the environment (and enemies) around her slows down.

• Sometimes, an on-screen button prompt appears during combats, which means it’s time to mash buttons in order to inflict extra damage on an enemy.Tapping the button fast enough results in over-the-top super moves – such as guillotine dropping from the sky on your enemy (with predictable results) – called Torture Attacks.

• Bayonetta has a spinning jump attack that fires her guns in 360 degrees.She can also perform a handstand and aim the guns on her feet at enemies.

• Bayonetta also wields a katana, but Platinum Games won’t reveal the name yet.You can charge this blade for a more powerful attack, which causes a heart to appear on the pommel.The heart beats as you charge it up, and dark fumes billow from the sword.

• More weapons will be added and revealed closer to the game’s release.Each weapon has a monster spirit, which makes it stronger, and the context of the combat situation dictates which hairy summon appears.

• Mini boss battle: Angelic foe at the end of Big Little City zone.It’s got some huge attacks courtesy of its giant two-handed ax – and this baddie pauses for a dramatic split second with every swing.Luckily, Bayonetta can jump over these attacks with or without Witch Time.Humorously, the giant mini boss has pathetically tiny angel wings, gold piercings, and the requisite angel’s halo.

• A fine mist covers the ground during the mini boss battle, designed to create a “holy atmosphere”.The battle ends with an onscreen button prompt, which summons a giant hair dragon who bites the angel mini boss in half.

• The reward for besting this mini boss is a gold record with the descriptor “Angel Singing Voice” but we’re not sure whether it unlocks a music track or some other feature.

• Bayonetta has a huge chain and sickle that she uses for both ground-based and airborne attacks.

• The right trigger button on the Xbox 360 controller shoots. Yuo can equip all four guns at once, or you can opt to swap out the pistols in her hands with the sword and use the guns on her feet as well.Certain weapons are specifically designed to be equipped on her hands, feet, or both.

• Bayonetta has been in development stages for a year and half – work started a little after Okami shipped.

• As Bayonetta attacks the enemy angel forces, she breaks of layers of their outer armor.



1. Adam - August 4, 2008

I’m glad they started a new series because DMC probably doesn’t deserve a sequel.

And all previews should come in bullet-points.

2. Rodrigo - January 23, 2009

You’re most definately right Adam. DMC is actually overrated in my opinion that is.

3. Rodrigo - January 23, 2009

Definitely* a must buy this Bayonetta is. Very sexy stuff! ^^”

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