Cult slasher 10 years later. Bayonetta remaster review
Is the restored version of the game for PS4 and Xbox One worth your attention?
If you ask a gamer with a lot of experience to name a game in which an arrogant hero fights with mythical creatures using spectacular techniques, while releasing offensive jokes to them, then, without thinking twice, he will call Devil May Cry and be right. But Bayonetta, which recently received a remaster for its tenth anniversary, also fits this description perfectly.
Released on Xbox 360 and PS3, Bayonetta was a real hit of its time. All thanks to the dynamic and difficult to learn combat system: Bayonetta skillfully kicked, slapped, twisted somersaults-mortals in the arena, not giving helpless enemies a second’s respite — but only if the player had a lightning reaction and was able to read every movement of opponents.
An interesting story, in turn, kept in front of the screen: it was curious to learn more about this sexy witch with a hazy past. How did she learn to summon terrible monsters from the otherworldly dimension with her hair? What kind of clown with the voice and appearance of Denny de Vito in a coat? What role does a black bartender play in all this, trading demons for vinyl records for weapons for the main character? We learned the answers to these and other questions for a dozen hours from immensely spectacular and at times overly pathos videos, which now and then put an emphasis on the erotic curves and piquant forms of the heroine.
It is important to note that Bayonetta then felt best on the Xbox 360, when the PS3 version was, to put it mildly, terrible in technical terms — loading screens had to be watched more often than, in fact, play. Even the pause menu for some reason was loaded with some delay. Much of the game on consoles of the past generation was constrained by the frame rate, especially the demo version for the PS3. In some episodes, the Bayonetta on the Sony console literally turned into a slide show. But now it’s all in the past-the PS4 and PS4 Pro are pleasing to the eye with a stable 60 frames per second even in the most difficult scenes.
Comparison of the remaster and the regular Bayonetta
Alas, except for the performance of the remaster, there is nothing to boast about: Bayonetta in 2020 looks very outdated. The image stretched to 4K makes the gray design of locations and blurred backgrounds more obvious. But the gameplay, even after ten years, continues to please with its depth. However, you will have to get used to the management a bit — the decision of PlatinumGames to hang the evasion on the right trigger is very surprising at first.
Those familiar with the original will appreciate the high frame rate, wide diagonals and fleeting loading screens, and beginners will definitely like the dynamics and combat system. A good reissue of a great game-classic PlatinumGames plays with new colors.