(PS3, Xbox 360)
We’re not sure how a game about a leather-clad dominatrix who kills angels made it past the UAE’s censors, but we’re awfully glad it did. Perhaps it’s the tone: coming across as the hysterical, DayGlo cousin of God of War, Bayonetta takes that game’s button-mashing, monster-bashing, arena-based structure and applies it to a story and world so ludicrous that it’s impossible to take seriously.
Set in a fictional European country that’s trapped between heaven and hell, the game follows amnesiac witch Bayonetta as she variously shoots, slaps and stomps assorted bizarre angelic foes. The plot is virtually incomprehensible, but the gameplay is spot on: casual gamers will be able to get through to the end by furiously hammering the attack buttons and applying a modicum of strategy, while hardcore players will be able to fine-hone their skills to collect trophies and medals. It’s the very embodiment of ‘easy to play, hard to master’. Only some unfairly hard difficulty spikes and bewilderingly fast reaction tests mar an otherwise solidly enjoyable, if rather lightweight, game.
In stores now.