|System: Wii U|
|Dev: Platinum Games|
|Release: October 24, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes|
Outside of the single-player Story mode, Bayonetta 2 delivers a quick and satisfying multiplayer experience called Tag Climax. As you complete Verses in the campaign, they become unlocked for multiplayer. You then challenge a series of six choices alongside an online partner, choosing how many halos to bet each round to increase the reward and difficulty. It's a cooperative match to defeat the enemies, but you're still working to build better a score than your opponent to win the round and grant you the luxury to choose the next Verse to tackle. Overall, it's fast-paced, exciting, and offers plenty of Halos as a reward.
Bayonetta 2's music score is an oddly fluid blend of Japanese inspired pop and classical orchestrations. The many boss battles are where the music is highlighted the most, changing tone as the intensity builds. And it goes without question that the larger than life attacks from Bayonetta and her foes are matched equally with stunning sound effects. As for the voice work, though each character takes on a fairly stereotyped personality, it is delivered with gusto from the stellar cast of voice actors.
Despite the looming question about how well Bayonetta 2 will fare on the Nintendo Wii U, there is one thing for certain–if you're a fan of the series and own the console, you're in for a wild ride that will keep you stimulated for plenty of hours. It's absolutely a pure Bayonetta game, it's an absolute blast to play, and it absolutely belongs on Nintendo's growing roster of excellently crafted games for the Wii U.
Date: October 13, 2014