Amazingly enough, every hit I took and every death I experienced was absolutely my fault. The game is more than fair -- it's just a serious challenge. This should absolutely appeal to gamers looking for a thrill, especially the crazy Ninja Gaiden types that eat difficulty for breakfast. But the real skill in Bayonetta comes from staying alive. Dodge quickly and dodge carefully in order to keep on top.
Players are rewarded for executing a perfect dodge with Witch Time. This temporarily slows down Bayonetta's enemies while keeping the bespectacled witch moving at full speed. This is a life-saver when the challenge of battle escalates, and it's also extremely fun to watch as Bayonetta carves through angels as they careen through the air in slow motion -- a torrent of blood, broken feathers and splintered bone raining to the ground.
If weaving together strings of visually appealing special moves wasn't enough, Bayonetta can also execute torture attacks using her dark arts. If Bayonetta's magic gauge is amply filled, a small button prompt will appear on screen, which usually involves hitting both the punch and kick buttons together to execute the special attack. These torture attacks can be powered up by mashing the button on screen and they usually dish out a hefty amount of damage to Bayonetta's halo-toting foes. They're also fantastic to watch, as Bayonetta kicks angels into iron maidens, drops massive spiked wheels onto their backs and holds them beneath a guillotine. "Brutal" does not begin to describe it.
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ESRB Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes