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Bayonetta 2
20 Accessibility Features

We've documented 20 accessibility features for Bayonetta 2, including Fully Voiced (Or No Speech), Select Difficulty, No Button Combos, No Holds and One Motion Targeted. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Difficulty, Visual, Audio, Getting Started and Navigation to reduce unintended barriers.

This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.

Bayonetta 2 is a fighting game where you use fantastical guns and attacks to defeat hordes of enemies in over-the-top and dramatic combat. You attack enemies with extreme weapons and magical powers and, in a new addition for this second entry, can unleash all your magic to supercharge your attacks. Outrageous outfits, extravagant action, and hyper-stylised fights combine with the joy of exacting and demanding fighting to make for a thrilling sequel.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bayonetta 2 accessibility a year ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated a year ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Unlike the first game, which has Automatic mode on the lower difficulties, that allows you to press a single button to perform all of your attacks, this game has no such feature. Instead, you can play solely using the touchscreen (gamepad on Wii U). When playing this way, you simply tap on an enemy and Bayonetta automatically attacks in the most effective way she can, effectively replacing Automatic mode. You can buy an item that unlocks automatic mode, but to do so you need to beat the game once. If you're not using the touch controls, rapid pressing is needed in nearly every combat encounter, and quick reactions are also needed frequently.

Text is all high in contrast, but falls short of being 1/20th the height of the screen.

Once again there are no navigational aids such as a map to help guide you through the stages, so it is possible to get lost. There are frequent screen-shake effects throughout the game, as well as flashing lights and other effects that could prove disorienting. The game can often be very low in contrast, and Bayonetta herself can often be hard to distinguish from the background, especially in dark areas.

Although not all speech is subtitles, cutscenes, which contain the most important story beats, are, so you can play without sound.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/09/2014, updated in 2018

Out Now: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Fighting (Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Platinum Games (@PlatinumGames)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 8 accessibility features for Controls in Bayonetta 2 which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Can play with the following:

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Touchscreen

Can play with the following. Additional gestures may be required for games played with a screenreader like VoiceOver.

One Motion Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, tap and swipe or hold gesture.

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Invert X/Y Axis: Can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming. This enables you to match your instinctive orientation when looking.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons for prolonged periods (a second or more) is not required or can be switched to toggling the action on and off. This is in addition to the movement stick/button which is not considered a hold for this purpose.

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction stick(s).

Controller Vibration

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates events or interactions in the game, echoing visual and audio cues. This can provide additional information about progress, approaching enemies or hitting a target.

Sensitivity

You can adjust

Adjust Mouse/Stick/Touch Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive touch/mouse/stick controls are.

 

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DifficultyDifficulty

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in Bayonetta 2 which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.

Adjust After Setting

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds. Although you have to restart your checkpoint or level, this enables you to adjust the difficulty after selecting it at the beginning of the game.

 

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Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Getting Started in Bayonetta 2 which deals with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.

Assistance Getting Starting

These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Reading in Bayonetta 2 which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.

Reading Level

How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. The presence of voiced characters doesn't reduce this requirement, as it's recorded as a separate datapoint.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a primary/elementary student (9-year-old) could understand.

Text Visibility

High Contrast Text: Text colour contrasts to the background or can be adjusted to be. The text in menus, instructions and other information is presented in high contrast with a solid background.

Subtitles

Some Speech Subtitled: Some spoken content has subtitles. This reduces the pressure on interpreting all the spoken content, although not everything is captured textually.

Voice Acted

All Dialogue is Voice Acted (Or No Speech In Game): All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to read the dialogue and narrative text to play the game.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Navigation in Bayonetta 2 which deals with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.

Menu Navigation

Digital Menu Navigation: Menu choices with Gamepad can be made without using an analogue stick to guide a cursor to a selection. For example, using D-Pad, buttons or the Stick to change menu selection in a single action.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Visual in Bayonetta 2 which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events. Game events or progress highlighted by visual icons, effects or animations are also accompanied by audio to signify that progress. This is useful for blind players.

Colour Options

Colour Blind Friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Bayonetta 2 which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.

Play Without Hearing

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.

 

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CommunicationCommunication

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Communication in Bayonetta 2 which deal with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction. The following games are similar to Bayonetta 2, and offer accessibility features for Communication:

System Accessibility Settings

In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
 
Nintendo Wii U
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors Ben Kendall


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