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Bayonetta 3
22 Accessibility Features

We've documented 22 accessibility features for Bayonetta 3, including Fully Voiced (Or No Speech), Control Assists, Select Difficulty, No Button Combos and No Holds. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Visual, Difficulty, Getting Started, Audio 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 3 is the latest fighting game in the Bayonetta franchise, where you use fantastical guns and outlandish attacks to defeat monsters and hordes of enemies in fast-paced combat. As you move through the stages, you attack enemies with your wide array of out-sized peculiar weapons and supernatural powers. Colourful characters, demonic abilities and hyper-stylised fights combine with a joy in precise shooting and tough combat.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bayonetta 3 accessibility 6 months ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 6 months ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

The game is often very fast-paced and frantic, and requires quick inputs and rapid presses, button holds, and simultaneous buttons. There are often flashing effects and very significant screen shake as well.

From the start, you can choose from three difficulties which affect damage and health. You can change between them at any time. After you've beaten the game, regardless of your difficulty, you unlock a far harder difficulty mode called "∞ Climax". In the Causal mode, the easiest difficulty, like the first game, you can press the basic attack button and the game automatically creates combos and does advanced attacks.

At the start of the game and in between story chapters, you can toggle Naive Angel mode, which in addition to eliminating nudity, also reduces blood and gore.

You can purchase an item some time into the game that lets you perform combos without having to press the correct buttons, but you still need to get to it and save up enough money to buy it.

Text is generally high in contrast but is often very small. Subtitles appear in cutscenes but are both small and sometimes low in contrast.

There is no in-game map or navigation, and it can occasionally be hard to know where to go next. Additionally, the game can often be low in contrast, making it hard to distinguish between in-game elements. There is depth-of-field in cutscenes.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/10/2022

Out Now: Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

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

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Platinum Games (@PlatinumGames)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 8 accessibility features for Controls in Bayonetta 3 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.

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Select Preset Controller Mappings: You can select preset button layouts from options provided by the developer.

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 3 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 Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing, without having to restart the level you are on. This enables you to quickly adjust the game to suit your needs and see the difference immediately.

 

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Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Getting Started in Bayonetta 3 which deal 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.

Assistance With Controls: The game can automatically assist with aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc. This reduces the challenge of certain aspects of play to remove barriers and make control of characters more accessible.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Reading in Bayonetta 3 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 3 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 3 accessibility features for Visual in Bayonetta 3 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.

Violence

Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Bayonetta 3 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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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.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

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


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