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Bayonetta 3 (2022) 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.

You play a witch called Bayonetta who, along with her demons, fights off invading robotic monsters. You have a wide array of attacks you can string together to deal higher damage. Against tougher enemies, you can channel your sword-demon to gain further abilities (and yet more outlandish costumes). You can also summon huge, bizarre monster mash-ups (like the giant spider scorpion) to ally with you when you are in a particular bind.

Some may be put off by the sheer strangeness (and guns and nudity) but it's this peculiar joy in the bizarre that makes Bayonetta games so much fun. It's a strangely intoxicating mix of quirky humour and over-the-top battles that work surprisingly well with the requirement for expert timing, high skill, and experimentation with the attacks and abilities on offer.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bayonetta 3 22 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Bayonetta 3. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete. Depending on your ability and familiarity with the genre, you can die much more frequently and subsequently take longer to beat the story.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence and Bad Language. While much of the violence during gameplay is non-realistic, with exaggerated reactions, some violence is more realistic in nature, including the violence shown during cutscenes. These include sight of humans being stabbed and impaled, with sight of blood splashes but no detailed injuries. The game also includes frequent use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms. There is some brief non-sexual nudity as the central character changes outfits before battle.

The main character in Bayonetta has always been described as a sexy witch. In this game, however, the developers have included a new Naive Angel mode, which adds extra clothing to the characters.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The game is very hard and requires very precise button presses, fast reactions and good judgement on which moves to use.

CostsCosts

Bayonetta 3

Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
There is a limited-edition deluxe edition that contains an art book and alternate game case covers. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/10/2022

Out Now: Switch

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)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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