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Bayonetta (2009) is a fighting game where you use fantastical guns and outlandish attacks to defeat hordes of enemies in bombastic combat. As you play, you attack enemies with oversized weapons and supernatural powers. It stands out for how outrageous outfits, extravagant action, and hyper-stylised fights combine with the joy of precise shooting and tough-as-nails combat to make for an exciting challenge.

You play an amnesiac witch called Bayonetta who has been living alongside humans for years. When memories of your supernatural childhood begin to surface, you set out on a mission to discover your past and find a supernatural artefact. On your adventure that takes you from Earth to the gates of heaven, you fight off angelic foes and ancient monsters with your demonic devices.

Play involves traversing the world and fighting enemies. You use guns, melee weapons, and bizarre and unusual devices made out of your hair, such as an iron maiden or a chainsaw. Combat is as fast-paced as it is extravagant, and to deal the most damage, you need to pull off intricate and highly complex strings of moves in rapid succession.

The result is a strangely intoxicating mix of lopsided humour and over-the-top action paired with the need for high skill and experimentation. Some may be put off by its sheer strangeness (and guns and nudity) but it's exactly this peculiar joy in the bizarre that makes it so much fun.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bayonetta 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 18 hours to complete. Depending on your familiarity with the genre, your ability, and what difficulty you play on, you can die much more frequently and so can take longer to beat the story.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Bad Language. This rating has been given due to depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters and the use of sexual expletives. Bayonetta contains a lot of sustained violence with blood & gore, lots of gross violence - bodies exploding/ripped apart - a monster eating human-like characters, - a human-like character being decapitated in a guillotine/squashed in a spike machine - the head being pulled off an obviously naked woman and a urinating mannequin, the penis of which is visible.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.

Skill Level

12+ 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. It's a very hard game and requires lots of precise inputs and lighting-fast reactions, all while following the very chaotic action and making informed decisions.

CostsCosts

Bayonetta usually costs £15.99 to £24.99.
 

Bayonetta

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
Switch Store Switch £24.99
Steam Store PC £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/10/2009, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

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

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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