The RPS Advent Calendar, Dec 4th


Which game is responsible for the decking out this door so stylishly? Let’s take a look…

Which game? WITCH GAME MORE LIKE. It’s Bayonetta!

Katharine: PlatinumGames may have made its name on console, but golly, what a treat it is to finally have Bayonetta on PC – and the best version of it as well. Whatever your feelings are about the titular witch herself, this outrageously camp action brawler is an absolute delight. Its combat is second to none, and slipping past enemies in slow motion before laying gigatons worth of damage on them is just immensely satisfying. There’s also nothing quite like its larger-than- life boss fights and (literally) hair-raising finishers. It’s so ridiculous, in fact, that it’s just got to be played to be believed.

If you haven’t kicked an angel in the face with a six-foot- high stiletto heel, ripped off a god’s arm with a fist made from your own hair, or motorbiked your way up the side of a rocket while fighting off hordes of seraphim with nothing but a pair of guns, you simply haven’t lived.

Adam: I love Bayonetta. Creator Hideki Kamiya was also responsible for the original Devil May Cry, a game that made me feel like I wasn’t cut out for this kind of super-stylish action hack ‘n’ slashing. It was tough and I never felt like I was doing anything more than stumbling around and embarrassing myself. When I watched other people play, they made Dante look like a super-agile monster-slayer. When I played, he was like a drunk with his shoelaces tied together.

Bayonetta, by design both visual and mechanical, makes me feel like the best witch ever and that is a wonderful thing to be.

Graham: Adam hits on something important. I think people assume that Platinum action-combat games are about beat-’em-up-levels of button dexterity. They can be, if you want them to be, but they scale so well to even people with fat, brittle fingers like mine. Bayonetta includes an “automatic” mode in easier difficulty levels that handles positioning and allows you to perform an array of attacks by pressing only a single button. If you just want to experience the games absurd spectacle, then you can do so and be entertained without being challenged.

If you feel ready for more, you can turn off the automatic mode and continue to play on Easy or Very Easy difficulties, and it’s a great on-ramp to getting better at the game’s combat. These modes make enemy attacks slower, making it easier for you to time your blocks and dodges, and on Very Easy your health will regenerate over time. They create a space for you to experiment and, little by little, you’ll learn how to not just beat enemies but to do so with greater degrees of flair.

I think it’s worth taking that journey of self-improvement, but ultimately, Bayonetta is worth playing even if you’re bad at it and planning on staying that way.

Head back to the calendar to open the door to another of 2017’s best games.


  1. Ben King says:

    I really need to restart this game on one of the easier levels. I got two or three hours in then hit a wall i simply could not surmount but Bayonetta and her lollipop power-ups are still a ridiculous delight.

  2. S-Hellequin says:

    And currently half price on Humble Store, for around next 24 hours.

    Not my cup of tea (I tried it on a console box once), but variety is the greatest thing about PC gaming.

  3. Someoldguy says:

    Great game to play if you enjoy a bit of fantasy costume sexism bingo

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    • Meat Circus says:

      Bayonetta is pure gaming burlesque. Far from being sexist, this is one of the most overt portrayals of the power of female sexuality that has ever been portrayed.

      Bayonetta doesn’t crave the approval of men, she is Bayonetta and you couldn’t handle her anyway.

      Bayonetta is a feminist game.

      • YohnTheViking says:

        Video game burlesque is a good way of putting it. Bayonetta the character does seem (only played the first 3 or so hours) to be able to pull off the “sexy and in control of it” style.

        That being said. There are some scenes and camera shots that deserve nothing more than a facepalm and a “for fucks sake Japan.”

    • batraz says:

      I love erotism and women in sexy outfits ; most women do to. And then you got the loud ones…

      • australopithecus says:

        Oh no, the loud ones! When will those erotic, sexy women learn to be quiet?