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Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle - Review

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Classic, fast paced, singleplayer action, remastered for a new generation of gamers.

When I found out that i'd been selected to review Bayonetta and Vanquish, both celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a 4K 60fps remaster release on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro! I was instantly returned to my teen years playing both of these gaming gems and eager to have this opportunity to showcase 2 of my favourite ps3 games for a new generation, who may never have had the chance to play either of these critically acclaimed titles.

A date with Bayonetta

(image credit: Sega Games)

Bayonetta took centre stage first with her signature strut & seductive presence. Bayonetta is a sultry witch stricken with amnesia, and seeking the truth of her past. Throughout the game you will unlock her memories through a combination of flashbacks & events that will appear rather vague until the storyline begins weaving together.

The brilliant mind of Hideki Kamiya - director of the first ‘Devil May Cry’ – is to thank for adding his personal flavour to the evolving story, alongside PlatinumGames, culminating in a piece of action game mastery that doesn’t fall flat on the narrative.

If you have never tried Bayonetta before, boy does the adage “they don’t make them like they used to” relate to the unrelenting level of action filtered into this game.

You’re barely seconds beyond the introduction screen before Bayonetta is pitted against the divines of ‘Paradiso’ – one pillar of the Trinity of Realities, atop a plummeting cathedral clock tower, fighting for survival against an endless wave of heavens angels – which are much more grotesque than Sunday school led you to believe.

During the entire descent you are free to battle till your hearts content with Bayonetta’s signature quad pistols at hand – and foot as it were. Though button mashing without a clue is a much more accurate account of my first play-through in years.

The combat tutorial does an excellent job of explaining the basics of combat with simple move sets, combos & even provides a virtual training ground outside of the action to hone some of your skills all to a Jazzy soundtrack and some intense cutscene action.

The improvements in graphical quality were most noticeable around this point - the sheer smoothness of the animations, both in game and cutscenes, were flawless. Load screens too have almost become a thing of the past thanks to the upgrade in hardware that sees the game now run at up to 4K 60fps on the PlayStation 4 Pro!

“Non-Stop Climax Action” was repeatedly touted by Sega and PlatinumGames at the original release of this title, and it is undoubtedly a central focus of this game – how could it not be with an attractive quad-pistol-packing heroine at the helm? But it doesn’t just end at high-calibre heels and fancy punches, no, there’s much more to the game Bayonetta, and her arsenal of abilities than what she fits into her catsuit.

Puzzle Solving sections of increasing difficulty, provide some mental strain outside of memorizing perfect combo’s – just don’t be tempted to google it before at least giving it a solid try using the in-game hints.

‘Witch time’ is an ability granted for a successful last second dodge, in which all time slows for enemies for a brief period.

Medieval torture devices, can be summoned using magic points you receive for chaining attacks and not taking damage.