Big news in the realm of video games! Bayonetta is back! Well, I guess you could technically say she’s back. The heroine’s first game, also called Bayonetta, made its Steam debut. It’s a definitive edition with the best framerate, resolution, and other stuff that people tend to care about with games. Plus, it’s also a means of easily playing a classic game on a current platform. More importantly, it has gotten us thinking about Bayonetta game. Namely, we need a new Bayonetta game.
Bayonetta is a great heroine. Her games are always steady and of a high quality. The problem is, in about ten years, we’ve only seen two of them. This is a series where we should have at least had one installment each generation. Instead, we have PlayStation 4s, Xbox Ones, and Switches that don’t have a witch shooting four guns at once and using her hair to summon monsters to do her dirty work. What’s up with that? We need a third Bayonetta game!
Why is this a big deal? Have you every played Bayonetta? It’s a fantastic game. This is a beat’em up that’s accessible to everyone, yet offers an incredible challenge and wealth of collectible elements to more skilled players. It was made over ten years ago, but the art, characters, and gameplay all hold up. It’s the sort of game that finds a theme and commits to it. When it goes all out, Bayonetta goes all out. You have to cheer for something does everything possible to make its mark and a character stand out.
The PC release of Bayonetta is also a reminder of much people on other platforms want to see this heroine on their screens. See, the most recent Bayonetta games prior to this were the Wii U release of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2. It was very well received and remains one of the console’s best games, but kept the buzz away from the original Sony and Microsoft platforms where she made her debut. By bringing her up again now, we’re reminded of just how large the audience is for Bayonetta. People want to kick butt as this witch!
By people, I mean everyone. Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 are games that are jam packed with fanservice. Bayonetta snacks on trademark lollipops. There are unconventional (and occasionally nature-defying) poses. Everyone, male and female, is gorgeous. Well, unless they’re an enemy. Then, they could be a grotesque freaks of nature. But, they’d be a detailed and visually interesting freaks. Sure, Bayonetta does a pole dance at one part of the game. Also, her hair is making up her entire outfit and disappears for summons. Some people might take offense. Personally, I’m of the mind that it is so over-the-top and ridiculous that you can’t help but take it as a stylishly silly caper. Some could even argue that it goes so far with its fanservice that it’s actually a parody of such games. Instead of being outraged, all you can do is laugh and go, “Oh, that Bayonetta.”
Honestly? It might also help speed something else related to the character along. I’m talking about the Bayonetta amiibo. It was announced way back when she was revealed as a Super Smash Bros. competitor, then disappeared into the ether. If a new game came out, hopefully with a Nintendo Switch version, it’d mean we’d finally get that sweet chunk of plastic.
The fact is, we’re ready for Bayonetta 3. It’s been three years since Bayonetta 2. The original Bayonetta is a big success on Steam. Plus, we could really use an action game like this. We don’t really have a game right now filling this Devil May Cry niche. It’s honestly been empty since the Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition release in 2015. We need something flashy, colorful, and even darkly haunting that encourages us to combo our way through hordes of enemies. We need a new Bayonetta game.