I love Bayonetta so damn much – both the character and her two games, which are some of my favorite gaming experiences – and so I was pretty damn happy when they announced that she’d be joining the Super Smash Bros. roster (and you can bet I’ll be getting her amiibo figure as soon as it gets released). I’m not a huge SSB player – I had a lot of fun playing it on Wii U at the weekly game nights I used to host in Tokyo, but hadn’t really touched the game since leaving Japan. This is the first piece of SBB DLC I get, and I ended up playing a couple of hours with her last night, having an absolute blast learning her moves, and trying out all her color combinations (current favorite is short hair Bayonetta with white costume). That’s it, I’m not ever going to play another character in SBB again, I’m set.
As expected, this is one of the better looking games on PS4, and although I’ve never been to Seattle, the one I’m experiencing in this game feels real enough. The gameplay itself is fun, and I liked zooming around the city in light form, as well as the combat I’ve experienced (I’ve really just played a bit of it so far), but the funny thing for me is that I played this after playing Bayonetta 1 and 2 back-to-back, and so coming to this felt kind of… slow and bland. It’s absolutely not to say that First Light is slow or bland, but rather that I think Bayonetta has ruined all other action combat games for me. But definitely give this a shot, especially since it’s part of the selection of PS+ free games this month.
When I finished the first Bayonetta the other day, I did something I’ve never done before: I immediately started playing the sequel, because I couldn’t wait to play more. And as much as I had fun playing through Bayonetta, that first level alone in 2 was enough to let me know that I’m in for an even better and crazier ride. To be honest, I’ve been shocked at how much I’ve been enjoying playing these games, as I’m not usually that big into action fighting games – like Devil May Cry – but there’s just something about the accessibility of it all, and the scale of the levels and creatures that I so love. In fact, it gives me some of the same feelings of awe that I had when I played through Asura’s Wrath, which is a game I really loved. Oh, and I’m absolutely in love with the character of Bayonetta, she’s my kinda gal.
The other game I got myself on Christmas day was actually two games, in the form of Bayonetta 1 and 2. Since I’d never fully completed the first one (back on the PS3), I decided to start by playing that, and oh boy am I getting a kick out of playing her with the Link costume – and it’s great that she keeps wearing it during the cut scenes too. I don’t know if it’s the effect of the costume or what, but I’m also finding myself having more fun that I remember having when I last played it, and although I’m mostly playing with the regular controls, it is neat what they’ve done with the touch controls, letting you play using the stylus. Already getting excited to finish this so I can play my copy of Bayonetta 2.