Become a complete witch, sharpish
In a gaming world obsessed with military machismo and the tireless pursuit of realism, sometimes its refreshing to take a step into pure fantasy and leave the real world behind. And if its an outrageous flight of fancy youre after, they dont come more thrilling, camp or silly than Bayonetta.
Starring a super-sexy, magic-weaving witch who shirks cats, pointy hats and broomsticks for skin-tight leather and kinky boots, Bayonetta is the latest slash em up from the lunatics behind Devil May Cry which, to fans of the series, is your no-quibble guarantee of dapper heroes, groovy villains, and action so fast and brutal youll miss a dozen outrageous killings every time you blink.
From the dramatic opening scene where two spicy witches battle monsters on the face of a huge clock as it plummets through space to Bayonettas signature move where her clothes fall off and her hair twists into a high-heeled boot that kicks monsters into another dimension, the game is full of outrageous set-pieces and towering creatures thatll leave your head spinning, your brain bubbling and your blistered thumbs begging for mercy. And while the haters will doubtless dismiss Bayonetta as a triumph of style over content which it unashamedly is, of course the adventure is ferociously imaginative, ridicously easy to play and hugely rewarding as pounding the buttons can make you look like a gaming god, and able to topple skyscraper-sized demons with the gentlest stroke of your controller.
Moreover, by replacing Devil May Crys po-faced, cheesily earnest attitude with humour and tongue-in-cheek irreverence, Bayonetta is much more fun to play than its solemn forbear, its playful approach and snappy storytelling making for a seductively charming experience thats sure to melt the heart of anyone normally turned off by button-bashing brawlers.
Outrageous, depraved and utterly confounding, Bayonetta is a short-lived, completely disposable experience, but one that will bewitch you every moment it lasts.