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It is rare for a game to come along that relatively few people know about, and even fewer know what to expect. Bayonetta is one such game. The team at Platinum Games have been hard at work crafting this beat'em up and from what we've seen it's coming along nicely.

Bayonetta

Bayonetta is the name of the game's character and from the start she makes quite an impression. She is an acrobatic Umbra Witch who is embroiled in an eternal war against the Luman Sages. The latter being the force of light, the former being darkness. Bayonetta is saucy and suggestive and she's not afraid to show it. The cut-scenes for the game are all about her ample assets, with her skin-hugging outfit more than capable of highlighting her... assets. It may sound a little ‘out-of-bounds' for most, but it's all professionally done. While the game screams sexuality, it doesn't do it in the common form we expect from games. That is to say, it's not drawing an audience from a stereotypical market of nerdy, male gamers unable to ‘get some' - instead it's making a name for itself. Bayonetta is easily a recognisable character and we'll lay safe bets she'll be remembered for a long time to come.

Bayonetta

Beyond that, then for the aficionados among you, you may recall Platinum Games being the guys in charge of the first Devil May Cry game. Playing Bayonetta has a very similar feel. It's hard not to play for even a few minutes without recalling the series standards. As with the character though, Platinum Games are taking what they know and running with it. They've created a totally new experience, separate from the DMC series but drawing in a lot of similarities that funs will be sure to appreciate.

Bayonetta

Most noticeable, however, is the art style of the game. Varying locales and places scatter Bayonetta's storyline, but it is the feminine overcoat that is hard to ignore. From the kissy-lips that act as a target marker, to the butterflies that appear as she lands, to the cheery J-Pop music that she'll dance along too. It's feminine, but not so much that it won't alienate. It's an impressive style to pull off, since games are often focused around varying shades of grey as bald, juggernaut space-marines blast away at aliens. It's hard not to want to play Bayonetta, let alone enjoy doing so.

Bayonetta is looking like a clean cut and cared for adventure game that takes all the good things of an already existing and already loved series and making it all its own. Move over Dante, Bayonetta's on the dance floor now.

Bayonetta is due out in early January, so check back then for our full review.

TimmyShire | 16th December, 2009

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