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9 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2018

Playing through Bayonetta 2 on Nintendo Switch allowed me to relive some of the most exhilarating, action-packed, hack-and-slash moments from the last decade of gaming. The framerate improvements alone make it a better experience than the Wii U version, and the amiibo-activated costumes at least put a fun spin on it even if there's no substantial new content for returning players. It's disappointing that the Switch version can't manage more than 720p on a big screen, but with that said, Bayonetta 2's fantastic art style holds up well.

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8.6 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2018

Bayonetta 2 is a beautiful sequel to one of the best stylish action game ever. If you haven't played it already, don't miss it on Nintendo Switch.

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9 / 10
Oct 12, 2014

The rhythm of combat remains the same, though it's hard to complain when it's riffing off such a heady beat, where chimed enemy attacks are lithely dodged into slo-mo pugilism, where impossible combos culminate with a 20-foot boot weaved from hair crashing from the heavens and where spinning amidst the avalanche of colour and cartoon violence is Bayonetta herself, stopping only briefly to wink at a player exhausted by the unrelenting joy of it all. Bayonetta 2's biggest disappointment may be that it's an iterative sequel, but it's not such a problem when it's iterating on genius.

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IGN

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2014

Bayonetta 2 builds on everything that made the original great, and delivers one of the best action games of the year.

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Oct 12, 2014

More of the same is absolutely fine, as Bayonetta delivers her trademark action in true style. This sequel takes too long to get going and can feel harshly unfair, but when it's at its peak, the action is breathtaking.

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9 / 10
Oct 12, 2014

A fantastic sequel, whose improvements may be relatively subtle but are more than enough to confirm Bayonetta 2 as one of the greatest action games ever made.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

Crazy moments, smooth combat, and seemingly endless options help this sequel match its predecessor

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2014

Bayonetta 2's blatant over-sexualization puts a big dent in an otherwise great game

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10 / 10
Oct 12, 2014

Bayonetta 2 is a classic in the making, and one of the finest, most wonderfully insane action games ever made.

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Yes
Oct 23, 2014

Bayonetta 2 represents a master class in over-the-top set pieces, filled with dozens of giatn bosses and absurd situations to test your reflexes.

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Oct 12, 2014

Platinum Games' sequel delivers nuanced, non-stop action that stands among the best in its genre.

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Oct 17, 2014

Bayonetta 2 is the high-flying return of everyone's favorite Umbra Witch. Platinum Games pushes to the Wii U to its limit with fast action, magnificent vistas, and huge bosses. The addition of the original Bayonetta just pushes the entire package over the top. If you're a Devil May Cry fan, this is a must-buy.

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Oct 12, 2014

If you're an action gamer with a Wii U or even an older Nintendo fan with patience enough for Bayonetta's Moon River remix soundtrack, then summon the strength to face this bad hair day with both guns up. Actually, make it all four guns up. Bayonetta manages to pull it off without tucking her ankles behind her head, though you might strain something if you try it her way.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

When Bayonetta came out in 2010, I thought it was nearly perfect. Four years later and Platinum hasn't lost its edge with Bayonetta 2. It's just as stylish and as fun as ever, and a must-buy for action fans who own a Wii U.

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92 / 100
Feb 14, 2018

Bayonetta 2 is one of the best "hack´n slash" games you can play in any console. It delivers intense combat, charming characters and non stop fun. On the down side, Switch version is almost identical to the Wii U release.

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9.8 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2014

From its peerless combat to its outlandishly entertaining world, Bayonetta 2 is a triumph. Platinum Games has created a classic so thoroughly excellent that it can't be ignored. Action games don't get better than this.

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8 / 10
Oct 12, 2014

Though it's easy to dismiss Bayonetta as a shallow male fantasy, that would be doing this game a disservice, as it proves to be one of the most adrenaline-pumping action games of the year.

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9.2 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2018

Bayonetta 2 is still an essential game despite the time since its launch on Wii U. This version may not provide excessive improvements or novelties, but if you didn't play at the time, you are facing the perfect opportunity to do so.

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Unscored
Oct 23, 2014

The Wii U unexpectedly gets one of the best games of the year. Buy it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2018

Bayonetta 2 remains one of Platinum's best games, and is a treat on Switch just as it was on Wii U.

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