GC 2008: Bayonetta Updated Impressions

The vixenish witch was here at Leipzig, and Sega had a brand new stage to show us. Check out our impressions of the new level, as well as some extra weapons she was packing.

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After being announced earlier this year at an event in central London and on show at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit, Bayonetta was here at the Leipzig Games Convention 2008. The supernatural action game is being produced by Platinumgames' Yusuke Hashimoto, and he kicked off our presentation with a level of the game that we'd seen previously at E3. In the level, Bayonetta enters a garden area and subsequently has to face off against a number of angels before fighting her way through to a huge boss in the form of a gigantic, hideous-looking angel.

Bayonetta features some gorgeous characters and stages.

In a reverse on Devil May Cry, the titular character Bayonetta is a good witch who'll have to fight through scores of evil angels in her as-yet-unrevealed mission. In addition to carrying guns in her hands and strapped to her ankles, she'll have some rather impressive supernatural skills. It turns out that her hair can summon a giant fist punches, stiletto heel kicks, or even a huge dragon to slay her enemies. While fighting, you'll fill up a power meter shown onscreen. If you manage to fill it without being injured, you can also summon some nasty and amusing torture devices, such as an iron maiden or a guillotine.

In addition to arming herself with pistols, Bayonetta can equip other weapons, such as twin katana blades and shotguns. Hashimoto-san said the team was planning some more weapons that "you could hardly imagine," so expect to see more announced later on. We were given a quick demonstration of the swords, hacking and slashing through a score of opponents with ease. You'll be able to pull off some impressive combos with Bayonetta's weapons, and the katanas were no different. If your current weapon isn't cutting it, however, you can quick change to a different set midfight without having to jump out of the action. Hashimoto-san used the katana blades to dish out some damage to the midlevel boss we saw at E3, and as it takes damage, its body will show signs of injury. This damage includes exposed flesh on its neck and arms, as well as a gush of saliva dripping from its mouth.

We were then shown a brand new level, referred to as The Climax by Sega. While Sega wouldn't let on where in the game's story the level takes place, it did hint that it might be part of a flashback later in the game. The level begins with a prerendered cutscene with Bayonetta and an unnamed female accomplice--possibly another witch--on the edge of a cliff. Bathed in the full moonlight, Bayonetta jumps from the cliff onto what looks like part of a medieval church that's hurtling towards Earth. On the broken-off section of the church, she runs into more angels, which she engages in combat. Behind them, pieces of the destroyed church can be seen falling from the sky, as well as dozens of other angels flying around. After fighting for a few moments, the church smashes into the side of a cliff. Then, Bayonetta jumps back onto the spiraling platform and continues fighting.

Bayonetta fought in front of an impressive backdrop in the new level at GC 2008.

A giant serpent could also be seen snaking around behind the action, although it didn't attack Bayonetta. After defeating all of the angels, Hashimoto-san jumped across from one piece of the descending church to another and came face to face with a beheaded cherub. The boss had a number of snakeheads coming out of its neck and a pair of wings behind it. Almost immediately, it tried to crush Bayonetta with its immense weight and then spewed a sizeable ball of fire at her, at which point our demonstration ended. Before we left the presentation, we spotted a few of the names of other stages in the game, including The Angel’s Metropolis, A Strange Place Called Vigrid, Purgatario, and The Lost Holy Grounds.

Bayonetta will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (including support for trophies). The game has yet to receive a firm release date so check back later when we have more on this promising action-packed game.

Discussion

60 comments
gedo
gedo

I don't like the character design too much. And I don't believe they'll change it. Bayonetta looks nice but the glasses are weird considering the situation. Doesn't she have a spell for eye correction?

remark666
remark666

looks good, hope it lives up to the trailer

Drakorath
Drakorath

WOW!!!.... This game looks tight and im enjoying every minute i read about it. I'm looking forward in playing this since it reminds me of DMC series which i'm a big fan of. It is something new in my eyes even though the main character you play as is a female but the abilities she comes with are amazing. Trailer to this game is awesome!!!!!

Crusader-Z
Crusader-Z

LOL. They're making Madworld too... Is this gonna be a gory game???

BrunoAvellar
BrunoAvellar

I'm eager to see how this game is gonna shape up. I think action games need something new, and it's seems Bayonetta is quite able to deliver. Besides, I gotta say one would hardly refuse playing such a smexy game, and Sega devs seem to have this in mind: good for us!

DinsFire03
DinsFire03

#1 game of 2009 is Bayonetta! The 3D Action genre needs a step forward REALLY bad, and Bayonetta looks to deliver in spades!

Unseelie_Sluagh
Unseelie_Sluagh

I downloaded and watched the trailer from the PSN a few weeks ago. So far it looks great. I'm a big fan of Devil May Cry and DMC-type of games and this looks right up there with it.

maverick_76
maverick_76

This could be good, but I was never a fan of Devil May Cry.

papgoldchild
papgoldchild

a female dante, now thats what im talking about

TimDigit
TimDigit

hi heel guns??? "come on...you wanna touch me???" complete rubbish!!!!!!!!

GIF
GIF

Whats up with the screenshot of Bayonetta doing a super-move (I'm assuming here)where shes all naked? I'm not complaining, just asking? Is this going to be a mature action title? Either way I am digging the character designs and overall beautiful art direction.

muppen
muppen

I just saw a bit of gameplay over on Gametrailers and I have to say that this looks awesome. Being a big fan om DMC I will definitely pick this up

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

This game sounds amazing, i really want to see some video footage though.

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

seems to me it is going to be a mix of bullet witch and devil may cry could be good could be a waste of everyones time need a gameplay video to see if it is worth a purchase

ALTAIR360
ALTAIR360

dunno what to expect from this, i really hate the girl.

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

Looks like fun :) I havn't heard anything about Devil May Cry 5, so... Might be a purchase... but won't be if its coming out March 09. I get one game a month, and March 09 is filled with Resi goodness...

tonicmole
tonicmole

Looks like Devil May Cry, with a girl...........and thats a good thing! I think Gamestop has it listed as coming out in march of 09.

lumeiwan
lumeiwan

Got to at least see the gameplay video to believe it really delivers.

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

Definitely going to buy this...

705H1R0
705H1R0

Do they have to use "titular" every ****ing time!?

Caisu
Caisu

...I'm not sure what to make of this... I like the art style and some of the ideas behind it, but I'm sceptical of the gameplay itself... gonna track this one and see where it goes.

Destrin
Destrin

I kinda like bullet witch, had some good challenge and some pretty satisfying spells. It wasnt half bad in my oppinion, just not that good. But seriously!? There is actually a witch whos as equally naughty thought enducing then Alicia!?

soshootme77
soshootme77

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soshootme77
soshootme77

i hate to be a pessimist but this game is gonna fail just like bulletwitch did. this is bulletwitch just with another name basically.

vivendidoom
vivendidoom

I love Hashimoto's art style. He definitely loves mixing Gothic architecture and nature together to form a satisfying visage of visual elements. His art direction is one of the ways I am inspired as an artist and proud to be in a school such as AI.

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@king bobo Sega are the publishers. They aren't the ones making the graphics.

king_bobo
king_bobo

The graphics look pretty impressive, especially for Sega (which normally focuses on arcade-like graphical appearance.).

Supericano2
Supericano2

can't wait to see some gameplay videos of this game

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

i hope this doesn't turn out like... umm. what was that other game with witches...... bullet witch? .. i had so much hope for that game lol

EmptySki
EmptySki

Sounds awesome. I like hack n' slash games like DMC and GoW so this sounds intresting.

mAttthhheaLy
mAttthhheaLy

maybe :/ I dunno, for me DMC kinda has the "demon-angel-killing-spree" thing all wrapped up.

yuna991
yuna991

wow... it makes me think of like... female dante in opposite world *cause you fight angels not demons*

razielnk
razielnk

dark_being - The game looks good, but I dont know about the gameplay... seems like a DMC clone to me. Ummm the guy who made the original DMC is making this. He has a lot of games under his belt, RE2, Okami, Viewtiful Joe, DMC so you know this game is going to be good

zacattack214
zacattack214

I really have high expectations for this one, too bad the release isn't until the end of next year. I want to play it now.

EPaul
EPaul

I want gameplay...........plz

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

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GodsPoison
GodsPoison

So its a reverse DMC where you play as the good witch of the west killing evil angels with absurd weapons? if they have a gun that shoots shuriken and lightning im sold!

SHSBIGSAM2004
SHSBIGSAM2004

SEEMS INTERESTING HOPE TO SEE SOME GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE SOON

ocdog45
ocdog45

wish their was more pics and video to go with this article. can't get a good idea on what they are talking about.