Bayonetta: Bloody Fate review may contain spoilers!!
Four years ago, we were captivated by Platinum Games’ action title Bayonetta with its over-the-top action, dazzling visuals and its sleek and beautiful titular character. Rumored to have been canceled, it is a pleasure that we will see the return of the Umbra Witch and her amazing Wicked Weave powers. The sequel looks to stay true to the first entry’s eye-popping effects and crazy, stylized action. Bayonetta 2 will feature new powers and weapons for our femme fatale to aid her as she continues to sacrifice angels to Hell to keep her soul out of the Inferno. Boss battles looks to be even crazier than the first game. And what’s this, a new character?! Sadly though, this is a Wii U exclusive which means those of us who want to enjoy bashing angels with Madama Butterfly’s powerful fists and feet once again are going to have to ante up. Though, I’m not too keen on the bobby haircut.
Directed by: Fuminori Kizaki
Written by: Mitsutaka Hirota
Licensed by: AUS Madman Entertainment
Released: November 23, 2013
Runtime: 89 minutes
Bayonetta: Bloody Fate begins with an action packed sequence reminiscent of the opening in the first game which takes place in a church instead of the graveyard. Bayonetta, in her nun clothes, enters the church where a priest committed suicide along with his followers. The angels descend from Heaven. As we all know, Bayonetta fights the heavenly hosts, has her outfit torn to shreds and dons her familiar garb crafted from her own hair. Then the real fun starts. She takes out her angelic foes with the stylistic flare and fierce combat that she is known for. This is a beautifully animated scene that cannot get old no matter how many times you watch it. It ends with the massive angel that is encountered early in the game. The size and scale of this beast is well displayed in this short yet over-the-top battle. The dragon Bayonetta summons has never looked better and, just like the game, it viciously bites the weaken angel in half. This sheer display of awesome runs throughout a majority of the movie with beautifully animated battle scenes. Bayonetta has all her powers, abilities and weapons. At first, she starts out with a set of guns known as Elfin Knight but they break in her first confrontation with Jeanne. Later she gets her familiar guns Scarborough Fair.
In the movie, Bayonetta fights angels the keep her soul out of Hell while searching for her lost memories. Luka tails the Umbra Witch, whom he blames for his father’s death, in an effort to expose her. Rodin runs the Gates of Hell bar as well as provide Bayonetta with various weapons. He even gets in on the action a couple times in the film. During the church brawl, he grabs an angel by the throat just before it attacks him and delvers vicious headbutt. And before the finale, he summons his power to take out a horde of angels with ease. This is perhaps the only time Rodin’s power will be displayed since the true depth of his strength is not revealed in the game. Bloody Fate provides a better understanding of the characters beyond the game. One example of this is when Bayonetta’s softer side is shown when she shares bath time with Cereza. This is a tender moment that drops her defenses for a moment and shows that she can be motherly even though she doesn’t want to.
Overall, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate captures the essence of the game and its titular character with edge-of-your-seat action that will keep you glued from its furious opening brawl to an epic clash that is truly out of this world.
Take a look at the Bloody Fate Trailer!
And check out Bayonetta 2 coming to the Wii U!!
(And see the witch dance with the devil in my fan fiction Dante vs. Bayonetta )