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Bayonetta 3 Feels Bigger, Faster, and Better Than Ever

September 14, 2022

By: Robert Scarpinito

 
 

To this day, Bayonetta feels like the most out-of-place IP among Nintendo’s roster of exclusives. Place her next to the pantheon of mascots like Mario, Link, and Samus, and she’ll stand out like a sore thumb. But if anything, standing out in a crowd is what she does best, and our time with the Bayonetta 3 preview demo has only further proven that she’s ready for showtime once again. 

Fans of the series since its initial launch in 2009 will have a lot to look forward to in her third installment. There’s a very similar baseline of knowledge that easily transfers over, but the shiny new bells and whistles expand your combo options more than ever before. The mechanics are all easy to pick up, but there’s a level of depth that only some of the best in the hack-and-slash genre have. 

 

If you enjoyed Bayonetta 2 or Devil May Cry 5 (our 2019 game of the year), then you’re in for a treat with Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta summoning Gomorrah in Bayonetta 3

 
 

Bayonetta 3 Pulls out the (Really) Big Guns 

Our Bayonetta 3 preview demo lasted around 15 minutes, and it opened with a bombastic, city-leveling, monster-chasing set piece. Early on, Bayonetta summons a huge, quadrupedal demon called Gomorrah and rides on its back, racing across rooftops and sliding down crumbling buildings. When it crashes onto a river, it lands perfectly on four boats and uses them as shoes, gliding across the water with aplomb. 

Already, Bayonetta 3 cleanly sits in that perfect sweet spot between ridiculously insane and ridiculously cool, but it only gets better once you gain control of her while she’s on her own two feet. This demo gave us two weapons: Colour My World, her iconic four-piece gun set, and a gigantic club that also doubles as an insanely high-caliber rifle. 

 
 

Combat plays out similarly compared to previous installments. Mixes of light and heavy attacks create different combos, and mashing or holding buttons at different times lead to area-clearing Wicked Weave combos. Dodging at the right time activates Witch Time, where you can dish out more damage while moving faster. When an enemy is stunned or worn down, you can pull off an execution. 

Madame Butterfly in Bayonetta 3

All of it feels as good as you might expect, but a couple added mechanics in Bayonetta 3 give you even more options to play with. For one, Bayonetta can now summon huge demons at will on the battlefield. They’re not limited to boss-killing cutscenes anymore; you’re free to bring them out, control them as you please, and do big damage – especially during Witch Time. 

Madame Butterfly and Gomorrah can both be summoned in Bayonetta 3, and there’s a good chance we’ll see even more demons in the full game. Additionally, these demons are tied to the weapons you wield, and depending on which you have equipped, you can transform into smaller versions of them for extra traversal options. For example, transforming into Madame Butterfly makes you float a bit more in the air, while Gomorrah gives you a really fast land speed as you dash around. 

 
 

By combining all these tools, I pulled off a pretty slick combo where I dodged a ranged attack, which activated Witch Time, and used Gomorrah to dash right behind the ranged enemy. Then I pulled out the high-caliber rifle, hit them at point blank, and then finished them off with a heavy combo. 

It incredibly cool to pull off such a slick combo, and it was far more extra than it needed to be. I could’ve simply dodged, run up to them, and hit them with a few light or heavy attacks. Instead, I expressed myself through the language of the game. It’s something that Bayonetta has historically excelled at, and Bayonetta 3 looks like it’s primed to deliver a similar, equally exciting experience. 


TechRaptor's Bayonetta 3 preview was conducted on a demo booth at PAX West 2022.

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Platinum Games
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Nintendo
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Nintendo Switch
Genre
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