Regardless that Bayonetta 3 simply got here out final fall, there’s already one other entry within the franchise due out in March starring everybody’s favourite gun-toting witch. Nevertheless, for its subsequent launch – Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Misplaced Demon – as a substitute of a continuation of the story, PlatinumGames has created a prequel that includes a captivating new artwork fashion and gameplay twists that make clear a youthful model of Cereza, earlier than she grew to become the over-the-top enchantress we all know at present.
After a brief rationalization of Bayonetta’s lineage, the sport introduces its first main twist when it asks you to regulate each Cereza and her stuffed cat Cheshire, who serves as a vessel for a not too long ago summoned demon. That’s as a result of as a substitute of switching between every character independently, you’re meant to regulate each on the identical time, with the left Pleasure-Con liable for maneuvering Cereza whereas the appropriate Pleasure-Con is devoted to directing her cat. (Don’t fear, you can too play the sport with the Change’s Professional Controller in the event you desire.) So on high of the sport throwing numerous puzzles or hack-and-slash encounters your approach, you typically need to do battle with your personal thoughts as you attempt to get each side of your mind on the identical web page.
For me, this setup drew quick parallels to certainly one of my favourite video games from 2013, Brothers: A Story of Two Sons. (Sorry youngins for the considerably dated reference, however in the event you haven’t performed Brothers, it’s best to actually give it a go.) Granted, Brothers is far more of a real puzzle platformer, however even after enjoying it for lower than an hour, Bayonetta Origins delivered the identical form of deeply satisfying solo co-op vibes. Additionally, whereas Nintendo claims the title is supposed to be a single-player expertise, I get the sense that this may be simply as enjoyable/irritating (perhaps much more so) when performed with a pal, with every particular person getting a single Pleasure-con.
Moreover, whereas the sport’s controls are comparatively easy and simple (due partly to its cut up controller format), there’s a shocking quantity of depth in relation to fight and traversing obstacles. Sometimes, Cheshire serves because the muscle when battling forest spirits or different monsters, whereas Bayonetta depends on her witch powers to lock down and management enemies. That stated, the 2 can work collectively, with Cheshire capable of shrink down and function a grappling hook, permitting the pair to leap gaps and chasms. So regardless of the sport’s slower tempo in comparison with earlier entries, getting your left and proper palms to work collectively continues to be very rewarding. I additionally need to admit it’s simply actually cute seeing Cereza snuggle up with a demonic patchwork plushy, who regardless of its hatred of cuddling, must be near the witch in an effort to survive.
One other departure from different Bayonetta titles is the sport’s artwork fashion, which has ditched its anime-inspired origins for a extra storybook aesthetic – and it appears completely implausible. When mixed with a youthful model of Cereza that’s nonetheless determining her place on this planet, the sport feels extra like a new-age fairy story than the eccentric action-packed circus we’ve seen in earlier video games.
And whereas I solely had a short while with Bayonetta Origins, maybe my greatest shock was how shortly I grew to become engrossed within the recreation. That’s as a result of whereas the bombastic nature of earlier entries within the franchise is extra my fashion, Cereza’s newest journey affords a really charming and downright healthful tackle the sequence. So for the entire Bayonetta followers who might need been delay by this installment’s design or visuals, you would possibly need to rethink that stance and provides Cereza and the Demon an opportunity when it formally comes out on March seventeenth.
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