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|Publisher: Sega, Nintendo|
|Developer: PlatinumGames, Nextech Bee Tribe|
|System(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Steam|
Twenty years ago, from a coffin submerged beneath a gloomy lake, a mysterious woman awoke.
Unable to recall her past, or even her own name, only a single memory of her unknown origin was left impressed upon her: the horrifying "witches' power" to summon forth ferocious demons and annihilate the servants of heaven.
Returning to life in the modern world after centuries of absence, Bayonetta followed the clues of her hazy memories, eventually reaching the remote European city of Vigrid. Unimpeded by countless legions of angels assailing her...Fateful meetings drawing out lost memories...What lies ahead in wait for Bayonetta...?
Bayonetta: A mysterious witch returned to life in the modern world after hundreds of years of slumber. Wielding titanic magical powers, her battle against the forces of heaven continues, the reasons for doing so lost in the mists of her past. Armed with the Scarborough Fair, her favorite set of handguns equipped to both hands and feet, she practices the "bullet arts," a combination of gunfire and melee attacks. She can also perform the Wicked Weave - deadly attacks unleashed by summoning demonic entities through her magical hair that can easily devour entire hordes of angels.
Jeanne: A mysterious woman with a similar battle style and powers to Bayonetta. Often appearing along Bayonetta's course, she provokes her with an icy stare. She obviously holds some information about Bayonetta's past but her ultimate goal is unknown. Wielding her own set of four black handguns, she must be in pursuit of Bayonetta.
Luka: A journalist who is chasing Bayonetta to expose her true identity. His fate is tied closely to that of Bayonetta, which involves much ill feeling. Unlike most journalists, he has a special gadget under his sleeve which is capable of firing a grappling hook to access dangerous sites. His greater qualities derive from tremendous luck and an upbeat personality.
At E3 2014 it was revealed that Bayonetta would be getting an enhanced Wii U port and that there would be certain Nintendo costumes to wear that would affect the aesthetics of the game. The Wii U version also features the Japanese voice cast from Bayonetta: Bloody Fate as the original release only had spoken English dialogue worldwide. Later that year it was revealed that a physical version of Bayonetta would ship alongside physical copies of Bayonetta 2 worldwide with select European versions having Bayonetta packed in. Buying the Wii U version of the game digitally gives the purchaser a discount for Bayonetta 2.
On April 1st, 2017, Sega Europe launched a Bayonetta-themed countdown site that ended on April 11th, 2017. At the end of the countdown it was revealed they were launching the game on PC via Steam that day.
In its original form, Bayonetta renders at a 1280x720 screen resolution, targeting 60 frames per second during gameplay. However, no console versions of the game can reach this target consistently - the Xbox 360 rendering between 50-60FPS (with tearing) in most action scenes (boosted very slightly if running in backwards compatibility mode on an Xbox One), and the later Wii U port suffering similar (and sometimes more noticeable) problems.
The PlayStation 3 port of Bayonetta is often cited as among one of the worst 360-to-PS3 conversions of the era, averaging between 20-30FPS at worst (i.e. half that of the Xbox 360) and exibiting almost constant screen tearing while under stress. In addition, no console versions offer any form of anti-aliasing.
The 2017 PC release, debuting a full seven years after the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 builds, is capable at running in a number of arbitrary screen resolutions at a full 60FPS (higher frames rates not being supported), and expectedly allows users to adjust graphical features such as shadows and lighting. In all versions, cutscenes target 30FPS.
|Sega Retro Average|
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|Xbox 360, JP (Platinum Collection)|
|Sega Retro Average|
| Based on|
|PlayStation 3, JP (PS3 the Best)|
|PlayStation 3, KR|
|PlayStation 3, KR (Big Hit)|
|PlayStation 3, TW|
|PlayStation 3, MX (Favoritos)|
|PlayStation 3, BR (Favoritos)|
|Games in the Bayonetta Series|
|Bayonetta (2014) | Bayonetta 2 (2014)|
|8-Bit Bayonetta (2015)|
|8-Bit Bayonetta (2017) | Bayonetta (2017)|
|Bayonetta related media|
|Rodin's Selection (2009) | Bayonetta Original Soundtrack (2009) | Bayonetta: Music From The Video Game (2010) | Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Original Soundtrack (2014) +more|
|Bayonetta: The Official Guide (2010) | The Eyes of Bayonetta (20xx) | Bayonetta 2: Prima Official Game Guide (2014)|
|The Eyes of Bayonetta (20xx) | Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (2013)
Unsorted: Bayonetta Anime Complete Series + Soundtrack (xxxx)