Rumour: Bayonetta gets 40/40 from Famitsu [Update]

Tuesday, 20th October 2009 11:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Update – Looks like it’s confirmed. Sega’s tweeted it. Thanks, Gamoc.

Kotaku‘s chalking this up as rumour, but word is Famitsu’s awarded Bayonetta top marks, making it only the twelth game in the magazine’s entire history to get 40/40.

And the others are:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
  2. Soulcalibur (1999)
  3. Vagrant Story (2000)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003)
  5. Nintendogs (2005)
  6. Final Fantasy XII (2006)
  7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
  8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)
  9. 428 (2008)
  10. Dragon Quest IX (2009)
  11. Monster Hunter Tri (2009)

It’s out in Japan on October 29 and in Europe and the US early next year.



  1. mescalineeyes

    gaf says it’s fake for now, as no one actually has any evidence to back this claim.

    I still hope it’s true.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Blerk

    It’s amusing how many of those 40/40 titles I really didn’t like very much. :-)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve removed that update.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Kaufer

    I laugh at this comment

    Originally Posted by intheinbetween:
    i thought SEGA would be responsble for that, not Platinum Games..

    Clearly they took funding for the PS3 version and gave it to Famitsu instead.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. ScreenTearing

    Even if this isn’t true, I find it pretty amazing that all games that got 40/40 from Famitsu were published by Japanese companies.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    how the fuck is nintendogs a fucking perfect game?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Eregol

    They might have been barking up the wrong tree with that one.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gamoc

    Hold on, Sega tweeted it.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    FFXII perfect score?

    I couldn’t even be arsed finishing it…

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gamoc

    And I don’t think I agree with any of those ‘perfect’ scores. MGS4 is close, but not quite perfect.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Freek

    @ ScreenTearing

    No less amazing then Uncharted 2 getting rave reviews in the West.

    Famitsu writes for a japanese audience, not surprising that japanese companies know what that audience likes and make games that appeal to them, thus getting high scores.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. scuz

    40? bloody japanese can’t do anything NORMAL can they?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    I wonder how much “marketing budget” it takes to buy Famitsu these days. I’m still amused that they once spoke candidly about the fact that publishers can essentially “negotiate” a higher score.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    If i remember correctly Famitsu scores out of 40 because the games are reviewed by 4 different people (each out of 10). Its quite a decent way of doing things but its just retarded to think that 4 people gave the game a perfect score, especially this game.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Freek

    Remember kids: perfect score does not mean perfect game.
    It only means 4 people like it very much.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. pracer



    #16 5 years ago
  17. pracer

    And another thing half of the list are games that came out in 2008 or newer. Smells like a trend to me.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. freedoms_stain

    “40? bloody japanese can’t do anything NORMAL can they?”

    It’s an aggregate of four reviewers marking out of 10.

    It’s probably the best way for any one source to mark things since you’re getting 4 perspectives rather than 1, still, as the list demonstrates, just because 4 Famitsu guys liked it doesn’t mean everyone will.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. ScreenTearing

    @Freek What is the problem with Uncharted 2 getting great reviews in the West? If you don’t listen to the noise created by any blogger that makes a review, you have a game that have an average of 95. BTW U2 is nowhere near the bullsh*t reviews that GTA IV, Halo 3 and MGS4 got from the mainstream media where all the flaws were overlooked by the reviewers. And one of those games is from a Japanese developer and publisher, so what’s your point again?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Eregol

    I liked the demo, it became a must have game for me that day.
    It wont get perfect scores over here, but it will be a damn fun game.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. mescalineeyes

    This game, in it’s genre, is probably up there with Uncharted 2.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Eregol

    I liked it.
    But not that much.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. joseangelhe


    Suikoden Fan said:
    how the fuck is nintendogs a fucking perfect game?


    That was actually one of my favorite FF’s :-/ Oh well, to each his own.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. DaMan

    based on the demo experience, gameplay wise I can see Bayonetta easily getting a 10. not so sure about the overall perfect score.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Freek

    My point is that it isn’t a problem at all, but that the magazines reflect the taste of it’s audiance and that companies catering to said audiance will logicaly get high scores because they know them well.
    There is nothing wrong with that, that’s why you see an exclusivly japanese list of high scores in a japanese gaming mag.

    In the West you might see a few japanese games slip in, we’re a little more broad in our tastes but overall it would be the Halos, Call of Duties and Fall Outs that make up our highest scoring games.

    #25 5 years ago

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