Bayonetta hands-on seems very satisfying

By Stephany Nunneley
5 June 2009 21:52 GMT


Bayonetta was on display at E3, and one of the many sites to get some hands-on time with Hideki Kamiya’s latest was Kotaku.

The site seemed rather pleased with the 20-minutes or so it had, and here are some of the highlights:

Her rich list of combos is comprised mostly of kicks and punches, a surprisingly deep system with little more than jumping and pausing between attacks to mix things up.

Those combos can be practiced during the game’s loading times, giving the player time to become familiar with some of Bayonetta’s moves that one might not be able to pull off in the midst of the game’s chaotic battles. A running tally of how many times you’ve been able to pull off a particular combo will be shown on those loading screens as well, letting you know what moves you’re taking advantage of regularly and which ones you’re not.

Some of the more spectacular combos ended with giant stiletto heels and massive fists emerging from mystical portals. Others, the Torture Attacks, wrapped up with giant dragons made of Bayonetta’s hair, clearly exposing the witch’s expertly modeled backside for a half-second.

Sounds like a blast to us.

It’s out in the fall for PS3 and Xbox 360.

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