Beastly Review: Bayonetta and Vanquish 10 Anniversary Review
I can’t believe it has been 10 years since the release of both Bayonetta and Vanquish. Both iconic games from Sega and Platinum Games featuring some interesting gameplay. This is one situation where this review is going to be slightly different as I did a review of these two games previously on other sites. However, if you are new to these two games then welcome and enjoy!
First up Bayonetta Ladies First:
This will be a first for me as well being that I passed up on the first try of this title. I knew of it and saw my friends play it but I was still in my Ninja Gaiden phase at the time. Bayonetta is an interesting antagonist in which there are rumors that she is also involved in the DMC universe. Either way, the gameplay is scandalous, vicious and all-around cool.
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 the countless legions of angels assailing her… Fateful meetings drawing out lost memories…
What lies in wait for Bayonetta…?
So being asleep for hundreds of years can make a witch feel restless and a certain itch to scratch. Even though she has been gone for so long her battle with heaven is still ongoing. As she wields not only her mystical powers but four pistols to do more damage against the heavenly foes. Each mission will give you the opportunity to unlock your memories and see where this fight takes you. There will be flashback scenarios and many different enemies to tackle. However, the cornerstone of this game is your godlike abilities as you use particular torture devices against your enemies.
Keep in mind that there will be some sensual attacks being that your clothing is your air. As you use these huge attacks it will need portions of your hair to perform them which reveals some of Bayonetta’s assets. All innuendo’s aside this is a great game and the mechanics hold up quite well. Even with the bullet-time mechanics as you dodge enemy attacks which makes this a fun experience.
Compare and Contrast:
Honestly, there was some of a difficulty seeing a graphical difference at first, but once I started to play more of the game. You can see all of the heightened pixels and the textures are more defined. The PS3 version was a bit more blurred than this updated version. It looks great and being that it has been ten years it still holds up to todays hack and slash standards. If there is a bad side to all this is that we are stuck with only playing the first Bayonetta only. We will not get the chance to check out Part 3 and the anticipated part 3 that is exclusive to the Nintendo systems.
It would have been a great idea to open up the license to be released on both PS4 and Xbox once again, but sadly that doesn’t seem to be in the future.
This is a title I can’t tell you how many copies I owned. I had it for both PS3 and Xbox 360 and then played it again on PC. Recently gamepass unleashed it for members on the Xbox One and that was glorious. This is was a hardcore story that actually was interesting. But check out the story!
Since the late 20th century, the precipitous pace of population rise on Earth pushed the total number of humans on the planet past 10 billion. The lack of consumable food and energy for this expanding population led to numerous wars over depleting natural resources. It was in this period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt that America placed her hopes in the skies with the SC-01 Providence space colony.
The colony was not immune to social evils that had become prevalent on earth. The Order of the Russian Star, a faction of the Russian military who had taken power in their homeland via coup d’état, immediately launched a surprise invasion of the colony. They began work converting the microwave energy array into a powerful weapon in the skies, then unleashed this fearsome power upon the residents of San Francisco. The Order’s declaration of war via weapon of mass destruction complete, they demanded the unconditional surrender of the United States within 10 hours, under penalty of the destruction of New York City.
In steadfast refusal to cooperate with aggressors, the President had no choice but to order a military strike to annihilate the invaders and recapture the colony. The strike was to be led by Lt. Col. Robert Burns.
DARPA operative Sam Gideon has also been assigned to the mission with an advanced weapons prototype.
The game starts off with your training in this new Exo suit that gives you many abilities with interchangeable weapons and jet mobility that has a cool down feature. You can also slow down time which was huge in the early 2000s. Either way, a massive attack hits San Diego that microwaved all the residents and of course with a threat from our main villain. It is time to gear up and stack up against this opposition flying to their main base. Vanquish feels like a mix of both Anime and US cartoons being the whole cybernetic style and the rugged attitude from the characters.
This is a 3rd person shooter action extravaganza which will keep you on your toes at all cost. There will be a barrage of enemies everywhere so watching your back is needed. You will also be rewarded for reviving downed NPCs on your squad which is a nice perk. As well as the more you pick up the same weapon the faster it will upgrade in all aspects. This was a well thought out single-player adventure that definitely deserves a sequel.
Compare and Contrast:
Vanquished definitely has a huge gap in HD graphics from the old version where again it is clean and no longer has a weird blurred effect from the previous game. It is sharper but feels like a new game instead of a mask effect. I am actually laughing that they didn’t give it a PC touch in the sense that the main character is still a heavy smoker. This I would assume would have given it an A rating in some cases. It is also a note that it felt like my gaming was improved from playing the old version as I am faster and responding to threats better.
I feel at this point if you made a tenth anniversary that this has a strong enough fan base to bring out a sequel.
Both new and old fans will enjoy these remastered pieces and the cost is not that bad either as you will get both for $39.99 or individually digitally for $24.99. I would definitely go for a dual pack at a cheaper cost, but that is up to you. The Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th-anniversary bundle are available right now on both PS4 and Xbox One. I give this a beastly BUY rating. I hope you enjoy this review and please share your thoughts below. – Beast Out –