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The witchy insanity of “Bayonetta 3” is elevated to an art form.

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A new Bayonetta game is comparable to the arrival of the circus. Of course, the ringmaster is Bayonetta, who appears out of nowhere with a boxcar full of bizarre creatures, odd allies, lethal spells, exquisite attire, and never-ending promises to wow. Even if her stories don’t always make sense, they are full of melodrama, action, magic, and gunfire, and once Bayonetta is featured, it’s impossible to turn away. Especially not when 40-story creatures are fighting to the death at her back as she dances her way through a spell while dressed in a costume made of her own hair.

The madness from the original Bayonetta is all present in Bayonetta 3, but it has all been amplified. The stakes are bigger than ever, the foes are enormous, Bayonetta’s magic is extraordinarily strong, her clothes are stunning, and the battles never cease. A flimsy storyline unites the entire game: an army of man-made bioweapons known as Homonculi is endangering the multiverse. However, this is only a pretext for Bayonetta and her companions to engage in an infinite series of fights in various decaying cities. In that regard, Bayonetta 3 isn’t all that far from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite the fact that PlatinumGames’ most recent game features far more witchcraft, foolishness, and shoe-operated weapons than anything directed by Robert Downey Jr.

Bayonetta 3 is just as complex mechanically and structurally as its predecessors. Throughout her adventure, Bayonetta gains new abilities and weaponry. She gathers enemy fragments to buy goods, consumables, and accessories in the Gates of Hell store, while orbs unlock skills on her skill tree. Combat is all about pulling off elegant combinations and timing your dodges well, and each battle can be replayed endlessly if you’re after high scores. Each level has a ton of obstacles and surprises to be discovered.

As with other frantic action games on the Switch, Bayonetta 3 is a Switch exclusive that struggles at times with input lag and making it hard to see whether moves are properly lined up. Although there is a rhythm to the fighting and the game does a good job of showing visual clues for attacks, everything happens in Switch Reaction Time (does not adhere to daylight saving).

Fans of the franchise won’t find anything lacking in Bayonetta 3; rather, they’ll find more. More strangeness, one-liners, swag, and combat techniques. For instance, in one portion, players take control of Jeanne, Bayonetta’s witchy friend, in a side-scrolling action scene with a touch of 1960s espionage. Another mechanism enables Bayonetta to briefly alter time and occasionally revert to her younger self. The Demon Slave talent enables Bayonetta to call and command enormous demon creatures, each of which has a unique moveset, while the Demon Masquerade ability allows her to turn into numerous demons and adds infernal qualities to her weaponry.

The majority of Bayonetta’s demons are modeled around conventionally frightful creatures like spiders and moths, but one of her forms is a real train. About halfway through the game, Bayonetta gains access to the power of Satan’s choo-choo and may summon a devilish tank engine to employ in battle. Attacking as the train with Demon Slave briefly slows down time, enabling players to quickly map out damage areas along the course, ideally in the way of close adversaries. When you release the Demon Slave button, the train starts moving down the ghost track in real time and hits anything in its path with significant damage. Through Demon Masquerade, Bayonetta also gains the ability to transform into a genuine train-witch hybrid and charge forward with powerful chainsaw-like assaults. Of course she does, after all.

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By the time the train demon finally comes, it really blends in well with the other elements of the game. As has always been the case, Bayonetta’s universe is absurd in 3. You can manage some light locomotive play if you can handle the concept of Umbra Witches and bartending angels.

Considering how lightly I treat Bayonetta games, especially after playing the third one, this seems like the correct course to follow. Although the series has a deep feeling of fighting and a complex plot involving holy wars and alternate universes, it still feels like an excuse to have Bayonetta dance her way through a spell as enormous monsters battle in the distance. Bayonetta is strong and battling in her (gun)shoes feels wonderful, but her personality is what makes this franchise a cult favorite. Thankfully, this is the best portion of the series. Bayonetta is self-assured, snarky, and always right. She dances like an angel, never has a hair out of place, and never stops with her one-liners. Her costumes are exquisite, much like those of her friends. She is a drag queen in a world that is only tenuously held together by witchcraft, and the ensuing pandemonium is genuinely magical.

The absurdity and little lack of cohesion of Bayonetta 3 are exactly what make game so fantastic. It is based on a variety of strange and witchy concepts, and it provides what viewers of the show anticipate—something completely unexpected.

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Skull and Bones Launch Causes Surge in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Gamers

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It’s intriguing to note that the launch of the long-awaited piracy simulator Skull and Bones has led to a notable increase in players returning to Ubisoft’s previous game, the pirate-themed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

PCGamesN gathered data from SteamDB and observed that on February 15, 2024, the day before Skull and Bones launched, approximately 971 players were simultaneously playing Black Flag. By the 16th, the figure had nearly doubled, hitting 1,662. By the 17th, the number had increased to 2600, and by the 18th, it reached 3,226. After a week of continuous gameplay, a new peak was achieved on the 26th, with 3,594 players online simultaneously. With the game’s peak hitting 16K a decade ago, it’s a fascinating illustration of how success can benefit everyone involved, pun intended.

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One can’t help but sympathize with developer Ubisoft Singapore in this situation. We thoroughly appreciated Skull and Bones after overcoming the initial comparison to Black Flag, which was a point of contention in our review. Ubisoft’s latest release faces a major challenge due to players’ existing expectations and a lack of clear direction for several years.

As an Epic Store exclusive, it’s challenging to gauge the performance of Skull and Bones, especially since console numbers have not been disclosed. Insider Gaming cites sources within the company who claim that 850,000 people have downloaded the game, with the eight-hour free trial that Ubisoft is offering contributing to this figure. It’s worth noting that the developers described the game as top-tier quality and were adamant about pricing it at $70.
Are you feeling inspired to revisit Black Flag after trying out Skull and Bones? What are your thoughts on Skull and Bones if you’ve had the opportunity to try it out? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Shibuya Action RPG REYNATIS Coming to PS5 first, with a later release on PS4 in the West later this year

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FuRyu’s Shibuya-based action RPG REYNATIS has sparked significant interest since its announcement for the PS5 and PS4 in Japan last week, with many eagerly awaiting news of a Western release. After the release of the full-length trailer this week, NIS America has stepped in as the publisher for North America and Europe.

While a specific release date hasn’t been announced yet, the company has confirmed that the game will include Japanese audio and English text upon its arrival in this region, along with a PC version being added. Fans will have to wait a little longer for the localized version of the upcoming adventure, which will feature several well-known Square Enix veterans.

“In search of liberation through power, the wizard Marin embarks on a journey to Shibuya, encountering Sari, a member of the MEA, a group committed to regulating wizards,” the description hints. Hide your magical abilities to blend in with the crowd and freely roam the city, engaging in various activities or missions. Alternatively, unleash your powerful skills to access hidden areas and confront any obstacles that cross your path.

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When Shadow of the Erdtree releases, I might stop fighting Malenia in Elden Ring Legend and focus on soloing her

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It’s astonishing that two years have passed since a standout Elden Ring player emerged victorious, solidifying their claim to the Elden Lord throne by engaging in repetitive ritual battles. The character known as Let Me Solo Her valiantly defeated the game’s toughest boss on behalf of players, earning legendary status in the gaming community.

Currently, LMSH is engaged in a battle against Malenia but is eagerly anticipating Shadow of the Erdtree as a potential opportunity to end the conflict. After the DLC was announced, IGN interviewed a player with extensive experience in Elden Ring, boasting over 1,200 hours of gameplay. They claim to have defeated Malenia thousands of times and even completed the game using a unique mod.

LMSH is eagerly anticipating Shadow of the Erdtree, expressing confidence in director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s ability to deliver another outstanding masterpiece for players to enjoy. The terrifying Messmer, who Miyazaki confirmed to be a significant character in the DLC and on par with other potent figures in the game, is the new enemy in LMSH, as depicted above. Could this be a new adversary for LMSH?

The upcoming DLC for Elden Ring, Shadow of the Erdtree, is highly anticipated and is set to release on June 21st for PS5 and PS4. Do you think LMSH will be able to progress? Or do you think they are destined to dance with Malenia forever? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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