When Hideki Kamiya's Devil May Cry launched on the PS2 in 2001, it brought with it new blood that the third person brawler genre sorely needed. Looking back on it today, the original Devil May Cry is kind of rough, but there's no debating its impact, as it ushered in a new era of demanding, combo-heavy action that often times hits players with a brick wall instead of a smooth difficulty curve. The Devil May Cry series had its highs and horrible lows, but remained the best of its genre until Platinum Games' Bayonetta hit the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, with Kamiya taking the director's seat once again.
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I enjoyed most of the Devil May Cry games, but never to an obsessive degree. I never bothered trying to perfect them or clear them on the highest difficulty levels, but I had a good enough time to keep playing them one after the other, even if Devil May Cry 2 made me pretty wary. It wasn't until Bayonetta that I really loved this kind of game enough to do everything I could do with it, from finding all of its obnoxiously hidden collectibles to clearing it on its highest difficulty to getting a 100% clear file on the PS3 version.
Bayonetta remained my favorite third person action game 2013 when another game from Platinum took the title: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which improved on Bayonetta's combat, pacing, and satirical storytelling in pretty much every way, even if it took me a few playthroughs to really appreciate how much more I enjoyed it. I was happy to see Platinum continue to make top tier brawlers but had no expectations of ever seeing a Bayonetta 2, so I was surprised when it was announced for a late 2014 release published by Nintendo of all companies, and as an exclusive on the Wii U.
|Giant dragon bosses everywhere here.|
|Chainsaw hands; like Mad World, only not terrible.|
|Cat Mode and nice water.|
|Bayonetta and Loki/Good Aesir/Rude Jesus.|
|Dressing sharp, fighting monsters.|
|Feels good summoning frogs, spiders, and Godzillas.|
|The first of many flying boss battles.|
|A Girl and Her Dog|
|Hero of Witch Time|
|Shocked and impressed they didn't give her the Zero Suit Samus costume.|
|Rodin My Pal.|
|She's got good hats, too.|
|Secret Hero Cat|
|Distant cousin to Ghidorah the Space Monster.|