Okay, we freely admit it: as much as we've loved the idea of Bayonetta since the first moment we laid eyes on it, we didn't really expect it to tear down perfect review scores.
And yet, that's exactly what it has done. The game launches in Japan this month (North American and European gamers have to wait until January), which means the premier Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, needed a review. We don't have the magazine in front of us but Sega's Twitter page gives away the fact that Bayonetta received a perfect 40/40 score. This is significant because Famitsu rarely hands out the coveted forty-of-forty; in fact, only two PS3/360 games from this generation ( Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Super Smash Bros. Brawl ) took home that honor, and there have been only 11 perfects overall since 1998 ( The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ). Therefore, to have Platinum Games' slam-bang production in there is a very high honor and one that – in our eyes – wasn't expected. We had heard that the PS3 version has all sorts of frame rate issues and while Famitsu may have judged the 360 version with that score, it seems unlikely, considering the difference between PS3 and 360 owners in Japan. Besides, we'd hate to think that one version gets a perfect score while the other one gets a 25, or something. Either way, we're more psyched than ever to get our hands on that sultry witch with guns on her heels, spectacles on her lean face, and a cocky attitude to go with a curvy body.
The action must be fairly intense and outrageously polished. Then again, we hardly agree with some of the perfect scores Famitsu has handed out over the years ( Nintendogs …really?), so who knows? It's still a good sign, though.
Related Game(s): Bayonetta