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

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SILVERAMMO
SILVERAMMO
11 years ago

they prob liked the reason her flesh is shown more and more

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

if thats the case, then they shouldve given doax2 the same score (and they didnt) 😛

note: ignore the repeat


Last edited by sonic1899 on 10/20/2009 11:13:02 AM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

eeeeh Famitsu has become less and less reliable over the years

They're the IGN.com of Japan now

And we know IGN went downhill in 2007 or so

Poor Famitsu

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

Famitsu is quite a bit worse than IGN. They gave Last Remnant a 38/40. Haze a 34/40. Then they go and give something like White Knight Chronicles a 29/40…

Their review scores don't make a bit of sense to me.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
11 years ago

haze got a score that high? wow

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

have you played haze? its decent at best. not exactly a 34 but about 25-30 is about right.

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

if thats the case, then they shouldve given doax2 the same score (and they didnt) 😛

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

a perfect score? I say shenanigans

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

im not doubting the game but really?

well hey thats a good thing!

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

So did Nintendogs… Thats all i have to really say about Famitsu

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

what's up with u guys? MGS4 well deserved the score; why shouldn't bayonetta? i think if the game was a ps3 exclusive, you could've given it more credit. some of u shouldve known things dont work that way. anyway bayonetta impressed me from the first time i saw gameplay footage. i was disappointed to hear about its delay because of heavy competition this coming holiday. its limited edition is a day-1 buy for me; i'll be ripping ALL 5 disks 2 my ps3 hdd 😀

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

Wah? How are you gonna do that?

ps. Bayonetta does deserve a high score (maybe not 40/40). But believe me I played the demo and I think its awesome.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

"i think if the game was a ps3 exclusive, you could've given it more credit."

I think if the game ran and looked just as good as the 360 version, you would've given it more credit.

fixed/

Byakko2009
Byakko2009
11 years ago

It runs fine on the PS3. There's probably a very slight edge when it comes to graphics on the 360. And when did PSX fans become graphics whores all of a sudden? White Knight Chronicles has some of the worst looking character models, but we won't deny it's going to be great do we?

LowKey
LowKey
11 years ago

The problem is, a game like White Knight Cronicles only gets a LOW ASS SCORE while Bayonetta gets perfect? kinnda redic if you ask me. though the demo is sic and I can't wait for this game it really don't think it deserves a perfect score over other great titles.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Wow, this isn't some April Fool's joke in October? I certainly wouldn't have bet money in Las Vegas that Bayonetta would get a perfect score in Famitsu.

Thrill Kill
Thrill Kill
11 years ago

that game looks retarded

randomname
randomname
11 years ago

I liked the demo and probably would of bought it if they done it right (the PS3 version) but I wont support shitty ports.

Rings0fUranus
Rings0fUranus
11 years ago

so how bad is the framerate on the ps3 version? are we talking a slideshow, strobe light effect? because that would be pure balls.
and why is bayonetta's head so small?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

[email protected] "small head"

Byakko2009
Byakko2009
11 years ago

There's no framerate issues.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

I played the demo more than 10 times and i haven't encountered any.

camaro300zx
camaro300zx
11 years ago

The Demo from the Japan PSN had no visible frame rate loss.

Go Play It Now!!

camaro300zx
camaro300zx
11 years ago

And its in English!!

BigT_1980
BigT_1980
11 years ago

I agree with camaro300zx on this one. I have played the demo and I did not notice any frame rate issues with the game. The seen the side by side video and the only thing I noticed was the colors didn't seem bright on the PS3 verison. I didn't notice the issue when I personally played it. And as far as an inferior port goes from my hands on with the PS3 version I didn't experience of the issues people are concerned about.


Last edited by BigT_1980 on 10/20/2009 2:06:27 PM

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

well what did they give to God of War?

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

idk but i would like to know what they gave Uncharted 2 as well

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

I wonder what would happen if they gave god of war 3 and uncharted 2 a 20-25

FreQaZoiD
FreQaZoiD
11 years ago

GOW got 35. GOW2 got 37. GOWPSP got 36.

The first Uncharted got a 36/40. Is Uncharted 2 even out in Japan yet?


Last edited by FreQaZoiD on 10/20/2009 8:17:04 PM

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

cant wait for the game, but right now, it is all about Demon's Souls for me, also I just got Magna Carter 2 on 360, I will be busy for a while. also trying to finish infamous and batman 😀

King James
King James
11 years ago

You by yourself on that Magna Carta 2 Game. I didn't like the 1st one…at all.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

yea, the first one on ps2 was really hard and the battle system was so confusing. but this one is very easy to handle, almost no learning curve, and the character design, in game graphics, maps, battle system, story, music seems all work together into a good piece, it is one of the best 360 exclusive JRPG so far, better than star ocean 4 imo.


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 10/21/2009 3:45:32 AM

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Star Ocean 4 isn't a 360 exclusive anymore.

King James
King James
11 years ago

Don't get technical.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Played the demo

Loved the music! lot better than DMC4 music.

The head of the girl doesn't look that small when you play 😉

WTH with those sonic the hedgehog rings xD.

Graphics aren't good for a next gen game also tbh the screenshots of the xbox version really look better compared with the demo on my tv hope the actual game fix that.

the gameplay is a weirdfest like taken from a hippie dream xD , its fun but I didn't like it I think the people that say this game was better than GOW3 on the e3 are hardcore anime fans they prefer things like the ones you are going to see in this game than the epicness of Kratos.

Well just to end for the impression the demos gives me..I think Famitsu are overrating this…but lets wait to the full game.

tazbrat
tazbrat
11 years ago

I'm more interested in what other gamers have to say about the game, Players don't have anything to gain from saying the game rules or blows big time so demo's and players are the source for me…

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

I would suggest that you dont count on reviews by magazines/websites or other gamers. Everyone have their own tastes and it would be better if you form your own conclusions. When haze came out, everyone said it was a piece of crap. I found it a decent game and enjoyed playing it. Same goes with halo, everyone else liked the hell out of it but i saw it as a decent game too. never got into though. Its a good measuring point to see how the rest of the gaming population has to say but you shouldnt use it as the deciding factor. Im not telling you what to do, just a suggestion.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

@johnld
I agree with you 100%!

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Well, at least this will put to rest the debate that high review scores equals high sales. Score it perfect if you want Famitsu, ain't no one buying this.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

I know famitsu sucks at giving scores but don't hate the game just cause they gave it a perfect score. 😉

King James
King James
11 years ago

40/40, huh? Good to know. Thanks for the heads up, Ben. I'll wait for more reviews before I upgrade Bayonetta from a "rental" to a "buy".

Besides I have a feeling they reviewed that 360 version on this one. And I stop getting inferior ports after 2007.

I'll keep Bayonetta on my radar. Now back to Uncharted 2.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

Barring some miracle, Bayonetta will probably tank…….and a perfect Famitsu score is no miracle.

tridon
tridon
11 years ago

I played the demo and I found it to be pretty generic. Definitely nothing I'd be interested in playing again.

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

i find it funny that every1s being so critical about the game (even b4 the review) and never played the full ver. demos r just works in progress and u don't get the same feeling like wat u get from the full ver. maybe it didn't deserve a score that high; who knows, but at least giv it the benefit of the doubt until it comes out

___________
___________
11 years ago

meh.
dantes inferno, darksiders and GOW 3 will be enough action for me.
and i still think Chloe is the hottest babe in a video game ever!
o besides lara croft, but shes getting to old.
just 1 thing Chloe, please remove that god dam mascara!
its a massive turnoff when chicks have purple eyelids.
probably hate it so much because i has mimi from the drew kerry show.
except she had 10 times larger tits and was 48.
shudder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
no wonder i hated english so much, having to see that thing for 1 hour every day 5 days a week for 3 years.
lucky it dident put me in a mental hospital
lara croft never used makeup, she dident need it and shes the hottest babe out there.
Chloe remove the purple eyelids and you can take her place.

convergecrew
convergecrew
11 years ago

I think Famitsu rates games based on what big-name game guys are behind the game, rather than on the game itself. ex. Blue Dragon (didnt deserve it), MGS4 (deserved it), this.

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

The best thing the game has got going for it is that sexy nerdy girl (Im a sucker for nerds). She is only sexy when she is standing because she fights with guns on her feet and monsters out of her hair, that is also her clothes. No need to guess it's from the land of the rising tentacles.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

That was the 360 score.

Here is the Famitsu score for the PS3 version:

Bayonetta (Sega): 10, 10, 9, 9 – (38/40)

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Yeah thats true…I'm not going to buy this game if I'm not going to have the good version too…sorry sega.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

A 38/40 is still a veeeeeeerrrrrrrryyyy good score.