Due to an early leak, we all just assumed that Bayonetta would release in North America on January 5, even though it officially still held a "January 2010" launch date.

Well, the leak was indeed accurate and now it's official. The slam-bang action title with a seductive heroine will be on store shelves on the 5th for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; it'll launch three days later in Europe. Sega is also offering some pre-order incentives so be sure to check with your local game retailer to see if you can take advantage. Remember, this is the game that caused a big stir when the 360 version brought down a perfect 40/40 score from Famitsu (the PS3 version scored two points lower), and it is without a doubt a top-notch hack 'n slash title. Said Mike Hayes, CEO of Sega America and Sega Europe:

"Traditionally high scoring games in Famitsu go on to perform very well at retail in both Japan and the rest of the world. PlatinumGames set out to deliver a game that redefines the 3D action genre, and we feel that they have set a benchmark for future games in the genre to aspire to. We chose a January ship date for BAYONETTA as we firmly believe that it is the best time for SEGA and our retail partners to launch this exciting new IP in the West, and push for a number #1 retail slot. BAYONETTA is a huge title for us and the perfect start for the New Year, both for SEGA and gamers across Europe and America."

This appears to be an excellent way to pass the time until March arrives and God of War III assaults our PS3s. And besides, being big fans of the Devil May Cry franchise 'round these parts, we're more than a little excited about Bayonetta . Do we care there's a female in the lead role, doling out the pain? Nah. She looks good, right? ūüėČ

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

In other words "We didn't even want to attempt to compete with Uncharted 2 and MW2"

At any rate, you screw me I screw you, if I ever want it it'll be bargain bin.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

i prefer used, that way platinum games wont receive money from me.

zee
zee
11 years ago

WorldEndsWithMe: I'll be following your footsteps bro! Them devs are not gona get any of my money! No way am I gona let Platinum screw me like that.

I'd rather support Sony's first and second party AAA exclusive games lineup! There are already a buttload of them coming. Btw, has anyon seen the pics from GOW3 demo? That game looks sick man and to think that it's from an old build. It's simply outstanding!


Last edited by zee on 10/31/2009 7:30:49 AM

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

I'll get Darksiders instead.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

same here, i'll try this out later on.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

We've got a few glowing feelings about the game already and the comments have hardly even begun! /sarcasm

This game, at least for me, may have been interesting to me if there weren't so many other "must-buys" coming out. I've already spent a pretty penny on R&C:ACiT and Uncharted 2 so it's gonna be bittersweet when I pick up AC2 and MW2, not to mention the all-too tantalizing God of War Collection. Thank god for Christmas. (Yeah, that's right. I said Christmas.)


Last edited by Kowhoho on 10/29/2009 10:44:49 PM

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Darksiders.

that game looks like the Spawn game I always dreamed.

hope it turns to be a great game.

King James
King James
11 years ago

Darksiders looks GOOD. Real GOOD.

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

i can see why you guys aren't excited about this game. the gameplay itself was fine, but everything else was a mess. the graphics on the ps3 version were bland and the frame-rate was jerking all over the place (not an exaggeration). it was like it couldn't keep up with what was going on. when the camera view changed during one scenario, the falling clock tower, there was a REALLY noticeable screen tear. in a video comparison between both versions, the ps3 version somehow lagged behind the 360 version, even tho they started at the same time.

im not completely disappointed in sega, but i am wondering why platinum wouldn't handle the port. they're the ones who developed it. the game could've turned out better. wait, better question: why didn't they develop each version separately? that way each version could take advantage of their perceptive console. was it to cut back on costs? beats me.

i have to agree with u guys: with high quality games the ps3 has, exclusives and some multiplats (like batman & blazblue), why is the ps3 still getting messy ports? i don't dislike bayonetta. i'd still like to get it (maybe not for the ps3), but i think famitsu needs to redo their review [on both versions].

boy i had a lot to say ūüėõ …but hey, i was a potential fan. now i'm a pending one.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

"wait, better question: why didn't they develop each version separately? "

Cause we don't get no respect.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

I was a fan of Platinum Games when they were Clover Studios. Viewtiful Joe was a lot of fun and Okami is one of the best games I've ever played. I'm on my third run through the game right now. Still way more fun than many games I've played this gen and last.

My point being I don't understand what happened to the team. Madworld is an over-simplified brawler and I can smell Bayonetta's cheese through my computer screen. I mean, Kamiya and crew created the original Devil May Cry. They made great games. Rare lost its magic after most of the 64-bit era (Goldeneye) team left the studio, but from what I know, most of the Clover team is now at Platinum games. What happened?

I guess I'm disheartened with seeing what's happened with such a great team.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Bayonetta its one of those port that only deserve to get buyed at 29.99 or less.

unless they fix those problems in the US version or release some kind of patch .

King James
King James
11 years ago

No World…because they're cheap and probably lazy.

@kangasfwa
I think the game is good, maybe even great….On the 360/PC.

Thank you again M$.


Last edited by King James on 10/30/2009 2:26:45 AM

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

This better be the last xbox port we get.

Its such a shame aswell, the gameplay (on the demo) is awesome.

___________
___________
11 years ago

"We chose a January ship date for BAYONETTA as we firmly believe that it is the best time for SEGA and our retail partners to launch this exciting new IP in the West, and push for a number #1 retail slot"

ahhhhh have you checked EBs website in the last few months?
i swear to god these people just berry their heads in their game and dont pay attention to the competition, i bet if i asked them when mag comes out they would have no clue.
even though its date was announced for the US at least like a month ago.
50 bucks says come next year some games are going to be set back AGAIN because theres to many games clustered together.
talk about mindless sheep blindly following the Shepard.

December has.
the avatar and the saboteur thats it.

January has.
Darksiders.
Army of two the 40th day.
BLUR.
heavy rain (yea i know, longhot but thats what it says)
MAG.

o what am i saying, its quite obvious a game will sell better going up against 20 other games, than being released in a month where it has practically no competition.
what was i thinking?

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

dont forget, they'll get screwed in february too.
modnation racers
gran turismo 5
bioshock 2
white knight chronicles

march
battlefield bad company 2
crysis 2
super street fighter 4

april
last guardian
god of war 3
eyepet????

They dont have a choice but to release it early in january when christmas money may still be in people's hands unless they go and buy games that they had to pass because never had the money. In my opinion, march would've been a better choice because the game lineup isnt as strong compared to january, february, and april. but then, january and february could might as well clean people out.

yeah, i dont even know when the hell FFXIII fits into all these.


Last edited by johnld on 10/30/2009 3:41:45 AM

___________
___________
11 years ago

April i think FFXIII is due.
but december would of been perfect for bayonetta, owell my copy should be here in a week so ill let you know what its like.

King James
King James
11 years ago

To the multiplat developers:

1)You give us a crappy port…expect low overall PS3 sales.
2)You drop your game the same day as a PS3 exclusive…expect low initial sales.

Respect Sony. Respect the Cell. Respect the 3.

——-End of Mini-PSA———-

Back on topic: I've always looked at this game as a rental. And so far its staying as a rental. I think I'm buying Darksiders, though. That game looks like GoW's long-lost cousin.


Last edited by King James on 10/30/2009 2:22:14 AM

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

i would consider this game as a rental too but for 8 bucks, i rather put that into buying a game that i know i want.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

I will stand by my decision not to pay full price for a half ass port, sorry sega. That and i plan on getting MAG anyway. but until then, i'll have modern warfare 2 to keep me busy. I'm not saying i'm not buying it. I will eventually, when its used and cheap, none of that 5 dollar difference cheap. screw you gamestop. Sorry again sega, but if you get another ps3 valkyria chronicles out them i'll send you money directly for bayonetta, hahaha. screw platinum games.

JackC8
JackC8
11 years ago

It looks like a game I'd be interested in, but the main hype I've seen associated with it is that we'll be getting an inferior port. They really screw themselves trying to pinch pennies that way. Or just being lazy. I too will check for it in the bargain bin…someday. There's so much else coming out that I'd actually forgotten about this title.

bebestorm
bebestorm
11 years ago

I'll be getting this for sure…I still play the demo. I'll get it with my xmas cash.

Rings0fUranus
Rings0fUranus
11 years ago

methinks that darksiders will be better than bayonetta, but only time will tell. still sad about the JAPANESE game's shoddy port to the JAPANESE playstation 3. i thought japan loved their own electronics. wtf

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

i will get my big 4 still, one way or the other

Bayonetta, Darksiders, Dante's Inferno, and ofcourse the GOW3 with that pandora box just revealed. :O