2023’s “Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Misplaced Demon” is a prequel to Platinum Video games’ “Bayonetta” collection, well-known for its bombastic character motion gameplay. This, nonetheless, is just not a personality motion recreation. “Bayonetta Origins” tells the story of Bayonetta in her youthful years, when she nonetheless glided by Cereza, coaching to be an Umbra Witch and contracting her first Infernal Demon. Whereas there may be loads of motion, the sport emphasizes problem-solving and exploring by concurrently controlling Cereza and her companion, Cheshire.
In a vacuum, “Bayonetta Origins” is a superbly good recreation, however it’s bought a few vital quibbles. First and most clearly, it isn’t a personality motion recreation, which longtime “Bayonetta” followers might discover disappointing. Secondly, whereas fairly, its minimalistic storybook aesthetic is a bit low-tech within the face of its full-price tag. It is slightly telling that, earlier than the sport’s launch, most onlookers assumed it could price round $30 or much less, not double that. That is the sort of pricing you wish to shoot for right here.