5 A delirious balletSpartan20 | 06/04/2010 | See all Spartan20's reviews (24)So many superlatives have been heaped upon this game, it's easy to come at it with expectations it couldn't possibly meet, but Bayonetta is one of a select few that warrants it, without exception. Devil May Cry is the model here, the most revolutionary action game of the last generation (no DMC, no God Of War or any other adrenaline-fuelled actioner, simple as). If you've played DMC 3, then you'll know how insane its cutscenes were--if anything, they actually stole the show. Well, Bayonetta doesn't just let you watch, it lets you PLAY such moments. And there are oh so many of them. Literally dance on the ceiling, fight your way down the side of a skyscraper, take a joyride on a rocket, and ride a motorcycle into the heavens, to name just a few. This game never peaks, Kamiya's imagination runs rampant from start to finish, and raises the bar for any titles that come afterward, maybe too high, to be honest. There are many nods to Devil May Cry, both in script and artistry, and even a charming but understated nod to the beautiful game that so few bought, Okami. This game has an intense focus on entertaining you, but it will test your skills. We're not talking Ninja Gaiden 2 here, but definitely a match for DMC 3's notoriously high difficulty, though there are two Easy difficulties on Bayonetta for gamers yet to hone their skills--though the Automatic technique utility those levels employ may seem a bit patronising. The story, initially seeming a mess, gradually gains focus and intrigue, but always with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Suffice to say, you'll be rooting for Bayonetta by the end, and be grinning from ear to ear. Old-school in structure, ground-breaking in execution, and vivid in imagery, Bayonetta marries the thrill and challenge of retro titles (and it nods to them, as well, it must be said), with the easy accessibility of modern games, and layers it all with hilariously OTT violence and sexuality (though the latter never explicitly). I just hope the damn thing gets a sequel, and you probably will too! The theme tune is Fly Me To The Moon (Evangelion fans should recognise that), and rightly so, because this title most definitely takes you for a trip there!