Bayonetta 3 Review: One Of The Best Action Games On Switch – Screen Rant

Bayonetta 3 takes the incredible action gameplay of its predecessors and supercharges it, resulting in one of the Switch’s best action games.
Bayonetta 3 is an action-adventure game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Nintendo which ups the ante from the previous games in the series, featuring a dimension-hopping storyline that acts as a platform for exciting set pieces, massive kaiju battles, and some of the best action gameplay on the Nintendo Switch. Bayonetta 3 was announced in 2017 and fans have had to wait a long time for her return, but it is well worth the wait.
The story of Bayonetta 3 involves the multiverse at large. An entity known as the Singularity is traveling between dimensions, killing those who oppose it with an army of man-made monsters known as Homunculi. Bayonetta is drawn into this conflict and is sent on a journey to find items known as Chaos Gears, which are hidden in different realities. Jeanne is sent on a secret mission to find a scientist with more information about the Singularity, while a witch-in-training named Violet joins Bayonetta on her mission to find the Chaos Gears and stop the Singularity.
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The gameplay in Bayonetta 3 will be familiar to fans of the series, except for one major new addition: Demon Slaves. Bayonetta 3 has kaiju mechanics, as the gigantic demons that appeared in cutscenes during battle in the previous games can now be called on and controlled in battle. Bayonetta needs to dance in order to keep the demon summoned, so control switches to the demon and she is vulnerable to enemy attacks while dancing. Keeping the demon on the field also drains Bayonetta's magic meter, so there is a limit to how long it can be maintained. The other new mechanic in Bayonette 3 is Bayonetta's Demon Masquerade, which gives her a hybrid form based on her equipped weapons & demons, giving her new abilities in and out of combat, such as the spider demon form lettering her scale walls.
Bayonetta 3's awesome kaiju battles are an incredible addition to the game, with the player able to perform combos with their demon allies, or tag in a big monster to fight a large enemy creature. There are some instances where it can't be used, but it's available throughout most of the game and it adds a whole new dimension to the battle system. Purists can stick with Bayonetta if they want, but the kaiju fights are the highlight of the game and they elevate the combat system to new heights of fun. The massive demons are also central in action set pieces and in overcoming certain stage hazards, giving them a lot of screentime in some of the best parts of the game. Bayonetta 3 also introduces a skill point system for the demons and playable characters, allowing the player to unlock new powers and buffs over the course of the game.
Bayonetta isn't the only playable character in Bayonetta 3, as Viola and her Cheshire cat demon also appear in many stages. Viola has a completely different playstyle to Bayonetta, as her Witch Time is activated by parrying enemy blows with her sword. Viola's use of the Demon Slave ability is also different, as Chesire acts on his own, allowing Viola to fight alongside him, but she loses access to her sword while he's on the field. Viola's fighting style takes a little getting used to, as she's closer to Raiden in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance than Bayonetta, but once she clicks, her stages are just as fun.
The stages in Bayonetta 3 are impressively large and the Nintendo Switch does a great job of keeping up with the game, barring some minor pop-ins in the bigger levels. Games like No More Heroes 3 on Nintendo Switch really struggled to keep it together at times, whereas Bayonetta 3 never feels as if it's being limited by the hardware. The epic scale of some of the boss fights also needs to be seen to be believed, with Bayonetta 3 having some of the best bosses of 2022.
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The only major stumble with Bayonetta 3 is in its optional side activities, which feel as if they were designed to be as annoying as possible. These range from needing to catch incredibly fast animals running around the stage, assembling puzzle pieces in a short period of time and having to watch the same agonizingly slow cutscene each time, and an enemy that turns Bayonetta into a child, forcing the player to bypass its hazards without Bayonetta's powers.
A lot of the optional combat challenges also have restrictions that make them more annoying than difficult. Luckily, these are all optional and easily avoidable, with one major exception: the Jeanne stages. Jeanne was done dirty in Bayonetta 3, as her mandatory side stages involve retro 2D levels that are a drag to play, and the only good thing about them is how short they are.
Bayonetta 3 manages to improve upon the gameplay of its predecessors and add extra elements that improve the experience. The few bad elements are either optional or short enough to ignore, as the game's highlights are what make it such an amazing experience. Bayonetta 3 is one of the best action games on the Nintendo Switch, surpassing even Platinum's Astral Chain in terms of scale and entertainment value.
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Bayonetta 3 will be released for Nintendo Switch on October 28, 2022. Screen Rant was provided with a digital code for the purposes of this review.
Scott has been writing for Screen Rant since 2016 and regularly contributes to The Gamer. He has previously written articles and video scripts for websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, and TopTenz. A graduate of Edge Hill University in the UK, Scott started out as a film student before moving into journalism. It turned out that wasting a childhood playing video games, reading comic books, and watching movies could be used for finding employment, regardless of what any career advisor might tell you. Scott specializes in gaming and has loved the medium since the early ‘90s when his first console was a ZX Spectrum that used to take 40 minutes to load a game from a tape cassette player to a black and white TV set. Scott now writes game reviews for Screen Rant and The Gamer, as well as news reports, opinion pieces, and game guides. He can be contacted on LinkedIn.


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