If you aren’t one of the six people that owned a Wii U, you may not be familiar with Bayonetta 2. Suffice it to say, it’s awesome. But it’s also, uh, overwhelming for people that don’t know anything about the series.
For starters, what do you need to know about the story from Bayonetta?
Honestly, very little. Bayonetta, the character, is basically just a super powerful witch that has a love/hate relationship with heaven and hell. The rest of it you’ll easily figure out as you go. Or, hey, read a Wikipedia entry.
Really what I’m here to teach you is how to be better at the game itself.
Learn to dodge
At first glance, Bayonetta 2 can be super daunting. Tons of pop-ups, over-the-top combo counters and animations. It kind of feels like walking into Times Square on peyote.
So let me boil it down for you. There’s is just one important thing to remember. DODGING.
Seriously, forget memorizing combos. Forget Item pick-ups. All you really need to do well is dodge.
To dodge, you simply pull the right trigger. The trick is to time this with an enemy’s attack, dodging just before they hit you. If done successfully, time will slow down and you can unleash a flurry on the enemies around you.
As you’re starting out, you may be tempted to attack enemies as they’re standing in front of you. Don’t. Just wait for them to attack. Each enemy has slightly different timing and some are trickier than others. But if you nail dodging, you’ll basically be golden.
If you find yourself dying a lot (probably because you’re bad at dodging), you can always dial down the difficulty. But for most humans, normal difficulty is very manageable and much easier than most Platinum games, including the first Bayonetta.
What to spend money on
The second thing you may be asking: What should I spend my money on?
Early on in the game, you’ll come across a store called The Gates of Hell. Here you can unlock weapons, accessories, items, techniques and treasures (which are essentially costumes).
You could honestly complete the entire game without spending a dime, so where you spend money is going to depend on your playstyle.
The weapons section is a bit misleading. Most of the weapons you unlock in Bayonetta 2 are found in the world as gold records that you bring back to the store. The weapons you can buy basically let you wear these weapons in multiple slots at once, so you can have swords on your hands and feet, for example. It’s not necessary at all, but if you really take a liking to a specific set of weapons, go for it.
Accessories are generally very expensive, but they make the game easier. For example, one of the accessories causes time to slow down whenever you take damage. This is especially good if you’re struggling with the timing.
Items are single-use potions, for all intents and purposes. If you’re dying a lot, you can spend money here. But you’ll also find plenty of these in the world, so I wouldn’t stress it.
Techniques, on the other hand, give you more options for combos, unlocking uppercuts, ranged attacks and new ways to parry your opponents. Once again, this will come down to playstyle. Thankfully, you can test all of the techniques and accessories before buying so you can see what fits your playstyle best.
Lastly, let’s talk about costumes.
There are a ton of unlockable costumes in Bayonetta 2, including some amazing Nintendo-themed costumes. Purchase the “Super Mirror 64-2” in the store, and you’ll get a Star Fox-themed costume, while also unlocking the ability to buy a Link, Princess Peach, Daisy and Metroid-themed costumes for a ton of halos.
But if you happen to have amiibo from Zelda, Mario or Metroid, you can scan those in the store and unlock the Super Mirror 64-2 for free, as well as the corresponding costume, thereby saving you a ton of money.
Even if you don’t have those specific amiibo, you can still scan any random ones you have lying around for a bunch of free items and halos. You can scan 32 different amiibo per day, but if you want to keep using the same ones, feel free to mess with the system clock on the switch and you’ll be rolling in essentially infinite money.
Alright, that’s really all you need to know. Honestly, it may seem daunting, but just enjoy the rollercoaster. Bayonetta 2 is a goofy, over-the-top experience that is finally on a system people actually own.