For those of you who do not know the games main designer and director, Hideki Kamiya, you should check him out.
google him or look for him on wikipedia.
He was the director of Okami, Devil May cry, and Resident Evil 2.
I am waiting to play okami simply because he directed it and everything he does is usually awesome. Anyway enough about him.
Hands down, Bayonetta tops the rest in fast action eye popping hack n slash play. I was expecting just another great hack n slash when I seen previews. It is a favorite of mine, but not at the top. Devil may cry 1 & 3 and God of War still rank at the top, but Bayonetta had a lot of unique style and imagery. It is much like Devil May cry 4, the enemies you face being angelic and have names such as "fortitudo" and what not. Let me tell you, it can be frustrating starting out with the controls on normal if you are not used to it. Getting tired of getting your arss kicked in ninja gaiden sigma?? or dmc3?? here's a strarting game for you. It teaches you all the combos in an easy style that after awhile you don't want to play on easy automatic because it doesn't do exactly what you want to push.
VERY Addicting gameplay
Multiple weapons/Weapon styles/weapon combinations/weapon combos, almost too many
A stylish, sexy gameplay that pushes the envelope of the ordinary action genre.
-They are right on the load times for ps3. I have both systems, and they are better on 360, but I mostly play ps3 for trophies. They can be a drag, but honestly bearable.
-It may have balls out style and action, but not much substance with storyline.
-This is not a game you can pick up and play and kick some arss, unless you are on easy automatic or very easy. you have to work and improve playstyle along the way and redo stages to get points for upgrades, trophies and treasures.
All in all, you can't deny a game like this if you like hacknslach dmc gow etc.
Bayonetta is going to get dismal reviews due to the game's convoluted beginning. However, the main character is having major memory issues and this ties into the story. As you play it, things become clearer...you just have to stick it out. That said, the plot isn't terribly deep nor are the characters truly remarkable. Humor and action is used very well though, and I enjoyed playing up until the end.
The controls are fairly intuitive and your moves, including combos, can get as complicated as you want them to be. You can purchase different weapons, moves, and items at many points. The game play is pretty quickly paced with decent cut-scenes throughout. A negative would be the constant load times - these occurred often (even when you access your option menu). I beat the game in a little under 8 hours, but have read that many spend 40 - 50 hours getting all of the goodies and whatnot.
Bottom line for me is that this was a very fun game to rent, but one I wouldn't want to own.
This was by far the best game ever! The graphics in this game were amazing. The only down fall this game has is the long CG it seemed to take longer than just playing the game its self other than that I loved the game!