Summary: The reviews are in for Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

So let’s get to what other reviewers thought.

First up is GameSpot, which gave the prequel a 9/10 rating. While agreeing with us on the controls, they highly praised the writing and the story, particularly Cereza:

“Cereza is every bit as charismatic as the older version of herself in this game. Her lyrics are delivered with sincerity, youthful joy and emotion, and her moral compass and strength make her easy to love.”

Matching GameSpot’s praise is IGN, which also gave PlatinumGames’ latest title a 9/10. The outlet loved the charm, look and feel of the entire game:

“From its immersive, fantastical story moments brimming with childish charm, to its clever platforming puzzles and satisfying combat, this is a superb action-adventure where all the pieces come together to create a wondrous, playable storybook. “

Destructoid acknowledged the game’s lower key compared to the main series, but still gave Bayonetta Origins an 8/10 despite a few minor issues.

“…as I played through it, I was reminded of a couple of ’90s classics like The Lost Vikings and the quirkiness of the Gobliiins series. It’s a really airy game if you’re hooked on the picture book look and feel, which does some of the heavy lifting.”

COGConnected gave the game a 72/100 rating, stating that they loved the game and wanted to do it somehow, but it loses its way with replays and easier challenges:

“Everything is fed through that fairytale lens, one that enhances charm and wonder. The writing is quirky, the art design is impeccable, and the mechanics are terribly clever. But the game loses something in its execution. Repetitive design and airy challenges made me curious but not forced.”

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Finally, VGC’s thoughts were a little more mixed – they gave the game 3/5 stars and said it had “just enough platinum punch”, but were less sure about dual pairing and exploration:

“…Character upgrades and wiping up hidden bugs feels more like an exercise in trying every dead end until you get lucky, rather than a forceful romp over old territory. It’s a shame, as the world itself is a triumph of art design – dreamy watercolors bounce impressively against the jagged shards of faerie domain.”

Of course, this is just a handful of opinions, but overall this definitely seems like a good choice for Bayonetta fans. Where the series goes from here we’re not sure, but we’re always happy to see more Bayonetta – even if we haven’t come out of it as positively as many other outlets.

Have you tried the Bayonetta Origins demo? Will you pick up the game on Friday? Let us know.

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