Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Mature, graphic brawler about a witch fighting angels.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

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Positive Messages

The game's message isn't the best as violence plays the most important role in Bayonetta's world. She fights against heaven's angels and summons hellish creatures to help do her bidding. Therefore, some parents of gamers might be offended by the game's premise.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bayonetta is a witch who performs deadly moves on angels. She can summon creatures and deadly "torture" weapons, too.

Ease of Play

The game can be quite challenging when it comes to mastering all the moves -- and the speed at which you must master them.


Bayonetta uses punches, kicks, magic, guns, and swords, to defeat enemies. Blood can be seen spurt out of fallen enemies and various finishing moves ("torture attacks") let Bayonetta summon items and demons to rip apart baddies. Players will see these torture attacks up close which include impalement, decapitation, and dismemberment.


The game stars an attractive, scantily-clad female heroine, as well as some other curvy female allies. Some outfits are revealing to show cleavage and buttocks and some moves might be considered sexual, such as gyrating hips. During battles sequences, an occasional breast and buttocks can be seen when outfits shift or are shredded. The camera does occasionally focus on jiggling breasts.


Strong profanity can be heard including "f--k," "s--t" and "assh--e."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game contains lots of violence, blood, and foul language. With the former, the heroine can perform all kinds of deadly attacks against heaven's angels, using her feet and hands as well as weapons and black magic. She can also summon instruments of torture, such as an iron maiden, or call on demonic beasts to rip apart her enemies. There are also some suggestive sexual imagery as the heroine doesn't wear much clothing and can move her body in sexual ways.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bykayned1 May 15, 2018

A game mislead by SJWs

The game never promoted nor glorified sex. The protagonist is not objectified and is using her sexuality and beauty to overpower her foes. She is strong and doe... Continue reading
Adult Written bynannyfortnite97 March 11, 2021

Nanny Fortnite

great for children
Teen, 16 years old Written byamtrejo614 July 3, 2018

Maybe not for young ones under 14

In Bayonetta you play as a witch and fight angels, which usually I would feel bad about playing but the fact all of them are pretty much shown as evil and they... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDaji May 20, 2012

Amazing, crazy action title

Despite other opinions I would consider this game nothing short of fantastic.To start, yes, the story is completely insane, and the dialogue and voice acting fe... Continue reading

What's it about?

If Sega's BAYONETTA is any indication, there will be a lot of sore thumbs in 2010. The first videogame of the year is a stylized action romp, with over-the-top moves and fast-paced combat that requires some serious button mashing in order to succeed. Created by renowned developer Hideki Kamiya (Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, Okami), this Japanese import tells of a beautiful witch who awakens after a 500-year slumber. With little recollection of who she is and why she's battling against hoards of heaven's angels, this femme fatale makes her way to a remote area of Europe for an epic confrontation. Eventually, you'll help unravel the mystery of Bayonetta's identity and purpose. Not unlike the frantic third-person action in Devil May Cry, much of this game fuses gunplay with melee moves (powerful kicks, flips, punches, and slams) and dark magic that lets her summon demons or objects of torture from the underworld (such as guillotines and iron maidens). Environments range from gothic castles and graveyards to small towns and courtyards.

Is it any good?

Yes, Bayonetta is good, but only if you enjoy over-the-top, visceral action. Bayonetta's set of double-barrel guns, which are held in her hands and strapped to both ankles, each have their own name -- Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme -- and as such, are referred to as "Scarborough Fair." Couple this with outrageous acrobatics and you can imagine the devastating attacks on enemies. Other weapons are available, too, such as a glowing katana sword or items left behind by angels, and all are upgradeable. Bayonetta can even use her long hair to call forth creatures, temporarily transform her into beasts, or fly her into the air. Expect plenty of camera angles, slow-motion effects, and over-the-top moves that would even make Quentin Tarantino grin with delight. Be forewarned: your thumbs are in for a serious workout. If you're up for the challenge, Sega's Bayonetta is a good pick for mature players who prefer fast and cinematic action, wild environments, and fantastic moves.

NOTE: The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game are the same.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this game needed the blood and gore. Couldn't Bayonetta defeat the relentless swarm of angels without showing any graphic finishing moves?

  • Some families might want to discuss how you play as a witch who ascended from below, and now fights againts angels. Is this troubling or is exploring the evil side fascinating?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: January 5, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: February 11, 2021

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