Parents' Guide to

Bayonetta 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Well-made but very violent game objectifies strong heroine.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2014
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 18+

Hyper sexualized, over the top and often ridiculous hack and slash. Fun but juvenile.

If close up crotch shots and super powers that cause your female charecter to pose and become 2 threads from naked isn't exploitation, then nothing is. This game wears the shameless objectification on it's sleeve and says "deal with it". To say otherwise is delusional and you should get help. If you can't get into a rated R movie, you shouldn't be playing this. This fact taints the otherwise fun, whimsical hack and slash gameplay and crazy carnage that permeate throughout the rest of the game. The script is cringeworthy garbage doing nothing but provide a backdrop to why you need to kill off heavens minions,...nuff said. You run, gun, kick, punch and torture kill foes and get the huge boss battles to fisih off the carnage. It's at the top of it's genre, but it's alot to swallow for anyone with a morale pallette.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

Just like the first. It has been mislead by SJWs

Just like the 1st. Many SJWs have gave this game a bad reputation just because the protagonist's revealing clothes but she's not really objectified. The protagonist uses her sexuality to overpower her foes and she is strong and will fight without any worry.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (15):

Bayonetta 2 is a brilliantly designed action experience. Easily the most visually sophisticated game yet made for Wii U, its lush and dynamic environments and intricately detailed characters rival those of action games made for much more powerful platforms. The stunningly choreographed combat is at once accessible, challenging, and deeply satisfying. Each technique is distinctive, each battle sequence memorable. As players earn more powerful abilities, the fights become even more outrageous and dazzling. Few action games can match this game's pacing, spectacle, and sheer cleverness of design.

But the genius of the action is heavily weighed down by the utter objectification of the game's heroine. Portrayed in many ways as a strong, confident, and capable woman, Bayonetta diminishes herself by acting suggestively both in and out of combat. Lingering crotch shots and frequent mid-battle nudity -- her magical hair, which she uses to clothe her body, frequently leaps from her skin to help her perform more potent attacks -- are completely gratuitous. Match this with the game's immature desire to shock players with excessive profanity (Bayonetta tells her enemies to "f--k off" so frequently in combat that it becomes numbing within minutes), and this otherwise incredible action experience descends to something seemingly designed to titillate pubescent boys searching for a taboo.

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