Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
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Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon is an action adventure game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The game is the latest chapter in the Bayonetta franchise, but this is essentially a prequel to the events of the series, giving additional info about how the character developed into the powerful witch that she's later known to be. Players use a stuffed toy that's been merged with a demon to fight fairies and other magical creatures in a forest. While there's a lot of battle, and players will use spells to also trap enemies so they can be destroyed, there's no blood or gore shown, and defeated enemies disappear in flashes of light. "Damn" can be heard in the dialogue. Some players may find that controlling both characters at the same time can also be challenging. Otherwise, there's nothing inappropriate to be found in the game. The story and gameplay constantly emphasizes the value of teamwork, communication, and perseverance against incredible odds.
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What’s It About?
BAYONETTA ORIGINS: CEREZA AND THE LOST DEMON is the latest chapter in the popular action adventure franchise, but it takes a different twist for this new chapter in the Umbran Witch's story. As the title implies, the game is centered around the early years of her life, when Bayonetta was known as Cereza. Her parents, from rival clans, fell in love, which was a strictly forbidden act. As a result, her father was exiled, her mother was imprisoned, and Cereza was branded as an outcast. Seeking to find a way to free her mother from her unjust punishment, Cereza studies magic with another outcast witch until one night, when she has a dream where a white wolf and a boy promise to give her the power she seeks if she'll explore Avalon Forest, a magical glade dominated by fairies. But Cereza isn't strong enough to go on her own, and even one of her own summoning spells backfires in a spectacular way, tying a young demon to the body of her stuffed toy. With the two unlikely characters now bound to each other, Cereza and her new demon have to explore the forest, fighting fairies and other magical creatures in an effort to gain the power they seek to set things right. Players will control both Cereza and Cheshire, her toy/demon, at the same time as they explore various sections of the forest, solving puzzles and unlocking new areas to travel through. In combat, Cereza will rely upon her magic to bind and trap enemies while Cheshire will use his claws and teeth to defeat monsters. Will Cereza and Cheshire be able to find the power they need to save Cereza's mother?
Is It Any Good?
It isn't as action packed as other games in the series, but this title is a great story of perseverance, friendship, and self-assurance, and lays the foundation for the powerful spell slinging hero. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon doesn't focus on the flashy guns, revealing outfits, or assertive attitude and dances from the franchise. Instead, this is a coming-of-age tale with a young girl trying to grow into her own skills and abilities. At the start of the adventure, Cereza isn't like other game heroes – she's unsure of her abilities, the demon she's bonded with feels like she's weak and argues with her constantly, and she's often scared about the odds she's facing. But as she and Cheshire make their way through the Avalon Forest and successfully defeat threats and solve puzzles, she becomes more confident and comfortable in knowing that she's doing the right thing and can succeed in places that she's failed previously. Even when she and Cheshire fight (which happens often), it comes across similar to siblings fighting or friends disagreeing over their opinions, which eventually turns to care and concern about each other in dire circumstances. By the end of the game, there's a sense that both characters have become stronger, and are ready for whatever may come along in their lives.
Where Lost Demon stumbles is in the combat department. Since players control both characters at the same time, it's very easy to get characters lost on screen, especially when you're facing off against a large group of enemies. It would've been easier if there was an option to only control Cereza or Cheshire, with the other character directed by player commands or AI controls, but this isn't a make or break issue, especially because you can get used to this during play. Similarly, the kinds of enemies that you fight tend to be very repetitive over the course of the adventure. There may be a twist here and there when it comes to the attacks they use, but by and large, once you've seen the opponent in a fight, you know exactly how to defeat them, making combat simple. But since the focus is more on the story and the relationship between Cereza and Cheshire, this is something that can be overlooked as you play and enjoy the earliest chapter of Bayonetta's saga.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon affected by the fact that you're fighting fantasy creatures? Is the violence intensified because you're playing a young girl facing off against scary monsters?
What does Cereza's journey say about persevering against difficult odds? What about the value of teamwork or communication when it comes to solving problems or exploring new locations with friends?
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Pricing structure: Paid (B0BQ7L6TX6)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Release date: March 17, 2023
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Character Strengths: Communication, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 14, 2023
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