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Stresses the value of persevering against seemingly impossible odds, the strength and necessity of teamwork to overcome obstacles, and the value of helping others. Also emphasizes that heroes don't have to be the most powerful or the oldest around to make a difference; simply having the courage and will to do the right thing can have a massive impact on the world.
Positive Role Models
Cereza grows over the course of the adventure from a young girl unsure of her skills into a capable magic user who's strong, powerful, self-assured. While there's some fighting that goes on between her and her summoned demon, they both come together to save each other and become friends.
Main character Cereza is a young girl; other characters of note are her teacher, who's an older woman, and Jeanne, another young girl who's her rival. Apart from that, characters are fantasy creatures, but the focus on women and girls as the heroes is notable.
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Ease of Play
For the most part, controls during exploration are simple to grasp and use. Combat gets a bit more complicated when one thumbstick is for Cereza and the other is for Cheshire. With each character moving independently, you can sometimes get them mixed up.
Violence & Scariness
While there's a decent amount of combat, with players using spells to trap enemies and Cheshire's claws and teeth to defeat opponents, there's no blood or gore shown. Enemies vanish in a flash of light and color.
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This is the latest chapter in the Bayonetta franchise, acting as a prequel to events.
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 that 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 be challenging. Otherwise, there's nothing inappropriate to be found in the game. The story and gameplay constantly emphasize the value of teamwork, communication, and perseverance against incredible odds.
Is It Any Good?
It isn't as action packed as other games in the series, but it 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, knowing that she's doing the right thing and can succeed where previously she has failed. 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.
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