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Bayonetta Bewitches PSN Today

Aaron Webber's Avatar + Posted by Aaron Webber on Jan 29, 2013 // Associate Brand Manager, Sega of America

It’s been a good month for Platinum Games and SEGA titles. Just a few weeks ago saw the release of Anarchy Reigns on PS3; later today will mark the digital release of one of the finest action games ever created. Bayonetta is coming to PSN!

If you have yet to try this iconic action game from the mind of director Hideki Kamiya, your time has come as Bayonetta is debuting at $19.99. Of course, Bayonetta truly shines when you see it in action. So here’s a trip back to the year 2010, when a certain Launch Trailer was just arriving…

Bayonetta is the story of the last remaining member of an ancient clan called the Umbra Witches, a group that has kept the balance between light, dark, and chaos for hundreds of years. Bayonetta awakens after 500 years of sleep to find herself in a world she no longer recognizes, with no clues to her past or how she got where she is.

Her awakening sparks a chain of events that soon reaches cataclysmic proportions. And with a 500 year-old war setting the background of the game and the lines of good and evil blurring fast, Bayonetta needs to discover the secrets of her past and work towards securing her future.

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At the core of the game is an amazingly deep combat system, and Bayonetta comes well equipped for battle: wielding four pistols (collectively known as Scarborough Fair) and utilising her infamous fighting style – the ‘bullet arts’ – she’s one big, bad witch you don’t want to make angry.

If you haven’t played Bayonetta and you like action games, I implore you: don’t miss this one. Of course, since I work at SEGA my opinion may be a bit biased, so I’ll leave it to the tried and true fans in the comments to back me up on this.

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Hit me up with any questions you have in the comments, and I’ll do my best (as always) to respond to as many as possible. Thanks as always, loyal PlayStation.Blog readers – we hope you’ll enjoy your trip back to Vigrid!

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+ ositos15 on January 29th, 2013 at 3:55 pm said:

one of my favorites games from all time. Thank you Sony/P*


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:13 pm said:

    Cheers! Thanks Ositos. :)


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+ DARKJUSTE on January 29th, 2013 at 4:02 pm said:

Hey today is January 29th. Where is Ratchet & Clank Full Frontal Assault for Vita?


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:14 pm said:

    This question… I do not know the answer to, sorry! (I’m with SEGA, so I only know about SEGA titles.)

    Best bet would be to ask one of the Sony staff around the blogs, or try reaching out to Sony or the devs via their community forums, etc.


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+ Dnut on January 29th, 2013 at 4:22 pm said:

I just want to say that my wife and I absolutely love this game! I urge anyone to pick this up if you haven’t played it before. I play a lot of games (check my 66 Plats and almost lvl 25 on PSN) and my wife doesn’t much care for my gaming. But this game was not only one she enjoyed watching, she actually made me create a PSN ID for her so she can actually play it! She not only played it, but beat it (aside from me helping out on a cpl boss battles)!! I also have to admit out of my 66 Platinum’s, this is one of my proudest. With that being said the news of the sequel being a Wii U exclusive has really bummed us out. Sony if you’re reading this, do what you have to do to get this on PS3!!! Don’t make me buy a U, pay the developers please!!


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:15 pm said:

    That is an awesome story. Really glad your wife enjoyed the game too!

    Congrats on the Platinum as well. Kind of amazing hearing how many people here on the blogs managed to earn it!


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+ Edzo04ps on January 29th, 2013 at 4:39 pm said:

Aaron I doubt you will be able to answer it as its rather specific but here it goes. The Phantasy Star Online 2 Special Package for vita. If i buy that(japanese copy) and i put the cart in my vita with a north american ps account, will i be able to play the game? i have a japanese vita and account to play on as well but it would be very convenient if it would work that way. I know the vita is region free but since PSO2 will be on japanese psn only i was wondering if the cart version would work. Thanks


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:17 pm said:

    Hm, I think you’re right – this one is a little outside my realm of expertise!

    The guys over on PSO-World might be able to help you out, though: http://www.pso-world.com/

    It’s a longstanding community site that I used to frequent, and they have a pretty dedicated group of fans over there who may be able to answer your question. Good luck!


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+ Alucard-XII on January 29th, 2013 at 5:32 pm said:

Big fan of the Yakuza series, adding my voice in hope for a US release of Yakuza 5 and Yakuza 1&2 HD. I’m still hoping we will see Kenzan gets localized one day too.

I’m currently in my second playthrough in Binary Domain, aiming for the platinum. I just wanted to express my appreciation for Sega. So many under-appreciated releases, especially on this generation.

Definitely going to buy Bayonetta this week. Keep it up guys.

Thanks


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:18 pm said:

    Cheers, Alucard. Really appreciate the supportive comment.

    Good luck with that Binary Domain platinum trophy! :)


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+ Sponge-worthy on January 29th, 2013 at 6:06 pm said:

Charging PS3 owners $19.99 for this game is akin to putting us in the path of a certain bodily function, yet calling it “rain.”

Yes, there was a patch released for Bayonetta. But the primary feature of that patch was allow users to install the retail disc version to the PS3′s HDD, thus alleviating loading times.

But this, now, is the digital version we’re talking about which will necessarily be installed to the HDD anyway. So, the patch to which our friend Aaron refers becomes a 0-sum improvement to any prior Bayonetta experience we might have had.

Make no mistake, purchasers are still in for the same screen tearing, the same neutered fps experience that marred this game’s PS3 presence in the first place. I would say a fair price point for this ostentatious afterthought of a ports merits maybe $9.99 on the PlayStation Store. At least then would-be devs might to eat the tuition for “How NOT to develop for the Playstation 101: Chapter 1, Bayonetta.”


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+ DonRodie on January 29th, 2013 at 6:48 pm said:

I don’t like this game, Try something good, like adding MAG to Playstation plus.


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:22 pm said:

    Be right back, I’m all over this. I’m sneaking over to Sony’s offices as we speak to push the button.


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 8:10 pm said:

    I regret to report that my attempted infiltration of Sony HQ has only resulted in a broken leg, a black eye, and a one-year ban from the premises.

    On the plus side, I did discover that they have a really outgoing German security guard named Fabian.


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+ D-Squad3 on January 29th, 2013 at 7:01 pm said:

Why is this such a big deal? Bayonetta came out a long time ago. The only reason would be that Bayonetta 2 is coming out for the PS3 as well.


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+ TJF588 on January 29th, 2013 at 7:34 pm said:

How has a Ctrl+F for “save” not shown this question yet…

Are save files from the disc version compatible with the digital version?

(Not that I’ll be getting it for some time; got the disc copy from Amazon for ten bucks a year or two or so ago. Still haven’t dropped back into it, though, heh heh…heh… Get it on PS+, though, and I’ll definitely resort to HDD access over Blu-ray+patch.)


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:50 pm said:

    They should be, but good question! I’ll add this to the others I’m confirming with our PD team in the morning.


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    + Aaron Webber on January 30th, 2013 at 7:39 pm said:

    And confirmed – your save data will work from disc over to your digital copy!


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+ TJF588 on January 29th, 2013 at 7:36 pm said:

Oh, and count me in for a digital version of Valkyria Chronicles, a trophy patch for the same, and a digital release of Valkyria Chronicles III.

If we could re-do Bayonetta’s port, that would also be nice, but what of it I did play, it wasn’t so back as to sicken me or anything. I’d have to boot it up again to know my right take on it, though.


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+ TJF588 on January 29th, 2013 at 7:39 pm said:

“Virtua Quest II: HD Super Mega Ultimate Remix Card Battle Edition”

Aaand, I’m done checking previous comments tonight. (My lols would multiply tenfold if you activated this trap card, though!)


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    + Aaron Webber on January 29th, 2013 at 7:51 pm said:

    Haha, I try to keep it entertaining when appropriate. I hope the comments can prove amusing for some of you out there!


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on January 29th, 2013 at 8:10 pm said:

@ Arron

the boycott thing is specifically for games developed by Platinum Games themselves – separate publishers like Sega are fine :) I’m Just saying that for some ppl, Platinum Game’s involvement in any subsequent title is enough reason to disregard that title, just because of the obvious disrespect shown to the PS3 during the development of Bayonetta.

And yes, sometimes you DO have to spite yourself out of a possibly good game if it means demanding RESPECT for your console of choice :) Especially when your console of choice came with a pretty large premium compared to it’s competition :)

But to be honest, in this day & age when there are so many major games coming out, who cares about a poor port of the multiplatform Bayonetta, when you can play the exclusive and superior Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 or the lush Folklore?


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+ saab01 on January 29th, 2013 at 8:23 pm said:

Would of been a great game for plus members.


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+ Noctis_HD on January 29th, 2013 at 9:07 pm said:

So many praises for Valkyria Chronicles in here. Makes it so tempting to get. =O


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    + Aaron Webber on January 30th, 2013 at 7:29 pm said:

    If you enjoy RPG’s or strategy games… don’t pass it up! The original is pretty cheap these days too, and well worth it.


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+ Hooligantuan on January 29th, 2013 at 9:28 pm said:

I still cannot believe this game ever got made.


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+ drGiggless on January 29th, 2013 at 10:09 pm said:

$20 for the worst port to ever release on the PS3? That’s about $19 too high.


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+ Bloodios on January 30th, 2013 at 1:44 am said:

As a fool who wasted $60 and bought this version of the game day one, I have to say that it was an absolute wreck. Disastrous slowdown everywhere, the screen constantly tears like there was no tomorrow, to point where I feel nauseous, and frame rate fluctuates like crazy. By the way, did I mention the horribly downgraded textures? Yes, there was a patch, which I foolishly believed would somehow eliminate all the problems the game has. And what did I find out? The patch only added an option to install a portion of the game into the HDD, speeds up loading times. The screen-tearing issue remains, so does the fluctuation of the frame rate.

Now, after all these years, the game finally arrive on PSN with a price tag of $19.99. I’m sorry, Platinum Games, I know the game you created is great but thank to the other incompetent group’s lazy efforts at porting the game that we got this generation’s worst port ever. Even $9.99 is already asking for too much, this is just a rip-off. Beside, there is no reason to even support the game. Because thank to a certain company, Bayonetta 2 is now being funded by Nintendo and is going to be published by Nintendo. It will be exclusive to Nintendo’s systems for as long as they want!


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+ Bloodios on January 30th, 2013 at 2:09 am said:

@111 MP_is_for_Chumps
Yes, Sega is FINE, because all they did was handling the porting of Bayonetta sloppily, and ended up with a disastrous PS3 version as the final product. By all means, blame Platinum Games for not feeling confident enough with their skills at the time and decided to hand everything over to the experienced (read: incompetent) hands of the Sega team. Let’s also ignore the fact that since Bayonetta, all of Platinum Games’ multiplatform project have all been better on the PS3.

Sometimes people just need to wake up, and open their eyes…


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+ Bloodios on January 30th, 2013 at 2:10 am said:

The idea of putting Valkyria Chronicles on PSN does sound pretty good. After all, that’s the very least you could do, Sega America, since you refused to bring Valkyria Chronicles III over here. By the way, I get that you don’t want to localize the game but not letting anyone else localize it? Really, you must really enjoy vomiting all over the people who look forward to being able to play the game in English. That’s just like you, hateful to the bitter end.

By the way, what’s the plan for Phantasy Star Online 2, is the Vita version going to be localized? Or do you perhaps find idea of gaining profits and being praised by the community distasteful now? Is it perhaps more exciting to bathe in the hate and disgust that the community feels toward you?

Seriously, what reason is there to support Sega when the company considers its fans non-existent? So, many shattered hopes and bitter disappointments… Will you ever again be as likeable as you once was…


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+ Nates4Christ on January 30th, 2013 at 8:42 am said:

YoYo Aaron! How are things going? Ever since our last chat here on the blog on the Sonic All Stars Transformed for Vita post I have been LOVING that game! I can’t wait for your Phantasy Star Online 2 Vita game to come out later this year! And I hear there is a new 3d sonic announcement coming!! I’m already excited for it.

I’ll be looking forward to other sega games in coming. Anyone other games this year that have already been announced?


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    + Aaron Webber on January 30th, 2013 at 7:34 pm said:

    Thanks Nates! Good to hear from you, and glad you’re enjoying Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

    PSO2 has only been announced for PC in the west, but I know there are lots of people out there who are excited for it. Hope to see you online when it launches!

    As to other SEGA games… who knows what the future holds? Stay tuned!


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+ Alos88 on January 30th, 2013 at 11:55 pm said:

Hi, I was just wondering if Sega had ever considered releasing certain titles digital-only, things they weren’t 100% sure of bringing over like the Yakuza HD Collection and Yakuza 5? I’ve heard it has a few benefits.


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+ Alestes on January 31st, 2013 at 2:36 am said:

I would love to see Yakuza 5 and Yakuza HD Collection released in the west, would buy them right away. It’s my favorite PS3 exclusive series, by far.


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+ hendfarid on January 31st, 2013 at 11:46 am said:

A great game… Those who missed out the fluid beautiful action in Bayonetta don’t have a reason to remain in the dark… here is your chance to get the fantastic game.


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+ Kadeemluvmusic on February 2nd, 2013 at 8:19 pm said:

Thanks for the Bayonetta Digital Release, PSN. I was wondering if there are any updates on the PS4 and the future of Bayonetta.


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