Monday, September 15, 2008

How to Get Excited About a Game You Haven't Seen

I can tell you there's at least one game I'm excited about that I've barely seen. That game is Hideki Kamiya's Bayonetta. For those of you who may be bad with names, Kamiya is the mind behind such fantastic action games as Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe.

Bayonetta is a witch with guns on her feet, possibly because he hands are already full. (Of guns.)  She's not limited to those guns (named Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme individually, and Scarborough Fair collectively) however. Aside from her guns and her standard sword, Bayonetta can also pick up some pretty crazy weapons dropped by her defeated foes, such as a bazooka tuba. (I'm not making this up. I'm not that creative.) Adding to the weirness is the fact that Bayonetta wears hair. See her clothes in the image to the right? They're made of hair. The hair is kind of the source of her magic. Using it she can cast spells and summon things, such as giant dragons or stiletto heels from the sky, that are also made of hair.

The premise of the game isn't entirely clear at this point, but one thing that's known for sure is that Bayonetta is a witch battling angels. With guns on her feet. Another interesting fact about the setting is that at least some of the game will take place in populated areas, but the general population won't be able to see Bayonetta or the angels. They will, however, be able to see the damage done by their battles. Also, people who have been lucky enough to see the game in motion mention a battle that takes place on the face of a giant clock (as in, from a clocktower) that's plummeting from the sky, so expect lots of intersting settings.

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot to say about Bayonetta that doesn't come from word of mouth. There hasn't been so much as a screenshot released for the game. The only trailer is this teaser that was released back in May. That's not really a whole lot to go on. In fact, you may ask why I'm so excited for this game. The answer is simple: It's being made by Platinum Games, formerly Clover Studio. The studio who bestowed such treasures as Viewtiful Joe, God Hand, and Okami upon the world last generation. Unfortunately, Mankind has indicated that it may not be worthy of such things, since none of those games sold nearly as well as they deserved. Now we get a second chance to prove that we, as gamers, don't just want to play it safe with endless sequels and rehashes, and that we're genuinely interested in playing something fresh and new and, above all, fun. 

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