Then let’s move on to the opinions of other critics.

First GameSpot, which received a 9/10 prequel. While they agreed with us on the controls, they got a huge amount of praise for the writing and story, especially Ceresa:

“Ceresa is just as charismatic as her older version in this game. Her lines are delivered with sincerity, youthful joy and emotion, and her moral compass and strength make her easy to love.”

Matching GameSpot’s praise is IGN, which also awarded PlatinumGames’ newest title a 9/10. Rosetta loved the charm, look and feel of the entire game:

“From jaw-dropping, fantastical story moments full of childlike charm, to clever platforming puzzles and thrilling battles, this is a great action-adventure where every piece comes together to create an amazing collection of stories.”

Destructoid found the game to be inferior compared to the main series, but still gave Bayonetta Origins 8/10 despite some minor gripes.

“…when I was playing it I was reminded of some 90s classics like The Lost Vikings and whimsy Goblins series This game is very relaxing to play if you’re in love with storybook design that does some of the heavy lifting.”

COG Connected rated the game 72/100, stating that they wish they had loved the game and kind of made it, but it loses its way through repetition and easier challenges:

“Everything is seen through this fairy-tale lens that creates magic and wonder. The writing is whimsical, the artwork is flawless, and the mechanics are insanely clever. But the game loses something in its performance. The repetitive design and easy challenges made me curious, but not compelling.”

finally, VGCUser opinions were a bit more mixed – they gave the game 3/5 stars, saying it was “platinum punch enough”, but they were less sure about double match and exploration:

“…cleaning up character upgrades and hidden gaps feels like an exercise in trying every dead end until you get lucky, rather than an empowered journey across the old earth. It’s a pity, because the world itself is a triumph of artistic design, its dreamy watercolors strikingly clashing with the jagged shards of fairy glass.”

Of course, these are just a few opinions, but overall this definitely seems like a good choice for Bayonetta fans. We’re not quite sure where this series is going, but we’re always excited for new Bayonetta updates — even if we didn’t come away with it as positively as many other releases.

Have you tried the Bayonetta Origins demo? Will you pick up the game on Friday? Let us know.

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Bayonetta Origin: Ceresa and the Lost Demon