Bayonetta 2 may just be my personal game of the year. It’s the queen of action games and a polished gem of kickass that the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has yet to experience. It’s just simply brilliant, from design through to execution. And you can thank Platinum’s lead character designer Mari Shimazaki for the new return of haute couture in Bayonetta 2.
“For my last little update before the game goes on sale, I’d like to talk about some new characters at the center of Bayonetta 2’s story, and some “extras,” Shimazaki said on the Platinum Games website when describing Loki.
In the original Bayonetta, our main character traveled with a little girl named Cereza. This time, it’s a mysterious kid that sports some attitude. Designing him had its twists and turns. First he was actually planned to be a girl, but Kamiya saw that and said “…I did that the first game.” So we changed it to a boy.
As for the Masked Lumen who hounds Bayonetta in the game, his design had more straightforward ideas:
Masked Lumen… another key figure to Bayonetta 2’s story. Just like Loki, I won’t tell you too much about who he is to avoid spoilers, but I’ll at least say the two concepts that I kept in mind while designing him were “straight lines” and “grace.”
Bayonetta 2 is out on the 24th. If you have a Wii U and an itch for action games that recent titles haven’t been scratching, I can’t recommend this sequel enough. In the paraphrased words of Enzo, it’s unbe-f***ing-lievably good.
Last Updated: January 4, 2017