The new Bayonetta prequel makes up for 3’s bad ending

After suffer through me bayonet 3the last actI would write off all of the following bayonet video game and went on to greener character action game pastures. While I still stand by the final statement in my review that I will never play again bayonet 3 Ever Again, the prequel spin-off game by PlatinumGames, Cereza and the lost demon (which was released for Nintendo Switch on March 17th) convinced me to keep my heart and wallet open to the future bayonet games of this quality.

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As much as I wanted to dislike Cereza for the sorry game afterwards bayonet 3I was disarmed by the charming and relaxing art style, dialogues and game mechanics.

Cereza is the cutest chaser PlatinumGames could have given me after the sour shot bayonet 3 left in my mouth.

Nintendo of America / Platinum Games

Cereza and the lost demon follows a young Cereza (Bayonetta’s government name) during her witch training. Unlike her confident adult self, little Cereza is unlucky at best when it comes to magic. After a chance encounter with a mysterious child (who total is not the game’s great evil), Cereza decides to explore a fairy forest for a power-up that will allow her to free her imprisoned mother, Pink.

Although the game is being developed alongside Bayonetta 3, Cereza feels like a PlatinumGames title, Break Glass, only to be back in the fans’ good graces afterward bayonet 3is over. Happily, Cereza manages to surmount this hurdle with his impressive art direction and intriguing puzzles, and whets the appetite for more low-stakes games within the bayonet Universe.

Cereza pays homage Okamibut it’s still unique

A screenshot shows Cereza and Cheshire solving an environmental puzzle together.

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screenshot: Platinum Games / Nintendo

Similar to bayonet 3 felt like the developers flipped the script after playing Devil May Cry 5 Mid-development, Cereza’s opening moments feel like PlatinumGames is copying Capcom’s homework Okami– an action-adventure series from 2006 bayonet have games blatantly referenced in the past.

not how bayo 3‘s cancellation of DMC5‘s main story beats, Cereza‘s use of OkamiThe painterly art style of does not clash with the tone of the game’s story and combat. Similar to Okamis Art direction uses heavy brushstrokes and watercolor demons and allies to emphasize the game’s calligraphic combat. CerezaThe art direction of captures the shine and menace of bayonet‘s universe through the eyes of a young witch.

Rather than the fleshy avant-garde aesthetic of the bayonet The series’ infernal demons, every thorny foe, and massive eerie horror you encounter is oddly pleasing to watch Cereza‘s cute art style. Even the game’s menu screens for potion crafting, demonography, and chapter select feel like flipping through a painterly version of Little Golden Books bayonet.

Nintendo of America / Platinum Games

Cereza is so much the Okami-Fication of bayonet Series aesthetics as kirby-fication of his fight. While none of the puzzles or battle arenas stun me or require an “easy mode is now selectable” difficulty slider, that doesn’t stop there Cereza‘s gameplay from being exciting. In terms of gameplay, L and ZL are your Umbrian witch swiss army knife here. Aside from serving as an environmental interaction button, these buttons also trigger Cereza’s Umbran Dance, which allows her to create platforms, bloom plants, and summon demons.

And only when Cereza feels like it’s boring me with airy gameplay mechanics, the game expands on its combat and exploration with her demonic familiar, Cheshire.

While Cereza occupies the left shoulder buttons, Cheshire occupies the right. In what I can only compare to grabbing your friend’s controller thumbsticks and moving your two characters at the same time, Cereza lets you control both characters as you explore the fairy forest. This is where the game has me sitting in my chair because its gameplay is basically an evil version of It takes two: You control both characters instead of playing cooperatively.

There are some circumstances where Cereza and Cheshire cannot walk the same paths, requiring you to solve environmental puzzles to reunite them. There are two methods of doing this: hug mode and unleash mode. In hug mode, Cereza can use Cheshire’s puppet form to fling himself over platforms and throw him onto higher ledges to traverse different paths. Unleash mode allows Cereza to freeze enemies while hacking and slashing them in his demonic form.

who is Cereza for exactly?

A screenshot shows Cheshire using fire to clear an icy obstacle in Cereza's path.

screenshot: Platinum Games / Nintendo

The glaring question I have in the back of my mind while playing Cereza and the lost demon is: Who exactly is this game for? The last thing a bayonet Fan will – especially one who loves the series’ penchant for bitrate-crushing setpieces, naughty boastful jokes, and hyperactive combat – is a game with simplified platforming, PG dialogue, and “simple” combat.

The closest I can come to justifying it CerezaThe existence of is to provide lore-hungry fans with expanding information bayonet‘s universe. Unlike other games that stuff most of their lore into Codex entries and bevy of mind-numbingly convoluted portrayals of their half-baked villains, Cereza lets you pick up information alongside Cereza and Cheshire. It explains concepts such as the importance of a witch’s hair as a vessel for demons and proves that constantly gaining importance through its many platform and hack-and-slash moments. Seemingly insignificant facts like rosemary, which acts as a demon repellent bayonet Series play a big role in Cereza as environmental obstacles to overcome. But even saga fans like me won’t find much more to munch on in this easier-to-follow entry into the series – because there’s no choice meat on the bones.

From the start, Cereza’s attempt to save her mother is a, um, interesting plot choice because the course of the bayonet Series dictates that her mother will die no matter what universe she is in. This fact that was tiresomely exacerbated bayo 3makes any investment in their daring adventure pointless before it even begins.

To offset the recorded circumstances of the bayonet series history, Cereza attracts players by dropping scenes with Lil Jeanneinformation on how fairies– that have been introduced bayo 3– fits into the pantheon of otherworldly creatures and introduces new characters like Cereza’s mentor and the outcast Umbran witch morgana to feed the fans. While these additions are adorable on their own, none of them feel compelling or special enough to justify releasing a prequel bayonet Game.

But like most bayonet games, CerezaThe story of , which is arguably one of the better ones due to its readability, plays second fiddle to the immersive gameplay loop – which claps.

The bayonet Series still has baggage

Cereza‘s release comes at a awkward moment in the serieswhere fans wonder if they should play Future bayonet games. This was announced by series creator Hideki Kamiya on Twitter last November bayonet 4 was in development and will address the previous game’s controversial ending in an “unexpected” way. in one follow up tweetKamiya compared fans who didn’t like bayo 3 to “crazy toxic radio transmitter[s]’, which should steer clear of future entries in the series.

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But despite the real baggage of the bayonet series” and the book nature of its plot, Cereza and the lost demon is a lot of fun to play. Ultimately, Cereza still can’t shake the feeling that its release reeks of the same kind of “strike while the iron is cold” corporate decisions that made the Marvel Cinematic Universe upon release uninspired Black widow prequel movie after the catastrophic events of Avengers: Endgame. Luckily, unlike the roller coaster superhero movie, Cereza and the lost demon is not creatively bankrupt and serves as a much-needed palette cleaner by bayonet 3‘s wet fart from one end. The new Bayonetta prequel makes up for 3’s bad ending

Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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