Bayonetta 2 is an action game developed by Platinum Games and published by Nintendo for the Wii U, with Sega, the franchise owners, serving as advisor. It is the sequel to the 2010 game, Bayonetta, and is being directed by Yusuke Hashimoto and produced by Atsushi Inaba, under supervision by series creator Hideki Kamiya. It was announced on September 13, 2012, and will be exclusive to the Wii U. Check out the game's first teaser. At E3 2014's Nintendo Direct, it was announced that the release would also come bundled with an updated version of the original Bayonetta.
Loki is a playable character for one verse in Chapter III. You also get to play as Loptr as he tumbles into Gomorrah's mouth during the final boss fight.
In Tag Climax, you can play as Jeanne or Rodin as well as Bayonetta. Rosa and Balder are playable as well.
Animorphism: In addition to Bayonetta's usual animal forms, Loki has the ability to turn into a flying squirrel. This proves convenient for Bayonetta to carry him around in Victoria's Secret Compartment.
Anticlimax Boss:invoked The final phase of the fight against Loptr is a complete pushover, but it's justified in-story because Loki had just removed Loptr's ability to use the Eyes of the World. Prior to this, the boss is outright Nintendo Hard.
Arc Words: One from the first game is brought up here, but with a much more poignant meaning to it. "My dear, sweet child. I am always, watching over you".
Badass Family: This game reveals that Rosa and Balder are just as capable as their daughter of kicking ass.
Badass in Distress: Jeanne will be taken captive right at the beginning of the game, and Bayonetta will have to go to Inferno to rescue her.
Bittersweet Ending: Loptr is stopped and the world is saved, but to keep him from escaping, Balder had to trap his soul within himself, which led to him becoming the evil man who would wipe out the Umbra Witches and nearly destroy the universe.
Bonus Boss: The platinum ticket returns in the game, and with it, Father Rodin.
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Loptr is defeated but Balder has to trap his soul inside him to keep him from escaping. He helped stopped one monster, only to go on to become one himself.
Bullet Time: Witch Time returns from the first game. The Lumen Sages also have their own variant called Light Speed which works the opposite Witch Time, instead causing the sage to speed up extremely fast.
Chainsaw Good: One of Bayonetta's new weapons is Salamandra, a set of chainsaws that can be used to shred through enemies or to skate around like with Odette in the first game.
The Final Boss shares many similarities with the Balder boss battle in the first. No Sell summons, Kill Sat lasers and rethrow and many of its moves are only cosmetically different. The ending shows there is good reason for this.
Just like the first game, Bayonetta 2 opens with Bayonetta fighting angels mid-fall while a narrator provides exposition on the series' mythology, though in this case Luka is the narrator.
Both games also have major plot twists involving younger versions of one of the main characters.
Some of Bayonetta's costumes from the first game return in Bayonetta 2, including her original look. In fact, simply getting the costume representing her original look unlocks some throwback weapons: Scarborough Fair and Shuraba, which work as they did in the original, down to using the same animations. The Link costume's exclusive Master Sword weapon also works like Shuraba, and Rosa's moveset is identical to Scarborough Fair's when equipped to both hands and feet.
Most of the techniques from the first game are back as well.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: Bayonetta's new Torture Attacks, one of which includes Bayonetta spanking an angel into a guillotine chamber, as well as making an angel run a treadmill with thresher at the back.
Daddy's Girl: Bayonetta develops a bit of respect for Balder over the events of the game- the look she gives him when it becomes apparent that they'll be fighting in tandem is really something.
Darker and Edgier: Demons are not necessarily on the side of Bayonetta this time around, on account of a shift in the Balance Of Good And Evil after the events of the prior game. The game starts with one of the heroines Not Quite Dead, the need for an Orphean Rescue as a result, and culminates in a trip to Hell itself. That's not even bringing into account the story of the Masked Lumen, a younger Balder, whose tale is much sadder than any in the previous game. Altogether, the plot is more horrific, serious, and at times depressing than the last game, even though it does have rays of hope shining through.
Deadpan Snarker: Loki and Bayonetta, alongside some of Jeanne's dialogue. See some dialogue from Loki here:
''Whatever your friend did to get on the other side of thesenote The Gates to Inferno, let's just say she's not having a good day.
Double Entendre: In a rare (well, rare for this game anyway) non-sexual example, Bayonetta's default long taunt line is "If you want to learn how to talk to a lady, ask your mum." It doubles as a reference to how Bayonetta learned everything she knew from her "Mummy" (aka Bayonetta from the first game's original timeline), as well as an Ascended Meme reference to Hideki Kamiya's infamous Catch Phrase on his English Twitter account ("go ask Your Mom").
Dragged Off to Hell: Same deal as the first game, except Jeanne is taken hostage this way, forcing Bayonetta to mount a rescue attempt.
Enemy Mine: Villainous example! In the Jetfighter Assault level angels and demons are trying to stop you from getting to Fimbleventr.
Escort Mission: Some chapters task you with protecting Loki. On the one hand, he's far more capable than Cereza in the first game, as he can actually dodge and defend himself. On the other hand, he doesn't have Regenerating Health like Cereza did.
Evil Counterpart: Bayonetta seems to have one in this game; a masked Lumen Sage who can fight her on equal footing and summon angels, just as she can demons. He even has his own Beast Within transformations, like a wolf. Just like in the first game, he's not what he appears to be. The sage, truly a young Balder, is the most benevolent Lumen Sage seen in the series thus far.
The Evils of Free Will: Played with. It's explained in the opening that The Overseer gave the Eyes of the World to humanity, giving them free will. The Big Bad uses the evil intent that comes with it to grow in power and manipulate the events so he can get the Eyes back and become Aesir again, but later calls free will a joke and an illusion.
Fail O Sucky Name: invoked In-universe, this seems to be most people's reactions to hearing Bayonetta's real name, Cereza. Oddly, this seems to be one of the only personal insults that doesn't press Bayonetta's Berserk Button.
Forgettable Character: Luka again pops in out of nowhere to swipe something (in this case, Loki) that a major boss needs, surprising Bayonetta as much as the boss.
Bayonetta: I guess not even a god can see him coming.
Greying Morality: Turns out Balder wasn't always a bad guy (and didn't really have a choice in becoming evil either).
Groin Attack: Jeanne nearly drives the front wheel of her motorcycle right into Enzo's groin in an early cutscene.
Growing Wings: While she's already able to grow wings temporarily for her Double Jump, now Bayonetta can create a pair of feathered wings from her weave for sustained flight in a fight against Gomorrah. She has several more fights of this type during the game.
Hell: Bayonetta's goal for most of he game is to reach it. Predictably, it turns out to be a very nasty place.
High-Altitude Battle: At the beginning, Bayonetta fights against hordes of angels, all the while riding on the top of a fighter jet.
Important Haircut: Subverted Trope. Bayonetta and Jeanne both sport new hairdos, but it's not important to the plot at all. According to Word of God, they just felt like having new hairstyles at the timebthe plot happens, like anybody else.
Industrialized Evil: Most of the demons appear at least partially robotic, and unlike angels, it's more than skin deep (and what is revealed at times is more Magma Monster than fleshy).
Late-Arrival Spoiler: Make sure you play the first game all the way through, because the first ten minutes of this game spoils the big reveal of the first.
Ma'am Shock: Bayo is visibly annoyed when Loki calls her "ma'am".
Mini-Mecha: In one of the later stages, Bayonetta and Rosa pilot what seem to be Umbran mecha. One of the equippable items lets you summon it during Umbran Climax while Rosa does this by default as a playable character.
Mirror Boss: Pinch hitting for Jeanne is the new Lumen Sage. Can do anything Bayo can do up to and including summoning giants to fight on his behalf.
Nice Hat: Luka now wears a very sexy and stylish Mexican cowboy hat.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Turns out while Bayonetta prevented the apocalypse in the original game, her actions erased the power of The Right Eye upset the Balance Between Good and Evil and leads to natural disasters across the world, though this doesn't get dived into much since she's focused on rescuing Jeanne for most of the game.
Noodle Incident: What did Madama Butterfly do that pissed off Alraune so much?
Bayonetta: "I don't know what you did to piss her off, but whatever it was... Nice."
Orphean Rescue: The crux of Bayonetta's decision to go to Fimbulventr.
Plot-Triggering Soul Steal: The game's plot kicks off when Jeanne sacrifices her soul for Bayonetta, causing her to travel to Inferno to rescue her.
Poisoned Weapons: One of Bayonetta's new weapons is Kafka, a bow that shoots poisonous arrows.
Press X to Not Die: Averted, unlike the first Bayonetta. There are no cutscene QT Es that will result in instant death if you fail them.
Qipao: One of the alternate costumes for Bayonetta.
Revision: Balder wasn't the monster he appeared to be in the original game; he was originally a good man who became evil after he contained Loptr's soul to keep him from escaping, which led to him being corrupted by Loptr's evil.
Say My Name: The Nintendo Direct shows a scene where Jeanne yells out "CEREZA!" when Taking the Bullet for Bayonetta, sacrificing her own soul instead.
Sequel Hook: Inverted. In a bizarre twist, Balder is seen in the Sunrise and Crescent Valleys donning the mask that we see him wearing in the first game. At which point the logo for Bayonetta 1 appears. More of a Prequel Hook, in this case.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Luka has less screen time in this game than the last one, and while Loki also provides a comic relief role, he gradually phases out of it.
Bayonetta's eye ignites into a blue flame at one point.
Loki has a necklace that looks very similar to the Millennium Puzzle, not to mention his fighting style has him using cards to attack enemies.
Nintendo-themed costumes are included in this game and the bundled version of the original game as unlockables, allowing Bayonetta to dress as various Nintendo characters. In addition, wearing these costumes will also alter certain visual and sound effects to reference those respective franchises:
Dressed as Link, she collects Rupees instead of halos, she gains the ability to parry without the Moon of Mahaa-Kahlaa, Shuraba will be replaced with the Master Sword and certain sound effects are replaced by ones from A Link to the Past.
Dressed as Fox McCloud, Bayonetta's trademark lips lock-on icon gets replaced by the Arwing's square lock-on and her guns are replaced with Arwings. The shoot-em-up segment in the last chapter also becomes a giant Star Fox reference, complete with the jet becoming an Arwing, bombs becoming smart bombs from Star Fox 64, a different lock-on indicator, and 3 additional Arwings appearing at the end of the segment to represent the rest of Star Fox.
Dressed as Samus Aran, the gun used when shooting normally is replaced with Samus's Arm Cannon, her double jump and glide are replaced by the Screw Attack, and her Panther Within is replaced with the Morph Ball (which drops bombs when jumping).
In addition to the Nintendo costumes, one of Bayonetta's weapons is a Chain Chomp. Its Umbran Elegance even gives Bayonetta Mario's iconic hat and a false mustache in his likeness.
Luka and Rodin end up in a car that looks similar to one from Crazy Taxi
In the prologue, a news report ends on a musical jingle from the Wonderful Mart.
At one point Bayonetta tells the Masked Lumen "So, you're saying diplomacy has failed, then?"
Rodin also has a chance of saying "Diplomacy has failed." when entering the Gates of Hell.
One of the attacks that Loptr-Aesir uses is summoning up a giant satellite that looks just like the Shirogane Comet (itself a reference to the space colony Providence from Vanquish). Thankfully he just opts to Throw it at you instead of shoot it.
The Jet Fighters in the World of Chaos stage may be a slight nod to Afterburner.
The Lumen Sage can transform into an animal to move faster just like Bayonetta's panther form, this form is a White Wolf that leaves flowers in its steps, making it oddly recursive since Bayonetta's Panther within was a shout out in the first place.
Balder: Humans need not be told what their will shall be! We can create our world with our own eyes! [...] We may not see our next step. We may stumble, we may fall off the path. But we always move forward. That is the power of man!
Sinister Scythe: One of the new weapons is Chernobog, a scythe with several living blades that can be launched at foes.
Stable Time Loop: Forms one with the original. Balder is pulled from the past by Lotpr, and by the end of the game, traps Loptr's soul inside him to stop him, leading him to become the evil man he was in the original game, whose actions led to Bayonetta getting to where she was at the start of this game.
The Stinger: Balder takes on the mask he wore in the original game, showing that the evil in Loptr's soul turned him into the monster he was in that game.
Summon Bigger Fish: Just like in the first game, Bayonetta is fond of summoning a demon bigger than the angel/enemy she wants to take down. At the beginning of the game, however, the one she summons, Gomorrah, unfortunately breaks from her control and becomes the next boss fight. This, as well as her going to Inferno to save Jeanne, implies that the demons she summoned in the first game will serve as boss fights.
Summon Magic: Bayonetta's new Umbran Climax ability allows her to temporarily summon demons to end combos with massive final attacks.
Time-Shifted Voice Actor: A few interesting and spoilery examples. Mark Daugherty voices both Loptr (and, by proxy, Loki) in his young boy form, while adult Loptr is voiced by TJ Ramini. Conversely, Crispin Freeman voices the Lumen Sage, a younger version of Father Balder (who was voiced by Grant Albrecht).
They Killed Kenny Again: Just like in the first game, Gomorrah gets his ass handed to him severely, but shows up later looking none the worse for wear.
Traintop Battle: Bayonetta fights a boss on top of a fast moving train in the prologue.
Unexplained Recovery: Gomorrah. His jaw snapped, his neck broken, it seemed it was all over for him after the last fight with Balder. Now, though? Hell, he looks better than ever! Which is unfortunate, seeing how he tries to eat Bayonetta and ends up killing Jeanne.
Fortitudo also seems to have been revived, despite Bayonetta handing his ass to him severely.
As had Temperantia in the February 2014 trailer, shown fighting the full size version of Madama Butterfly.
Welcome to Hell: Loki says this word-for-word to Bayonetta upon arriving in Inferno. Also a literal example, since Inferno is Hell.
Whip It Good: It seems Bayonetta will be able to do this. What, you say she already had a whip in the first game? Well this time, she has a whip attached for both feet.
Yin-Yang Bomb: Bayonetta and Balder summon a fusion of Queen Sheba and Jubileus to deliver a massive dropkick to the final boss. It's reffered to in the Infernal Compendium as Omne, and is strangely enough an completely different being from the two of them.
You Can See Me?: Loki says this to Bayonetta. She explains that it's because they're both in Purgatorio, the dimension where the angels reside (and where those inside are invisible to those outside, and vice versa). The boy doesn't seem to understand, as he is completely ignorant to the mechanics of... most things, really, being an Amnesiac Hero.
Luka managed to get some glasses that allow him to see purgatory by giving Rodin authentic sake in the midst of a Japanophile stint, much to Bayonetta's surprise.