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Bayonetta 1 and 2 Review (Nintendo Switch)

Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Thanks to Nintendo, today I have an awesome opportunity to share with you guys both Bayonetta 1 and 2 for the Switch! How exciting is this!? 

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Now if you’ve never played any of the Bayonetta games before. Boy are you in for a treat. These games are action-packed from start to finish…I’m not even joking from the second you launch the games you’ll see what I am talking about. One of the best things about the Switch version of the games is that if you’re trying to decide between getting Bayonetta 1 or Bayonetta 2, both games come together for $60 so effectively you’re getting Bayonetta 1 for $10 since 2 is $50 or each for $30 - no matter how you look at it, it’s a solid deal. Especially when you consider you’re basically getting double the Bayonetta sassiness - can’t go wrong with that!

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If you’re only are going to only play one of the two though, hands down Bayonetta 2 is a much better experience of the two. The first does have it’s tech issues with camera movement and stuff like that but with the second all of those issues have been ironed out. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, the gameplay is much smoother and it also has a much easier learning curve. I’m not taking anything away from the first, I’m just stating the obvious that the second is easily better then the first so we’ll talk about that one for a bit.

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So obviously in these games you take control of the main character, Bayonetta, who is a strong and empowered shape shifting witch. In the cut scenes she is hella sassy and on the battlefield she is a force to be reckoned with. If you’ve ever played Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden games, the combat style in both Bayonetta games are very similar. The battles are fast and furious with combos flying everywhere and added mechanics like Witch Time and Torture Attacks make for some really intense and fluid action. The combat system is truly amazing.

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However, the action doesn’t just stop at the battles. It very translates over to the moments in between when you’re adventuring through the story mode. It’s not uncommon to have a city start crumbling leading up to a battle or a gigantic wave form to try to sweep you away. To speed things up and avoid these obstacles quickest, you can also transform into a panther to get around faster…Black Panther anyone? There’s no denying the fact that Bayonetta is a weird series full of ridiculous creatures and moments that will surely make you go what the f****. 

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One second you’re fighting half man, half horse Accolades, the next the mighty Gomorrah, the next the gigantic Glamor. The battles are not easy either. I can confidently say that I died a few times at the ends of the Gomorrah and Glamor the first time I faced them. There is never a dull moment in this game because once you think you’ve just got done with a battle, another one is only a few steps away. 

That's what I love the most about Bayonetta games. They are literally cinematic masterpieces that feel like playable movies. They are more than just games, they are experiences.

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Overall, if you’ve ever played the original Bayonetta’s obviously, you’re going to love them here on the Switch. In fact, these games feel right at home on the Switch. Having the ability to play anytime, anywhere is really great and whether you play handheld or docked…the games simply look stunning. If you’ve never played any of the previous Bayonetta games, the Switch versions are the perfect place to start. I may even go as far to say that these are must-have titles for the Switch.

Bayonetta 1 and 2 for Nintendo Switch: 9.5 out of 10

Thank you, Nintendo for making this all possible and introducing me to these incredible games! 

 

Nintendo Switch Hands On Preview Event

We are only a little over two weeks into the new year and 2017 shows no signs of slowing down!  Hot off of the heels of an incredible trip to Las Vegas for CES, Nintendo has invited me to get a glimpse of their latest console the Switch! Being a huge Nintendo fan, this was such an honor. The company is known to always try new things to push forward so new Nintendo consoles always exciting.

During my time at the event, I had the unique opportunity to go hands on with some of the most anticipated titles including Sonic Mania, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Surprisingly, during gameplay the Switch felt extremely solid and very well built despite it's thin and light profile. The new Joy Con controllers were very comfortable to use. If you are looking to see the Nintendo Switch in action...look no further then videos on my channel! I did my absolute best to capture anything and everything that I could. Enjoy photos and videos from the event right here in this post! 

 

Until next time, 

Ray 

@raystrazdas

PAX East 2016 Recap | An EPIC Boston Adventure!

This past weekend, we took a trip up to Boston to cover the largest video game convention on the east coast - PAX East!  When opportunity strikes you take it and what an AWESOME experience it was.  From new games to new friends, PAX was everything I expected it to be and more...including the endless hours of walking everyday!

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PAX East Walking Record

But what I love most about conventions like PAX is that they bring people together through a similar interest. I love playing video games and so do millions of other people.  Conventions like this are a great way to connect with others.  So without wasting time, here is my experience at the latest gaming con!  Enjoy a collection of photos and video from PAX East 2016.