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Review – Bayonetta

Developed by:  Platinum Games
Published by:  Sega (Xbox 360, PS3), Nintendo (Wii U)
Released: 2009 (PS3, Xbox 360),  2014 (Wii U)
Platforms:  PS3, Xbox 36, Wii U (Played)

I recall polarizing opinions about Bayonetta when released originally;  mainly on whether or not the portrayal of the titular character was simply male fan service , or a bold display of authentic sexual expression and individuality.  Having never played a game with such as sexualized female protagonist, I was very uncertain as to what to expect.  On completing the game I can say that – though Bayonetta doesn’t fit exactly in either of the aforementioned categories,  she certainly leans towards the latter.

A game is more than its main character however and the colourful visuals, energetic combat, upbeat music and all round silliness provide the game an all round joyful presence.

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Review – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Developed by:  Platinum Games
Published by:  Konami
Released: 2013 (2014 on PC and Mac OX)
Platforms:  MacOSX, PC/Steam (Played), Xbox 360, Playstation 3

There were aspects of the late 80’s and early 90’s cartoons that annoyed my juvenile 10 year old self.  Why did Wolverine only hack up robots and not the clearly more important  human/mutant leaders?  Why did Batman deliver the Joker to police instead of just snapping his neck and saving Gotham years of trouble?  Why didn’t the Ninja Turtles hack off Shredder’s head and mount it as a warning for the foot clan?

The watershed obviously; kids programs couldn’t very well be displaying violence, otherwise immoral tyrants and dictators would be threatening, as opposed to bumbling idiots they apparently are in real life.

Those that grew up during this era can re-experience the magic of their Saturday morning adventures, but FAR removed from the parent friendly restrictions of day time television.

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