For some strange reason, the release of Darksiders and Bayonetta has created a whole East Coast vs. West Coast rap type war that's been going on in a variety of sites and forums. I mean it's not like Sega is saying that Darksiders sucks in comparison to Bayonetta and vice versa. Instead, just some hate from the gamers on the internet that are always looking to start a fight for no apparent reason. With that, I look at the two games and see who comes out on top. Yes, it is adding gasoline to the fire, so let the battle begin.
War in Darksiders is a definite badass yet it's an overused type of badass that has been done thousands of times in gaming. The idea of playing as one of the Four Horseman is an amazing concept, it's just a shame that it didn't work out that well. On the contary, Bayonetta is part of the new female that combines slutty attitude with all out ass kicking. She breakdances, shoots bullets from her boots, and does a pole dance of death. You don't see Lara Croft do anything fun like that.
Both games feature a Heaven vs. Hell type storyline with Darksiders taking characters ripped from the Book of Revelation itself. As for Bayonetta, the story starts strong but then it's like the developers forget to add to the storyline in the 8-10 hours in the middle then jam it all in the last 2 hours of the game. Darksiders' storyline shows that once again the Bible is a great source for video game storylines with all the war, death, blood, and love. Unlike Bayonetta, you want to figure out what happened to War, and who's behind it all.
Although Bayonetta shows off some digital TnA, it doesn’t have that an art style that really strikes you. Some of the bosses really look epic, however, there's simply not enough to really impress you.With Darksiders, there's a definite style to the game that's great to look at but will remind you of World of Warcraft. Still, as much as I like looking at Bayonetta breakdancing (see video below), I prefer checking out the world of Darksiders.
Mark Hamil. Done.
For me it comes down to this. Darksiders has a score that fits its post-apocalypse biblical setting. Yet once again, it's typical and done many times before. Bayonetta has a J-pop version of "Fly Me to the Moon" that is the same as the end theme of Neon Genesis Evangelion anime. Being a fan of the anime, you can tell who won this fight.
Kind of a tough choice here. Bayonetta is a shorter game with a lot more fast paced action. I'm reminded of how crazy Devil May Cry was when I first played it. Darksiders, although the combat plays about the same, has more exploration and backtracking making for a much longer game although a slower paced game. For this, it's a push.
Darksiders' fun comes from the gruesome deaths you lay upon your enemies. Yeah that's fun but Bayonetta has that and a lot more. The torture attacks and climax attacks are both fun to do and watch. Then you have all the funny moments in the game being that it obviously doesn't take itself seriously. Time and time again, I found myself having a big smile on myself and it's not just because of Bayonetta's boobs.
And the winner is…
Why Bayonetta? Cause, goddamn it, the game is a lot of fun. Darksiders takes stuff in other games and simply brings them together. Bayonetta takes what has been done before and simply makes it better. What else can be said but START BEING GAMERS AND TRY OUT BOTH GAMES INSTEAD OF HATING ON THEM!