Unless you're a Sega fan who has been sitting in a locked room with your fingers in your ears yelling "La-La-La-La!"(something many of us considered doing when it was announced that the Dreamcast was being discontinued) you'll know that Bayonetta releases today in the US and this Friday in Europe.
Developed by Platinum Games and directed by Hideki Kamiya (of Devil May Cry fame), Bayonetta may seem like a third party game with Sega merely acting as publisher. But after thirty minutes of playing the game, one will notice a slew of Sega references. The name "Eggman" comes up and Bayonetta collects halos which look very similar to a certain Hedgehog's source of energy. Sega music also plays a major part of the game. Borrowing from Sega's rich collection of classic arcade tunes, Platinum has created some seriously sexy remixes from Fantasy Zone, Space Harrier, After Burner, Hang-On and OutRun. To accompany these remixes are impressive 3D levels inspired by these classics.
Pretty sweet, eh? You can also check out the level that goes with it here. Who says the classics are dead? Originally composed by Sega's Hiroshi Kawaguchi, tunes like Splash Wave and the theme from Space Harrier are given new life in the world of Bayonetta. It's AM2 fan service to the extreme!
The Space Harrier segment is just as wild as the Hang-On segment. Just before the gameplay kicks off, Bayonetta tells us to:
Oh, we're ready! Help Sega out and buy Bayonetta today.