You may have written off Platinum Games’ hack-n-slash action title Bayonetta as nothing more than a not-so-subtle rehash (rehash-n-slash?) of Devil May Cry, and based on everything I’ve heard and seen of the game, this assessment doesn’t seem entirely unfounded. However, if Famitsu is to be trusted, this isn’t just any old game here. In fact, it’s a perfect game, and has become the first game to be released on the Xbox 360 to receive a 40/40 from the famed gaming publication, Kotaku reports.
Bayonetta becomes just the 12th game ever to receive a perfect score (meaning that it’s the 12th greatest game of all time?), and interestingly enough, it’s also the third “perfect” game released just this year -- Dragon Quest IX and Monster Hunter Tri being the other two. Similarly, the previous three games to make the list were all released in 2008 -- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and 28: Fusasareta Shibuya d.
This whole “Famitsu perfect score” discussion came up a few months back, and one of the conclusions drawn was that Japan’s gaming industry was facing hard times, and in an effort to boost people’s interesting in buying more games, gaming publications, most notably Famitsu, were inflating their scores to push gamers to buy more than just one or two games a year, since now there would be more “higher rated” games on the market. It’s still not entirely clear what’s going on over at Famitsu, but things should get mighty interesting as more Bayonetta reviews start rolling in.
What’s your take on Famitsu’s perfect score list? Is the publication throwing around perfect scores too easily these days?