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Platinum Dubs Bayonetta's Dreadful PS3 Port a Failure

Posted by Sammy Barker

Never again

Bayonetta is back in the news thanks to the recently announced Wii U exclusive sequel – but for many PlayStation 3 owners the original still harbours unpleasant memories. Those that played the brawler on Sony’s hardware will recall muddy textures and an inconsistent frame-rate, something the platform holder later decided to patch.

The port was not developed in-house by original developer Platinum Games, but was instead passed off to SEGA – a move which still sticks in the craw of director Atsushi Inaba.

“The biggest failure for Platinum so far, the one that really sticks in my mind, is that port,” he explained as part of an EDGE interview. “At the time we didn’t really know how to develop on PS3 all that well, and whether we could have done it is irrelevant: we made the decision that we couldn’t.

“But looking back on the result, and especially what ended up being released to users, I regard that as our biggest failure.”

Inaba added that the backlash proved a hard lesson for the developer: “One thing I will say is that it wasn’t a failure for nothing. We learned that we needed to take responsibility for everything. So on Vanquish we developed both versions in-house.

“We learned, so it wasn’t a pointless failure, but it was a failure nonetheless.”

Did you play Bayonetta on the PlayStation 3? What were your thoughts on the game?


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User Comments (7)



rjejr said:

I played it on the PS3, it was a great game, I liked it even better than the DMC games. Fortunately for me I got it after the patch was released and I never noticed anything wrong with it, not that I can remember anyway. I won't be picking up a WiiU only for Bayoneta 2 but I'm really looking forward to playing it, hopefully sans any issues since it's an exclusive and supposedly Nintendo is helping produce it, whatever that means.



shonenjump86 said:

Never played it on PS3. I have this on 360 and it's one of my favorite games. Bayonetta 2 along with the new Rayman game would be the only reasons I would get a a Wii U. Not getting a Wii U anytime soon though.



Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

That's odd I didn't notice anything like that but then again I bought it a year later after its release date since I bought a PS3 slim from GS through an offer at a lower price. I will be getting Bayonetta 2. As for a Wii U I'll likely get it later on as demand for it wanes and I at least have a chance to find it in a store.



NathanUC said:

It's weird when people consider it such a failure. Sure the Xbox version was a tad smoother and a little brighter... but the PS3 version was by all means excellent. There were no game breaking bugs, no MAJOR issues, and nothing missing from the game. If Bayonetta is a "dreadful failure" I'd hate to see what Skyrim is classified as.

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