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Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th anniversary: the new Xbox One and PS4 ports tested

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the initial release of Platinum Games’ brilliant Bayonetta and Vanquish, Sega recently released brand new ports of these key titles for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Developed by Armature and seemingly based on the existing PC ports, we now have the best possible console versions of these titles – but there remains the lingering sense that the conversion work itself is somewhat unambitious.

Priced at either £19.99/$24.99 per game or bundled together for £34.99/$39.99, the good news is that you’re getting a pretty good deal here – and we’d definitely recommending picking up the bundle. These titles represent Platinum at the zenith of their powers during the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 era and it’s only a shame that similar conversions of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance aren’t available too.

Starting with Bayonetta, Platinum’s brilliant action game plays out beautifully on all systems. Back in the day, users had the choice between an excellent Xbox 360 version (marred only by intrusive screen-tearing) and the frankly abject PlayStation 3 interpretation, produced by a third party for publisher Sega. In a sense then, the new PS4 port is redemption: the game plays out locked at 60 frames per second at a native 1080p resolution.

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