Knights Contract: “Bandai’s Bayonetta”


Bandai Namco have announced a new fantasy themed action game for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011, “Knights Contract,” and the title was instantly likened to Bayonetta, both for style of action and the presence of saucy sorceress.

Less flatteringly, the usual contrived macho character design seems to have crept in again.

Whatever the quality of the final game, at this stage it certainly appears to have failed in the originality department – a generic Xbox hulk and a Bayonetta clone combine in a staid dark fantasy setting looking rather similar to a dozen other recent titles.

Bandai has even gone so far as to emulate the awkward Japanese English naming of Demon’s Souls

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The animations are very static and un-fluid in motion. Also, the gameplay looks like it sucks compared to Ninja Gaiden and DMC. Japan is trying too hard for the macho thing too. I myself have nothing wrong with an actual strong looking character, but there's a point where muscle size is beyond reasonable. It's muscle density and mass that matters! The only thing I equally hate though is the bishounen hero who looks pathetically weak enough not to even lift a sword yet swings it like it has no weight. So this is just another bad title bullshitting for stereotypical demographics, japanese, american (which is wrong too in stereotype by the way), or whatever else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget their is a hidden male body image problem in America. Stuff like this just feeds the belief that American males must be muscular or tall in order to be happy. Young male teens in todays world don't understand the difference between being healthy and having tons of muscles.

    Muscles doesn't mean your extra healthy on the inside is what I'm getting at. There are many Healthy skinny guys out there but in America many people stereptype and bully males just for being skinny or short.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    02:12 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey its like FATE/STAY NIGHT but with the opposite gender and classes.

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    Comment by Cowpies
    02:10 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...a generic Xbox hulk and a Bayonetta clone..."
    Really quick, two, maybe two and a half things.
    In dissing the main hero guy for being a "Generic hulk" and calling it "Unflattering", aren't you suggesting that it'd be slightly better if they put in some wimpy looking girly man for the role?
    For the "Bayonetta Clone" bit, Sorceresses were in long before Bayonetta ever came in. And considering that the "Clone" doesn't strip naked to attack and not wearing a skin-tight bodysuit, the only real comparison is possibly the play style and maybe how it zooms in when she does a special move isn't really that big of a deal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone else see the resemblance to Berserk except me? The main character, setting, and monsters all seem to have been taken right out of the anime/manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ummmm Guts from berserk would of been better. He wasn't ugly or stupidly big.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey cable what are you doing in a japanese game?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think all westerners really want is a normal guy like Bash from FFXII. Muscles, height, and big swords don't make a man masculine. All of it is just childish sterotypes from a group of xenophobic greedy Japanese devs.

    Btw Japan devs need to go back to making games with heart and soul the way they want. Ninja Gaiden black was good because Itagaki made it in his vision. Devs need to first care about their games, characters, etc and stop caring about what westerners will think

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    anybody else see that penis above her wrist?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF its really a cock

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    Comment by arie~
    01:02 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No... Sir... No one did...

    I'm sorry to tell you that your addicted to making everything look like a penis...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:57 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atleast she looks better than bayonetta..

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey now, Bayo's design came from the heart. Games turn out good when devs make games based on what they themselves like. Knights Contract like Nier is just Macho Bullcrap just to get sells from westerners or mostly Americans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOTHING like Bayonetta. Nothing. Don't even think about insulting Bayonetta. This game looks undesirable already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bayonetta + Dantes Inferno?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of Haseo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 12/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously... Everyone is bitching about who stereotyped who and what dev's think. i think you all forgot one thing. if they keep making a certain game or character type over and over and over again, its because... IT FUCKING SELLS!!! Oh my god! don't like it, don't buy it! But no, they know the gimmicks, they know what people (mostly male) will but. A lil boob here, some cool guns there, etc. An lets not for get people they make these games for a select group of people (whatever sells in a particular demographic). Just try to think, when was the last time you played a really fun game that didn't rely on some gimmick. Like one special game play feature (bullet time) or sex (bouncing boobs, see-through clothing) or HD Graphics. Sigh... Remember when games were just fun...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 23/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is it just my feeling that the big guy looked like ( not resemble but the nuance, the feel ) beyond the grave and the girl looked like mika asagiri. . . hmmm

    *play gungrave again

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nobody noticed the demons bleed milk?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    not milk, They bleed "Soma"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this article is crap, beefy dude & a sexy girl what a horrible game
    xbox is clearly muy macho compared to ps3, which is a sophisticated machine for intellectuals such as myself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg what a total ripoff of diablo

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did Square Enix hire Rob Liefeld to do their male character designs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's so bad about Macho character's anyways? And besides the look of this game doesn't seem as campy as bayonetta was, dunno if its a good thing or not, but I would hardly compare the two game just on the basis that they have two sexy female characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Macho characters are only cool if they look like Guts from berserk............NOT white hair steroidic retarded looking cave men with slut women.

    Japs need to stop stereotyping the west damnit. shits getting annoying now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its that they're macho that its bad

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    23:28 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "macho" has become the new mass market cop out. Kind of like when fps were coming out every other week.

    Comment by H-Ero
    23:06 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "What's so bad about Macho character's anyways?"

    There's way too many of them.

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    Comment by Canadane
    21:18 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your right! Bayonetta ripped off of Devil May Cry :P
    (I know they were made by the same guy :D)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it's not a rip off idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wish people would stop bitching about 'MACHO MEN AH-GRRRR'. They aren't reaching the point of a disgusting stereotype yet, so it's fine.
    Not to mention - the girly-boy archetype has been so overused, these MAHCHOOOO guys are considered a fucking 'refreshing' change.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 26/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0) both are overused(although the "meat head" archetype has been use little bit after the start of time) if you ask me I'll like to see more offbeat arc's like badass without a gun like rock from black lagoon, or the pyco with the heart of gold like dexder Morgan,eta

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The guy reminded me of Darksiders ._.
    Hard to make original games nowadays.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    20:59 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rip-off is what i'm thinking

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this definitely looks like a bayonetta clone, unless there is a deeper story to it or even less clothing, minus that hulking creature. I'm not gonna be buying this game

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    Comment by Myballz
    04:33 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its more Fable 2 clone then Bayonetta for a game.

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    21:45 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... Darksiders.. anyone?.. anyone?
    Looks more like DS then Bayonetta.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is that a dildo behind her

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the hell its blonde it'll never sell we had too much blonde for a hero/heroine

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:24 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like it. Will probably buy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:28 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Less flatteringly, the usual contrived macho character design seems to have crept in again."

    Yes, because overly effeminate male physical-focused characters aren't contrived at all.

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    Comment by Nin
    21:21 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When a character is truly attractive, it's never contrived. But simply making a character unattractive isn't exactly going the right way if you ask me.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    23:20 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    True enough. One of the joys of both Ninja gaiden, and DMC was being a badass character that doesn't look like a caveman.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    00:59 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha, so true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nier and Dante's Inferno, had a love bastard child! This game is far removed from Bayonetta, in my opinion. It doesn't seem to offer anything new, so I think Ill pass on it.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    11:46 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So Nier is going to bomb in the west?

    I will give Nier a try in the PS3. Sure, he looks like a caveman, but a burly guy trying to do something for his daughter... I dunno. I kinda see it as a novelty in the recent trend of games.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    20:18 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just wondering if this game is gonna be as good as Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, or God of War...

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    Comment by Riiku
    02:27 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For me, the game is awesome if it has epic final boss and epic ending, even if beginning and/or middle are slowpaced and boring. Bayonetta has it (I actually was bored middle-way, but forced myself to finish it. Oh was I impressed!)

    This game doesnt look like it can deliver anything. I'll forget it for now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks more like Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom. Probably most of it will play out like Dynasty Warrior except the giant bosses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I worry mostly because I see a large lack of movement controls. I see combos, combos, combos, combos, and more combos. And all those combos are with both feet glued to the ground. Doesn't even look like there's a dash or dodge move, just a load of button mashing.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    11:45 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would like it to be a good game, even if lacking in originality.

    A good game is always a welcome addition, isn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 22/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like Fable then those other games.

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    Comment by diskonline
    21:46 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think so, unless they raise some fantastic Action game producer.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    23:18 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dunno. But I think game mechanics will make or break this. If it doesn't have something setting itself apart from all the triple A act/adv games that've come out, it's going to die quietly, and out of public view.

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