There an impossible number of ways to describe a game like Bayonetta 2. Sexy, confident, and especially brutal, Platinum Games’ darling action heroine carries herself with the elegance of a dancer and fights like a character possessed, only she’s the one exorcising demons here. Bayonetta is a mess of contradictions, a femme fatale unabashedly nonchalant, with her game of equal measure. Bayonetta 2 embodies the same cruelty and kindness, blowing a kiss before firing a hail of bullets as if teasing its players to keep up. Beneath the theatrics, Bayonetta 2 is no less a game of its predecessor’s high merit; rather, it’s the visual and interactive masterpiece its rivals aspire to be.