"Bayonetta 2 justifies the existence of my Wii U (sorry, Mario Kart 8—you’re fine, but I’m just not in love with you). I plan to sink several more happy hours into its infinitely replayable chapters. It’s rare that a game actually offers me a compelling story, a nuanced heroine, jokes that are funny and never cringe-worthy, plus combat mechanics that I can sink hours into perfecting again and again. Bayonetta 2 has caused me to fall back in love with videogames—or maybe just with Bayonetta herself? Not that I ever really stopped loving any of that, but it’s always nice to remember what a great game looks and feels like. This is it."