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Those of you trying to keep up with new developments in the Bayonetta camp are likely to be in the same position we are namely: we have no idea what’s going on with the Devil May Cry-ish actioner. Not because we aren’t being told how it’s shaping up, not because the question of who is developing the game is up in the air, but because we’re watching the trailers when they’re released. And they’re confusing.

Nevertheless, a few details have sprung up in recent months; the game features Bayonetta’s father as a probable antagonist, the game isn’t being developed by Platinum for PS3 – it’s been framed out to Sega – and reports the game wasn’t running too well on Sony’s console, when compared to the 360, were pretty much rubbished at the Tokyo Game Show. We’ve also seen more gameplay elements, with a motorbike section and a battle op top of moving vehicles standing out the most.

While the Japanese will be able to enjoy Bayonetta and her lovely hair by the time you’re reading this. We don’t know if there will be any region specific extras thrown in, but there’s always a chance. For now, though, we are very hopeful Baynoetta will end up being a mental masterpiece.

Condemned: Criminal Origins was a curiously unique piece of work. Simultaneously commercial and entirely niche, it blended abject horror, gritty combat and oppressive atmosphere with forensic science, Greg Grunberg and an unnecessary leap into the supernatural. At its peak, Criminal Origins felt like an interactive Se7en, following the journey of a fragile cop into the twisted mind and sickening accomplishments of a serial killer. However, the studio’s confidence in this excellent premise faded, leaving the draft plunge into surrealism at the game’s climax spoiling an otherwise impressively cogent adventure.

With Bloodshot, it appears Monolith may have abandoned the maturity of the original. Protagonist Ethan Thomas, once styled on portly Heroes Star Gurnberg, has now been remodeled as what can only be described as ‘emo vagrant’, mixing a trendy haircut with blood –eyes and tattered clothes. He’s lost a few pounds too. Thankfully, Thomas pugnacious attitude hasn’t deserted him, ad you’ll be happily clouting destitute weridos with all manner of leap pipes, axes and misshapen pieces of firewood. But where Criminal Origins used its combat as a means of telling its story, Bloodshot is pushing it to the fore. The intense atmosphere will remain and the aggressive and cruelty of the experience will be ever present. Whereas Criminal Origins simply presented its violence, Bloodshot revels in it.

Keen not to lose all senses of purpose, Monolith has completely revamped the forensic investigation. In Criminal Origins, it acted as little more than a semi-scripted segue between all the brutality, but Bloodshot has made everything that more organic. You’ll have to use the correct tools, locate suitable evidence and examine every minute detail in order to solve the crime scene’s morbid mystery. Let’s hope that Monolith finds a suitable balance between combat, horror and investigation so that Condemned 2: Bloodshot can truly progress from its predecessor.