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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.

When it comes to comic book games, fan service is essential, Ultimate Alliance 2 takes its plot from Marvel’s Civil War and Secret War storylines (good), but liberties have been taken with the plot that are bound to annoy the hardcore (bad). As with its predecessors, you guide a team of four heroes through labyrinth corridors, defeating waves of enemies. There’s a wealth of characters to pick from a team-mates can be swapped on the fly.

Your Al pals, while competent can make dodgy decisions. Thankfully there’s four player, drop-in, offline and online co-op. The upgrade system has been simplified this time around, resulting either a weaker RPG experience or pure brawler, depending on your viewpoint. Defecting foes now builds up your Fusion bat; when full, hit (L2) and a corresponding button to perform a double team Fusion attack. There’s a huge variety of Fusion to be performed, but these room-clearing moves are too easy to learn.

The camera is still that bit too far away, making it easy to lose focus on who’s who in larger brawls. This highlights the game’s main flaw – there are little tactics required in combat. Blindly mashing (X) or (0) will get you out of any trouble. Overall, it’s fun, if familiar, experience. It’s the ability to swap your team-mates around freely and the diversity of Fusion attacks that carry the most appeal.