In an effort to make Bayonetta the most accessible stylish action game, PlatinumGames added a one button control system called automatic mode. In automatic mode Bayonetta locks on and dishes out damage with a single button. OK, two buttons if you include torture attacks.
Hideki Kamiya, Director, comments, “You can consider Automatic mode to be a helping hand from an incredibly skilled expert in the game. By the way, you can turn Automatic mode on and off anywhere in the game, so you can try a few different play styles I think… If you want to turn it off and get some hands on practice, you can. If you are feeling like, ‘This is impossible!’ Then just turn on Automatic, go back, and try again.”
Players can use automatic mode only if they’re playing the game’s difficulty is set at easy or very easy. Actually, very easy has another bonus — life regeneration that happens in a few moments.
Automatic mode is an innovative way to bridge the gap between core gamers and newcomers, but will this really sell more copies of Bayonetta?