First things first: this game is TOUGH. Not "I can't beat this level my thumbs are bleeding" tough, but "I may never fully master the insane amount of weapon/challenges/unique combos in the game, but am gonna stay up way past my bedtime trying" tough. It's a true throwback in the sense that Bayonetta will give you your money's worth. That covers several things, but for me it's the sense that even after beating it you'll gladly go back again trying to master the challenging (even frustrating) aspects of the game. The striking thing about this game is how well the combos link together, and how the slo-mo witch time feels perfectly integrated into the gameplay. The various weapons and guns are fun, but dang, that combo system is what nails this game as THE greatest action game made by SEGA. If not mastering the various bosses, achievements, and special items, you could spend all day just watching the cut scenes. Overall, it's been worth every penny I spent on it. All you need to know about Bayonetta is that if you liked 16-bit japanese action games, the kind that required precise timing, pattern memorization, and reflexes, this is up your alley.