The 24 games of Christmas! Day #19: Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

Gather 'round the fire for a classic fairy tale.

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It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down the days to Christmas with our own little “advent calendar” – one new game to play over the holiday season each and every day.

As the year winds down, things get really busy. We’ve got Christmas parties to attend, the end of year rush on work, and all the rest of it. But it’s also a time where we take holidays, find a moment to relax, and enjoy the company of others. This is the best chance to catch up on some key games that you might have missed from the year… or just play that multiplayer game that you’ve been waiting to get a crew together for.

Day 19: Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

Read our review here.

Bayonetta Origins was one of the more surprising games of 2024. Before launch it seemed like a rather simple and simplistic spinoff, proving fans with a bit of background in the cheapest way possible. What the game actually turned out to be was rather delightful, and the perfect spin on the coming-of-age story for one of the greatest female protagonists in gaming history.

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What makes this such an effective Christmas game is the fairy tale quality of it. Christmas is a time for those kinds of stories (well, the brighter ones, at least. Not so much the Grimm Bros. originals). It’s a time for stories about adventuring children, and classic fantasies, of magic and wonder. Bayonetta Origins plays in this space beautifully, making it aesthetically and stylistically a Christmas game, even if there isn’t a Christmas tree in sight.

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Matt S. is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of DDNet. He's been writing about games for over 20 years, including a book, but is perhaps best-known for being the high priest of the Church of Hatsune Miku.

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