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Bayonetta Origins: Cereza And The Lost Demon - How Long It Takes To Beat

"Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon" has received great reviews ahead of its release for bringing a new gameplay style, tone, and art design to the familiar story of everyone's favorite wisecracking witch. Gamers looking for more of the hardcore action of the main series may be less interested, but "Bayonetta" fans who want to explore the character's background and life before the events of the core titles will definitely want to give it a shot. While it may not pose a big challenge, the story will be worth the trip through the game world.

Of course, fans may be wondering just how long this trip will take. Given that "Bayonetta Origins" won't exactly tax the abilities of veteran gamers, some may want to know if they'll get bored before the credits roll. On the other hand, some may like to know if they'll get their money's worth and if the game will offer a full experience. In either case, it's important to know just how long it will take to beat.

A dozen hours but considerable variance is possible

Based on early reviews, it looks like most players can expect at least 12 hours from the experience with an upward limit of a little over 15. Polygon, in its review, reported the game taking 12 hours. Meanwhile, Wccf tech predicted players will take 12 to 15 hours with a bit more left for completionists and those who want to try another run through the game.

On the other hand, gamers who don't like to stop to smell the roses will likely find the game taking a bit less time. The general consensus among critics has been that the combat isn't particularly difficult, so a speed run through the game will likely be fairly easy and will shave some time off. These estimates certainly fit with past games in the series, which have tended to be in this range. Most recently, "Bayonetta 3" has been found to take 10 to 15 hours to beat with completionist runs extending the time and speed runs coming in a bit faster. 

"Bayonetta Origins" may break with the main series in some significant ways but, in terms of content, it seems to fit right in with what came before. Fans that found past games worth the price of admission will likely get just as much out of this one, assuming they can appreciate the changes to the established formula.