'Splatoon 2' Review - So Close to Multiplayer Perfection

Yolanda Curtis
July 18, 2017

According to Express UK, the gaming giant, Nintendo, already reiterated their support for Nintendo NDS.

The CEO, Hiro Maekawa, revealed that Nintendo would be focusing more on Nintendo Switch. A few little flaws really hold the game back from being an absolute must buy for the Nintendo Switch.

During his interview with Games Industry, Maekawa mentioned that Nintendo has now shifted the energy to Nintendo Switch.

We've not spent long enough with the game pre-release to notice how much this will affect the game's multiplayer, but it's an interesting gameplay element to introduce in this title.


Communication, teamwork and some tactics are crucial to survival, which will definitely be helped by the fact the Nintendo Switch chat app is inbound - at last. Because of it, Nintendo Switch is not only the next big handheld console. Along with - fittingly enough - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, this is one of the best examples of Nintendo's ambition for the console, providing an engaging experience that works well at home, on the move, played solo or with friends.

Though looking very similar to Splatoon, Splatoon 2 is a near ideal relative to what Nintendo is trying to achieve visually. Because of it, it is no surprise that Nintendo will put a lot of its resources in developing new game titles.

Nintendo Switch owners will get a warning message for rage quitting in Splatoon 2. At first Splatoon 2 might look like a small graphical upgrade over the original, but comparing the two side-by-side reveals a wealth of refinements and upgrades.

Splatoon 2 is something of a conundrum.


Hopefully this will change when the game launches in full, but it's a frustration that was definitely prevalent with the original game, and isn't a good sign for Splatoon 2. These additions may feel quite light but adding an additional competitive mode as well as a cooperative mode expands Splatoon's game mode coverage to include pretty much anything anyone could ask for. There are four available maps or areas: The Inkblot Art Academy, the Starfish Mainstage, the Humpback Pump Track and the Moray Towers. I also took issue with the fact that most stages only allowed me to use a single type of weapon on my first playthrough.

Weapon combinations included the Tentatek Splattershot, Splat Bomb and Inkjet; the Splat Roller, Curling Bomb and Splashdown; the Splat Charger, Splat Bomb and Sting Ray, plus the Splat Dualies, Burst Bomb and Tenta Missiles.

In those modes, proper e-sports-style teamwork is required, and in Splatoon 2, unlike its predecessor, you can jump into co-operative play from the start, albeit only in local multiplayer. All of these characters are named for what they wear. And while Splatoon 2 is the ideal shooter for folks typically intimidated by the genre, it also packs plenty of competitive depth and ranked battle modes for those looking to get serious. For everyone else, Splatoon 2 is a fast-paced third person shooter in which you take control of an Inkling, a kid that can transform into a squid and back, utilizing ink to complete objectives.

Splatoon 2 is just mere days away at this point, but fans are going to get an extra treat next month when the series gets its very own anime adaption.


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