Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Despite being able to buy a Switch console earlier, I waited for the Splatoon 2 bundle before making the dive into Nintendo’s latest console. Having already played the game at the MCM Comic Con event in London earlier this year, I knew this was a must-have game for the Switch. Now that I have had chance to play the full experience I can honestly say that impulsive, first reaction has not been proved wrong as Splatoon 2 has taken over much of my time playing games!
Fresh Take On Shooters
The original Splatoon was heralded for its unique take on the shooter genre and the sequel has done little to revolutionise the genre further but instead has further refined the experience. This is not a bad thing at all as this make the whole experience so much more addictive. If you have played the original then you may play Splatoon 2 and think there’s not much different, at least in the multiplayer, and you would be right but when a game is this much fun I pose the question, does it matter? Call Of Duty stayed on top by effectively releasing the same game on a yearly basis so Splatoon 2 shouldn’t suffer criticism for not completely revolutionising an already solid base game to appease the wider public. The phrase ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ comes to mind here!
Now that I have that off my chest, let’s get back to the game play. The aim of the game is simple; cover the battle arena in as much of your coloured ink as possible! The team that had covered the most ground in their team’s colour of ink wins the round. So this means those people who are focused solely on a KDR will be lost playing Splatoon 2. Whilst kills are helpful to the team it is not the only objectives and this helps make this game a much more team focused game that other more serious shooters. The rounds are also very quick paced which means you will find yourself going straight into another game after each round and probably spending far more time on the game than you originally planned. The put this in laments terms, the game play is truly fun and addictive!
The above rings especially true for multiplayer game modes, whilst the single player mode does not quite have the same dynamism that makes the game so enjoyable. That said, the story line is still an enjoyable experience and is also valuable for anyone who is trying to get to grips with the game. The story line itself is not that engrossing as a series of challenges and levels present themselves to you with only a strange woman to guide you through them. The levels are fun to complete, especially if you enjoy time trials but the real fun is in the boss battles, which often utilise a lot of the features in the game such as swimming up walls and using your special weapon. Admittedly, it can quickly become a little boring but the story mode also provides a release from the online multiplayer and will no doubt please those who play on their own. It is also a great mode to get into when you are playing the Switch undocked.
The Missing Ink
I have a lot of positives to say about Splatoon 2 that cannot be effectively articulated – you really need to play the game to have that penny drop moment. However, I do have one gripe with the game and that is that local multiplayer requires other players to own their own Switch and copy of the game. Whilst it is really easy with many of my other Switch games to pass one of the Joy Cons to my partner and starting playing together, Splatoon 2 does not offer that freedom. Whilst I am sure there are good reasons as to why, it is a feature that was sorely missing, especially when so many Switch games have a local multiplayer option of some sort.
Splatoon 2 does so many things right and its largest criticism is that is has not evolved much from the previous game. You could use this as a reason to not buy the game but you would be missing out on a lot of fun. You probably won’t buy it for the single player campaign but you will definitely find enjoyment from this game mode. Just be warned that this is one a few Nintendo Switch games that does not allow for local multiplayer from a single console. In my books, this is the best Switch game to have been released so far and is a must buy!