Game Review - Splatoon

Available on Wii U

The Game
This is the game that has caused a lot of people to lose their ever loving mind and not in a good way. Be that as it may, after playing the test fire and now getting to play the full game I have to say that it is a lot of fun. While it is true that Nintendo made some odd choices with this game it is still a whole lot of fun. This game is meant to be Nintendo's take on the online shooter genre. There is a lot to like here, especially from a gameplay point of view. It is in the gameplay that this game really shines. As of now the online mode, Turf Wars is a 4 on 4 battle where players are tasked with covering the arena in their teams ink. The team with the most area covered wins. Yes, it is just that simple. Matches in Turf Wars, however, last only three minutes and this can make for some very intense scrambles to try and secure victory in those last sixty seconds. Now you can't have a shooter without having different weapons and loadouts. Most of the weapons in Splatoon look like either variations on water guns or variations on painting equipment. Every loadout comes with a main weapon, sub weapon, and special weapon. Some of the special weapons in my opinion work better than others but it all depends on personal preference. Also in the game are a lot of crazy characters that sell your character different types of gear that all have different attributes attached to them. This helps with your playstyle and what your own personal strategy is when comes time to do battle in Turf Wars. This game also has a single player mode which is actually pretty cool. In single player mode your character is tasked with rescuing ZapFish from the Octorians (I know dumb name). Playing single player mode does help the player learn the game mechanics, so I suggest jumping in there before going online. Another thing I liked about the game is the music. The in game soundtrack has some catchy tunes to it, I especially like the main theme. There are also amiibo challenges which unlock special gear and I must say what they have you do can be challenging. For example, one challenge had me going through a level with the sniper. Let's just say I had to take a little more time than I normally would have with a regular gun. If you have a chance to pick up the amiibo I say go for it as the challenges can be a lot of fun as well.

As much as I like the game there are some issues that I know I need to mention. The first thing is that the game designers made some very odd choices. For example, in Turf Wars there are only two maps available every four hours I believe and you cannot pick which one you wish to play on. Also I have to mention this as well but the game is a little on the lite side content wise. Now per the recent Direct that Nintendo put out we do know that there will be events and updates throughout the summer (which I am thankful for) that will help to keep the game feeling fresh. Also there isn't any couch co-op at this time as the game relies heavily on the game pad. There is a two player mode called battle dojo but that isn't the same thing. The last issue I have with the game is the inability to play with Friends at this point. Once again I know this is coming down the line, however, I just would have at least made that option available at launch. Playing with randoms is fine and I have even been playing with peeps from Japan. As a matter of fact during my whole playtime online yesterday there were at least 5 people from Japan playing and most times I was the only American on my team. For this reason I am kind of glad that there isn't voice chat as I wouldn't have been able to communicate with them anyway (side note we won all our matches too).

For Parents
This game is awesome. If you have a Wii U and you are worried about your child playing shooters, this is the game you can get for them, however, don't be surprised if you find yourself playing a lot as well. Its not a traditional shooter and the objective is to cover turf in the teams specific ink color. Not to mention that the game play is addictive.

Final Verdict
Based on fun factor alone this game is going to get a FULL PRICE/BUY from me. Yes there are problems with the game but none of that is due to gameplay. Also the smoothness of the online experience as well as the visuals make for a great experience.



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