Let’s talk about something that others talk about. Nintendo is known for running cute games, games with toonish graphics or family games that has anti profanity or anti toxic player game environment and doesn’t include gore factor. But now they are turning it into a whole new level because Nintendo is about to join the competitive scenes as the game called Splatoon was released on 5/29/15 for WiiU but still without that gore factor. 😀
Now let’s have a quick review, what is Splatoon? Splatoon is a third person shooter that consists of online multiplayer with game modes: Regular Battle, Ranked Battle and the Battle Dojo and the single-player mode: Hero Mode. The game has a simple main mechanic, the team who painted most or splattered ink around the arena wins. We will discuss about its game modes further below.
Hero Mode – a story mode with puzzle and platforming elements. It stars an inkling in the hero suit fighting the octarians in octo valley.
Regular Battle – can be accessed by players of all levels or called Turf war, is a mode consisting of four players in two teams. The team with highest ink coverage after three minutes win the match.
Ranked Battle – Now this is where the real competitive scene shows. It is unlocked when the player has reached level 10. The ranked battle modes require a higher level of strategy compared to turf war and wins and losses will be counted toward player’s ranks. Where players begin with a C- rating (this is there elo stuff), but are able to improve and regress based on how well they perform. Ranked battle has different modes, Splat zones, Tower control and an unconfirmed Rainmaker mode.
Battle Dojo – a local 2-player mode, where both players must attempt to pop the balloons to reach 30 points. If the timer runs out before one player has reached 30 points, whoever has the most wins.
As a player you have a customizable (where players mostly spend their time 😀 ) character kid that can transform into a squid or we’d rather call it a SKID, no just kidding. 😀 … Transforming into a squid allows the player to swim through ink of their own color which can also refill your ink tank (Great! Unlimited ammo) and you can maneuver on walls and through grates too (it’s like having super powers).
Players are equipped with primary weapons as well as secondary weapons or arsenal of weapons to splatter ink around the arena. Splatoon has various choices of weapons for the characters which are mainly Shooters, Chargers and Rollers. Each of the weapon types has sub types also.
SHOOTERS – Shooters are mid-range rapid fire weapons, with great versatility and the capability of tackling almost any situation. These are like the Sub machine guns in other shooter games.
CHARGERS – are slow long-range weapons which excel in taking down players from a far. Each shot can be charged and upon fully charged can be capable of one hitting the enemy. And these are the snipers of the game.
ROLLERS – are short range weapons or melee weapons which excel at covering areas in ink. Two types of rollers are available: Rollers which leave a wide trail of ink and the Brushes that allows you to move fast with improved range. These are like the maces, clubs and hammers of the game.
Now it is time for the game rating!
Gameplay: 9/10 (simple but cool mechanics, team oriented, strategy and skill based)
Graphics: 10/10 (because it is Nintendo’s tradition to make graphics to be eye candy and splattering ink looks INK-REDIBLE! GET it? INK-REDIBLE HAHAHA :D)
Sound Effects: 9/10 (the sound really matches the game even the splat sound, so satisfying in the ears)
Environment: 8/10 (the lobby is nice, because you can roam around like rpg or open world game does and no toxic players allowed)
Entertainment: 9/10 (it’s fun customizing character and collecting arsenals)
Playability: 9/10 (no pressure on matches, you can queue over and over again and it is a fast paced game)
Controls: 9/10 (controls are simple if you’re used to WiiU’s controller)
Overall rating: 9/10
KABER RATED! CHICKEN APPROVES!