The inky wait is over! Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch has hit stores. But is the rollicking, ink-shooting game for you? Here’s what you need to know.
Splatoon 2 is mainly a multiplayer game.
If you love competition between you and your friends or people you meet online, this game will hold your interest. It may even thrill you.
There is a smaller, single-player aspect, though.
You really need to play some single player before you play with others – especially if you play online. The story? Marie of the famed Squid Sisters singing group wants you to help her find her lost sister Callie.
Splatoon 2 gameplay is easy to pick up.
But it’s hard to rule the roost. As a squid/human, you shoot ink to get rid of your fellow players or spread ink over their turf. Jump under the ink to swim faster, move under gates and surprise enemies. There’s a lot more, too.
You probably should turn off the motion controls.
Using the motion controls made me dizzy to the point I was thinking more about steadying the camera than playing the game. I constantly had to press a button to re-center the camera. It wasn’t until I turned off the controllers’ motion controls that I truly began to understand the ins and outs of Splatoon 2. Then, I was able to enjoy the game.
You’ll meet characters with lots of attitude.
They can be funny, quirky, self-centered or generally kind. Whatever their personality, you can customize your character almost endlessly. Here’s how.
The game’s details are sweet.
There’s the peppy music. There’s the re-imagining of the busy, nerdy tech area of Tokyo. The way some of the characters move is distinct and full of personality. Finally, the new weapons are hilarious – and super effective. One covers the area in a rain of ink.
There’s an app for that, too.
There’s a Nintendo app that lets you chat online while playing. You have to download it and configure it. It’s too much trouble for me. I don’t often want to chat online. But when I do, I just want to get in, click a couple of times, and talk. I don’t want to go to Google Play or to the App Store to download something first.
Beyond the game, the Squid Sisters actually did a live concert.
Check it out. It’s a rocking good time.
Should you buy Splatoon 2?
If you’re into zippy, strategic multiplayer competition with a small group of players, Splatoon 2 is for you. If it’s just you and a pal, play can work. But it’s not as wild and hectic as when you play with four pals. If you’re a single player fan, this probably isn’t the best buy for you.
Inspire Leadership, Foster Values: Donate to Scouting
When you give to Scouting, you are making it possible for young people to have extraordinary opportunities that will allow them to embrace their true potential and become the remarkable individuals they are destined to be.Donate Today