Splatoon: Nintendo’s Shooter

Fellow Vidjagamers,

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I have finally returned from my year long expedition to the Himalaya’s where I found my inner peace while meditating with the monks. I thought I could keep up this new me, but unfortunately I have found this new game from Nintendo called ‘Splatoon’. Now I find myself bad mouthing people’s mothers, frequently yelling “GET REKT” at my television, and going Hulk mode when I lose a ranked match online.

Squid/Kid gifSplatoon is a first party Nintendo game in the third person shooter genre. Only you’re not shooting bullets, but ink instead. You are literally splatting other children with ink to achieve kills. I don’t really know if I can call the characters children either, because you can transform into a squid at any time to swim through the ink that you create. It’s a strange concept, but it works on so many levels and it just feels soooo right. I’m a big fan of shooters, and the mechanics in this game feel really tight, rivaling that of Destiny which is praised for it’s mechanics/controls.

Multiplayer matches are 4v4 and right now the most common game mode is one where you cover the map in paint, and whoever has more of the map covered after 3 minutes is declared the winner. There is also a ranked mode where instead of the objective being to cover the whole map, you are now vying for control of a small area that you have to take control of and hold until your side’s counter reaches zero. There are a handful of maps to play on right now and more are being added as free dlc weekly. The strange thing is though, that these maps are on rotation, so you can only play 2 of them at any given time until the next rotation comes through. Which is fine, because the maps are well balanced and it feels really good when you learn every nook and cranny of the map and are able to exploit it.

Splatoon PaintbrushNow we come to one of the best parts of the game for me. There is a perk system which rivals that of the Call of Duty franchise and these perks are embedded into the clothing system in the game. You can equip your character with clothes that unlock perks; such as faster run speed, faster squid swim speed, longer distance grenade throws, etc… Each piece of clothing contains one main perk and can have up to 3 sub perks. This allows for a wide assortment of builds for your character. There’s also dozens of weapons to unlock. You have your standard super soaker style paint guns, but then you also have paintbrushes, paint rollers, an ink bazooka, sniper rifles that shoot paint, and that’s just a small sample of them. Each weapon has it’s own ‘kit’, which consists of the weapon, it’s sub weapon (think grenades and special ordinances), and a super basically, which can be things such as calling down an ink strike onto the map or turning into a Kraken to run over your enemies.

Splatoon has been eating up a lot of my free time and I’m very excited to keep playing it. For any of you who own a Nintendo Wii U and a copy of Splatoon, feel free to add my Nintendo ID (brudi07) and hit me up to play a few games if I’m online.

Thanks for reading!

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